Resort Profile: Peisey - Vallandry

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:28

Peisey - Vallandry is located at the heart of the 1992 Savoie Olympic Region and it is also at the entrance of the Vanoise National Park. The resort is not very big, however, it links well to Les Arcs, and now, thanks to the Vanoise Express you are only five minutes from La Plagne. When combined with Les Arcs and La Plagne, to make the Paradiski resort, your options really are endless. As the resort is almost always considered as a part of Les Arcs, our stats listed below also take into account Les Arcs.

When it comes to Peisey - Vallandry itself you get plenty of wonderful off piste tree runs that are truly stunning when the snow is right. But when combined with its neighbouring Les Arcs, you have access to a vast array of varying slopes that are excellent for all standards of skier and snowboarder. There are also some brilliant off piste runs including the famous Grieve which is a bit of a hike, but well worth the effort, and also the run off the back of the Aiguille Rouge down to Villaroger. Both of these are well worth checking out.

Peisey-Vallandry is an alpine resort that is divided into five wonderful savoyard villages situated on the sunny side of the valley. They are Landry, Peisey, Nancroix, Vallandry and Plan-Peisey and all of them add to the authentic feel around the resort. These are all traditional villages where locals live all year round, and though there is a large English contingent in the resort - especially coming in from Les Arcs - there are still plenty of French locals to give it that Alpine feel.

The nightlife is a little sparse, however, the excellent Bar Mont Blanc is situated right on the piste and is well worth a visit. The staff are always up for a good time and they put on some ace music and DJ nights, so if you get the change, make sure you do check it out.

The Peisey - Les Arcs area claims to be the home of snowboarding and certainly some people were sliding around on the slopes here on something very similar to a snowboard a few years before Jake Burton hit the headlines in the early '80s. Some of the famous 'Apocalypse Snow' movies that first popularised the sport were initiated here.

The area is very 'boarder friendly with a combination of value accommodation, great terrain for all styles and abilities and as many chairs and gondolas as surface lifts (rare for a French resort). The terrain park Appacalypse above Arc 1600, which is also open to skiers, has a wide variety of features including diverse humps and mounds which making it an attractive and interesting site where everyone can find something to suit their taste and level. There are also tables, hips, a funbox, a pyramid, big and small gaps.

The Highlights

- Easy access to Les Arcs
- Wonderful community feel
- Home to the awesome Bar Mont Blanc
- Great tree runs
- Access to La Plagne
- Nice village feel
- Claims to be the home of snowboarding

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