• John-Paul McCarthy

Why Peisey-Vallandry Should Be Your Next Ski Destination


Peisey-Vallandry could be described as the undiscovered gem of the Paradiski ski area in Savoie, France.

While the nearby ski resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne enjoy greater popularity, Peisey-Vallandry has just as much to offer, with the added benefit of being away from the crowds.

The neighbouring villages of Plan-Peisey and Vallandry that make up the resort at the furthest end of the Les Arcs skiing area are ideally located to explore the surroundings and we think families and couples will be charmed by the traditional feel of the village.

We believe Peisey-Vallandry deserves to be talked about, so we’ve created this list of reasons why Peisey-Vallandry should be your next ski destination.

Varied Slopes for all Abilities

When looking for your next skiing holiday destination, the quality of the skiing should be top of the agenda. Luckily, Peisey-Vallandry won’t disappoint.

With 400km of slopes to choose from and 54 high-tech lift systems, Peisey-Vallandry flaunts varied pistes for all levels:

  • Beginners: Peisey-Vallandry’s long and winding forest slope is perfect for those who are just getting started. There are also plenty of wider, gentler blue slopes to choose from in the area. For those wanting to master the basics, try out a ski lesson for beginners to get to grips with sliding and stopping before you venture out onto the slopes.

  • Intermediates: The red runs that pass through the trees above Peisey-Vallandry are great if you want something a bit steeper. They are particularly good when it’s snowing, and visibility is poor as the trees provide fantastic protection, attracting skiers from surrounding areas. On clear days these ski slopes provide a peaceful journey down the mountain with stunning views.

  • Advanced Skiers: The wooded landscape of Peisey-Vallandry provides an enchanting playground for advanced skiers. Black runs offer a challenging ride and there’s a plethora of off-piste options for thrill-seekers, the most famous being the Aiguille Rouge, Aiguille Grive and Comborciere routes. If you are planning on going off piste, make sure you hire a trained guide to lead you through the trees safely.

A Wealth of Activities on Offer

If you fancy a day off from skiing, Peisey-Vallandry has plenty of activities to discover.

Take a magical ride on a horse drawn sleigh, go on an electric dog sledding excursion or visit an ethereal frozen waterfall.

For some gentle exercise, snowshoeing is a quirky alternative to skiing. Originally a form of transportation, snowshoeing is a great way of keeping fit whilst exploring the beautiful mountainous landscape. Simply strap some snow shoes onto your waterproof boots and set off on an adventure trail.

If you are feeling particularly intrepid, Peisey-Vallandry also offers Nordic skiing.

Unlike Alpine skiing, where your ski boots are clipped into your skis from heel to toe, in Nordic skiing, just the toe is attached, allowing the heel to rise off the ski. This freedom, along with the lighter equipment is ideal for cross-country skiing, meaning you can explore any terrain without having to wait for ski lifts.

To up the ante, why not try ‘Biathlon’, a sport combining cross-country skiing with rifle shooting! Race to hit five distant targets whilst gliding through Alpine scenery. Not for the fainthearted.

Great for Kids and Families

The smaller size and quieter atmosphere of Peisey-Vallandry makes it a popular destination for families looking for some top-class skiing and snowboarding.

Children can learn to ski on Peisey-Vallandry’s nursery slopes and explore the forest in safety as part of a group lesson with a skilled ski instructor.

While the children ski, tired parents can indulge in a spot of massage from the comfort of their chalet with the Massage Me service, a mobile masseuse bringing a range of treatments right to your door. Treatments are specifically tailored to ease skiers’ discomfort, with deep tissue leg massages and customised winter skin treatments.

The Peisey-Vallandry tourist office can even give parents a list of registered babysitters so they can enjoy the après ski scene late into the night!

Enjoy a Wide Range of Restaurants and Night Spots

There are plenty of dining options to choose from around Peisey-Vallandry. Here are some of our top picks:

  • High(er) end: La Bergerie de Raphael in the village is an upmarket, yet cosy spot serving traditional dishes from the valley. Try some tasty delights in front of a crackling log fire.

  • Mid-range: For lunch on the mountain head to The Blanche Muree for traditional food and an extensive children’s menu.

  • Fast Food: Betty’s Snack bar is perfect for a quick and affordable panini for lunch on the go.

Although Peisey-Vallandry is looked on fondly as a quieter, more traditional option compared to the larger resorts in Europe which hold crazy all-night parties, it is possible to find some lively crowds.

One après ski spot worth checking out is Bar Mont Blanc which puts on a monthly live comedy night and has a big sun deck to chill out on.

The Flying Squirrel is the local village boozer and makes a great place for a quick bite. Try a gourmet burger and watch some live music or sports on the big screen.

Or if you fancy a late-night Greg’s bar is open until 2am serving cocktails at their legendary parties.

It’s Simple to Get To

Peisey Vallandry’s nearest airport is Chambery, only an hour and a half’s drive from the ski resort, while Geneva airport is around 2 hours 15 minutes away.

This positions Peisey-Vallandry as an attractive destination for families with hyperactive children not looking forward to a long car journey!

If you’re feeling inspired to make Peisey-Vallandry your next ski destination, don’t forget to book a ski transfer from the airport to make your journey as fuss-free as possible.

Alps2Alps offer reliable and affordable airport transfers as well as long-term ski storage so you can focus on the fun stuff.

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