Originally Posted by jackwan1
I am planning to visit the first time Paradiski/La Plange in March. What is like there? I have been almost all the major US/CAN ski areas but never been to this one. Can some one compare it to places like Vail, Aspen, Tahoe, Whistler or JH....?
I am into steep and deep...
Paradiski is actualy 2 domains linked by a huge brand new double decked tram, La Plagne and Les Arcs. For having skied both, I'm afraid I strongly prefer Les Arcs... Now there are good news and bad news regarding La Plagne.
Bad news :
- It's huge and confusing. There are nearly a dozen 'base resorts', either low villages (nice athmosphere but quite remote from the slopes) or purpose built high elevation resorts (convenient but ugly).
- It's flat... On the groomers anyway. It's a family oriented resort, with a lot of easy slopes and long traverse. A snowboarder nightmare.
- The lifts are just average by french standards.
- The good 'off piste' spots are not always easy to find. So you'll need to hire a guide or an instructor to show you around.
- It's family oriented, so 'aprés-ski' nightlife is, well, family oriented...
- It's in the tarentaise area, which is really snow-poor this year. (But things may change this month).
Good news :
- It's huge.. Really huge. Lots of opportunities, lot of elevation and vertical, lots of different terrain (from glacier skiing to tree skiing).
- Tremendous off piste opportunities. A great resort for the 'steep and deep', if you're ready to duck the ropes and know where to go. You'll definitely need a local to show you.
- It's in the tarentaise area, so there are half a dozen resorts around you (La Plagne, Les Arcs, Tignes - Val d'Isère, and smaller but fine ones like Sainte Foy) and you're actualy in a national park. BTW, I Know that the Evolution2 ski school in Val d'Isère organize a 'tarentaise day tour', and I'm confident you can find a similar free ride program in La Plagne.
Hope that helps.