Les Arcs and La Plagne make up the Paradiski ski area. Les Arcs is a purpose-built ski resort made up of a number of different villages – the first of its kind in France. It’s huge, far too big to cover in a day, and very popular with French families (and just about everyone else): Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 plus three smaller, traditional villages within the ski area: Plan Peisey, Vallandry and Peisey Nancroix. This article was helpful in getting a handle on the different lodging areas.

We have only visited/skied at Les Arcs – it reminds Galen of Vail, and is big sweeping groomers with some steepness. Generally pleasant, not too fancy.

**Hôtel La Vanoise (Plan Peisey – which was a good choice for us) was a last minute and quite charming find – we’re pretty sure we lucked into a late December cancellation and got the last room. It’s not super fancy, but friendly, cute, and shockingly affordable – $300 with half board. Dinner was very good, breakfast fairly basic. 

The most appealing dining spot we found was a Maison Falcoz property – upstairs there’s a rather fancy dining experience, *Les Chalets de l’Arc (a bit too fancy in our opinion for a slope side lunch), and downstairs there’s a cheerful more casual place with a very solid cocktail list, **L’Épicerie by MF. Both have very good service; bonus points for great uniforms.

Down at the bottom of the hill, in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, we had a particularly bad meal at *L’ Ardoise. General impression of the town is that it’s a far better choice to stay on the mountain.



**Conflans is an ancient medieval fortified village on the fringes of Albertville. It protected the entrance to the Tarentaise Valley, and the strategic positioning made it possible to monitor the royal salt route of Moutiers, with its important Roman route that connects Lyon to Rome. It’s a nice little stop if you’re passing through – a 15-20 minute break to stretch your legs, admire the views of the valley, and appreciate the historic architecture. There are several restaurants and a museum for a longer stop. We liked that it’s very lived in, less of a tourist destination than equivalent sites like Pérouges.