Paradiski ... when two French mega resorts meet!
At the centre of the Savoie French Alps lies an amazing group of resorts dotted across a white paradise which form the Paradiski ski area. This massive area came alive when the two (already giant!) ski fields La Plagne and Les Arcs were joined by the Vanoise Express cable car; which will whisk you between resorts in just four minutes, and can take 2000 people an hour. This is a match made in heaven for skiers, with the combined area holding a mind-blowing amount of skiing and boarding to suit every taste.
You'll lose yourself in the freedom of 425 km of piste, two glaciers and three summits towering above 3000 m. Paradiski's 20 resorts offer fantastic choice for every budget. La Plagne is made up of seven lively mountain resorts and four older more traditional villages. Les Arcs is a sunny south-facing group of modern resorts with huge steep black runs like the 7 km Aiguille Rouge piste calling all expert skiers, and wide sunny runs for beginners and intermediates to cruise on. The technical challenge of the off-piste here is beyond compare, and if you do venture off the beaten track you'll find big faces, narrow gullies, and wide powder bowls.
Après-ski varies between and even within the resorts - you can take your pick of lively rowdy partying in Plagne Centre or Arc 1800 or choose a more relaxed holiday in La Plagne 1800 or Arc 1950. Boarders will delight in the five snowparks and three boardercross areas. Don't miss the naturally made park in Bellecote, which snakes between pine and larch trees and is covered in handrails and jumps.
Click below to find out more about getting to Paradiski:
Chambery airport is just 1.5 hours, while Grenoble airport is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours away. Geneva airport is 2.5 to 3 hours away, and Lyon airport 2.5 to 3 hours. Skiing Holidays arranges flights + accommodation to Paradiski, as well as transfers and hire cars.
Catching the train
There are direct TGV trains from Paris and Lille and direct sleeper trains from most of the main cities in France. If you are coming from London, the Eurostar will take you directly to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, as will the Thalys train from Amsterdam and Brussels. When you arrive at Bourg-Saint-Maurice station, you can choose between the Arc-en-Ciel funicular that goes up to Arc 1600 in 7 minutes, or taxi transfer.
The easiest way from Calais is to follow the A26 autoroute for Reims that passes Troyes and Dijon. South of Dijon it joins the main Paris/ Lyon autoroute, the A6, at Beaune. Lyon is by-passed by taking the A46 and A43 to Chambery. NB At the toll 15km before Lyon keep to the right-hand lane as the turn-off is 2km on the right. From Chambery follow the directions for Albertville. It's motorway from Calais to Albertville; tolls are €60-65 each way. At Albertville the motorway leads directly onto the dual carriageway to Moutiers. Follow the signs for Bourg St Maurice unless you are going to Champagny in which case initially follow the signs for Courchevel.