The skiing on the Villaroger opens up a third valley to Les Arcs' slopes. Immediately, the mountain is steeper, less crowded and more rustic. There are some interesting variations to explore on the long descent to La Ferme restaurant and the foot of the lifts. Slow things down further and Le Solliet makes a worthy stop for a drink or lunch half way down. You're looking down on the Haute Tarentaise from here, with good views across to Ste-Foy.
But the lifts date from 1981 and snow conditions can be pretty variable, to say the least.
However, all of this is about to change, as this Guardian article explains. Snow cannons are in place for the new season, with more planned. New lifts are on the horizon as are an extra 750 beds as part of an expansion blueprint which claims to involve Villaroger keeping its credentials as a"green ski village".
Friday, 22 September 2017
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Summer provides the opportunity to revisit the famous run from Aiguille Rouge down to Villaroger.
This time, it's from the bottom up. A 2,000m ascent from the foot of the pistes right the way up to the Varet Glacier. For an armchair view of the experience, follow this link.