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, all connected by a free-shuttle bus, as well as by the ski slopes, with numerous apartment blocks and mall-style shopping. Although nightlife is fairly quiet there are a number of bars, some with live music.
All the Arc villages have very different personalities.
The lowest is Arc 1600 which is linked by funicular railway with Bourg St. Maurice in the valley (where the snow train arrives).
Arc 1800 is the largest sector and like all the other Arc villages is car free. There is a large selection of shops, restaurants, and apres ski bars. For 2018 Arc 2000 has opened the new Mille 8, a late-opening, village-level fun area with toboggan run and short, obstacle-filled pistes. Winter 2019/20 sees the opening of La Folie Douce just above Arc 1800.
Arc 2000 is a compact altitude resort with some interesting architecture but great access to the highest slopes and is home to the award-wining Chalet Cascades and the 5-star Taj i Mah Hotel.
Arc 1950, also car free, is the newest development and is nestled just under Arc 2000. It’s far more village like and is built in a traditional style. Everything here is on your door-step. Children can play safely here in the streets as parents dine.
But in Les Arcs it’s all about the skiing. 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.