The first ski day in Les Arcs, La Plagne and Paradiski this weekend is set to be a beaut with 100km of pistes open and sunny skies predicted!
Early pre-season dumps of snow have kept pistes covered during the recent mild, bluebird patch and temperatures have been cold enough for snow machines to do their job successfully. Over 66 pistes including family ski leisure hub Mille 8 will be open, as will the snowpark and of course the glacier. The Vanoise Express linking Les Arcs and La Plagne areas will be open the following weekend.
Ski schools including children’s lessons are operational and ski passes are given at a 15% discount for the first week – so there’s no reason not to take advantage and come to enjoy this amazing ski area.
See the conditions in La Plagne for yourself in this Facebook Live video filmed on Tuesday:
Locals and members of the Les Arcs Winter Facebook group tested conditions last week with very positive results. They reported:
For those coming out to Les Arcs on 10 December or even for Christmas and New Year weeks. Above 2000m the snow is good and the depth is enough right now to not damage your skis or snowboard unless you are unlucky. I also had a sneaky look at the pistes in Les Arcs and they all seem in quite good condition above 2000m, better than at the start of last season. They are trying to build one piste down to Arc 1800 and one to Peisey Vallandry. There is talk of another piste linking Arc 1600 and Arc 1800. Guess it all depends if it stays cold enough to keep the snow canons blasting. Hope it works. So fingers crossed it stays cold and maybe even a little snow before the resort opens. PS. You can ski down to Arc 2000 and Arc 1950!
JP of AIM Snowsports school told us after visiting the pistes on Friday afternoon:
I visited Arc 2000 to have a look around prior to the opening on the slopes. The snowfront is completely snow covered and conditions look good considering the lack of snow we’ve had over the past weeks. The resort plans to open 30 lifts and 66 slopes which is pretty impressive figures and testament to the work of the Les Arcs team. Any slopes below 2000 metres won’t have natural snow due to the rain we suffered some weeks ago but there is enough man made snow to open the liaison routes to every Les Arcs destination with the exception of Villaroger.
Keep checking our LIVE pages for up-to-the-minute information on which lifts are running, which pistes are open, webcams, snow reports and more.