Le Pré, Villaroger is situated at the foot of Les Arcs most famous runs, the Aiguille Rouge, one of Europe’s longest pisted runs. The epic run from the top of the glacier above down to Villaroger has black and red options, with the lower sections passing through some of the best tree lined skiing Les Arcs offers. At the end of the run is a famous restaurant and bar, popular for lunch but also open in the evenings.
The area above Villaroger around the Aiguille Rouge has some of Les Arcs best “nature” and off-piste skiing. In nearby Arcs 2000 are some fabulous runs in the bowl beside the speed ski run, a straight line course built for the 1992 winter Olympics and which is often open to the public.
Intermediates will find plenty of areas in Les Arcs to help them progress particularly in Arcs 1800 and Peisey Vallandry where there are numerous tree lined runs. The ski area of Les Arcs comprises some 210km of skiable terrain.
Villaroger is not suitable for beginners. There is a free chair lift with a short blue run from the village but you will need to be able to ski an easy red piste to connect with the rest of Les Arcs.
Paradiski has been created by the linking of La Plagne and Les Arcs by the Vanoise Express, a double-decker cable car taking less than four minutes to reach Les Coches, La Plagne from Plan Peisey, Les Arcs.
The Paradiski area comprises 435 km of piste, two skiable glaciers, two peaks above 3,000 meters, 232 pistes (12 green; 125 blue, 64 red and 31 black) and 174 ski lifts.
Paradiski has much to offer all levels of skier with many areas particularly suited to intermediates. If you’re an intermediate skier you’ll find you can really clock up the miles in Paradiski! Experts will love the vast off-piste and many “nature” runs.
Les Arcs has long been one of the most popular resorts with boarders. In addition to the two Paradiski boarder cross runs, four snow parks and two half pipes, there is also vast off-piste to explore.
PARADISKI – the full area pass covering the whole 420km of piste and 2 glaciers of La Plagne and Les Arcs. This pass is INCLUDED in our holidays at Villaroger!
What else can you do?
Rodeo Park in Arc 2000 has an amazing 3km of piste specifically designed for sledging and a safe distance away from skiers and boarders. The park is open from 10.30am to 4.15pm every day except Sunday. Click here to watch the video!
One of the latest winter sport crazes is speed riding, combining paragliding with Freeride. Speed riding involves using a paraglider mini-sail that is easy to steer and using the terrain to make jumps with soft landings on snow (wearing skis of course!). Arc 2000 is the base for the largest speed riding school in France and has a dedicated speed riding area should you wish to learn to fly as well as ski. Click here to watch the video!
The oldest winter sport in the world, snowshoeing is enjoyed by nature lovers and walkers alike. Off the beaten track you may discover mountain flora and fauna, come across chamois or ibex and learn the history of the valley.
CROSS COUNTRY / NORDIC SKIING
Cross country or Nordic skiing offers the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the mountains in a much more relaxed way then skiing or snowboarding. As well as enjoying the spectacular scenery, it is a great form of aerobic exercise. There are approximately 453km of marked cross country skiing routes in both Les Arcs and La Plagne, offering something for everyone from beginners to advanced. You can hire the boots, skis and poles fairly inexpensively from most rental shops and most ski schools or private ski instructors offer lessons for beginners. For more advanced lessons and guiding or tours, go to an adventure company such as Evolution 2, Les Arcs.