04.01. The Ski Area

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PARADISKI

THE WORLD'S SECOND BIGGEST SKI AREA


 

With 425 km of pistes, Paradiski is a unique and limitless playground for all winter sports enthusiasts. Paradiski is accessible to skiers of all levels thanks to the many blue slopes spread over the whole area. The 113 red and black slopes provide experienced skiers with lots of long descents, plenty of steep stuff and woods to head to if the weathers not so good. The ski area is divided into two halves linked by the unique Vanoise express, the only 200 capacity double decker cable car in the world.  From our base in Arcs 1950 and 2000 you can reach the Vanoise express in 20 minutes.  With 70% of the pistes at more than 2000m altitude, three glaciers and the remaining 307 hectares of the domain equipped with snow guns, Paradiski guarantees you an optimal snow cover throughout the season.

SOME QUICK FACTS

Domain boundary - 14,390 hectares
Number of pistes - 256
Snow Cannons - 958
Number of green runs - 12
Number of blue runs - 128
Number of red runs - 79
Number of black runs - 37
Vertical drop - 2,026m
Highest Altitude - 3,250m
Ski lifts - 121
Snow Cannons - 958
KM of pistes - 435km
Longest piste - Aguille Rouge (16KM)

ABUNDANT, EASY AND WIDE-OPEN STRETCHES OF PISTE

Arcs 1950 & 2000 are a great place to learn how to ski. Beginners will feel at home straight away with the "Evolutif" teaching technique that is widely used here. The skier starts off with short skis, and will gradually progress onto longer skis as they improve their skills.

There are a number of beginners slopes available providing an ideal learning ground, with plenty of easy wide spacious blue runs which are excellent practice for progressing beginners.

A PIONEERING PLACE

Ever since 1983 when Regis Rolland introduced the sport in the cult film Apocalypse Snow, Les Arcs has been a hot spot for snowboarders. It offers excellent free-riding and plenty of wide-open rolling slopes for intermediates and beginners too.

The well-maintained and versatile Apocalypse Park is great and boasts jumps and rails at three levels of difficulty. The lowest is perfect for keen but inexperienced boarders (and skiers) yet can still provide pretty sizeable air when approached at speed! The black jumps are formidable, and the timid can still enjoy an afternoon in the park watching braver souls trying their luck.

PLENTY FOR ALL ABILITIES

It’s an excellent intermediate area, One particular strength is that most main routes have easy and more difficult alternatives, making it good for mixed-ability groups.

Strong intermediates shouldn’t shy away from the blacks when in good condition – most are not scarily steep. We especially like its well-groomed, treelined runs which have a very friendly feel and are remarkably uncrowded much of the time, allowing great fast cruising. Cautious intermediates have plenty of blue cruising terrain.

CHALLENGES ON- AND OFF-PISTE

Paradiski has a lot to offer experts with an interesting combination of both off-piste and on-piste skiing. With ski lifts reaching 3226 meters at the top of the Aiguille Rouge and 3417 meters at the top of the Bellecôte in La Plagne, the Paradiski ski area offers seemingly endless opportunities.The black runs on the Aiguille Rouge, are excellent and the runs down to Pré-St-Esprit merit their black classification.

There are many off-piste routes with some classic favorites such as the Grand Col and its 1700 meter vertical drop! Perfect for those who want to enjoy a real off-piste experience without having to trek miles from civilisation into the wild.