Paradiski

Paradiski Piste Map. (CLICK TO VIEW)

Paradiski Piste Map. (CLICK TO VIEW)

We go skiing every year. This year we chose to go to the Tarentaise area of the French Alps. We stayed at the Golf Hotel in Les Arcs which gave us access to a huge skiing area known as Paradiski.

Hotel du Golf, Arc 1800

Hotel du Golf, Arc 1800

The combined resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs offer over 400km of skiable piste.

Ian and I have skied for many years and can confidently navigate around the slopes and get down everything. The Hotel was well situated. We were able ski out of the ski room door down to the first lift at the start of the day and ski back to the door in the evening.

Ski in-ski out.

Ski in-ski out.

On our first day out on the slopes the weather was overcast and the light was a bit flat but the snow was superb and the resort was quiet so no lift queues.

Empty slopes and perfect snow

Empty slopes and perfect snow

On Monday it was bright and sunny so we took the Vanoise Express across to La Plagne.

The Vanoise Express

The Vanoise Express

It was a bright sunny day and we enjoyed the superb conditions.

Superb conditions at La Plagne

Superb conditions at La Plagne

We took the Bellecote gondola up to the top of the Bellecote Glacier.

High up on the Bellecote glacier

High up on the Bellecote glacier

There were very few people up there and we enjoyed several runs on the glacier with superb views.

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Views from the Bellecote glacier

Views from the Bellecote glacier

The next day the weather was quite good but with the promise of some snow. We took the cable car to the top of the Aguille Rouge. The promised snow arrived as we were making our way up so when we arrived visibility was zero!

Heavy snow on the Aguille Rouge

Heavy snow on the Aguille Rouge

There were very few people up there and we were very pleased to be able to find our way down the piste following the red poles.

Picking our way down from the Aguille Rouge

Picking our way down from the Aguille Rouge

We enjoyed another bright sunny day on Thursday and had a great view across to Mont Blanc from the Roche de Mio in La Plagne.

View across to Mont Blanc

View across to Mont Blanc

We made the most of the fantastic weather and snow conditions which was just as well as Friday was very snowy.

Ian struggling in the fresh snow

Ian in the fresh snow

There had a been 30cm of new snow overnight and it carried on snowing all day. There was no sunshine but there was about 50cm of unpisted powder snow everywhere.

We were aware of the avalanche risks as there were frequent bangs where the dangerous area were cleared by controlled explosions. However there were safe places to ski off piste and I made the most of this.

Off piste

Off piste

So now it’s back to wet and windy Dorset. Cycling tomorrow!

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