Les Arcs

Camping Des Lanchettes
73210 Peisey-Vallandry
Paradiski Vanoise FRANCE

Tel : 0033 4 79 07 93 07
Fax : 00 33 4 79 07 88 33

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http://www.camping-lanchettes.com

 

 

 

Les Lanchettes is a small family run camping caravaneige at the head of the Peisey-Nancriox valley; this valley separates the two major resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne. It is about 20km from Bourg St Maurice. The campsite sits at an altitude of 1450m.

To access the valley you take the Landry exit off the N90 between Bellentre and Bourg St Maurice. Take caution at this junction as the turning is at an angle and down hill off the N90. Follow this down and through Landry, then follow the road up the valley. It gets progressively steeper with some cheeky hairpins. It is approx 12Km from Landry to Les Lanchettes, follow the signs for Nancroix. The Campsite is approximately 200m on the right once through the village. It is signed but it is easy to miss. If you find yourself at the Parc National de la Vanoise you’ve gone past it, turn round here as it’s easier than doing a 3 point turn on a snowy road. Note: The road up from Landry is normally clear of snow but be aware it gets icy. The entrance to the campsite is on a slope and can be quite slippy.

The site caters for campers and residents. There are chalets of various sizes and hard standing for campers and caravans. There are spaces for approximately 25 vans (depending on amount of snowfall) with hook up, the spaces are split between two levels which are pretty flat. Owners of large American RVs may find the site a bit cramped, and I would recommend they use the site at Le Versoyen in Bourg St Maurice. The hook-up comes in 2 options; 3,5 or 10 amps. Those wishing to rely solely on Solar power should note the campsite doe not get any sun from December to early February. The following facilities are all contained in the Family home:

  • Ski/boot storage room – not locked
  • Utility room with washing up sinks
  • Washing machine and Drier – tokens from reception. Take your own powder/tablets!
  • Small bar
  • Restaurant – serves local specialities
  • Showers/WC
  • Chem waste point

You can arrange for milk, bread, croissants and pastries to be available. Ask for these the evening before and pick them up from reception in the morning. There are no shops or garages in the locale. You will have to go to Landry or Bourg for a main shop. You can get groceries etc in Vallandry or Plan Peisey but the supermarkets are of the Spar type so don’t expect too much variety. Monsieur had a limited supply of gas bottles. You’re better off going to the SuperU in Bourg.

I can’t comment on the restaurant as we didn’t use it. The reception also doubles up as the bar. They have a stock of table wines including local varieties and beer on tap. Do not think of this bar as being conventional in any way. There are no locals, except the cats. It has the feeling of your grannies front room, so we partied in the van!

The ski bus runs a loop from Vallandry to the Parc Nationale. Catch it outside the campsite entrance on its way back down from the Parc. Timings are available in reception. The bus goes either to Vallandry, or Le Villaret. It does more runs to Villaret as this is on the road down to Landry.

Go to Le Villaret and get on the LONZAGNE lift. We christened this “the lobster pot lift”. When you see it you will see why. This lift is free and runs throughout the day, but does close about 17:30. Buses return from Vallandry or Le Villaret. Check timetables for daily variations.

The ski pass office is in a new big wooden building in Vallandry. The village of Vallandry is at the western end of the Les Arcs area and you can access this area easily from here. Mind you, you need to keep an eye on the lift timings so you can work your way back to Vallandry at the end of the day so you don’t miss the last bus as it’s a fair walk back up the valley to the campsite. For the adventurous you can get on the Vanoise Express, which is a double-decker gondola which takes you across the valley to Montchavin on the La Plagne side. If you fancy doing something different and don’t want to drive anywhere, go to the Parc Nationale and have a go at dog sledding or cross-country skiing. The parc has a specially designed circuit up to 43km in length, which can be walked if you prefer! Well worth visiting and only 10 mins walk from the campsite. Rental and guides are available. All ski info including webcams etc available at: www.paradiski.com

Summary:

Would we go back? Yes definitely – and in summer too. The staff are very friendly and the prices are pretty reasonable even at peak times. The site and facilities may be charmingly rustic, some might even say “French”, but that’s all part of the charm. They are perfectly adequate.

Yes, it’s very quiet up there but that’s the whole point right? Good bus service – frequent, on time and free. The super selling point though is that it really is a convenient base for both ski areas.

Pros – Too many to mention.

Cons – Not easiest to find.