Skiing in Les Arcs and La Plagne
The link to La Plagne from Plan Peisey is easy and fun using Vanoise Express cable car which holds 200 people in each one. This ski area has over 400kms of marked runs and now it turns these two resorts into the biggest off piste area in the world.
With the added feature of the cable car, both resorts have added new high speed 4 & 6 man chair lifts throughout each resort to speed up the access. Every level of skier from beginner to the most advanced is catered for and with the choice of two glaciers and the extensive snowmaking equipment, snow reliability is guaranteed. Paradiski boasts 70% of it’s pistes being over 2000m!
Here are some of the best places to ski and visit:
Tree-lined skiing around Peisey-Vallandry with wide open blues and reds. Try the Five fingers in Arc 2000 very long black runs with heaps of moguls.
Champagny en Vanoise with open pistes and great views across the valley, the Roche de Mio that leads to the La Plagne glacier.
Superb off-piste above Montalbert as well as great fun days to be had in the forest amongst the tree-lined runs.
Arc 1600 has great tree-lined runs and the Malgovert run is great after a new snow fall. You can also ski one of the longest runs in the world from the top of the Les Arcs glacier at 3220m down to 1200m where you arrive at Villaroger.
Access to Les Arcs is quick and easy and you can choose your own level of difficulty to get there. The Blue runs take you into Arc 1800 or if you choose to take the red or black runs then you come to the mid station of the Trans Arc bubble car. The bubble car takes you into the next valley of Arc 2000, where you have a mountain (pun intended!) of choice.
The hardest runs can be found just below the glacier (3226m) of the Aiguille rouge and is also the start of one of the longest runs in the world down to Villaroger (from 3226m to 1200m, 17 kms!).
Recommended for Good Skiiers
The best trip by far for good skiers with a guide is to ski the two glaciers. You ski the Bellecote Glacier in La plagne down to a free bus service which then takes you to Peisey. Here you access the Les Arcs ski area and head for the Aiguille Rouge glacier and ski behind it down to Villaroger. Without the skiing in between just the glaciers alone you would have skied over a 4000m descent off piste.
We think Les Arcs is unique because when the snow falls it’s the only mountain we know that the terrain changes completely. Off-piste is a must for the more experienced skier as there are superb places that are easy to find not far from the piste. Or, if you want to go Back-Country, we can recommend guides to take you skiing for 2 hours without using a lift.
The lift system is easy and well-linked to all the stations in Les Arcs (Arc 1600/1800/2000, Villaroger and Peisey/Vallandry).
In short - a fantastic world class resort which has something to please any level of skier or boarder alike!