Eminent 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. It consists of a number of different villages, each at slightly different altitudes and each with their own character and ambiance.
Les Arcs a family-friendly resort. It has 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
- internationally-renowned freestyle park
- 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 a connection with La Plagne by the valley-spanning double-decker Vanoise Express gondola. This creates the Paradiski ski domain and provides adventurous skiers with access to 265 miles of pistes.
Les Arcs was the first resort of its kind in Europe. It is in the heart of a 300-year-old Swiss stone pine forest.
Arcs 1600 was the original village which opened up as a ski resort in 1968. The concept was very innovative at the time. The accommodation was built specifically for convenient skiing. Doorstep access to the slopes. However, this is a concept that other resorts have since replicated many times over, across the Alps and beyond.
Today four modern, purpose-built resorts create La Plagne:
Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000
Each offers direct access to the slopes.
Every one of the resorts is largely pedestrianized, and they all have their own bars, restaurants, supermarkets and a range of activities. You can take a shuttle bus that is free with your lift pass and runs every 20 minutes. It will take you 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.
Base: 3,937 ft
Summit: 10,584 ft
Vertical Drop: 6,647 ft
Length of slopes: 125 miles
Total lifts: 52
Skiable Terrain: 1280 ac
Terrain Parks: 1
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