Les Arcs On Snow
There is plenty to keep you occupied on the snow in Les Arcs even without skis or a snowboard. There are different activities going on in the 4 bases but most are organised from Arc 1800.
The local ski school organise snow shoe tours which are a great way to get out on the mountain at a calmer pace than skiing or snowboarding. Ideal if you want a day off from your skis or if it’s a bad weather day, you’ll get to escape the crowds and enjoy some magical views – you might even spot some wildlife.
If you want to get away from the crowds even further then try taking a helicopter flight with Heli Mountians, they will whisk you off from Les Arcs own heliport and take you to view some the area’s best views on one of their pleasure flights.
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.
A great activity for the kids is dog sledding, meet your team of pups and then either help to guide them or sit back and enjoy as the instructor guides your sled.
Les Arcs Off Snow
If you have had your fill of the mountains and are looking for something a little different to occupy yourself then Les Arcs has some great activities off the snow as well. There is a bowling alley and a small cinema – perfect to keep you entertained on a bad weather day.
There are also a variety of shops, spread throughout the 4 resort bases, although Arc 1800 has the best selection. It is also just a short bus trip down to Bourg Saint Maurice, a decent sized town with many more activities available and shops to visit. If you are resting your ski legs then why not treat yourself to a spa day? Check out our spa guide to find the best places to be pampered in Les Arcs.