Les Arcs – France
The resort of Les Arcs is actually made up of a number of quite spread out villages, each with unique characteristics. Arc 1600 is linked by funicular railway with Bourg St. Maurice, in the valley (where the snow train arrives) making resort access very swift. Arc 1800 is the largest sector and is itself split into several villages. Arc 2000 is a purposed built altitude resort with some interesting architecture but great access to the highest slopes.
Arc 1950 was built by Intrawest between 2003 and 2008 and has quite a different feel. It is car free and fully ski-in, ski-out. Having been built to honour more traditional styles it's a well designed and a very popular addition to the Les Arcs (Lay zaarc) portfolio.
The Peisey-Vallandry area is sub-divided into various sections and offers great access to the Vanoise Express cable car to La Plagne and therefore the whole Paradiski network. There are a lot of independent British chalet operators in Peiset-Vallandry and some excellent tree-lined pistes which are usually open even in the worst weather.
How to get there
In the heart of the Tarentaise Valley in the Northern French Alps, Les Arcs is accessible from London via train to Bourg-St-Maurice. A funicular from Bourg to Arc 1600 takes just 7 minutes so you can leave Friday night and be skiing first lifts on Saturday morning. Read more >
Where to stay
Les Arcs has something for everyone but it's important to choose the right area for what you want. If you want modern luxury with doorstep skiing head for Arc 1950. If you're a fan of the catered chalet, think about Peisey-Vallandry. For nightlife try Arc 1800 or for good value, and a snow sure village, there's Arc 2000. Read more >
On the piste
Les Arcs boasts an impressive lift network and a logical well-signed ski area that has something for everyone. The resort has always had a pioneer spirit. The short ski or ‘Evolutif’ instruction method was born here and the resort was a Mecca for snowboarders in the early years of the sport. Les Arcs was once home to the famous ‘flying kilometre’ speed run and is now a leader in the latest craze of SpeedRiding (Skiing with a wing). Read more >
Food and drink
Each village has restaurants and bars but the variety depends very much on where you stay. There are usually plenty of local Savoyard dishes to try, such as meat or cheese fondues, tartiflette and raclette. Proper night clubs are few and far between although many bars stay open quite late. If you're looking for a party vibe, Arc 1800 probably has the most to offer. Read more >
Things to do
Les Arcs has plenty of non-skiing activities from spas, gyms and cinemas to husky rides and skidooing depending on how adventurous you are feeling. See the “Things to do” section of the site for more information. Read more >
Les Arcs is well set up to receive kids and each village has a nursery and children's ski school, usually run by the ESF. There are often extra activities put on during the holiday weeks (e.g. Santa Claus, face painting, Easter egg hunts etc). Read more >
Les Arcs videos
Mad Dog Ski takes the train to Paradiski to show us how it is done. Check out the video for full details of her adventure and judge for yourself. Find out more about La Plagne here.
Les Arcs blogs
Posted by Alf Alderson on 17th February 2014
If you’re planning on using a bus transfer from a Tarentaise ski resort this winter, here’s a story that might be of interest…
I’ve just had a visit from my Aussie mate Cam – for three weeks we have skied in Les Arcs, drunk too much wine and generally had far too much of a good time. But all good things must end and so it came that a few days ago Cam had to book a bus transfer from Bourg St. Maurice to Geneva for his return flight to Sydney.
Posted by Alf Alderson on 23rd January 2014
A couple of seasons ago I purchased a copy of ‘Les Cles de Paradiski’ by Didier Givois, a local mountain guide and photographer. This handsome tome ain’t cheap at €40, but if you plan to ski off-piste in the Paradiski area it’s a ‘must’ – and even if you don’t it’s worth considering just for the beautiful skiing and mountain images that adorn its pages.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1600 m - 2000 m|
|Highest lift||3226 m|
|Lowest lift||856 m|
|km of piste||200|
|Number of lifts||68|
|Lift pass price||€235 / 6 days|
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