In this article we will present to you the different stations that make up Les Arcs, the ski domain, the activities, the best addresses for taking lessons, renting your equipment, accommodation… and in particular we’ll be letting you in on some of the locals’ secrets for a perfect ski day!
Located in the heart of the Alps, opposite the Mont Blanc, the Savoie ski resort, Les Arcs, combines 5 villages situated at differing altitudes. Arc 2000, Arc 1950, Arc 1800, Arc 1600 and Bourg-Saint-Maurice. A part of the domain Paradiski, it offers 425 km of pistes. The viewpoints are breathtaking, you’ll be making the most of a domain that climbs from an altitude of 1,200 to 3,250 m, with the Mont Blanc as a backdrop!
Presentation of the domain
- Ski period: from December to the end of April
- Number of pistes: the Paradiski domain (Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry/La Plagne) represents 425 km of slopes, climbing from an altitude of 1,200 to 3,226 m. With 2 summits of more than 3,000 m and 262 pistes spread over a multitude of mountainsides and catering for all levels.
- Ski passes:
- Further details: https://www.lesarcs.com/forfaits-ski.html
- Snowfall: 70% of the slopes are located above an altitude of 2,000 m, which of course greatly improves the chances of having good quality snow.
Different activities are on offer
- Alpine skiing and snowboarding:
– 12 green pistes
– 135 blue pistes
– 77 red pistes
– 37 black pistes
- Cross-country skiing:
68 km of cross-country skiing pistes
– 5 km for Arc 2000
– 5 km for Arc 1800
– 15 km for Bourg-Saint-Maurice
– 43 km for Peisey-Vallandry
On a snowboard or skis, the Snowpark is accessible to everyone! The shapers team has developed an itinerary where there’s something for everybody, whether a beginner or a more advanced user.
– 4 lines of kickers and box for beginners and advanced users for gradual progress.
– A shred line for experts: hip, rail, transfer.
- Other spaces for sensations:
– The Big Air Bag to test your tricks and make the most of a gentle landing.
– The Water Slide (from March onwards): 30 metres of run-up and a basin of about 15 metres, to be jumped over on skis or on a snowboard. The idea is to cross the pool without getting wet, although the best bit is still watching the greatest slip-ups!
You need someone to look after the kids, 3 reception centres and a babysitting service are available at Les Arcs. The resort provides solutions for children from 3 to 12 years’ old. You can easily combine pleasure as a family and recreation on skis!
- The centres:
Arc 2000: http://www.assogarderie2000.com
Arc 1950: https://www.cariboo1950.com/accueil
Arc 1800: https://www.esf-arc-1800.com
Mamie nounou (babysitting service): https://www.lesarcs.com/garderie-enfants/mamie-nounou.html
- The Mille 8 space:
A fun space with Cabins, Sledge, Slalom, Swimming pool, Fir treesto discover, for little’uns and grown-ups alike. The Mille 8 space is open during the day and in the evening.
The station of Arcs 1800is well known for its young and festive spirit. At the beginning of spring, the atmosphere on the slopes is frenetic due to the events of Les Arcs’ spring festival that takes place over several weeks. At the station, the fiesta is also in full swing in the bars and discotheques, where you can continue having a blast all night long.
A connected domain:
PARADISKI YUGE: the domain’s mobile app.
– keep yourself informed of the turnout at the ski lifts
– buy your ski pass directly via the app
– go over your itinerary and check out your performances!
“A perfect day at the resort by Cécile ROMUALDO, press officer of Les Arcsdomain
Which ski itinerary would you recommend to nature lovers?
At the top of the new ski lift Comborcière, at Arc 2000, there’s an unexpected viewpoint that’s been fitted out this year with a large terrace, tables and chairs, binoculars and phone charger. A great opportunity to make the most of this incredible view of the Mont Blanc and its surrounding area. From there, there are 2 options: the slope of Molgovert with its trees and intensely natural environment, or you can take the new secret slope that takes you back to La Vallée de l’Arcand the Arc 2000 sector.
Which itinerary would you recommend to those looking for sensations?
The black slope from the peak of the Aiguille Rouge, the summit of Les Arcs, is one of the most impressive. At the top of the Aiguille Rouge, we’ve just installed a new bridge, somewhat suspended in the air. From here you can see the entire Alps, the French, Swiss and Italian mountains and even as far as the Jura on a clear day. From the other side, we can see the Mont Pourri glacier and the natural reserve of the heights of Villaroger, which is a protected and broad area. The view is stunning.
Which is the longest descent with the least time spent in ski lifts?
One the longest ski pistesin Europe can be found in Les Arcs, 7 km in a single descent! From the top of the Aiguille Rouge you take the Aiguille Rougeslope and you descend in one swoop down to the little village of Villaroger. If you do the whole pistein one go, without stopping, when you arrive at the bottom, your thighs feel like they’re on fire!
Where would you suggest taking a lunch break?
2 superb places on the slopes:
Bulle Café at Arc 2000: a place where you can have a snack lunch (the pizzas are enormous and very good) or a large seafood platter with oysters and lobster for a very reasonable price (same price as in town). A seafood platter at 2,000 metres altitude, surrounded by an exceptional mountainous environment is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have! Those who don’t ski can meet up with their skiing friends (it’s about a 20-minute walk, but it’s worth it).
Le Sanglier qui fume at Arc 1600: great food and a convivial atmosphere in this restaurant situated on the slopes, but also accessible by foot. Superb terrace with exceptional view.
Where should you ski in the morning? … and the afternoon? to make the most of the sun …
Arc 1800 and Arc 1600 in the morning, Arc 2000 in the afternoon”
Organising your stay:
- Accommodation: check out the tourist office’s website at https://www.lesarcs-reservation.com/en/index.htm
- Where to hire equipment? The MySkirent community can help you https://www.myskirent.com/fr/france/savoie/les-arcs/
- Where to take lessons?
For cross-country and off-pisteskiing: link
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