There’s been so much pre-season snow in Les Arcs and La Plagne the pictures of untouched powder seem to have been taunting us for weeks. But finally, tomorrow’s the day for Paradiski to open for skiing!
Not everything is open yet, so here’s our round-up of where you can take your skis this weekend.
|27 lifts||53 pistes|
|Arc 1600||Arc en Ciel (Funiculaire)
|Clair Blanc (partielle)Cachette
Jardin Pierre Blanche
Stade de slalom
|Arc 1800||Transarc 1
|Rêches (partielle)Grand Renard
Accès Arc/Peisey haut
La Traversée (partielle)
|Arc 2000||Pré Saint EspritMarmottes
Bois de l’Ours
Flamme Olympique (tapis)
|RefugeAiguille Rouge (partielle)
Vallée de l’Arc
Plan des Eaux
Dents du Peigne
Col de la Chal
Piste à Stéph
Jardin enfants “Le Castor”
To celebrate the opening weekend Les Arcs is putting on its annual European Film Festival, featuring film and music quizzes, screenings in an igloo, concerts & DJ sets in the Music Village and viewings of films in the presence of the directors and actors to bring your first week of the 2015-2016 ski season to life!
On the whole, the ski conditions are best over 2000m.
It is strongly advised skiers to stay on marked trails and do not venture off piste.
In La Plagne 30 pistes will be open:
Tomorrow morning, the same time as the opening of 50km of slopes to skiers, La Plagne hosts its annual Yeti race. The event will be marked by the arrival of Elodie Gossuin, Miss France 2001, newly appointed Ambassador of the station.
The slightly crazy event sees teams of pairs tackle an obstacle course of 10 or 20 km with a series of challenges including log chopping, sled pulling, scrambling over walls, commando-crawling under nets, target shooting.
For more inspiration on skiing in La Plagne, watch Fast Forward – it’s a thrilling ski chase right through the centre of the resort featuring pro skier Kevin Rolland!
Champagny opens on 19 December.
The Vanoise Express link between Les Arcs and La Plagne is due to open on 19 December.
TRENDING IN PARADISKI
A new €2m high performance ski slope with state-of-the-art snowmaking facilities has been created at Arc 1600. The Cachette piste has been re-modelled into a secure, world-class track suitable for training, racing and downhill competitions. It’s also still open to the public. The snow-making machine system has been completely upgraded to give nature a helping hand, so this is one piste you can bank on being in good condition even if snow is sparse. A ceremony with torchlit ski descent, music, entertainment and fireworks takes place on 23 December.
Ski touring has experienced a surge in popularity as keen skiers look further afield for fresh lines and uncluttered slopes. Les Arcs has got in on the act with a new marked trail dedicated to ski touring, La Trace des Arcs, at Arc 1600. It takes you on a vertical ascent of 440m; descend via the Mont Blanc piste. There are permanent marked and maintained routes across La Plagne’s 10 villages open to anyone. Guided sessions, equipment and lessons are available from Oxygene Ski School in Plagne Centre.
The long-awaited Montalbert gondola, which will zip riders up the mountain five times quicker, opens this winter. It reduces the journey time from Plagne Montalbert (1350m) up the Fornelet (summit 1970m) from 30 minutes to just six! The gondola holds 10 people per cabin – increasing capacity from 1800 people per hour to 2,800 – so we’re expecting a drastic reduction in queue times. The resort has invested €11million in its lifts in recent years.
The opening of the new gondola has enabled access to a new snowshoe discovery trail. The 3km marked trail starts at 2070m and is themed around ‘the wonderful world of mountain tales and legends’. Watch out for magical characters and storyboards along the way.
Edenarc is a completely car-free complex with outstanding views over Arc 1800 all the way to Mont Blanc. This season the 5* Les Monarques opens, in the first phase of a plan to build 130 new apartments. Edenarc is now linked to Arc 1800 via a new telecabin, Le Dahu. Arc 1800 is now linked to the Col des Frettes via a new 6-seater chairlift Le Carreley too.
Peisey Vallandry opens a new 120msp outdoor ice rink at the foot of the slopes this winter. Games, hockey, discos and surprises promised! Apres like an Eskimo in Les Arcs’ igloo village (www.village-igloo-arcs.fr) at 2000m, complete with ice bar, dining room and dancefloor! New this year is a giant toboggan ride.
Be one of the first to experience the Mille8 ski and leisure hub. Completed this winter it offers a huge range of imaginative ski and non-ski activities for all abilities. Open this weekend.
It’s been named the world’s most visited resort with more than 2.5million visitors per season!