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Les Arcs Ski Resort, France

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Key Features

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Good for self-drive
  • Large ski area
  • Glacier
  • Good for ski-in / ski-out

Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 1,800m/1,950m/2,000m
  • Highest lift: 3,416m
  • No. of lifts: 171
  • Guide lift pass price: £278
  • No. of slopes: 237
  • Total piste: 425km
  • Eurostar : Yes
  • Transfer times:

    Grenoble: 2hrs 30mins

    Geneva: 2hrs 30mins


Overview of Les Arcs

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

  1. One half of the vast Paradiski area, with 425km of piste linked by the fast Vanoise Express chairlift.
  2. Known for everything from wooded beginner runs to high-altitude skiing, variety is the key to the enduring popularity of Les Arcs.
  3. Good option for freeskiers and snowboarders with its large, with plenty of jumps and rails.

Les Arcs Catered Chalet (5)
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    Ski hire in Les Arcs

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

    Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
    Adult   (13+ yrs) Skis | Poles £97 £107 £119 £134
    Ski | Poles | Boots £125 £140 £154 £179
    Snowboard £107 £119
    Snowboard | Boots £140 £154
    Child   (4-12 yrs) Skis | Poles £76
    Ski | Poles | Boots £103
    Snowboard £94
    Snowboard | Boots £125

    Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

      Hand-Picked Rental Shops - Every year, we hand-pick our rental shops based on location and service and negotiate great discounts to keep your holiday price low.

      Convenient Locations - We allocate all our ski accommodation with ski hire within easy access or will alternatively offer a pick-up and drop-off service for your convenience.

      Excellent Range & Service - All our rental shops offer an excellent range of equipment for all abilities and have a fully trained technician on-site to offer advice and guidance so you will be confident taking your equipment out onto the slopes.

      For Les Arcs: Free model change available for Platinum ski hire

      All changes are subject to availability
      Changes from skis to snowboard or vice versa is not counted as a model change and therefore an additional charge applies

      • A solid option for beginner skiers - designed as an value option for those just starting out
      • Ski equipment which is best suited to those staying on the pistes
      • Ideal for those on a budget
      • Ideal for beginner skiers and intermediates - designed for skiers looking for comfort and to develop their skills
      • Great performance ski equipment for all over the mountain and on any type of snow (mainly piste skiers)
      • Good for anyone on a budget
      • Ideal for intermediate skiers to advanced - designed for skiers looking for specific types of skis including carving, on piste, freeride, freestyle, race skis etc.
      • Greater choice of high performance ski equipment
      • Perfect for anyone looking to master technique or looking for a new challenge
      • Ideal for advanced / expert skiers with a wide range of types available including downhill race skis, fat off piste, etc.
      • The very ‘best of the best’ skis, boots and poles - best suited for skiers looking for the latest thrills on the latest technology
      • Our widest range of choice from this season’s latest ski models

      Find out more about our ski hire

      Lift passes in Les Arcs

      A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 40 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you.

      Six Day Local Area Pass Six Day Full Area Pass
      Senior   (65-74 yrs) £232 £260
      Adult   (13-64 yrs) £290 £324
      Child   (5-12 yrs) £232 £260
      Family   £232 £260

      Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

        • Free lift passes are available for under 5 years and over 75 years with photo ID
        • Carre Neige can be added to your pre-booked lift pass with our in-resort team
        • All Skiworld lift passes are sold at the ‘Tribu’ rate offering savings over buying in resort
        • More options/combinations for family lift passes are available – please call for prices

        Find out more about our ski pack terms and conditions

        The local area pass is ideal for beginners as it covers a huge range of terrain in its own right, providing ample area to explore. Most intermediate skiers will be also content with a local area pass as it 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, you can cover as many pistes as possible and go from each area as often as you would like.


        • For beginners there are excellent areas around the St Jaques lift (free lift) a short walk from the centre of 2000. In addition the Vallée de L’Arc runs underneath the Pre St Esprit lift and provides a nice long but gradual blue to practice turns, whilst also taking in the scenery as you ski past 1950. In 1800, there are nice and easy short runs around the Dahu lift.
        • For intermediates in 2000 take the Lanchettes lift and enjoy a nice long route with a mixture of blues and reds all the way down to Villaroger or take the Comborciere lift to connect to Arolles run, a treelined red run taking you down into Arc 1600. From 1800, use the Transarc lift to the top station and take the Grand Renard and Renard all the way down into Vallandry.
        • For advanced, take the Aiguille Rouge lift and explore the black Aiguille Rouge run, which can then link up to the treelined red Aiguille Rouge for an exciting and long route all the way to Villaroger. Alternatively test yourself on the steep and challenging Robert Blanc for the expert skier.

        Find out more about lift pass options we offer

        Ski lessons in Les Arcs

          What level do you need?

          • Beginner – Never skied before or just a little dry slope experience.
          • Intermediate – Has completed the beginner ski level lessons or can control own speed, change direction on blue/gradual slopes and can bring skis together when turning.
          • Advanced – Has completed intermediate ski lessons or can finish turns with confidence, has good control of speed on red runs and is looking to attempt and master blacks.
          • Kids Club – A safe and secure environment for young ones to gain their first experience on snow and skiing. Kids club is the best place for children to get used to the equipment and slopes whilst having fun.

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          We pride ourselves on working with top-rated and endorsed ski schools in all resorts.

          • Quality - Working with English-speaking ski schools which maintain good group sizes and can cater for all abilities
          • Convenience - You can select the ski schools which are most conveniently located to your accommodation
          • Satisfaction - We only choose to work with the best ski schools in resort and ask for your feedback to ensure the highest standards are being maintained
          • Less hassle - Visit Manage My Booking once you've booked your holiday and save yourself the time and effort of shopping around.
          • Better value - By pre-booking your lessons we can ensure that you get the best possible price, locking in the cost

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          Snow Forecast

          Next 7 Days 44cm

          Piste Conditions Soft Snow

          Report last updated at: Sun 3rd Mar 2024