The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 5 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 4 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Les Arcs

Key facts

Resort1600 m
Slopes1200-3225 m
Lifts51
Pistes200 km
Price index100

Peisey-Vallandry

France

Hamlets on the slopes

The upside

  • Quiet, developing village of mostly chalets
  • A wide variety of pistes and easily accessed off-piste terrain; great for mixed groups
  • Fast cable car link to La Plagne
  • Some excellent, quiet woodland runs
  • Very easy rail access from UK

The downside

  • Very quiet in the evenings, and limited choice of bars/restaurants
  • No green runs for novices to progress to (normally a feature of French resorts)
  • Lots of flat linking runs in the main Les Arcs area to annoy snowboarders
  • Few off-slope diversions

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News – 2016/17

Les Arcs is getting its first five-star hotel, the Taj I Mah in Arc 2000 - quite a radical development in a resort where hotels of any kind are rare. It will have all the trimmings you might expect, including a Michelin-starred chef.

Summary

Peisey-Vallandry is a group of small villages linked to Les Arcs and the Paradiski area: small, still-developing ski stations on a north-facing slope above the old village of Peisey. The cable car to La Plagne leaves from Plan-Peisey, which has a hotel and a few shops, bars and restaurants. The slopes above the villages offer uncrowded woodland runs - ideal for adventurous intermediates. Les Arcs as a whole offers impressive variety, including some of the longest descents in the Alps, and plenty of steep stuff. Keen mixed-ability groups should have it on their shortlists.

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The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 5 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 4 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Les Arcs

Key facts

Resort1600 m
Slopes1200-3225 m
Lifts51
Pistes200 km
Price index100