Ski Holidays in Paradiski
The Paradiski area in the Tarentaise Valley offers a large modern ski area situated high in the French Alps, with a good mixture of purpose built resorts and traditional mountain villages. The resorts of Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne are linked together by the Vanoise Express, an impressive two-storey cable car stretching over the Peisey Valley which takes less than 4 minutes to cross.
If you enjoy a good variety of skiing then this area is perfect for you, with 425km of exciting endless pistes with over 238 slopes, 4 snowparks and 2 half pipes. Everywhere in the area has great links, with modern chair lifts and cable cars, meaning that you can enjoy uninterrupted skiing throughout your holiday. This area has invested a lot of money over the last 10 years to make this one of the best ski areas in Europe.
Skiing is possible up to an altitude of 3250m, ensuring good snow conditions throughout the season. The highest peak in this ski region is Bellecote where you can ski down the Glacier de Bellecote. Fabulous runs come down from the Roche de Mio at 2700m, down into Belle Plagne.
When you’re not speeding down the big open runs at the top of the mountains, take some time to enjoy some lovely routes through the trees down to to resorts like Montalbert and Villaroger. If you enjoy staying in the centre of all the action then there are plenty of convenient ski-in ski-out opportunities from many of the purpose built ski resorts of Plagne Centre and Belle Plagne. These ski centres in the Paradiski area pretty much all self -contained with a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from, and they are easily reached by road. There are ski schools in each resort which are well used to catering to British nationals with good levels of English being spoken, plus children’s clubs which cater from youngsters from toddlers and older. However if you are looking for a more relaxed and traditional environment then head to one of the peripheral villages such as Les Coches or Montchavin which still have excellent links into the big resorts and offer amenities such as shops, bars and restaurants.
– 425km of pistes over 14390 hectares
– 232 pistes for all levels
– 263 hectares of man made snow, 818 snow machines
– 2 equipped glaciers at more than 3000m high
– 70% of the skiable domain is over 2000m
– 3 resorts: Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and la Plagne
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When on the mountains, head towards Champagny for the best restaurant in the entire resort (in our opinion!). It’s situated at the foot of the Champagny run and called ‘Les Borseliers’. It has a lovely and huge outside terrace for when the sun shines, nice indoor space with log fires and good toilets (always a plus!). Great crepes, nice bruschettas, and lovely chips.
Another good restaurant on the mountain is ‘Chalet de la Lovatiere’, between Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800 – the tartiflette is highly recommended here. In the resort of Montchavin make time to go to ‘Le Moulin a Poivre’ for great steaks and hot plates and the Zacotta is by far the best pizza restaurant we’ve ever come across.
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