Ski Les Arcs
Comprehensive Ski Resort Guide including; Accommodation, Apres Ski, Ski guides and other useful Les Arcs Information.
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Les Arcs facts
- Area: Paradiski
- Village Height: 1600-2000m
- Avg. annual snowfall: 500cm
- No. of lifts: 135
- Season dates: Early Dec - Late Apr
- Km of piste: 425km
- Acreage of terrain: 24710 acres
- Terrain parks: 1
- Snow making: 22km of piste / 11% / 127 cannons
- Distance to airports: Geneva 150km
- Runs: 376512311
Les Arcs Snow report
Partly cloudy, some sunny spells
The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes
Runs to resort: Soft
lower/upper snow depth
Last snowed: 18th Dec
Report date: 19th Dec
Overview of Les Arcs Ski Resort
Les Arcs ski resort grew up in the 1960s and is made up of four purpose-built altitude resorts known by their numbers, and also includes the valley town beneath them all – Bourg St Maurice. The three original resorts are Les Arcs 1600 – which has a reputation as a quiet, family resort; Les Arcs 1800, which is where most of the action is and is the largest and most architecturally stylish of the four bases and Arc 2000, the high altitude resort known as a quieter base for those especially wanting to get to the tops of the runs first thing in the morning: it is also close to the resort’s Flying Kilometre run for speed skiing. All three of these stereotypes have blurred somewhat over the decades as each base has grown, and while 1800 remains the main base, the others now have more going on in them too, and also new developments.
There have two bits of ‘big news’ in Les Arcs over the past decade. First there was the creation of a fourth base, Arc 1950, originally developed by the now defunct European arm of Whistler and Tremblant owners, Intrawest. Anyone familiar with these ultra-successful North American resorts will recognise the colourful architectural style and attention to quality of design, albeit on a rather smaller scale, as soon as they ski through Arc 1950, which is located just below Les Arcs 2000. The complex is now run by the giant French holiday property group, Pierre and Vacances (P&V) and the Arc 1950 Le Village apratments are hugely popular and rightly so.
The second big news was the long awaited linking of the huge Les Arcs ski area to the equally vast la Plagne ski area across the valley, by means of a spectacular double-decker cable car, the Vanoise express. The joined areas are collectively known as Paradiski and, with more than 400km of piste spread over 10,000 hectares of mountainsides, are by some measures among the three biggest ski areas in the world.
And third on the news list is the recent addition of Edenarc located just above Les Arcs 1800. Edenarc follows the same succesful formula as Arc 1950 Le Village offering a range of stylish high quality apartments in a family friendly environment with superb leisure amenties.
Also worthy of mention is the fact that Les Arcs is really the only major ski resort served by a direct Eurostar train from London St Pancras. The journey takes about eight hours as the French countryside flies past – not a lot longer than getting to a UK airport, awaiting for the flight, flying, waiting for your bags in Geneva, then getting a transfer to resort, and a lot less stressful. The trains serve Bourg St Maurice, from which you can catch a funicular train up to Arc 1600 or a shuttle bus to the higher resorts.
Powderbeds have accommodation in Les Arcs to suit every budget and for the most up to date prices visit our Les Arcs ski deals page
Les Arcs is an expansive resort ideal for intermediate and advanced riders.
4 bases segment the nightlife with Arc 1800 again being the focus.
A favorite of families with older kids, this resort should certainly not be ruled out for families with young ones.
Get behind a horse and Les Arc’s re-establishment of the historic sport of Ski-joëring as your pulled along on your skis.
There is a good selection of restaurants in each village with the greatest number at 1800.
Spa facilities in Les Arc can be found within a number of hotels and can be used by non-residents.