About Advanced Pistes in Les Arcs
Activities: Skiing | Snowboarding
Ski from high altitude around 3,250m, ski the 2 lift accessed glaciers, opt for free-ride lines through the couloirs, hike out into the backcountry, or tackle black or red pistes... the choices are wide and varied for those with the skills and experience to take them on.
Advanced Pistes in La Plagne
Ski from high altitude around 3,250m, ski the 2 lift accessed glaciers, opt for free-ride lines through the couloirs, hike out into the back country, or tackle black or red pistes..the choices are wide and varied for those with the skills and experience to take them on.
Even though La Plagne has a reputation for being a slightly easier resort in terms of piste skiing there is plenty to keep an advanced skier occupied.
The first place to go if conditions allow is the Glacier de la Chiaupe or the Bellecôte glacier as it is more commonly known. There are a couple of great blacks up there Le Rochu and the Bellecôte that are definitely worth trying in any snow conditions. The mogul field at the top of the Traversee chair lift can be seen from miles away as the moguls are that big, the field itself is also about 200m long – a real leg burner and challenge for the advanced skiier.
If you like the bumps and feeling the burn there is a piste called Ski des Bosses which means 'ski the moguls' and it is always in great condition, there are also big bumps and moguls to be found on the Verdon Sud.
The best area for advanced skiing in La Plagne is the Bellecote glacier. Whilst there are not many runs up there, the ones that are, are well worth the trek and if there is fresh snow then there is plenty more to enjoy in between the pistes.
Another good area for advanced skiers is just above Aime La Plagne at Le Biolley 2350m. There are several different blacks (Les Etroits, Morbleu, Les Coqs and Plsembleu) with Les Étroits being the longest and the most challenging of the selection. If you were to get Les Étroits and the Morbleu first tracks you may find yourself walking out at the bottom as they both come out on a track that follows the river along the valley floor to the Adrets chair.
There are also a couple of short blacks in Montchavin/Les Coches which provide a steep gradient to play on. Off the back of the Grand Rochette and Les Verdons there are plenty of steeps to enjoy and again there is easily accessible off-piste when the snow is deep.
Advanced areas in Les Arcs
For advanced skiing in Les Arcs, head to the Aiguille Rouge cable car and the genuinely challenging skiing to be found on the Varet glacier, high above Arcs 2000.
It is up here that you'll find the longest run in resort, the breathtaking black run that goes all the way down to Villaroger - 7km long and over 2000m of vertical drop. The black and red runs and the bounteous off-piste possibilities in this area will keep even the most energetic skier or snowboarder entertained for days. However, to make the most of the terrain up here a mountain guide is recommended as the area is glaciated and there are also some expansive cliff faces to be avoided.
If speed is your thing then the Aiguille Rouge/Varet area is also home to Les Arcs "Kilometre Lancé" or "Flying Kilometre" piste. Whilst you can't do this piste on your own unsupervised, it is possible to put yourself against the clock through the Les Arcs Club des Sports who can also provide you with all the necessary safety equipment. You will often see the pro speed skiers in their futuristic space suits training on this piste, attaining speeds of over 200km/h!
Take a look at speed riding and other flying activity companies if you want to have a go at something a little bit different yourself.
Those of you with springs in your legs will no doubt love pounding the bumps of the Dou de l'Homme piste or perhaps explore the fabulous off-piste through the Nancroix forest.
Also see: Advanced Ski Areas in Les Arcs
Location: Les Arcs Region