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Les Arcs

Renowned for everything from wooded beginner runs to high-altitude skiing, variety is behind the enduring popularity of Les Arcs. Linked with La Plagne to create the Paradiski area, its varied villages offer access to 265 miles of piste for all abilities.

Les Arcs is a purpose-built ski resort, made up of a number of different villages, each at slightly different altitudes and each with their own character and ambiance.

It’s renowned as a family-friendly resort, with a good selection of beginner and intermediate pistes, however, there is genuinely something for everyone.

There are hundreds of miles of pistes, high-altitude beginner’s areas, huge swathes of off-piste, an internationally-renowned freestyle park and one of the longest continuous runs in Europe (the Aiguille Rouge is 5 miles long with 1.5 miles of descent).

Since 2003, Les Arcs has been connected to La Plagne by the valley-spanning double-decker Vanoise Express gondola, creating the Paradiski ski domain, and providing adventurous skiers with access to 265 miles of pistes.

Situated in the heart of a 300-year-old Swiss stone pine forest, Les Arcs was the first resort of its kind in Europe.

Arcs 1600 was the original village which opened up as a ski resort in 1968. The concept was very innovative at the time – accommodation built specifically for convenient skiing and doorstep access to the slopes, but it’s a concept that has since been replicated many times over, across the Alps and beyond.

Today, Les Arcs is made up of four modern, purpose-built resorts: Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000, each offering direct access to the slopes. Each resort is largely pedestrianized and self-contained, and have their own bars, restaurants, supermarkets and a range of activities. You can take a shuttle bus (free with your lift pass, running every 20 minutes) between villages so you can easily enjoy the entertainments in each resort.

There are also three outlying villages within the ski area – Plan Peisey, Vallandry, and Peisey Nancroix.

A big draw for families is the new entertainment complex Mille8 in Arcs 1800. It includes fun ski areas for all ages, dedicated snow play areas for small children and a swimming pool complex.