based from Les Arcs 1600 and exploring Paradiski – the highs and lows
We have never done the catered ski chalet family skiing holiday with childcare and ski lessons. That works for some people but we love getting out on the slopes for family skiing time together. This family ski trip to Les Arcs was our first alpine family skiing holiday and so we were hoping to share some great skiing with our boys and we weren’t disappointed.
Family skiing the whole Paradiski area
We had got the Les Arcs 7 day lift pass with one day Paradiski full area giving us access across the Vanoise Express to La Plagne. According to Dad Hoving, the weather forecast said we had to do our big day out on our first full family skiing day!
We had a fantastic massive day skiing together, lush snow, gorgeous views, playing on the edge of the trees, doing the big Vanoise Express, and the pistes to ourselves half the time! If you know your kids can do distance then I would recommend going for the pass with the full area day but in reality we would have been fine without it. Les Arcs is a big and wide ranging family skiing area in itself and we didn’t explore all of it in our 7-days.
Top Tip: Make sure you check what time lifts closed if you need to use them to get back home!
So, we think of ourselves as seasoned, capable skiers who can make sure they don’t get stranded in the wrong valley but we came a total cropper when we forgot to check what time the last Vanoise Express lift went back to Les Arcs! Yes we missed it!!!!! Arrggghhh! We actually watched the last one sail off and found ourselves stuck a-very-expensive-taxi-ride away from our lovely ski apartment. A big family skiing No No! The boy Hovings do not like missing things and get very worried in these circumstances (Yes they’ve experienced being late with us more than once!)
So, we had to think on our feet. We were able to get a lift and bus down to the bottom of the mountain but we were still miles away from Bourg in a seemingly dead village. We were trying to ascertain if there was a train we could catch to Bourg when I decided to try a cheeky ask of a guy with a minibus at a petrol station – success! – he was going to Bourg and could drop us off at the funicular, phew!
Family skiing around Les Arcs 1600
Family skiing with little-ish ones (boy Hovings were 9 and 6) means if you have a big day then you’ll need a rest with a shorter day or two. We spent the next couple of days enjoying the skiing nearby our apartment in Les Arcs 1600.
There was loads of fresh powder so we had lots of fun on and off piste, yeh!
Les Arcs Nightskiing
Dad Hoving loves a bit of nightskiing! The nightskiing slope at Les Arcs 1600 was visible out our window so it was easy to pop out and join in with this when the lights were on. We decided to finish our day at Arcs 1800 (or Mille8) to join in the nightskiing there too. A great evening with lights and music and then a hop on a bus to get back to 1600.
How we did it – Family Skiing
We bought our lift passes online in advance from the Les Arcs website