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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

There's a possible business trip in the next few months that I would like to tie in some skiing if it happens.  Would be either from Paris or Montpellier.  It sounds like a train directly to Les Arcs from Paris may be the best solution to avoid rental cars or long transfers.

 

Any other ideas, especially if Montpellier is part of the mix?

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 11

Well, if it were me, I'd get the TGV to Bourg St. Maurice and then get a bus/cab/transfer minibus to the Espace Killy. Or perhaps get off at Moutiers and do the same thing for the Three Valleys.

 

I assume there's a train from Montpellier to Grenoble, so you could take that and explore the skiing around there (Les Deux Alpes?) but again, if it were me, I'd hire a car and go to the Three Valleys or the Espace. Coming all of that way, you may as well go to the best ski areas.

post #3 of 11

From Paris take the train to Bourg-st-Maurice and then the gondola up to Les Arcs from the end of the platform.

From Montpellier, try and get a train to Briançon, you then get Serre Chevalier and Montgenevre (on the Milky Way).

 

Volf

post #4 of 11

Courchevel 1850.......no brainer !

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Courchevel 1850.......no brainer !



The skiing is good but a parking spot and a beer cost more than our room down the road in Moutiers.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice everyone. Sounds like this is the most direct link-up.  Anyone know a website I can check for lodging for just a few days? (like or 4).  Most websites I have found seem geared towards week long (or more) "holidays".  Probably looking more for like an extended weekend.

post #7 of 11
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Sounds like this is the most direct link-up.  Anyone know a website I can check for lodging for just a few days? (like or 4).  Most websites I have found seem geared towards week long (or more) "holidays".  Probably looking more for like an extended weekend.


 

I did exactly this off a business trip to Paris, the TGV service is excellent. I settled on Les Arcs because the funicular runs right from the station, it also means you can pick up food etc. very cheap from the supermarket in Bourg St. Maurice before heading up there. Once you get to 1600 there is a free bus service to 1800, 1950, 2000.

 

For accommodation I also had weird dates and just went on holidaylettings and rented a private apartment. All in all it didn't exactly work out all that cheap compared to a package deal from the UK I have to say especially as I had to rent skis.

post #8 of 11

NJskier164

 

We did a trip to Les Arcs last year and loved!

 

One tip: since you said you'll be there for about 4 days. Keep in mind you'll probably have not enough time to cover all Paradiski each day(it's huge!). Just the Les Arcs terrain have several pistes/miles. We skied this side of the mountain about 3 days and  not repeat many ones. So, search for the lift ticket for the Les Arcs domain at first and Paradisk when you had cover this side. But, of course keep an eye on the promotions!!!smile.gif 

 

Important,  don't forget to get a map with the estimated time you spend to go / back from one side to another. You'll realize that you'll need to keep at least 1 hour to start to get back and be able to come to ( i.e) 1600, before the lifts stop to run. Other way... it's better you have some Euros to get a taxi to back home!  wink.gif

 

The Narc comment is perfect.

"... TGV service is excellent. I settled on Les Arcs because the funicular runs right from the station, it also means you can pick up food etc. very cheap from the supermarket in Bourg St. Maurice before heading up there. Once you get to 1600 there is a free bus service to 1800, 1950, 2000...."

 

I would say that's possible to stay at Bourg St. Maurice(cheaper) and get the Funicular to heading up every day to 1600 and start to ski right there. With a good snow coverture you can ski down to Bourg at the end of the day, other way, Funicular!!

 

BTW, try this other site  http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/ there are a lot of information about Les Arcs.

 

Good Luck

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the sugestions everyone.  Unfortunately it looks like this will not happen after all (meeting will be here in the U.S....dang!)  But we are looking to do a trip anyway so we may be able to use this information next year, and do a week instead (which will give more time to explore the vast terrain).

 

Thanks again folks!

post #10 of 11
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Thanks for the sugestions everyone.  Unfortunately it looks like this will not happen after all (meeting will be here in the U.S....dang!)  But we are looking to do a trip anyway so we may be able to use this information next year, and do a week instead (which will give more time to explore the vast terrain).

 

Thanks again folks!



Commiserations on the news.

 

If you do come over next year, a week-long trip will be best. Regardless of whether you go to the Paradiski area, Espace Killy, Three Valleys, or any other such area, the amount of space to explore will keep you busy for a full week. Anything shorter than that will give you the same feeling as walking out of the theater before the film has ended: you feel like you left before you've seen it all.

post #11 of 11

Regarding my little experience at  Paradiski area last year,  I totaly agree with  Cerebral!!!

 

"... the amount of space to explore will keep you busy for a full week. Anything shorter than that will give you the same feeling as walking out of the theater before the film has ended: you feel like you left before you've seen it all..."roflmao.gif

 

Believe, it it happens with me frown.gif

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