Ski Pass Options in Les Arcs & Paradiski
With such varied terrain on your doorstep, it makes sense that there are a number of different lift passes available that you can tailor to the ability and preferences of your group. All passes work with a hands free ski card that is now available free of charge when you buy your lift pass. If you want to save yourself some time when you get here, you can also buy your lift pass online here.
Paradiski or Les Arcs Lift Pass?
Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry Pass
This is the local area pass that gives you unlimited access to all the lifts in the Les Arcs domain (including Peisey-Vallandry). 200kms of piste, 54 lifts and an altitude variation from 3226m to 1200m; if you are quite happy skiing at your own pace or perhaps have get back to meet your children from ski school for example, then this pass could be just what you’re after.
For a few euros more, you can upgrade your La Plagne pass to the Paradiski Discovery ticket. This pass is valid for 6 - 8 day durations only and whilst it covers the same area as the La Plagne pass, it also gives you one day skiing in the remainder of the Paradiski area.
The Paradiski lift pass sings, dances and can jump really high in the board park! If you like clocking up the miles and want to explore every inch of the available terrain then this is the only choice for you.
Unlimited access to 425kms of piste, 144 lifts and 2 glaciers - anyone of an intermediate ski ability and upwards would undoubtedly get great enjoyment from this pass.
There are also a number of other variations, making your lift pass more flexible to suit you:
1 day pass: If you're not sure whether you're going to be skiing every day, buy your lift pass a day at a time and ski when you feel like it.
1/2 day ski pass: If you only fancy doing a half day skiing here and there, then the afternoon pass gives you just that flexibility. Starting at 12.30pm, you can buy a half day pass for just the La Plagne area or for the whole of the Paradiski region.
4hr pass: If you don't want to wait until the half day pass kicks in at lunch time, then you can get even more flexibility with the 4 hour pass. Valid for 4 consecutive hours and giving you access to all the lifts in La Plagne, your 4 hours begin from the moment you take your first lift. Once your time is up though, the pass will not scan at the turnstiles and you will have to pay to use any further lifts, so make sure you leave enough time to get back to where you’re staying!
NB. For these shorter duration passes, be prepared to queue up at the cash desks each day to buy your pass.
Beginners Lift Passes & Free Lifts
If you are a complete beginner, then it is likely that you will be joining ski school for most of your stay so it is worth discussing with them which pass option is best suited for their beginner groups. There are sometimes also special deals available on lift passes when bought in conjunction with lessons, so it’s always worth asking!
If you've just arrived in resort and want to find your feet before buying a lift pass then there are a number of lifts that you can use for free. They are all drag or rope lifts and finish at the top of nursery slopes that are also free of charge and are reserved for beginners and children.
The free lifts are as follows:
- Ski Points: a relatively recent introduction to the Les Arcs lift pass portfolio, the ski points system enables beginners to use the main lift in each of the following ski areas:
- Arc 1600: Combettes Chair
- Arc 1800: Chantel Chair
- Arc 2000: St. Jacques Chair
You can charge up your ski card with 2, 10 or 20 points at a time and each chairlift journey costs 2 points. Top Tip: These lifts are also free on Saturdays and Sundays!
Restricted Area Passes: if you're still pretty new to skiing then it is also possible to buy day or half day passes just for the lifts in certain parts of the ski area; EG. Arc 1600 + Arc 1800 (except Transarc 1 & 2), Arc 2000 + Villaroger (except Varet, Aiguille Rouge & Grand Col lilfts), Villaroger on its own and Peisey/Vallandry. So, if you just want to practice your turns for a bit on some of the resorts more gentle slopes, this pass might suit you.
There are also a number of free lifts available in Les Arcs, namely:
- Arc 1600: Combettes chairlift, Pierre Blanche draglift
- Les Granges: Millerette draglift
- Arc 1800: Lapin skilift, Jardin Alpin chairlift, rolling walkway (children’s area)
- Arc 1950/Arc 2000: Cabriolet cable car
- Arc 2000: le Lac des Combes draglift, Eldorador draglift, Rhodos draglift
- Villaroger: Replat chairlift
Family Lift Pass Options
If you are travelling “en famille”, then Les Arcs is very proud to have been awarded "Family Plus Mountain" status for both winter and summer seasons. This means that the resort has been recognised for its high standard of accommodation, facilities and range of activities suitable for families and children. It therefore comes as no surprise that the resort also has special lift pass offers for families.
Large reductions are available for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (between 6-17 years), when you buy all your passes at the same time (minimum 6 days). This offer is valid on the local Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry pass, the Paradiski Decouverte pass and the full Paradiski area pass. Reductions also apply to any additional children from the same family and the under 6’s ski for free!
Not everyone comes to Les Arcs to ski, and when there are such beautiful panoramas to take in and mountain restaurants to enjoy, we can understand why! Pedestrian rates are available for 1 and 7 day lift passes, season passes or instead, you can pay for an individual return trip on any one of the following pedestrian lifts:
- Bourg St Maurice: Funicular to Arc 1600
- Arc 1600: Gollet Chair
- Arc 1800: Transarc Gondola & Jardin Alpin chairlift
- Arc 1950: Cabriolet Gondola
- Arc 2000: Varet Gondola, Aiguille Rouge Cable Car, Arcabulle
- Villaroger: Replet chairlift
- Vallandry Chair
- Peisey Chair
- Vanoise Express Cable Car
Cross Country Skiing (Ski de Fond)
Get back to nature and explore tranquil cross-country trails at your own pace. Simply pass for the lift required to get to the cross country track or use your pedestrian pass.
Discounted Rate Passes
Ski a la Carte
If you’re a regular visitor to Les Arcs then you should enquire about the ski "a la carte" Carte Zen 2.0 offer for frequent skiers. This card is valid for 8-20 non-consecutive days and enables you to ski at a reduced daily rate. The card can be bought on-line for €29 (€15 seniors, free for juniors) and entitles you to 15% reduction on the adult Les Arcs or Paradiski day pass rate (increasing to 25% discount on the Les Arcs pass on Saturdays). It also offers 15% discount on day passes in neighbouring St Foy, La Rosiere, and Val Morel, as well as reductions in Val d'Isere, Tignes, Grand Massif (Flaine, Les Carroz etc) and Serre Chevalier.as well as special promotions and loyalty bonuses throughout the year. For example, you can ski for €1 per day on your 9th, 14th and 19th days skiing.
The card is valid from the date of your subscription until 30th September of the following year and you will be billed at the start of each month only for the days you have actually skied. For more information and to subscribe, visit www.skialacarte.fr.
If you are between 65 and 71 years of age then you enjoy discounted rates on the standard adult lift pass prices. Visitors over the age of 72 simply pay a nominal fee for the duration of their stay; this lift pass is valid from 1 to 15 days and is extremely good value. The over 72's can also claim a big reduction on season passes and can travel for free on all the pedestrian lifts. For all senior and senior+ rates please see Lift Pass Prices and scroll down to the relevant section. You may be asked to provide proof of age when claiming age-related discounts.
20% discount is also available for disabled skiers upon the presentation of a disability badge, and persons accompanying a blind or wheelchair bound visitor are eligible for 50% off standard rates.
With a valid student card you can get a special rate on Les Arcs ski passes on Saturdays only.
If you are travelling in a group of 15 people or more, you can get 1 free pass in every 20 bought. (NB. This doesn't make much sense to us either, surely they mean groups of 20+....? But this is what we were told!) There is also a reduced rate Tribu Pack available for groups of 4 or more adults (aged 18-28 years) buying 6 day Les Arcs area lift passes at the same time. This offer is only available outside of French school holidays and must be purchased on-line >>
With a Les Arcs or Paradiski pass valid for 6 days or more, you are also entitled to use the swimming pool in Bourg St Maurice and the ice rink in Arc 1800 for free! Meanwhile, keen cross-country skiers will be pleased to hear that all of the ski de fond trails in Les Arcs are free of charge, please read Winter Activities to learn more about cross country skiing in Les Arcs and the surrounding area.