Peisey-Vallandry is a hidden gem at the heart of Paradiski - the world's second-largest linked ski area - that joins its more famous neighbours Les Arcs and La Plagne by way of Peisey's signature Vanoise Express double-decker cable-car. Peisey has something for just about everyone, from kids and first-time skiers to seasoned off-piste aficionados!
Peisey-Vallandry is located nearly equidistant from both Grenoble and Geneva airport at little over 200km, making it fairly accessible by transfer from either. Both will take over two hours, but the ascent into the mountains is scenic and worth the extra distance.
Though the name suggests that this area is actually two villages, it is actually five. Plan Peisey and Vallandry are purpose-built at 1600m and both have direct access to the Paradiski area, as well as a gondola link across the valley to Les Coches and Montchavin. Peisey, the old town, lies just below and has lift-access via gondola, but no skiing back to town. Nancroix is a small outlying village that has no direct lift access, as is Landry, at the foot of the valley. Make sure to choose the right resort when booking, as you’ll be stuck catching buses if you book either of these last two by mistake.
Ideally situated on a south-facing bowl, the 180km of pistes above Peisey-Vallandry are sheltered and sunny as well as tree-lined and littered with blues, making this a good family-resort when the size of Les Arcs or La Plagne on either side seems a little much.
Paradiski flies somewhat under the radar for expert skiers and snowboarders, but the reality for those in the know is that it is home to snow of the planet's finest off piste terrain accessed either straight from the lifts or by way of a short hike. Some of the classic descents, including the infamous north face of Bellecote, end up in Peisey. For those keen to give ski touring or splitboarding a go, the options are truly endless.
Peisey-Vallandry highlights: Sheltered tree-lined slopes and a pretty Savoyard style village make this a great resort for those looking for a small-town getaway while still retaining access to the Paradiski area.
Peisey-Vallandry is best for: Families and groups of mixed abilities seeking solitude. Learners will enjoy the slopes of Peisey-Vallandry, while those better-versed in the sport can venture into the surrounding mountains to get their fill.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Peisey-Vallandry:
With a top lift stretching to 2,400m, Peisey-Vallandry isn’t to be underestimated. Its deceptive variety of slopes, the length of which is difficult to accurately estimate due to how it overlaps with Les Arcs, are varied and total somewhere around the 180km mark.
The extensive beginners' area and web of blue tree-lined pistes make Peisey a superb choice for first-time skiers and snowboarders, whilst for intermediates there is arguably no better ski area in the world, with literally hundreds of miles of blue and red pistes. Blue runs snake over from above Arcs 1800 and effortlessly join into this village’s. The Derby 69 lift will take you across and up over Les Arcs if you have the appropriate ticket.
Those who are just starting out will want to stick close to the village and enjoy the blues on offer there. The PArcshey lift will give access to some nice short runs, and higher up, the Grizzly 68 chair will provided a route into the longer blues. Derby 69 is what will really open up this beginner-intermediate terrain, however, as the routes down from its summit are varied and enjoyable.
Those looking for more thrills will be glad to know that as well as blues, this small resort also has a good mixture of reds and blacks. Ecureuils is a long black running from the top lift back to town on one side, and Myrtilles is a good red running down the other. There’s quite a lot to explore here so definitely hit everything on offer before branching out.
If you ski down to Arcs 1800 and have the Paradiski pass, getting up to the rest of the area is as simple as taking the TransArcs II gondola. From there, the mountains are your oyster.
The area above the resort offers a total of 106 marked pistes served by 14 well-placed lift, giving access to some well-maintained terrain with an excellent snow record.
First-time and beginner skiers: Staying close to the town is a good bet for those starting out. There’s a small beginner area located just above, and the PArcshey lift is a good way to get used to how the mountains work, giving access to three blues back to town before you consider taking a longer lift up.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will enjoy the long blues, and when conditions are good, will have fun cutting through the trees. It’s nearly impossible to miss all the runs as you descend, so if you’re going off-piste, will have no trouble finding a groomer to take you back to the lifts.
Expert skiers: Experts will want to check out the few reds and blacks on offer, but will quickly get bored. The nearest and best expert terrain in the Paradiski area can be found by taking the Vanoise Express to Les Coche, then heading up to the Glacier de Bellectote, where some long blacks cut back down towards the Vanoise Express, delivering you back home in time for apres.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Peisey-Vallandry
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons Peisey-Vallandry
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Peisey-Vallandry (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Peisey-Vallandry
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Peisey-Vallandry
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Peisey-Vallandry can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Peisey-Vallandry
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Peisey-Vallandry. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Peisey-Vallandry
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Peisey-Vallandry designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!