Paradiski – An international resort
Montchavin – La Plagne – Les Arcs
Mountains, inc. is based in the ski resort of La Plagne, one half of the newly integrated skiing area of Paradiski. Opened in December 2003, the revolutionary high-speed 200 person cable car the Vanoise Express transports skiers across the valley between La Plagne (Montchavin-Les Coches) and Les Arcs (Peisey Vallandry). Paradiski is one of the largest winter playgrounds in the world, with over 400km of groomed pistes. Visitors can choose to buy a lift pass for just the Montchavin -Les Coches area; for La Plagne; or for Paradiski – see our At A Glance guide for details. The La Plagne and Paradiski passes also cover you for a day’s skiing in the neighbouring resorts of the Three Valleys, Val d’Isere, and Tignes.
La Plagne is a vast state-of-the-art ski area that covers 220 kilometres of groomed pistes, serviced by 108 lifts. The 132 runs range from the top of the Bellecote glacier at 3417m to the tree lined slopes of the lower villages at 1250m. There are miles of blue and red runs and some good beginners slopes with free drag lifts and gentle gradients; plus some superb and testing black runs, and the off piste is extensive and not tracked out. Guided off piste expeditions can be arranged taking you away from the crowds into the unspoilt Ponturin valley.
Within the La Plagne boundaries are 10 resort villages, all with their own character and importantly their own facilities. Spread across the mountain, they are linked by efficient lift services. Montchavin is a traditional Savoyard village, surrounded by apple orchards and rooted in a farming tradition that predates the skiing industry by several hundred years. The resort has restaurants and bars, a cinema and nightclub, shops and 2 ski schools. Just above is the newer resort village of Les Coches, linked by lifts and a resort bus, with more restaurants and its own ski schools. A gentle slope in the bowl of the village has a free draglift for beginners and a children’s snow park. The lifts whiz you up past pretty tree lined tracks to the open spaces of La Plagne. Snow cannons and the direction of the slopes ensure the lower runs are kept open all season. In misty or snowy conditions the tree lined slopes can offer the best visibility.
If you like to rack up those miles, you can choose to ski Les Arcs as well as La Plagne with the Paradiski lift pass. Previously only accessible from La Plagne by a long road trip, with the new 200 person cable car you can get there from Montchavin in 15 minutes. With 200 km of groomed pistes serviced by 76 lifts you will truly be able to make sure that you never ski the same terrain twice.
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