WEsayLinked to the adjacent village Vallandry, just 5 mins walk away, this quiet little resort is perfect for families wanting to be part of the massive Paradiski area.
Together La Plagne and Les Arcs form Paradiski, Europe’s third largest ski area. With plenty of pistes above 2,000m, the area tops out at over 3,000m. There is good terrain for all standards of skiers and every conceivable type of run. Directly above Les Arcs 1800 a series of chairs spread across the mountainside and can attract quite a crowd. The skiing here is largely easy and features the best nursery slopes in the area.
Just below the resort is the terrain park with boarder cross spines, rails and boxes, although in the Paradiski are there are plenty of natural hits for boarders to play on. Les Arcs is known as the home of snowboarding and it is the perfect environment for beginners to learn in. Main mountain access is through the 2 stage gondola up to Les Arcs 2000 and the Aiguille Grive at 2,600m. From here there is an endless choice of tree-lined runs back down to Les Arcs 1800. Something the more confident skier should try is the Aiguille Rouge which stretches 7km back down to the Villaroger and is Europe’s biggest drop at 2,000m! Les Arcs is most famous for its speed-skiing track set above 2000 where many Olympic records have been broken. For a small fee anyone can have a bash, albeit from a lower starting point.
Positioned at the foot of the ski runs, on the edge of the forest, Plan Peisey benefits from long hours of sunshine and a superb landscape. The skiing opportunities are excellent with the Vanoise Express cable car, which links La Plagne and Les Arcs, arriving and departing from the village. A high speed chairlift can easily take you up and out onto the main Les Arcs ski area whilst a network of snow cannons ensure that a choice of greens, blue or reds are open throughout the season to bring you back into the village. Slightly further down from Plan Peisey is the small, peaceful village of Nancroix. Although Plan Peisey has a small number of bars and restaurants it is a peaceful and relaxed village, with all essential shops and services nearby.
New for 2016/17
Les Arcs is getting its first five-star hotel, the Taj I Mah in Arc 2000 - quite a radical turn around in a resort where hotels of any kind are rare. It will have all the luxuries you might expect, including a Michelin-starred chef.
New for 2015/16
At Les Arcs, there s good news for Le Chantel (where a couple of the best residences are set). A new mini cable car now runs to this area from 1800, down the hill, greatly improving nighttime access to the main resort. And a new six-pack (Carreley) goes from here up to Col des Frettes, on the ridge above, creating a swift new route to Arc 2000.
- Tranquil, developing village of mostly chalets
- A diverse array of pistes and easily accessed off-piste terrain; great for groups of mixed abilities
- Quick cable car connection to La Plagne
- Some brilliant, peaceful woodland runs
- Very simple rail access from UK