The most beautiful expectations are those, that are exceeded. What remains are unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. Like freeride skiing at Paradiski ski resort, which I visited in March with my best skiing buddies from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Why my expectations were exceeded was due to many things and circumstances that I tell you here.
One week freeride skiing without friends? No way! Thanks to CC, Georg, Michi, Christoph, Andy, Döbi, Thomas, Rupert, Flo, Hampi, Moritz, Sören and Murtn. Nice to have you! You were the best team ever!
2) Home base
Get up, have breakfast and then jump on the slopes. Yeah! Our home base was in the traditional mountain village Vallandry in Peisey-Vallandry. It’s in the heart of the Paradiski ski area at an altitude of 1600 meters. We rented a nice holiday lodge with a sensational view.
3) The ski area Paradiski
The Paradiski ski resort is located in the Vanoise massif in the Savoie department, near the border triangle France-Italy-Switzerland. There are 256 ski runs with a track length of 425 kilometers – of which 37 black, 79 red and six ski tours – and many beautiful powder snow runs between the peaks of the Aiguille Rouge (3,226 m) from Les Arcs and the Bellecôte (3,417 m), the local mountain of La Plagne. From the glaciers of the two ski resorts Les Arcs and La Plagne, you can see the Mont Blanc on sunny days. Simply fantastic! A playground without boundaries: Paradiski Infos
4) The Vanoise Express
Since 2003 the Vanoise Express links the Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne ski areas. With a speed of 45 km/h the double-decker gondolas can transport up to 200 people. The tram crosses a stunning 1824m span in only 4 minutes. Thus varied ski safaris through Paradiski are guaranteed.
5) Aiguille rouge
The white pyramid of the Aiguille Rouge, which rises above the huge guest houses of Arc 2000, provides the skiing highlight of Les Arcs. The special feature: the 2000-meter descent to Villaroger is one of the longest slopes in the Alps. A fun challenge!
6) North Face / Face Nord de Bellecôte
Up to 3250 meters altitude you can go by lifts on the Bellecôte above La Plagne. It’s a fantastic ski mountain especially for freeride skiers. The steep North Face guarantees a descent of 2000 meters and has more than one entrance. Most skiers start from the top of La Plagne’s highest chair lift and do a short ascent to the ridge. The higher you make your entrance into the North Face, the more extreme the descent. It ends in the valley of Les Lanches (with a panaché at Restaurant Le Fer à Cheval). With a bus you come to Nancroix, where an antique bucket lift connects with the Vanoise Express cable car at Plan Peisey. Please be aware: The North Face is a wilderness zone with all off-piste dangers, any mistake might have serious consequences.
7) Mojo Bar
Nice location to party in Vallandry with a good selection of homemade cocktails, wines and spirits. We had a nice evening there.
8) Water Slide
Water skiing in the winter. Possible at the Water Slide area in Les Arcs. Refreshing experience!
The name sounds heavenly and in fact it is. This is due to the varied terrain and the perfect accessibility with lifts and slopes. Highly recommended!
NICE TO SKI YOU