Les Arcs - Snow boarding
©Andy Parant

Whatever your ski or snowboard level, Les Arcs is an excellent resort – home to some of the best ski terrain in the Alps. It also has one of the easiest and cheapest train-to-resort links - via the funicular that runs from Bourg-St-Maurice to Arc 1600.

With four different slope-side villages, Les Arcs makes a great base from which to explore the huge 425km Paradiski area.

The quick access to the pistes is wonderfully convenient and the variety of terrain caters for every level of skier.

High-altitude, gentle blue runs mean that beginners can enjoy the panoramic views; intermediates, meanwhile, will be in their element, clocking up the miles on the network of pistes; and experts will find plenty of steeper descents to tackle, as well as an abundance of off-piste terrain.

 

 

Villages

Les Arcs - village
©Daniel Elkan

The villages of Arc 1600, Arc 1800, 1950 and Arc 2000 are all traffic-free, functional and purpose-built. 

Arc 1600 has the quick access from the funicular; Arc 1800 is the largest and liveliest in terms of nightlife; Arc 1950 is completely ski-in/ski-out, with ski slopes that weave through the charming village; and Arc 2000, although not pretty, makes an inexpensive base for high-altitude terrain.

Free buses link all of the Arc resorts – as do the pistes.

The slopes

With extensive slopes that reach up to 3,226 on the Aiguille Rouge, Les Arcs' ski area also benefits from plenty of tree-lined runs too.
The red-graded pistes above Peisey-Vallandry are superb, as are the blue runs that stream down from Col de la Chal.
The resort is linked to La Plagne by the epic Vanoise Express gondola and the variety of the slopes makes it perfect for mixed groups.

Families

Les Arcs - village
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Les Arcs' car-free villages and beginner ski zones suit families well.
The innovative Mille8 development in Arc 1800 means there's plenty to do after to slopes close, while the cut layout of Arc 1950 makes it easy for younger children to gather and play.

Non-ski activities

Try the state-of-the-art toboggan run in the new Mille8 complex, or have a dip in the aqua-centre.
For an incredible airborne experience, you can try a paragliding ride.
You can also try dog-sledding and explore the biggest igloo village in the French Alps.

Eating

Try cosy Chalet de l'Arcelle, near Arc 1600, with its wood and stone interior.
Chalet du Solliet above Villaroger is another charming mountain hut, with panoramic views from its sunny terrace.
Over at Arc 1950, Le Vache Rouge is highly rated

Apres ski and nightlife

Les Arcs - apres ski
©Daniel Elkan

Head for L'Arpette bar to start the après ski, where DJs get the party going from 3pm and dancing on tables is very much encouraged.
Arc 1800's liveliest bars can be found in Charvet and Villards. Red Hot Saloon, which often attracts crowds of university students, has the biggest dancefloor.
At Arc 2000, check out the Village Igloo for drinks in the ice grotto. In Arc 1950 George's bar is great for a convivial drink, while Club 1950 has late-night parties with DJs from Paris.

Accommodation

The majority of the accommodation in Les Arcs is self-catering apartments although there are a few 3* hotels in Les Arcs 1800 and a new 5* hotel, the Taj-I Mah, in Arc 2000.
For higher end ski-in/ski-out apartments Arc 1950 is hard to beat.

Transfers

From Moutiers station

  • By bus: around 30 - 50 minutes; Adults 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)
  • By taxi: around 20 - 40 minutes; about 50 - 90€ for an 8-seater taxi
    By funicular (to Arc 1600): seven minutes; Adults 8.50€, children (6-13 years 6.50€. Free shuttle buses connect the other villages from Arc 1600.