Tales From The Powder In Paradiski

Paradiski is basking in powder snow heaven right now. If you’re out here this week you’re in for some amazing riding, and if you’re not booked in to come out next week – why not?!

To get you in the mood, here’s Les Arcs resident Snowcrazy Chris’s account of skiing across the resort today, taken from the Les Arcs Winter Facebook page.

“Today was one of those special days. Light soft powder everywhere and plenty of places to put down fresh tracks even with the higher lifts closed. Only two lifts open in the Arc 2000 bowl for most of the day.

After meeting up we started playing around the pistes and forests of Arc 1600. With around 40cms in the past two days and snow still falling the rocks, tree branches and holes were starting to get a safer depth of cover so that you did not damage your gear quite so easily as yesterday. 

After exhausting this area we went across to the Arc 1800 area and found some more untracked snow (today it was easy to find places to make your own tracks). More fun in snow up to your waist in places even right by the piste. Some nice steeper pitches gave a chance to really get our techniques sharp for later in the season. The new traverse piste was open and proved very useful. On busy days this will help a great deal to avoid queues when going to Arc 1600 from Peisey Vallandry.

Then across to the Peisey Vallandry area and even after lunch still plenty of places to make more fresh tracks. Many people around, but with the snow still falling it was easy to find some sweet spots to ride. Finally with aching legs it was time to head for home.

They did open the new Carreley chair later in the afternoon and even the Arpette chair was seen running, but they did not allow anyone to ski down the back towards Arc 1950 in the off piste area (at least while we were around) which was very wise as this is a steep and avalanche prone slope.

The pistes we used right across Les Arcs today were all in an excellent condition after the snowfall in the last 24/48 hrs. The wind had done some damage to the more exposed runs so you may find icy or hard packed snow still in some places, but that is to be expected at this time of year. Overall in my opinion the conditions now are on track to be as good as any year. Fingers crossed that it stays cold and does keep snowing as forecast.

Another good day in the powder. Even with all the higher areas closed Les Arcs proved to be great with it’s varied terrain and forests to play in. The winter has really arrived. Anyone out next week should have a great time.”

All pictures by Snowcrazy Chris.

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Katie Downs

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