Ski-joëring is an activity dating back centuries and simply involves being towed behind a horse on your skis. Largely forgotten in Europe until recently, the sport has been reintroduced in Les Arcs and subsequently spread to other resorts. Much of the new success of ski-joëring is down to one man, Jacques Fillietroz, nicknamed the Buffalo Bill of les Arcs. He has invented a light weight rigid harness that has opened the sport up to children as young as seven and beginner skiers, enabling them to be pulled gently behind the horse but preventing them sliding in to its rear end when it stops! Ski-joëring is offered at an equestrian centre linked by shuttle bus to Arc 1600, Arc 2000 and Arc 1800.
Although it has around 200 shops, these are spread between the resort’s four bases. Most of these establishments are ski or grocery shops, or they provide essential holiday services – chemist, post office, newsagents, photographic store and so on, along with several gift shops. Arc 1800 has about half of the shops while the other three bases have about 30 each. Arc 1950 has a number of boutiques for adults and children, gift shops, a tabac, ski shops, a baker, chemist, Spar and a delicatessen also selling fine wines.
There are more shops down in Bourg St Maurice which, as the main town for the entire Tarentaise Valley, has both the range of 150 shops you’d expect in a year round, mid-sized town and a number of hypermarkets to serve both locals and visitors.
Bowling (Aiguille des glaciers Les Villards, Arc 1800) +33 (0)4 79 06 97 76 and Immeuble Les Gentianes, Place basse, Arc 2000) +33 (0)4 79 24 23 12
Cinema (Arc 1800 and Arc 2000)
+33 (0)6 16 03 24 01
Change a chairlift into a helicopter and explore some of Les Arcs’ superb back country at heli mountains