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Thursday September 3, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

Most think of Espace Killy, Les3Vallees or the Portes du Soleil when they think of large linked ski areas in France. Christine van Zadelhoff from Ski Amis prefers Paradiski with its main resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne.

Let's start with the facts: 425km of pistes, 3 snowparks, a boarder-cross course, 2 halfpipes, air bags, snowsure peaks of Aiguille Rouge at 3,227m and the Bellecote glacier at 3,417m (both open to pedestrians too).

As expected, Paradiski has plenty of pistes for all abilities.

There are plenty of open blue runs on the plains around Belle Plagne for beginners.

Wide, fast tree lined runs at Peisey Vallandry for intermediate to advanced.

Then plenty of challenging reds and blacks like Grand Col, that is also great for some easy off piste.

Then there is the 8km Aiguille Rouge that is, in my opinion, the best long run in the Alps.

Although there are fewer pistes than the mighty Les3Valles Paradiski has a larger skiable area with an incredible amount of off piste area to explore. 












My favourite aspect to Les Arcs is the pistes Natur - ungroomed pistes where you can experience the thrill of off piste safe in the knowledge that you will never get stranded.

Comborciere is by far my favourite run, a steep, long, black run not often tackled by snowboarders.

Generally full of moguls and always challenging but great fun, especially after a big dump of powder.

Don't be fooled by the extremely chilled reggae-loving lifty at the bottom of the hill.

As you ascend above Comborciere you witness the moguls and the people who did not heed the warning sign at the top.

This run is a proper work out and extremely satisfying once you nail it.

For a related article on the disappearing skill of mogul skiing then see this earlier story.

Malgovert is another piste natur but a very different animal.

A fun undulating red run that wends its way around boulders and trees, a far cry from the usual motorway pistes.

My run of choice in La Plagne is the red from the top of Les Verdons down to Champagny en Vanoise.

It is a long, quiet, wide expanse with fantastic views towards La Tania and the Three Valleys.

A stunning spot for lunch before heading back into the thick of it.

Paradiski is keeping bang up to date with the demand for "mountain holidays".

The new Mille 8 complex at Arc 1800 offers activities including swimming, fitness and wellness centre, luge and a snow garden so non skiers, or those who just fancy a day off, can enjoy time on the mountain as much as everyone else.

Time to relaxTime to relax













The ethos is nothing new.

In the valley between Les Arcs and La Plagne lies the Nordic area with more to offer than just Nordic skiing.

Horse sleigh rides, dog sled rides, raquette and even a reindeer park are set in the most incredibly beautiful surroundings.

There are also ruins of old mine buildings which tell a little about the history of the area.

I love walking and relaxing here, enjoying a waffle and a coffee whilst contemplating the giant mountains on each side.

In addition to skidoo, The Rodeo Park, Igloo Village, The Bob Experience (Olympic bobsleigh run), Colorado Park and ice rink which are all permanent features in Paradiski, last spring La Plagne hosted Subli'cimes.

Its attractions at the top of each peak including a spa with massages and hot tub, a beach with cocktail bar and samba band, an enchanted fairy land with magic and sweets and adrenaline area with bunji ride and airbag.

Bathtime in the sunBathtime in the sun
















Adrenalin at altitudeAdrenalin at altitude
















La Plage at La PlagneLa Plage at La Plagne
















PlanetSKI was in La Plagne for the spring festival see here for our report from the time.

While below is a snow report from the PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove, with further information about Subli'cimes.


For me Paradiski is committed to giving visitors a fantastic holiday. 

And it's not all gimmicks.

The constant upgrading of lifts to larger faster ones, including a new high-speed gondola in Montalbert for 2015/16, means you can efficiently smash up the piste even during peak times.

Les Arcs is extremely well linked up with instant skiing from each lift and minimal traversing.

The Vanoise Express cable car joining Les Arcs and La Plagne is quicker than some standard lifts with the bonus of carrying 200+ people at once.

You get spectacular views over the valley and you might even glimpse some snow art 380m below.

There is truly a mix of everything for everyone in Paradiski.

Traditional villages with narrow streets and old farm buildings like Montchavin, beautiful chalets in Peisey Vallandry and Montalbert and lively, purpose built resorts like Arc 1800 and Plagne Centre.

The mountains are dotted with great restaurants, bars and dancing terraces depending on what you fancy.

I like to sit at the bar/restaurant at the bottom of the Les Arcs snowpark watching the epic fails of skiers crossing the water slide and the victories of snowboarders back-flipping into the airbag.

From Savoyard fayre to live DJs on the piste at "Mix Mountain" I love what Paradiski has to offer and always will.

Christine van Zadelhoff is a co-director of the chalet company, Ski Amis. For further details about its properties and holidays then see here.

Ed and Chrstine, Ski AmisEd and Christine, Ski Amis














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