The Winter Alps
What is more magical than The Alps in winter?
Cozy fires, mulled wine and rosy cheeks after spending a day in a white, winter wonderland.
Paradiski: Les Arcs – La Plagne – Peisey & Vallandry
Paradiski is the 2nd largest ski resort in France, and 3rd largest in the world.
Linking the Les Arcs – La Plagne and Peisey&Vallandry resorts, it has over 425 skiable kilometers, 264 pistes and with 70% of the pistes above 2000m the resort is as snow sure as they come. The lifts in Arc1600, Vallandry and Plan Peisey start at 1600m with the Aiguelle Rouge rising to an impressive 3226m.
All three resorts have their own Office du Tourisme and own websites full of local information, events happening, maps and more.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Fantastic skiing at Paradiski with over 425 skiable kilometers, 264 lifts, excellent après-ski, shopping, eating and drinking. All three resorts are linked, so every day can be an adventure moving between the areas discovering new slopes. In a week not a day should have to be the same. So much to explore.
A fantastic valley with stunning views. Great for winter walks, a horse or even reindeer sled ride. It has a toboggan area and kilometers of prepared cross country pistes. The visitor’s centre offers entry passes, material rental and maps.
A fantastic way to enjoy the silence, learn about the environment and get away from the hustle and bustle of the stations. We have several contacts for private guides, just let us know and we’ll arrange it for you. Also most ski schools organise guided snowshoe walks. Both the Les Arcs and the See Les Arcs websites have information on these walks. Materials can usually be rented with the larger ski rental shops, just bring proper walking or hiking boots.
What a fantastic experience. One with a pack of dogs in nature. There are several companies which organise dog sledding. We strongly recommend booking this activity well in advance. Especially over Christmas/NY and mid-term weeks the dog sledding is an extremely popular activity.
There are several companies and we found “Tanaka Camp” the absolute best. This camp moves around, so you may have to drive to the other side of the valley towards Ste Foy Tarentaise, but it is absolutely worth it.
Horses and reindeer
But an absolute must try is the ‘skijoring‘ from the Norwegian word Skikjøring where the horse pulls you on your skis. Great fun for the whole family and since the horse just pulls you on your skis all level skiers can participate.
As a service we offer the possibility to order your skipasses in advance. We will have them ready when you arrive, this way you avoid the long waiting lines on the first day and you’ll be the first to hit the slopes. Once you have booked you receive your personal log-in for your client environment in our booking system. There you place the order for your ski passes. We can arrange payment for your skipasses during your stay.
If you need help choosing your pass, click here. We recommend the ‘Essential’ pass as it doubles the skiing options at little extra cost. And equally important: this pass enables you to jump the queue at key lifts on busy days.
Depending on whether you want to join a group or go solo, or get private group lessons there are various options.
We have a few recommendations for private instructors in the area. Good friends of ours who have different teaching methods and who are either self employed or teach through the ESF. Let us know your needs and we’ll find you your instructor.
ESF is the École du Ski Français and they are the largest ski school in the area. They have schools at all stations. Find your station’s school and book through their website.
In both Les Arcs and Peisey&Vallandry we work with preferred suppliers with whom we have negotiated a discount for our guests.
Please check with your chalet host which rental company is recommended and the discount offered. Some rental companies have lockers close to the lifts as well.
Alternatively we work with this company, Rental Republic. You order online and they come to the chalet for the fittings. Take into consideration that on change-over days (and the day after) they are extremely busy.
There are a few day care centers in les Arcs. They are, however, French speaking. All information can be found here.
We propose you use a private nanny service. These nannies come to the chalet and spend time with you child(eren) there.
Below we have listed the companies we like to work with.