La Plagne’s extensive ski area is an intermediate’s paradise, but also includes excellent opportunities for guided off-piste thrills and spills and good nursery slopes for beginners. Necessary improvements to the lift system and the link with Les Arcs have elevated La Plagne (now marketed together with Les Arcs as Paradiski) to the premier league of European ski areas, although après-ski and nightlife is poor in comparison to many other major resorts.
The Les Arcs ski area stretches from Peisey-Vallandry at one end to Villaroger at the other, passing through the four Arcs: 1800, 1600, 1950 and 2000. There are miles and miles of runs on offer, but the system of long, ground-covering lifts makes it possible to ski from one end to the other in an hour and a half without breaking a sweat.
Espace Killy – ‘le plus bel espace de ski du monde’ – claims to be one of the most beautiful ski areas in the world, and we do not disagree. The skiing on offer is massive and, taken together, the ski area of Tignes and Val d’Isere is absolutely world class.
Val d’Isere is among the greatest ski resorts anywhere in the world. It has extensive high snow-sure slopes, especially when you consider the link to Tignes to form the Espace Killy ski area, and has a wide and varied array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Val Cenis is a quiet, pretty, family-friendly ski resort with 125km of groomed terrain, most of it designated for intermediates and beginners, as well as abundant opportunities for skiing and boarding off-piste.