Les Arcs Ski Holidays
France

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Les Arcs is a French ski resort which sits in the Paradiski area, over the valley from its sister, La Plagne. The resort is made up of a number of smaller satellite villages; Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. Aside from these, there are further hamlets and villages such as Vallandry, Peisey, and Plan-Peisey, which offer easy access into the skiable domain.

Arcs 1800 and Arcs 2000 are the two largest villages, with the base village of Peisy-Vallandry as the smallest. The slopes extend all the way up to 3250 metres so good snow coverage is ensured right up until the end of the season, especially in the higher altitude villages of 1950 and 2000.

The majority of the villages are purpose built, so while they may not generally be particularly pretty, ski access is a dream. It’s this that brings skiers back year on year. The lower bases are traditional mountain hamlets, and they have a charm and character all their own.

Perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers, the slopes around Les Arcs are gentle and wide. More advanced skiers can find beautiful, forested off-piste runs lower down as well as advanced on-piste runs from the top of the Aiguille Rouge. The Les Arcs ski area is superbly linked to its neighbour la Plagne — via the impressive Vanoise Express telecabine — to create the Paradiski area. Over 400kms of piste can be explored on one lift pass.

Lift links across Les Arcs are generally very good, with a series of chairlifts positioned along the mountainsides linking them together. There are gondolas in place to cover larger distances where needed, and the whole infrastructure leaves visitors feeling they can cover the ground and get around with ease.

For freestyle skiers and boarders, there’s a great terrain park nestled between Arc 1600 and Arc 1800, with blue, red and black-level jumps for beginners, intermediates and experts. There are rail slides, boxes and spines, plus a boardercross if top speed round tight corners is your thing.

As a purpose-built resort — as opposed to a traditional Alpine town — Les Arcs is dominated by accommodation blocks housing chalet-apartments, and this is especially true in the upper villages. Generally speaking, visitors in search of the traditional chalet experience find what they’re looking for in the lower, prettier base villages. Les Arcs is dominated by 3* and 4* standard accommodation, which sounds limited but actually the range is pretty good.

Getting to Les Arcs is really simple with Chambery around 2 to 2.5 hours away, Geneva 2.5 hours and the train station of Bourg St Maurice just at the bottom of the mountain. If you get on the snow train to Bourg you can then catch the funicular train direct from the main station to Arcs 1600, and it only takes around 7 minutes.
As a general observation, Les Arcs is a peaceful and quiet resort — not somewhere to go for if you’re looking for a massive nightlife and huge parties. That said, there is a diverse selection of bars across the villages and the most vibrant village for nightlife is Arcs 1800. Arcs 1950 and 2000 have a bit more of a family feel to them and are more relaxed, but they do still have a few bars to visit. The nightclub up in Arcs 2000 is the place to be for partying into the wee small hours!

If you’re in the resort and looking for an après ski drink or a night on the tiles, here are a few recommendations: Golf Bar, Casual Bar, Maxima, El Latino Loco, Jungle Bar, Jimmy's Apres Ski, Beguin, Ambiente Bar, The Crazy Fox, Chalet de Luigi Bar, Emeraude Lounge, Bar King Mad (BMK), Apokalypse Bar, Red Hot Saloon, O'Chaud Lounge, Benji's Pub, Ambiente Cafe Bar and Whistler's Dream.
The focus in Les Arcs is very much on the skiing, but if you have a non-skier or two in the group or you’re looking for ways to tire the kids out before heading back to the chalet, there are a number of options to consider. Snow-shoeing, ice-skating, dog-sledding, sledging, ski-dooing and ice-caving are all activities visitors to Les Arcs can engage in.

Snow-shoeing

335 Grande Rue

Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 07 60 02

Paragliding

335 Grande Rue

Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 04 16 81

Sport & Leisure Centre

Le Charvet

Arc 1800

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 07 12 57

Les Arcs is a bustling, popular ski resort and the diversity of restaurants reflects that. There’s a great range of restaurants and eateries to choose from with staples such as pasta and pizza dishes alongside Savoyard specialities like fondue, raclette and pierrade.

Good for Couples

Chez Clarisse

Place Haute Des Villards

Arc 1800

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 06 48 34

Good for Couples

Le Savoy

La Cime des Arcs

Arc 2000

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 07 73 00

Good for Couples

El Latino Loco

Immeuble Aiguille Rouge 5 éme Étage

Arc 2000

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 06 40 63

Good for Family

Solan

Peisey-Nancroix

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 07 15 06

Good for Family

Les Chalets de l'Arc

On Piste Restaurant

Piste des Marmottes

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 04 15 40

Good for Friends

Whistler’s Dream

Chalet des Neiges

Arc 2000

Les Arcs

+33 479 041 757

Good for Friends

Mont Blanc

Peisey-Vallandry / Nancroix

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 04 20 33

Good for Friends

Bar King Mad

Centre Cial Villards 1800

Route des Espagnols

Les Arcs

+33 4 79 06 57 14


As a family-friendly ski resort, les Arcs offers plenty of impressive childcare services. Parents keen to hit the slopes with peace of mind knowing the kids are amused, cared for and entertained can choose from a whole host of options to suit a wide range of budgets and requirements.

There’s an enormous range of well-located catered ski chalets in Les Arcs, which include UK flights, airport transfers, half-board dining, accommodation and childcare wrapped up into one handy package. Parents can opt into full-day care, supervised lunches, ski lessons, cocoa clubs and a whole host of other exciting activities for the kids.

Alternatively, you can check out independent childcare companies such as Cariboo Kids Club and Alpine ChildCare.

Ski chalets in Les Arcs


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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1800m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    10km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3225m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    171

  • TOTAL PISTE

    200km



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