Les Arcs is situated in the Savoie Alps and is made up of four purpose built resorts, Les Arc 1600, Arcs 1800 Arc 2000 and the most recent Arc 1950. This very apartment orientated resort, offers one of the most varied and largest areas in the world, known as the Paradiski area and glacier skiing. The Vanoise Express cable car, links Arcs 1650 with La Plagne (a short 4 minute connection) to offer 425kms of pistes. This resort really has something for everyone, from tree lined beginner slopes, to altitude glacier skiing, a large terrain park, plenty of off piste skiing and cross-country opportunities. The resort is also easily accessible by funicular for those wanting to stay down in Bourg Saint Maurice and travel up to the slopes each day.
210 km local ski area | 4 separate resorts to choose from | Funicular access from Bourg-st-Maurice | Beautiful views of Mont Blanc | Arc 1800 is the biggest and liveliest of all the resorts | Tree lined skiing | Access to La Plagne ski area | Arc 2000 is great for expert and intermediate skiers | Aiguille Rouge 3226m, one of Europe’s longest slopes (7km) without taking a single lift.
Les Arcs offers 210 km of skiing over its four resorts. Arc 1600, situated at the top of the funicular from Bourg-st-Maurice is the most family oriented resort. Arc 1800 has great tree lined skiing and is well located for access to the Vanoises Express and La Plagne ski area. Arc 1950m and 2000m are located on the other side of the mountain ridge above the tree line and are great for expert and intermediate skiers. It also offers one of Europe’s longest slopes (7km) without taking a single lift.
There is a good range of bars and restaurants in all of the Les Arc resorts, but if you are after a lively après scene, Arc 1800 is the is best area for you. Although all of the resorts have their own bars and clubs, the other resorts can be a lot quieter in comparison. L’Arpette restaurant is a great place to start your Apres. This can be followed by a visit to the Red Hot saloon bar, El Latino Loco, Jungle café or Apokalypse club.
Les Arc is nearest Chambery airport, which is located 144km away and is a 2 hour drive. Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva are all approximately 220km away and will take a little of 2.5 hours to drive to. You can also easily reach Les Arc via Bourg Saint Maurice train station, with direct links by high speed train from Paris, London, Brussels and Amsterdam. The funicular from Bourg Saint Maurice takes you straight into Arc 1600 in 7 minutes.
Alternative Ski Activities
Freeskiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, sledging, skidooing and ice caves. Bowling alley, cinema, helicopter rides to Italy, outdoor ice skating in Arc 2000. Snow mobiling, toboggan run, parapenting speed riding. Arc 1800 has a new activity area called Mille 8 and comprises of an aquatic center; toboggan run, fun trains, etc.
Les Arcs offers such variety for all levels of skiers and boarders alike. With its vast amount of ski terrain, it really does cater for everyone. The lower resorts are good for beginners, there is great off piste, runs that offer long descents, tree lined skiing and glacier skiing too. Arc 1900 offers skiing on the Varet glacier, the highest and most demanding skiing in the Arc area.
Is This Resort For Me?
Les Arcs offers such variety for all levels of skiers and boarders a like. It has such a vast amount of ski terrain, such that it really does cater for everyone. The lower resorts are good for beginners, there is great off piste slopes, runs that offer long descents, tree lined skiing and glacier skiing too. Arc 1900 offers skiing on the Varet glacier, the highest and most demanding skiing in the Arc area. First lift skiers and boarders are well accommodated in this resort. It is also a very realiable resort for snow, as 70% of the runs are about 2000m and even the lower resorts are well equipped with snow making facilities. With 4 separate resorts within Les Arc, you will be hard pushed not to find an accommodation type or restaurant / bar to suit you perfectly. Les Arc caters for all in both a skiing and general holiday sense perfectly.