Les Arcs links to La Plagne to form Paradiski – at 425km one of the biggest ski areas in the world. But you’d be hard pushed to get bored in Les Arcs anyway – the 200km ski area is vast and varied with high snow-sure slopes for good days, and lower wooded areas in poor weather.
The resort is made up of several quite spread-out villages, with numerous apartment blocks and mall-style shopping. Although nightlife is fairly quiet there are a number of bars, some with live music.
But it’s all about the skiing. Look out for fun stuff like the new Mille 8, a late-opening, village-level fun area with toboggan run and short, obstacle-filled pistes. Meanwhile the Aguille Rouge is one of the longest runs (black/red) in the world at 7km, and there are a handful of ungroomed ‘Natur’ runs around.
Choose your village carefully, they all have different characters. Arc 1600 is linked by funicular railway with Bourg St. Maurice in the valley (where the snow train arrives). Arc 1800 is the largest sector while Arc 2000 is a compact altitude resort with some interesting architecture but great access to the highest slopes. Arc 1950 is the newest, nicest addition, built in a more traditional style.