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La Plagne


By Paul Dubrûle, Ski Sales Director

Voted Number 1 on the countdown of France’s top ski resorts for 2014–15 by L’Équipe sporting magazine, it is clear the winds of change are blowing over the gigantic ski area of Paradiski. The
La Plagne resort recently announced its 10-year revitalization plan aimed at revamping its fleet of ski lifts and rejuvenating its image. The ultimate goal is, of course, to attract more skiers to the resort. Operation revitalization is already in full swing, with the inauguration of an 8-person lift, Le Colosse, the fastest in France.

At La Plagne, a favourite among locals, gorgeous snow and spectacular descents are always on the menu. Its 99 lifts give you access to loads of terrain and backcountry skiing for those eager to tackle some steep, deep powder or rip up a few couloirs. There are also 6 snow parks where, you could even cross paths with Olympic medalists Kevin Rolland or Marie Martinod.

A stay at Paradiski would not be complete without hopping over to Les Arcs on the Vanosie Express cable car. This resort is most notably renowned for its long steeps
down from Aiguille Rouge (3,226 m), its exceptional backcountry and variety of intermediate runs—which represent 60% of the trail map. You can stay in one of the resort’s four villages—Arc 1600, 1800, 1950 or 2000—all of which prohibit the use of vehicles.

Considered one of the biggest skiable areas in Europe, Paradiski is a destination that is sure to exceed your expectations. So, what are waiting for? Now’s the time to discover— or rediscover—this iconic ski area for yourself.


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Text from 2014-2015 ski magazine


This vast ski domain, now widely known as Paradiski, encompasses the impressive resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne. The fact that the trail network stretches over 425 km, unimaginable by North-American standards, hardly begins to describe the sheer size of this destination. And the fact that the two resorts are linked by the world’s largest cable car, the Vanoise Express, just underscores the idea that when you select the French Alps for your ski trip, you’re up for some tremendous skiing and riding.

Sure, it’s possible to ski both resorts but, each provides more terrain than is possible to cover in a week or two. The top elevation at Les Arcs is the Aiguille Rouge at 3,226 m above sea level. A favourite from that summit is to ski all the way down to the quaint hamlet of Villaroger on the back side, 2,000 m below. It’s one of the largest vertical drops in the Alps and one of the most scenic runs in all of Europe.

Whether you stay in La Plagne or Les Arcs is a matter of preference and choice of accommodation. Both resorts are comprised of a collection of small purpose-built villages set at different altitudes, each with its own distinct feel and character, that were progressively developed starting in the mid 50s as part of the original French “mega-resorts” master plan.

Both offer easy access to the slopes, unlimited skiing aimed at all levels of ability, reliable snow conditions, particularly in the higher regions, splendid views of the Mont Blanc range, and tremendous choice of après-ski options. We have fond memories of catching the last rays of the day from the terrace at Les Arcs’ Mont Blanc Bar in Vallandry. On separate occasions, we went down the bobsleigh track at La Plagne, built for the Albertville Olympics, and speed skiing down the Kilomètre Lancé (the Flying Kilometre) at Les Arcs.

By Robert Choquette Co-founder and Former Editor of SKIER Magazine By Marilyn Griffiths Special Contributor


Ski stations Accommodations Snow Conditions
Month Min. Max.
January 1 7
February 1 9
March 3 12
April 5 14
May 9 19
June 12 23
July 14 26
August 14 26
September 11 21
October 8 16
November 3 10
December 1 7