Overview of Les Arcs Ski Resort
Les Arcs ski resort grew up in the 1960s and is made up of four purpose-built higher-altitude resorts known by their height in metres (1600,1800, 1950 and 2000), and the areas are also linked with the valley town beneath them – 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 also the largest and most architecturally stylish of the base areas. Arc 2000 is the highest altitude base area which is quieter, family focused and also the best place to stay if you want to be at alitude and at the top of many of the resort's pistes first thing in the morning: it is also close to the resort’s Flying Kilometre run for speed skiing.
Over the past the years, each base has grown, and while 1800 remains the main base, the others have expanded and offer more than enough to keep holidaymakers happy.
There's been some ‘big news’ in Les Arcs in recent years. First there was the creation of a fourth base area, Arc 1950, originally developed by the 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. The ski-in/ski-out village is a recreation of a traditional mountain town and offers families a superb mix of convenience and facilities which have been designed to exactly firt their needs.
Arc 1950, which is located just below Arc 2000 is now run by the French holiday property group, Pierre and Vacances (P&V) and the four star Arc 1950 Le Village apartments are part of their premium range and hugely popular with British guests - 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.
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