Paradiski: 3 resorts, a single ski area
In 2003, Paradiski came into being in the Alps by linking the resorts of Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne, becoming the world’s third largest ski area. Spread across several of the Vanoise massifs, it offers 425 kilometres of ski runs, 70% of which are over 2,000 metres above sea level.
With the inauguration of the Vanoise Express, an exceptional two-level cable car that is the link passing over the valley, Paradiski brought two mountains together. This audacity will continue to guide the energy of the Paradiski teams as they come up with surprising and memorable initiatives that showcase the cable car’s cabins.
20 years of original events in Paradiski
Each cultural and sports event created for Paradiski’s Vanoise Express cable car was a world first, 380 metres above the ground! Whether it was the artistic covering of the two cabins by the renowned visionary creator, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the Sky Dinner with Michelin-starred chef Stéphane Froidevaux, the Gravity highline traverse between the two cabins by tightrope walkers Julien Millot and the late Tancrède Melet, or the spectacular trail bike tricks performed by three riders, including world champion Kenny Belaey.
In short, offering experiences that combine people, generations, horizons and cultures is a real driving force, one of the ski area’s hallmarks and part of the legacy it wants to perpetuate: Paradiski, an audacious ski area where people come together.
December 2023: an anniversary celebrated with French artist Saype
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Paradiski has asked the French painter and land artist Saype to create two massive frescoes on the snowy slopes of the mountains, a challenge in both artistic and technical terms.
> Who is Saype?
Renowned worldwide for his ephemeral frescoes on grass using paint that is 100% biodegradable and his work Beyond Walls, the French artist Saype has revolutionised land art. He is committed to the environmental cause and convinced of the need to raise public awareness of the state of the planet through his monumental works, with meaningful messages and creations.
> Saype x Paradiski
During November 2023, Saype has been creating his art work on Paradiski’s snow-covered slopes with two giant ephemeral frescoes based on an original concept: situated in two locations and responding to each other.
It is a creative challenge that he accepted because he can see himself in the project. With a mountain that he finds both beautiful and hostile, the proposed playground offers an inspiring duality: “It is an opportunity to take on a creative and poetic challenge in an immense, unspoiled and immaculate natural setting. Snow is a complicated and challenging medium to work with. Above all, a part of my work is about connecting people, which echoes in the project proposed by Paradiski for its anniversary."
> Saype at his artistic peak
For Paradiski, the choice of Saype as artist came quite naturally, since his frescoes have meaning and tell stories that bring people together. His approach using biodegradable paint (made with chalk and charcoal) and his conception of art, which aims to impact mentalities and society without impacting nature is very appealing. The approach resonates even more in our mountain environment, where climate change is having a very real impact.
• From 20 December, 2023, you can see photos of the making of the two works in the Vanoise Express cable car stations in Montchavin-Les Coches and Peisey-Vallandry.
• To celebrate a birthday in style, there's nothing better than a Paradiski ski pass for just €20! This special birthday rate will give you access to all three areas and their incredible 425km of ski runs to explore.
Find full details here: see you in Paradiski!
"In this work, two children join their efforts to climb a inhospitable mountain. Roped together, these two protagonists must collaborate. Each cannot advance without the other; complementary, they unite to defy the impossible. The snow-capped mountains, with their majestic and magical landscapes, contrast with the hostile environment these young adventurers face. Like these children, Paradiski has come together to connect two valleys and resorts, once distant, but now so close…"