Les Arcs Ski Resort

Les Arcs ski resort, Aiguille Grive.
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Les Arcs ski resort.
Les Arcs ski terrain toward the 3226m Aiguille Rouge.
Les Arcs villages are purpose built for views & ski in ski out convenience.
Les Arcs is lift linked to vast La Plagne ski resort to form 'Paradiski'.
Funicular access to Les Arcs is directly from Bourg St Maurice train station.
Serious Les Arcs freeride terrain on the western flanks the Aiguille Rouge.
A sense of the number of Les Arcs villages is gleaned from resort signage!
Les Arcs mountain restaurant L'Altiport is glorious once the sun is on it!
A few Les arcs piste trails are busy all day, like this into Arc1800 village.
The Les Arcs snow park is fun, even for old Powderhounds.
The trees of Peisey Vallandry provide diversity & shelter at Les Arcs.
Contemplating fresh lines at Les Arcs ski resort.
Arc 2000 is one of the most recognisable resort villages in the world.
Arc 1800 village has a large number of bars, restaurants & services.
Arc 1950 is the prettiest of Les Arcs villages.
Arc 1600 is the best value of Les Arcs ski resort villages.
Villaroger is the most traditional & quiet Les Arcs village.
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Les Arcs Ski Resort

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     Les Arcs Ski Trail Map
  • Les Arcs Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Les Arcs
    1200m – 3226m (2026m)

    Paradiski
    1200m – 3250m (2250m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8 - 10m
  • Lifts (52)
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    27 Chairs

    Paradiski – 121 lifts
  • Ski Season
    Mid December to late April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 200km
    Longest run – 7+ km
    Advanced - 14%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 51%

    Paradiski– 425km
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Les Arcs (incl. Peisey Vallandry)
    Adult - €52
    Child - €42
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Peisey Vallandry only
    Adult - €39
    Child - €31
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Paradiski (incl. La Plagne)
    Adult - €60
    Child - €48
    Child u/5yr - Free
     Paradiski Ski Trail Map
  • Paradiski Ski Trail Map
    La Plagne Ski Trail Map
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Les Arcs Ski Resort France

Les Arcs ski resort in the Tarentaise valley is a sensational French mega ski area. Les Arcs provides a total ski holiday destination with huge & diverse terrain, quirky accommodations, superb snow & wonderful ease of access from the transport hub of Bourg St Maurice.

The Powderhounds reviewed Les Arcs in January 2018 & were pleasantly surprised that this oft maligned ski area truly has something for everyone & provides evidence that sometimes bigger can be better. So much so that it has been rated in the Top 5 Best Overall Europe Ski Resorts in by Powderhounds.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Les Arcs Ski Resort

Pros

  • Massive interlinked ski area;
  • Diverse off piste with bowls, trees, steeps;
  • Amazing variety of piste trails for all levels;
  • Loads of beginner ski terrain and facilities;
  • Huge range of ski-in ski-out apartment & hotel accommodation;
  • Possible to ski entire 2000m vertical;
  • Quality and consistent snow record;
  • Lift connected to La Plagne;
  • Wonderful valley and mountain views;
  • Excellent après ski options;
  • Easy access via train and funicular from Bourg St Maurice;
  • Value for money lift pass (not Paradiski pass!).

Cons

  • Some piste trails and lifts can get overcrowded;
  • Off-piste will get busy on a powder day;
  • Accommodation can be expensive.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Arc 1600, 1800 & 2000 villages are visually challenging;
  • 7 different villages (2 valley, 5 alpine), so no real centre;
  • Majority of accommodation is apartments;
  • Limited nightlife due to nature of villages;
  • A French mega resort that you will either love or hate!

Les Arcs Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Les Arcs is two resorts, but that information is in some ways purely academic. In practical terms, we consider the ski area of Peisey Vallandry, to be part of Les Arcs. That said, Peisey Vallandry does have the option of a cheaper lift pass for its sheltered tree lined lifts & runs, but in reality, one may never utilise the option.

Skiing Les Arcs can be an on-piste lift to lift, village to village groomer fest or can be off-piste high adventure freeriding 2000m verticals from the Aiguille Rouge. It rates highly in the overall stats for that reason of diversity. See the Les Arcs ski trail map here.

One cannot forget though, that Les Arcs is big ski resort with a massive amount of on-mountain beds. Lift queues exist at certain locations at mid-morning & just after lunchtime. The TransArc gondola & Grand Col chair can be particularly busy, but overall the lift capacity is good enough to not notice the volume of humanity here. Goes without saying that starting early & having an early lunch is the best policy at Les Arcs.

Les Arcs is also 'interconnected' with neighbouring La Plagne to form the mega ski resort of Paradiski, more than doubling the ski terrain & lifts available. The term 'interconnected' is a bit of an illusion though. A double -decker cable car links the two resort areas across the valley, but it is not possible to ski to the other resort. Skiing both resorts in a day is not really an option either - simply due to the areas size.

Where is Les Arcs , France?

Located in the Savoie (pronounced Savwa) region of France & part of the legendary Tarentaise valley in the French Alps, Les Arcs ski resort is perched high above the town of Bourg St Maurice. Bourg St Maurice is about 190km east of Lyon & a similar distance south of Geneva. Distances to the resort are interesting. ‘As the ptarmigan flies’ the highest village of Arc 2000 is only 7km from Bourg St Maurice however by road it is 26km (35min).

The resort village of Arc 1600 is directly connected to Bourg St Maurice by a funicular which departs from the train station, a few minutes walk along the platforms at the opposite end to the main terminal. Other alpine villages can be accessed by bus from the top of the funicular. The other Les Arcs villages of Villaroger, Peisey & Vallandry are accessed from different points in the valley (refer Accommodation section below).

Gateway airports for Les Arcs are Lyon & Geneva. In winter, weekend flights from the UK & within Europe arrive at Chambery, the closest airport to the Tarentaise. Paris & London are in play by virtue of their train connections to Bourg St Maurice. Search & book train tickets to Bourg St Maurice here.

The train is the recommended mode of travel to Les Arcs, however, once in Bourg St Maurice (unless staying at Arc 1600 near the top of the funicular) we recommend looking at a private transfer from the train station (particularly if in a group of 3 or more people). Search & book all private transfers to any of the Les Arcs villages here.

Les Arcs Accommodation

The ski resort of Les Arcs is an amalgam of extraordinarily designed villages spread across the ski area. The architecture appears questionable at first, seemingly at odds with the natural environment. But as one skis the resort & notes the jagged rocky outcrops under the Grand Col chair a begrudging admiration for the architects grows bit by bit. They were perhaps before their time & though much maligned, we think have stood the test of time (from the outside anyway!).

Search & book all Les Arcs ski accommodation here.

In the sub alpine zone there is Peisey Vallandry(1600m) to the resort’s largest village called Arc 1800 & on to Arc1600 (which links to Bourg St Maurice by funicular). Over the ridge in an upper alpine valley the pretty Arc 1950 is below the visually confronting Arc 2000. Way below Arc 1950 lies the tiny village of Villaroger (1200m), a world away from the hustle & bustle of the ski resort. All of the villages have direct lift & piste links in to the resort, with the majority of accommodations, ski-in. Hotels are thin on the ground, but self-contained apartments of varying quality are everywhere. Numerous chalets are also available for rent.

All the Arc villages are road linked to Bourg St Maurice. Peisey Vallandry is accessed via the road from the valley town of Landry. Villaroger is in the opposite direction off the road to Val d’Isere.

There is plenty of accommodation choice when planning a trip to Les Arcs, but you can also choose to stay off the mountain in any one of the valley villages & towns. Use the funicular or Villaroger chairs to access the hill every day. Staying off the mountain allows for greater exploration of this sensational ski region.

Les Arcs Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals are available in all the Les Arcs villages. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Les Arcs here.

Whilst the Les Arcs ski resort has a huge array of ski instructors, a select number providing private ski & snowboard can be booked here.

Tours in or near Les Arcs

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 7.
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USD 1,926
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Tour
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
2 - 5 Days | 2 - 5 Nights | 2 - 5 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 4.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
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USD 694
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