Altitude: 1250-3250 Meters

Paradiski in short

  • Good nursery slopes in all areas
  • Excellent snow conditions
  • Excellent mixed-ability skiing

Paradiski came into existance in the 2003-04 ski season, when the Vanoise Express double-decker cable car (the only one of its type ever made) which links Les Coches (La Plagne) with Peisey-Vallandry (Les Arcs) was installed. The Paradiski linked ski area, with over 425km of ski slopes, 3 glaciers and two mountain peaks that reach 3000m of altitude, has something to offer every skier and snowboarder - whatever their level and style of skiing or snowboarding. Paradiski is the third-largest ski area in France, after Les Portes du Soleil and Les Trois Vallées. As 70% of the slopes lie above 2000m altitude, Paradiski offers reliable snow cover for skiing holidays all winter long.

While much of the ski area is composed of high-altitude glacier slopes, Paradiski also has many lovely slopes below the tree line. Skiing in Paradiski presents fantastic views of the magnificent Mont Blanc, which can be best enjoyed from the top of the Aiguille Rouge lift (3226m). The ski area includes skiing on two glaciers, the Varet glacier (accessible via the Aiguille Rouge cable car in La Plagne) and the Chiaupe glacier (accessible via the Bellecôte gondola in La Plagne). The Aiguille Rouge is renowned for its off-piste terrain and is the starting point for a 7km descent towards Villaroger. Paradiski is a bona-fide cross-country skiing destination as well, with 150km of trails for nordic skiing between La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry. Cross-country skiing in this region is a wonderful way to enjoy the views of Mont Blanc at a slower pace. The ski resorts of Paradiski are some of the easiest ski resorts to reach by air and by train from the UK.

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La Plagne 1800 is a small village with a few bars, restaurants and ski rental shops. We stayed at the Residence Edelweiss and had a lovely time!

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Paradiski


Ski lifts

Additional information

Blue slopes170 km Drag lifts30Start of the season15 December
Red slopes166 km Chair lifts31End of the season27 April
Black slopes89 km Gondola lifts10Glacier
Off-piste0 km Train0Min. altitude1250 m
Total425 km Capacity12900 Pers./HourMax. altitude3250 m

travelResorts in Paradiski ski area

Slopes for every level

The ski resort of La Plagne, in the Paradiski ski area, is made up of 11 villages equipped with numerous ski lifts. The heart of this ski area is the "La Plagne Centre“. Here, there are plenty of easy-to-access nursery slopes for first-time skiers, although every level of skier is spoilt for choice on the slopes of La Plagne. Les Arcs, in the Paradiski ski area, is made up of four ski resorts: Les Arcs 1600, Les Arcs 1800, Les Arcs 2000 and the new Les Arcs 1950. Here the diversity of choice for intermediate skiers is almost unchallenged. Most of the main ski runs have an easy and a more difficult alternative, meaning that skiing here is ideal for mixed-ability groups who want to ski together. Recently self-proclaimed 'home of the snowboard' Les Arcs does hold a certain attraction for boarders with its excellent facilities. The Bellecôte area boasts a plethora of challenging red and black slopes for more advanced skiers. With 27 black runs to choose from, even the most demanding skier will find a challenge here in the Paradiski area.

Off-piste & freestyle in Paradiski

Snow parks 1Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
La Plagne EUR 172.00 EUR 215.50 4 Years old
Les Arcs EUR - EUR - 5 Years old
Paradiski EUR - EUR - 5 Years old
Champagny en Vanoise EUR 208.00 EUR 259.00 5 Years old

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
La Plagne EUR 215.00 EUR 269.00 4 Years old
Les Arcs EUR 217.00 EUR 271.00 5 Years old
Paradiski EUR 248.00 EUR 305.00 5 Years old
Champagny en Vanoise EUR 208.00 EUR 259.00 5 Years old

Blogs about Paradiski

26 May 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

France is known for having a good number of the world’s largest linked ski areas, with some of the ski areas measuring over 600km of pistes at altitudes of more than 3000m above sea level. But that’s not all France has to offer, and skiers and snowboarders are starting to discover the smaller resorts whose pretty scenery, village atmosphere and varied terrain can easily compete with the biggest names in the Alps. In our list of the top 15 French ski resorts, we've selected some up-and-comers alo... More ›

11 April 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Lyon is a gateway to the French Alps and, as luck would have it, many airlines offer flights from Britain to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. Whether you’re looking for a quiet ski resort to spend ski holidays with the family, or a world-class ski resort with endless slopes and challenging terrain, there’s no shortage of ski areas within easy reach of Lyon Airport. It’s also tempting to spend a few days tooling around this attractive city on your way home – why not make a week of it?... More ›

29 November 2019 by Danielle in 'Latest news', Ski areas''

This winter, Les Arcs is launching what might just be the world's first "business class" ski pass. Skiers and snowboarders can elect to pay more for their ski pass to enjoy priority at lifts and other exclusive advantages. The concept of business class is familiar to anyone who's ever travelled on a plane or even a train, but it's the first time the concept is being tried out in a ski resort.... More ›

10 January 2019 by Danielle in 'Live from the slopes''

Winter is finally in full swing and many of us are looking forward to our first ski holidays of the season. Ah, to experience that feeling of fresh snow under your boots, to breathe in the wonderful mountain air and carve your first tracks through the virgin snow! We decided to kick off our season in the French Alps, exploring the huge Paradiski linked ski area, and it didn't disappoint!... More ›

2 January 2019 by Danielle in 'Latest news''

Boy trapped in an avalanche in the French Alps rescued alive

A young skier in the French Alps is lucky to be alive after a brush with an avalanche on Boxing Day. The 12-year-old boy was skiing at La Plagne in the French Alps when he got caught in an avalanche which carried him dozens of metres down the mountain and separated him from his group. Rescue workers said the chances of survival after being buried in an avalanche for so long were slim to none. The boy can thank the search-and-rescue dog who sniffed him out from under several feet of snow.... More ›

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