La Plagne and Les Arcs ski resorts region
128 Lifts, 261 prepared trails
425 kilometers of skiing
Summit Elevation 10,600'
Skiing from 1200– 3226 meters Ski Photos of La Plagne and
Paradiski encompasses La Plagne and Les Arcs - making it the second biggest
linked ski resort in the world, behind
Les Trois Vallées which is also in France and nearby. Paradiski encompasses
skiing on two glaciers, a total of 425 kilometers of trails, and high elevation
skiing at Aiguille Rouge of 10,583'. La Plagne has 3 high elevation villages -
La Belle Plagne is the largest at 2000 meters and the Glacier 3000. Les Arcs has
three village areas, named for their elevation - 1600, 1800, and 2000.
La Plagne is huge, playful ski terrain with tons of off piste options. What is
doesn’t offer is charming chalet lodging. Arriving at La Plagne, up a 21
switchback road, you are immediately assaulted by its size, and by its
unfortunate 1960’s mountain architecture. But don’t be scared, you came to ski –
and ski you shall. From Plagne Centre and Plagne Villages, to Plagne Bellecote,
big steel buildings jut from the hillsides and lifts emanate in all directions.
Continuing up to Belle Plagne - the highest mountain village at 2050 meters, it
is slightly more attractive as its name implies with big chalet style apartments
and a few casual après ski bars, stores and restaurants in the village center.
While La Plagne lacks alpine authenticity and warmth, you can get deals here,
Because of all the mediocre lodging, La Plagne does get crowded, with so many
big lodging properties, so expect lift queues and be wary that popular trails
can be loaded with skiers. What Paradiski doesn’t deliver in ski village
sophistication, it makes up for in adventuresome skiing, and tons of groomed
pistes for intermediate skiers. If you veer just off the prepared pistes (hence
the name off-piste) you can find fresh undulating big mountain terrain, some of
the terrain looks almost lunar with sink holes and swirling bowls, still in
sight of the lifts. Be aware at all times of the changing terrain. The ski lifts
shoot off in every direction, often intersecting at a peak after crossing over
another six or eight passenger chair.
You ride an on old gondola up to the La Plagne’s summit glacier, which is
popular for sightseeing as well as skiing. The views of nearby Courchevel from
La Plagne are incredible – you can see the summit of Courchevel in Les Trois
Vallees and the Olympic Nordic ski jump at La Praz in perfect view on a clear
day. La Plagne played its part in the 1992 Winter Olympics hosting the bobsled.
Today, La Plagne hosts many ski events in its big race stadium at Bellecote
The connection between La Plagne and Les Arcs is just one lift - an amazing
double-decker tram at the far corner of each resort. Les Arcs offers up
extraordinary views of Mont Blanc. Here you have more funky architecture, and
lots of red and blue runs – for beginners and intermediate. The tram to the
summit of Aiguille Rouge delivers you to the highest point at Paradiski - 3228
meters and breathtaking views, and some crazy off piste runs if you choose.
Otherwise there are two marked groomed runs all the way down. Les Arc formerly
hosted the speed skiing stadium on this peak.