Winter holiday in Paradiski

For our yearly ski vacation, we went to Paradiski in the French Alps this year. We had a great time, trying out a formula of staying 12 days rather than 8 or 15. This worked out very well, no traffic on the road when driving up to the ski area, and the chance to maximally enjoy our days on the mountain.

We ski'd (almost) the entire area, one of the largest there are, and as always had the most fun when trying to reach remote little villages and having lunch somewhere where there is only 5 residences at the foot of one lift. The area is not as nice as the Trois Vallees (but that is hard indeed!) - the lifts seem to be localized a bit less handily, especially in La Plagne, with the result that almost everyone needs two or three important lifts. The result: lines for those lifts, even though it was not a holiday period and generally pretty quiet around.

But no complaints here, we had a great time (and did not break anything, always a bonus). The weather did its part, with a few sunny days and lots of snow in between, giving that fabulous feeling of fresh snow 'knerping' under the skis / board. We rode the Vanoise Express, the big elevator between La plagne and Les Arcs, once (well, twice - we had to go back), which was an experience in itself. And the last few days we stayed in a hotel at the foot of the Les Arcs area, so all in all we spent a few days in La Plagne and a few days in Les Arcs.

Some of the pistes were closed or had warnings about bad snow, which was a shame, but what can you do on south-facing slopes when the year has generally not been all that cold or snowy? But our residence (Pierre & Vacances Mont Soleil) was fantastic: big apartment, clean and pretty new, south-facing balcony and plenty of hot water - what more do you want? Plagne Soleil was great for us: a quiet little group of houses separated from Plagne Centre, with two small bars and no clubs or discos (so no loud party people, yay :) This as opposed to Plagne Bellecote, which is basically one huge flat-like complex with loud booming music bars on the ground floor and apartments above them. Happy not te be there. But hey, if you like clubbing, it is probably Paradise!

Next year we will perhaps look further afield for new, interesting destinations (Austria? Italy?) But for now, it is time to let the snow melt and spring begin!