With 425 km of slopes and 132 lifts between 1200 and 3250 m above sea level: Paradiski offers an outstanding ski area and is the second-largest ski area in the world thanks to its cable car connection the Vanoise Express. Launched ten years ago, Paradiski connects two iconic Savoyard resort areas: Les Arcs and La Plagne. But between these two resort areas, which one best fits your expectations? How to decide and which to choose? Here are some elements of comparison between Les Arcs and La Plagne.
Be careful; this comparison is deliberately oriented on practical criteria: ease of access and parking, services/shops, childcare, après-ski … all useful and practical information that will help you, in the end, choose between Les Arcs and La Plagne.
They are only a few kilometres apart, and they work together to offer you even more attractive holiday offers but at the same time they encourage their own unique identities.
-Family-oriented, sporty, festive and cosy, Les Arcs is a multi-faceted ski resort. Organized over five sites (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000), it offers different atmospheres to meet all your wishes.
-Presenting itself as a family resort, La Plagne benefits from an international reputation thanks to its ski area and its accommodation capacity. It is also organized on several sites (10): Plagne 1800, Plagne Centre, Plagne Aime 2000, Plagne Villages, Plagne Soleil, Plagne Bellecote, Belle Plagne, Montachvin Les Coches, Plagne Montalbert, Champagny en Vanoise.
Access and parking at Les Arcs and La Plagne
Located in the Tarentaise Valley in Savoy, Les Arcs and La Plagne are easily accessible by train or by car: the motorway to Albertville is extended by a 2×2 lanes to Moûtiers then by the RN90 to Bourg- Saint-Maurice.
-The Les Arcs resort has a significant advantage. The Bourg-Saint-Maurice train station is located just 7 minutes from the slopes thanks to its funicular connection. For those who come by car, each Les Arcs location has several covered and uncovered car parks, most often paying. No worries to move then thanks to the funicular and the numerous free shuttles between the different locations.
-Located 645 km from Paris, 169 km from Lyon and 100 km from Chambéry, La Plagne is served by various railway stations. For the high altitude resorts and Plagne Montalbert, it is Aime la Plagne station, for Montchavin Les Coches, that of Landry and for Champagny en Vanoise, that of Moûtiers. By car, access to most La Plagne resorts is via the famous 21-turn road, above the town of Aime.
Comparative ski areas of Les Arcs and La Plagne
The ski areas of La Plagne and Les Arcs have many similarities since they have such a vast and varied playground. Learning, carving, freestyle, freeride, all types of skiing are possible. Also, with 70% of slopes above 2,000 m and a new snow-cannon network, snow cover is optimal from December to April.
-On the 425 km of Paradiski ski area, Les Arcs has 200 km of pistes and 51 lifts. Located at an altitude between 1200 to 3226 m, most of the slopes are blue (only one is green). It has a famous snowpark suitable for all levels: the Apocalypse Park.
-The Domaine de La Plagne has only a few more kilometres of pistes (225 km) than Les Arcs and also has a vast majority of blue runs. It has many more lifts (105) and extends between 1250 to 3250 m in altitude. Its snowpark is divided into two freestyle zones, one being reserved for novice riders. A play zone called “Fun Zone” composed of adapted modules completes the initiation.
Everyday life in Les Arcs and La Plagne
In Les Arcs as well as in La Plagne, the various locations that make up the resorts have all the shops and services required for a pleasant stay, adapted to all needs and within easy reach (mostly ski-in ski-out locations as well). Most of the resorts are semi-pedestrianised.
“Après ski” offer from Les Arcs and La Plagne
There are plenty of opportunities for après-ski fun. Take off the skis to dive into a pool, warm up around a mulled wine, transform into Inuit or dance until the end of the night … everything is possible!
-Les Arcs resort is full of sports and relaxation activities. For those who want to enjoy winter magic, the new 400sqm igloo village and the Ice Cave welcomes them, as well as the yurts evenings in the manner of nomadic peoples or the dog sledging outings. And for those who want to party until the end of the night, it is off to Arc 1800 and its many bars, bowling alley and clubs.
La Folie Douce, the famous music bar of the French Alps is now also in Les Arcs 1800, see more info here.
-Initiation to ice climbing, descent by air board when the slopes close, evening and night in an igloo or even going downhill in bobsleigh … La Plagne loves out-of-the-ordinary activities. To relax intensely, head to the wellness centres that offer massages and beauty treatments. Espace Paradisio even provides a new aquatic exercise to improve your muscle tone and lose weight: Aquafusion.
Even with all the different resorts set separately in several locations, the resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne are both truly child-friendly.
-In Les Arcs, children are pampered as soon as they arrive in the resort. The ski pass is free up to 6 years old, ski lessons are specific to children, and adapted infrastructures (daycare centres and snow gardens) welcome them in each resort location. There is even a babysitters agency to take over. For activities, head for the ice rink, the ice cave or the luge slope high up (Rodéo Park) more than 3 km long!
-Each ski resort in La Plagne (11 in total, all high altitude) has the necessary infrastructure to welcome children and make them discover the joys of skiing at their own pace. As part of the ski area, 5 Coolski spaces have been created and consist of safe learning areas for children, evolving circuits and resting areas. In addition to the toboggan run of Colorado Park (Plagne Centre), a new piste is born (the Arpette), opening only in the evening with a beautiful light markup.
Conclusion of the comparison match between Les Arcs and La Plagne
Ski resorts over several locations, different choices, a vast and varied ski area, exceptional snow, … Les Arcs and La Plagne meet the same characteristics. However, La Plagne is the largest French resort by its number of beds, and it may seem less friendly than Les Arcs where each site has a strong soul and a positive warm atmosphere but all in all they are very similar.
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