If you haven’t been to Les Arcs you are missing out on one of France’s greatest and most underrated resorts. Built onto the side of the mountain and surrounded by trees, it is also one of the prettiest. There’s a good mixture of tourists and seasonnaires, and loads of fun to be had on and off skis.
The ski area around Les Arcs has over 200kms of runs and it is also known to be one of the most varied areas in Europe. This links up to the enormous Paradiski area (435km) which connects to La Plagne, via Europe’s most expensive ski-lift, the Vanoise Express. We highly recommend upgrading your lift pass, either for the week, or at least for a day, so that you can ski the Bellecote glacier over in La Plagne and make your way back down some amazing off-piste through the forests.
Advanced skiers can also busy themselves on the famous Aiguille Rouge glacier lying at 3226m, boasting guaranteed snow, Europe’s biggest vertical drop (2000m) down to Villaroger and Olympic speed skating runs. It’s not only good skiers and boarders that can take advantage of the unique terrain in Les Arcs: intermediates will find plenty of fabulous tree-lined descents into the villages of Peisey and Vallandry. There’s a great well-kept snowpark, with plenty of kickers, rails and spines suitable for all levels whether your a pro or its your first time in the park. If you're a powder junkie you will not be left out as there is a huge amount of off piste to be explored across the Paradiski area. There really is something for everyone here in Les Arcs, as the resort’s many lower blues and greens taking you all the way back into 1800 makes it an ideal resort for beginners too. On the way back into Arc 1800, you will find the après venue L'Arpette. Boasting the best sunset views accross the valley, live DJ's, good priced drinks and some serious dancing, it is definitely worth a visit. This is the location of the infamous Les Arcs mountain meal, which finishes with a flood lit descent at 9pm.
Les Arcs is split into several different villages, Arc 1050, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. It’s very accessible from Bourg St Maurice on a funicular which goes straight to Les Arcs 1600 where a free bus will take you to 1800, 1950 or 2000. A visit to Arc 1950 is a must. It seems to be a mixture of Canada’s Whistler and Disneyland with theme music and horse drawn sleighs everywhere you look.
All of our accommodation is in Arc 1800, the most lively of the villages, the one with all the bars, restaurants and even two nightclubs to keep you entertained after your day on the mountain. The resort is compact so all of our residences are located very close to both the slopes and the village amenities.
Cross country skiing, bobsleighing (in La Plagne), Paragliding, 3km toboggan run in the rodeo park (Arc 2000), Les Arcs mountain meal and floodlit descent, après BBQ at Red Hot Saloon and Millie8 aquatic and fitness centre.