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 one of France’s biggest resorts, and 7th 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.

Paradiski

Les Arcs Paradiski

Peisey & Vallandry Paradiski

La Plagne Paradiski

Winter activities

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.

For more winter activities check out Les Arcs Winter.
A dedicated mountaineering website is the one of Bureau des Guides (winter and summer mountaineering).

Winter activities

Cross-Country Skiing

Arc 1800 and Arc 2000 both have a small cross – country ski piste, but for serious cross-country skiing visit Pont Baudin in the Peisey&Vallandry area.

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.

For more winter activities check out Les Arcs Winter.
A dedicated mountaineering website is the one of Bureau des Guides (winter and summer mountaineering).

Winter activities

Snowshoe walks

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.

For more winter activities check out Les Arcs Winter.
A dedicated mountaineering website is the one of Bureau des Guides (winter and summer mountaineering).

Winter activities

Dog Sledding

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.

Closer to home there is “Le Trappeur” in the village of Nancroix (down from Peisey&Vallandry).
In La Plagne there are several. Please consult the La Plagne website.

Winter activities

Horses and reindeer

Close to Nancroix, in the Site Nordique, you will find horse sledding and reindeer sledding.

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.

Services

Lift passes

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.

Services

Ski lessons

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.

In Arc1600 you will find the École du Ski Français Les Arcs 1600 ESF and they are the largest ski school in the area.  Find your station’s school and book through their website. For snowboard specifically there is the High Five Snowboard School.

In Peisey&Vallandry we recommend Evolution 2 for skiing and snowboarding. All information and booking can be found on their website. Peisey&Vallandry  – Evolution2 

Services

Material rental

In both Les Arcs and Peisey&Vallandry we work with preferred suppliers with whom we have negotiated a discount for our guests.
For our Courbaton and Les Granges chalets we work with Christina Sport 2000 in Arc1600. Once you’ve booked we can put you in touch with them because at the mention of our name a 20% discount is offered.

In Peisey&Vallandry we work with Berard Skishop. Add PROMO CODE yourmountain22 for best prices at this shop.

Please check with your chalet host how to get in touch with the ski rental shops. Some rental companies have lockers close to the lifts.

SkiDoc delivers top quality equipment to your doorstep and their ski technicians will make sure everything fits during the in house fitting. They are on call throughout the week to make any changes if needed, meeting you at the bottom of the slopes during the day with a pair of new boots or skis or at your accommodation after you’re done riding for the day.

To help you in these uncertain times, there is no payment or card details collected pre-arrival, simply check out their offer at https://skidoc.fr/ski-hire/, pre-order your equipment by entering “yourmountainlife” as a partner code under the “book now” tab, then once you have arrived and your equipment has been delivered and fitted, they will charge you only for what you needed and what you are happy with. Last minute cancellations or changes to your group or requirements are done without a hassle.

If you have your own equipment, they also offer mobile ski and snowboard servicing. Check out and book your slot at https://skidoc.fr/.

Services

Children

Day Care
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(r) child(eren) there.
Below we have listed the companies which service the Paradiski resorts.

Nanny and child care services

There is a wide range of services for the Paradiski area. Amongst them these:

Snow Little
Safe Hands France
Alpine Child Care
MaiSki
Tarentaise Nanny Services
Jelly and Ice Cream

Food services

Self catered, but don’t want to cook?

Here are some great food delivery services
Hus-ki from individual plates to complete week menus. MattygCooks, food boxes or bespoke catering! And Alpine Roots Food, cheese fondue and raclette (leave your dirty pans/pots by the door !!).

We also offer a grocery delivery service*. You order here, select SuperU Bourg Saint Maurice,  and we’ll deliver your groceries to the door (*fee applies. We only deliver after a pick-up time slot has been confirmed by us in agreement with you.).