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Les Arcs   Resort Information
Season November - Mid April
Nearest Airport Grenoble
Ski Area 425km (Paridiski Pass)
Ski Lifts 103
Ski Runs 127
Longest Run 7km
Resort Height 1600m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3.5 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 4.5 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 3.5 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 3.5 / 5

Les Arcs is made up of numerous areas, including the more natural villages of Peisey Nancroix and Vallandry. Further up we then have the more purpose built areas of Les Arcs 1600,1800,1950 and 2000.There is a good choice of chalets and self catered apartments in all areas, with a few hotels and the "newly rebuilt" area of 1950, offering high quality self catering apartments and a hotel.The area now is marketed as "Le Village" and has been heavily influence by Intrawest, who built Whistler.The award winning " Le Village" is now fully complete and has been an unprecedented success as it has a great location, door step skiing and all the facilities a resort needs within a few steps from your accommodation.

Arc 1950 ski resort has pedestrian cobbled streets, several restaurants/bars, a ski hire shop and a snowboard hire shop, ski school and a ski pass office. There is also a bakery, a wine merchant and a SPAR mini market selling local products and a small pharmacy. Arc 1950 was awarded the “Best ski development and Best French apartments” in the Homes Oveseas Awards. So you can be sure to find great value ski apartments in Arc 1950 to suit your requirements.

The whole Les Arcs area is pretty snow sure and can be compared to the 3 valleys in size, but not in cost! The Vanoise Express links Les Arcs to La Plagne in "Plan Peisey" so if you are staying in that area its a pretty handy spot to get over there.Whilst not being as large as the 3 valleys it is certainly as diverse.Most accommodations are on the slopes or very close to the slopes, so very little walking is needed.The lift network is excellent and makes it easy to get around, wherever your chosen location is.There is a variety of terrain to suit all levels, including some great off piste areas.We have found the teaching of beginners on the nursey areas and gentle slopes, particularly in Peisey and Vallandry to be of an unusually high standard.This really is a highly recommended ski area, to suit any budget.The proximity of Bourg, at the base of Les Arcs also enables skiers to travel in by Eurostar.

Check out some of our accommodation offerings on the site, but as we have many more which may suit, just call us or fill in the enquiry form and we will do the rest. We can arrange the whole package inc flights or just the accommodation.In general for families we recommend staying in Peisey,Arc 1800,1950 and 2000 and for adults then Arc 2000,1950 and 1600, the latter offering the more lively apres ski and nightlife.

THE SKIING/BOARDING

With one of the most extensive and varied ski domains in the world, Les Arcs and the Paradiski area truly offers something for every level of skier or boarder.  Les Arcs itself has 200km of piste, 60 lifts and excellent snow making facilities that guarantee skiing back to the resorts all season.  When combining that with La Plagne (the other half of the Paradiski area which is linked by the Vanoise Express double decker cable car), you have access to 425km of piste, 171 lifts, 2 glaciers and 100km of cross country ski trails. 

As explained above,the Les Arcs side is made up of the following resorts:

Arcs 1600 faces south-west and enjoys extensive tree-lined skiing enabling descents to the unspoilt villages below resort level.  It is an 'all weather' ski area that holds the snow well but artificial snow making machines also mean that skiing back to the village is virtually always guaranteed.

Arc 1800 sits around the tree line and is surrounded by wide, sunny, often tree lined pistes that offer plenty of room for those on their first week. 90% of the runs back to resort are graded blue making it a great base for beginners and intermediates.  It is best to try to avoid the bottom of the Maïtaz, Villards & Charmettoger runs where they converge at the Transarc gondola; this is usually teeming with people as it is nearly always icy and can catch out even the best of us, so try to use the mid station point of the Transarc to get up and over to 2000m

Arc 2000 is more suitable for intermediate to expert skiers as the runs here tend to be more reds and blacks and the off piste around resort is truly amazing. More advanced skiers will love genuinely challenging runs off the Aiguille Rouge glacier where you will also find the longest run in resort at 7km and with a 2100m of vertical drop!  But don’t miss out on Arc 2000 if you are only just beginning to ski or snowboard as there are some fantastic rolling blues which are shallow enough for you to learn on.

Arc 1950 is the newly built neighbour to Arc 2000 so it also give you swift and easy access to the more challenging runs in the area.  Built by Intrawest (who also built Whistler) with convenience in mind, you can ski right back to the heart of the resort and step out your skis at the door.Some of the best self catered accommodations in France are located here.

Peisey-Vallandry has some beautiful tree lined pistes which are perfect for learners and located in between Les Arcs and La Plagne. This tends to be the quieter side of the valley, being more authentic and prettier mountain villages in Landry,Nancroix,Vallandry and Plan Peisey, but with a few bars, restaurants and shops. The lift which links this side to Arc 1800 is the Plan Bois. If you like to ski between the trees then this is the place to do it. When the snow has dumped, Peisey-Vallandry pistes can seem almost heavenly.The link to La Plagne starts in this area on the Paridiski "Vanoise" ski lift.

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