Paradiski may be less well-known than fellow French resorts Val-d'Isère and Val Thorens, but it sits comfortably alongside them as an ideal family-friendly destination. Nestled in the Tarentaise Valley and encompassing La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry, Paradiski has a huge variety of slopes, alongside some first-class catered and self-catered ski chalets. Let us fill you in on this season-round winter sports paradise.
La Plagne is composed of six purpose-built, high-altitude, ski-in/ski-out villages – Plagne Soleil, Plagne Village, Belle-Plagne, Aime La Plagne, Plagne Centre, Plagne Bellecôte and Plagne1800. And with its sizeable nursery slopes and six children’s snow-play areas, it’s a perfect choice for families.
Enjoy reliable high-altitude skiing and easily accessible charming villages, all offering catered ski chalets and ski schools perfectly suited for beginners and intermediates alike. And if that’s not enough, the Vanoise Express links La Plagne quickly and easily to Les Arcs, giving you an even bigger area to explore!
A short funicular ride away from Bourg Saint Maurice station lie the four resorts of Les Arcs – Arcs 1600, Arcs 1800, the new Arcs 1950 and Arcs 2000. More suited to intermediate powder hounds than La Plagne, Les Arcs offers easy access to some challenging off-piste areas as well as plenty of accommodation, including a wide range of self-catered ski chalets. The resort also has a lot for kids to enjoy, including a snow park and racetrack, a good number of blue runs and a wide range of dining options close to your accommodation.
Peisey-Vallandry is the most traditional and lowest-lying resort in the Paradiski area, sitting at the foot of the Vanoise Express. Its low altitude makes it ideal for a Christmas break, when higher resorts can suffer from bleak conditions – and the festive period is the perfect time to enjoy its warm atmosphere and cosy catered and self-catered ski chalets! Increasingly popular with families and those just starting to explore the world of skiing, Peisey-Vallandry is the ideal choice for a quiet winter getaway.
A Snowy Paradise For All
With 135 lifts and 425km of pistes, Paradiski is France’s second largest ski area – and it’s increasingly popular for good reason. 70% of the slopes sit above 2000m, so if you don’t fancy a Christmas break, there are more than enough options for the later Easter period.
Over 800 snow machines further ensure that the resort remains skiable late in the season. Increasing investment over the last decade has seen over 300 hectares equipped with snow guns, as well as growing numbers of catered and self-catered ski chalets and a quick and smooth lift system. Whether you want to tackle moguls and glaciers, or if you’re more comfortable on wide, well-maintained blue runs, Paradiski truly has something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Book your winter getaway now!
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best catered ski chalet accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.