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The Best Resorts for High Altitude Skiing

Posted by: Brandon Fryer 5 months, 1 week ago

Les Arcs

The main hub of Les Arcs is Arc 1800 (at 1800m as you might expect) but the highest part of the resort is Arc 2000 (at 2000m). Les Arcs is joined with La Plagne offering two glaciers for the price of one. The two glaciers are incredible and offer some of the most extensive high altitude skiing in France.

The architecture of this place divides opinions, but when viewing you must remember that it was built during the 60s and 70s when a certain style of apartment was popular. It is certainly a very functional resort as a result of being purpose built. Some believe it to be a contemporary work of art. The slopes here are extremely varied, and there's something suitable for every skill level. Beginners and experts can both ski here in harmony. Expect plenty of easy cruising and steep black runs if you fancy them.

Les Arcs is most suited to higher intermediates and ski experts.

La Plagne

La Plagne and Les Arcs are both made up of multiple sub resorts and whilst the main hub of La Plagne (Plagne Centre) is 1970m, the highest sub resort is Aime La Plagne at 2100m. La Plagne offers pistes that go all the way down to 1,250m, and a snow-sure glacier at 3,250m.

La Plagne has 11 separate 'villages' scattered across a gentle plateau alongside a steep mountain. With so many villages, it means that it tends to lack an identity or specific 'character' that you can pinpoint, but many still find the place appealing.

The area is very popular with families, and it can get busy during high season - especially February half term - but this is not uncommon throughout Europe. However, there are many wide and gentle runs on offer meaning that the slopes feel less crowded than other resorts with tight narrow runs, and the rest is intermediate friendly. La Plagne also has Europe's longest snow-cross course, called the Funslope, which is a track consisting of jumps and steep curves. Although not always suitable for expert skiers, there are many black and red runs and even off-piste descents that are the perfect challenge for daredevils.

This resort is best suited to lower intermediates and families.

Speak to the iSki team today to discuss your next high altitude ski adventure.