Catered chalet | Sleeps 13
- Town centre: 600m
- Ski In/Out: Yes
Geneva: 3 hrs 30 mins
Grenoble: 3 hrs 30 mins
Train transfer: 35 mins (Arc 1800)
Les Arcs forms part of the Paradiski ski area which also includes La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry. Lovers of Les Arcs ski resort may have many superlatives to describe it, but one that everyone will agree on is definitely “unique”. This applies to everything from the unique design of the four high-altitude villages, Arcs 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000, to the resort’s eco-credentials. These include a funicular linking Arc 1600 to the town of Bourg Saint Maurice at the bottom of the mountain.
Described as a “time-capsule of imaginative Modernist Seventies architecture,” Les Arcs accommodation includes sloping corridors, staggered balconies and buildings that curve in sympathy with the mountains. Arc 1950, built only a few years ago by American company Intrawest, has been described as an alpine Disneyland, offering a large choice of luxury residences and doorstep skiing. For Les Arcs we offer top ski apartments, as well as chalets and hotels. You can see suggestions split by accommodation type further below.
Les Arcs skiing too is pretty unique for its unusually well-proportioned mix of slopes and varied terrain, plus it's easy to reach off-piste, making it a perfect option for a mixed ability group ski holiday. Les Arcs chalets are modern apartments in most cases although there are a few beautiful old converted farmhouses to snap up as well. If you’re after nightlife, Arc 1800 bucks the trend with plenty of parties to choose from, but you will also find a good choice of bars in all the villages. All in all, a Les Arcs ski holiday makes a fantastic choice for anyone looking for something out of the ordinary, especially if you have a thing for Seventies architecture.
Learn more about Paradiski Ski area, or keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a Les Arcs ski holiday.
3 Things We Love About Les Arcs
Everyone from beginners to free-riders sing the praises of Les Arcs. The quality of the pistes, as well as the snow and lift system, are hard to beat. Beginner terrain can be found in all four villages and although there are not many green runs, there are plenty of simple blues to get you going.
The best are above Arc 1800 under the Charmettoger chair or build up your confidence over the nice long Vallée de l’Arc. If you’re staying in 1950 or 2000, head for the runs under the Plagnettes chair. For intermediates, Les Arcs is your oyster – every lift has at least one (and in a lot of cases 3 or 4) intermediate trails leading from the top and daily grooming maps are available so you can take your pick of the lovely smooth corduroy.
Vallandry is the best area for building speed and confidence, but you’ll also find good reds around 1800, check out Froide Fontaine and Carreley for thrills and spills. If it’s the distance you’re after, the 7km run from the top of the glacier down to the village of Villaroger will get those thigh’s burning and it's lovely and powdery at the bottom after a good snowfall.
Les Arcs skiing also boasts free-riding terrain so good that the large Apocalypse snowpark, fast boardercross and half-pipes on offer stay relatively uncrowded.
Advanced skiers should tackle the steepest run in the resort, Robert Blanc, a challenging bumpy black. If your knees can take it, one of the longest and hardest technical mogul runs can be found left of the TC Du Varet gondola up in Arc 2000 or ride the deep powder in the open bowl left of the Transarc cable car.
Les Arcs and La Plagne both sell two types of lift pass. As the areas are connected you can either buy a local area lift pass for each or a full area pass for your stay where you can venture between areas as often as you would like.
The local area pass is ideal for beginners as each area covers a huge range of terrain and they each provide ample area to explore. Most intermediate and advanced skiers will be content with a local area pass as each area contains more than enough runs to keep even advanced skiers happy for a week.
For those who want complete freedom over the area, the full area pass is perfect. With this, you can cover as many pistes as possible and go from each area as often as you would like.
Les Arcs ski resort benefits from an array of leisure options away from the skiing. Here are some options.
If you ski Les Arcs, you needn’t worry about where to stop for lunch as most sectors have at least one lovely (and reasonably priced) establishment to tempt you.
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