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Les Arcs Resort Guide

Written by Dugald Morrow   
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Les Arcs is a large ski resort centrally located in the French Alps, just below the Aiguille Rouge and with spectacular views of Mont Blanc.

Skiing and Snowboarding

The composite ski area of Les Arcs is comprised of three individual ski areas;- Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 2000. It is possible to get a ski pass (lift ticket) for an individual area and also for the combined ski area. The three ski areas are closely connected so it is feasible to ski in all three ski areas in one day. Additionally, Les Arcs has been linked to the nearby ski areas of La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry via the Vanoise Express cable car. This makes Les Arcs, La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry (referred to as Paradiski ) one of the largest linked ski areas in the world. Les Arcs provides specialized maps for skiers and snowboarders and is particularly snowboarder friendly. A pipe just above the village of Arc 1800 stays open until 10PM.


Like the ski areas, the accommodation at Les Arcs is separated into the distinct ski villages of Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. Accommodation here tends to be quite expensive so many long term denizens stay in Bourg St Maurice which is linked by a Funicular to Arc 1600. Staying at Bourg St Maurice also has the benefit of easier access to the other nearby ski areas of Val díIsere, La Rosiere, Saint Foy and Tignes which are all within a one hour drive. Arc 1800 is the largest mountain village in the Les Arcs ski area and is the best choice for night life whilst Arc 1950 is the most recently developed. Arc 1950 was developed by the North American company Intrawest so donít expect traditional chalets here. Les Arcs provides a wide range of accommodation options and most off the slope facilities. As expected, prices on the mountain ar expensive, so if you are self catering, bring as much up the mountain as you can manage.

Getting to Les Arcs

Bourge St Maurice is well connected to the expansive French rail network and the Funicular ride from Bourge St Maurice to Arc 1600 takes just 7 minutes.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 May 2008 )


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