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Peisey-Vallandry

Peisey-Vallandry Ski Resort Guide

Peisey-Vallandry, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates and Snowboarders.
Total Piste Length32km20 miles
Highest Lift2,300m7,546ft
Resort Height1,600m5,249ft
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Grenoble
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Peisey-Vallandry

Located at the heart of the 1992 Savoie Olympic Region, and at the entrance of the Vanoise National Park. Skiing began above this group of three small resorts 20 years before its internationally better known neighbour, Les Arcs, was constructed. The lifts of each now inter-link and more recently Peisey finds itself on the Les Arcs side of the spectacular Vonise Express cable car link to La Plagne and thus at the heart of the combined giant Paradiski area.

Summary

The French ski resort of Peisey-Vallandry is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,600m5,249ft, with 32km20 miles of marked runs.

Peisey-Vallandry is part of the Paradiski area with access to 425km264 miles of downhill skiing, with 475 marked pistes, served by a total of 141 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Peisey-Vallandry itself (32km20 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Paradiski ski resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs.

The ski resort itself is at 1,600m5,249ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,300m7,546ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Peisey-Vallandry?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm1in, expected on 24 October, with around 64cm25in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Peisey-Vallandry
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2,083m6,834ft
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1,365m4,478ft
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Ski Area Stats

Peisey-Vallandry Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1943km27 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3262km39 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
54
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 1 
Downhill
Total Length
32km20 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
41km25 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
14

Paradiski Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
69
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
127
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
257
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
22
Downhill
Total Length
425km264 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
153km95 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
141

Altitudes

Peisey-Vallandry Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,300m7,546ft
Resort Altitude (Peisey-Vallandry)1,600m5,249ft
Lowest Piste1,300m4,265ft
Max Vertical1,000m3,281ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Peisey-Vallandry
Intermediate Skiers
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Peisey-Vallandry Overview

Peisey-Vallandry (sometimes called Peisey Nancroix) is made up of five main villages of which three are currently lift served. The two purpose-built but attractive villages of Plan Peisey and Vallandry and the key mountain stations at 1600m where the Vanoise Express arrives on the 'Les Arcs side' of the new Paradiski area. Below them the traditional village of Peisey Nancroix at 1100m is linked by a gondola (it was also originally just Peisey, the original village of Nancroix is a few kilometres down the road and linked by a bus only so don't get confused!). The fifth village, Landry, is away down the foot of the valley and not lift linked to anywhere. On the other hand it is well placed based if you have a car to quickly reach both Paradiski and the Espace Killy of Val d'Isere - all on the Olympic Ski ticket.

Located at the heart of the 1992 Savoie Olympic Region, and at the entrance of the Vanoise National Park. Skiing began above this group of small villages 20 years before its internationally better known neighbour, Les Arcs, was constructed. The lifts of each now inter-link and in the coming season fame and fortune should be secured as it is here that the incredible Vanoise Express, the Les Arcs - La Plagne link, actually lands. The Vanoise express lift carries up to 200 people in its double decker cabins, takes 4 minutes to reach La Plagne and travels up to 380 vertical metres above the valley floor.

Peisey-Vallandry's skiing has a reputation of having the most sheltered and sunniest slopes on the Les Arcs circuit so it's a good idea to stay local when the weather closes in.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Peisey-Vallandry is 7km4 miles long.

Skiing

Peisey-Vallandry is actually better placed than most of the Les Arcs stations to make the most of the whole Les Arcs (and La Plagne) ski areas with their 420km (260 miles) of runs. Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 are just over the back of the mountain from the two area, La Plagne across the valley and Arcs 1600 and 1800 along side - so Peisey-Vallandry is now, in fact, the hub of the whole Paradiski area. Most of the local runs are blues and reds, including the lovely long cruiser Aigle from the top of L'Ours chair all the way back to resort.

Experts may have to go a little further to keep them happy but the legendary 7km (4.5) mile long black from the top of the Aiguille Rouge down to Villaroger is worth the effort, one of the world's longest blacks it covers the world's biggest vertical for a run of this grading, a full 2000 metres. There are plenty of other challenges including mogul runs like the Dou d'Homme.

Despite the homely nature of Peisey-Vallandry, the off piste and high mountain skiing opportunities are vast when you consider the full range of options at Les Arcs and la Plagne, plus ease of access to other famous ski areas nearby. The Bureau des Guides is the place to go for advice and a range of tours, plus heliskiing over the border in Italy (heliskiing is illegal in France). One route you might like to try, given the lack of a marked piste to accompany the new lift between La Plagne and Les Arcs is the increasingly frequented off-piste route between the two giant areas, a great excursion returning via the Nancroix forest.

Peisey-Vallandry offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding

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.

Location and Map

Where is Peisey-Vallandry?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Paradiski, Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Peisey-Vallandry is Chambery, 80 minutes drive away.

Grenoble, Annecy, Geneva, Lyon St-Exupéry and Lyon Bron airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 14 ski lifts are able to uplift 14,033 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 45km28 miles of ski runs, with 250 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Peisey-Vallandry open?

 Opened : December 15, 2019.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Peisey-Vallandry, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Peisey-Vallandry Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Given the spread of these small villages and under exposure to loud northern Europeans, this is not the place to go for an action packed nightlife. However there are a few choices depending on where you are based. La Taverne du Relais in Peisey Village is a good bar with pool table. On the mountain Le Jimmy's Bar is the best place for après-ski in Vallandry. Most of the other options are within restaurants.

Peisey-Vallandry