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Les Arcs (Paradiski)
High altitude resort

Resort description


Les Arcs ski area is made up of 3 main resorts: Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 2000 - each a purpose built resort built with superb winter skiing and enjoyment in mind. The older and smaller ski village of Peisey-Vallandry sits lower in the valley of the Les Arcs ski resort and offers a more traditional feel whilst the recently built award winning Arc 1950 has become a well known village style ski resort offering the charm of a traditional village with all the creature comforts and conveniences of a modern resort. Each Les Arcs ski resort offers a different flavour, from functional to charming, but all providing superb winter skiing with ski-in ski-out facilities within the Paradiski ski area. Spoilt with both skiing and snowboarding options, the ski area offers splendid views of the Mont Blanc mountain range and the Tarentaise Valley now stretches as far as La Plagne.

Arc 1600 is the lowest of the ski resorts that make up the Les Arcs ski resort. Arriving from Bourg Saint Maurice on the funicular, this charming village welcomes you with its open ski slopes and small compact village designed with pedestrians in mind. As a great family ski destination, there are two cinemas and a handful of restaurants and bars to keep everyone happy.
As well as the Funicular that connects Arc 1600 to the valley town of Bourg Saint Maurice, there is a shuttle bus that runs throughout the day from 07.30 - 21.00 from Arc 1600 to Arc 1800, Arc 1950, and Arc 2000.

Arc 1800 is the largest village of Les Arcs ski area and has a west-facing mountainside. It is made up of four different areas called Charmettoger, Le Charvet, Les Villards and Le Chantel, Les Villards being the centre of the resort where the amenities are located. It has a lot to offer, from clothes and gift boutiques to a diverse selection of bars and restaurants, with everything from intimate restaurants to casual pizzerias and snack bars.
There is plenty to do and see aside skiing in Arc 1800 with 2 cinemas, a bowling alley, squash courts and a spa centre.
Arc 1800 offers a selection of 4* accommodation such as Edenarc and L'Iseran.
A shuttle bus runs throughout the day from 07.30 - 21.00 between Arc 1800 and Arc 1600 where you can take another bus to Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. There is also a shuttle taking guests to Le Chantel between 07.30 - 23.00

Arc 2000 is a great resort for couples and groups alike, as well as being a great family ski destination. The original purpose built architecture has enjoyed many improvements and is now counter-balanced by a more cosy extension made up of wood and stone chalets. Arc 2000 now has at its centre a welcoming piazza or "place centrale" which takes on a Mediterranean feel during the warmer spring month with "al fresco" dining or drinking at the restaurants and bars. For those looking to explore nearby on foot, Arc 2000 is linked to the neighbouring resort of Arc 1950 by a gondola which runs until 9pm.

Les Arcs has been awarded the P'tits Montagnards label which guarantees high quality facilities for children and their parents on holiday in the mountains.

Ski Collection also features 4* accommodation at Peisey-Vallandry and Arc 1950 Le Village - Please see our resort list for full details.



Les Arcs, Paradiski

Arc 2000 is Les Arcs highest ski resort

Arc 2000 has a small cable car that connects it to arc 1950

Arc 2000 is renowned for hosting speed skiing – a high speed ski race that demands nerves of steel.

Arc 2000 has a wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops all located on its central plaza.

 

Arc 1800 is the largest village of Les Arcs and has a west-facing mountainside.

Arc 1800 is made up of 4 sub-villages: Charmettoger, Le Charvet, Villards and Le Chantel.

Arc 1800 Les Villards is where the majority of the shops, bars and restaurants are located.

Arc 1800 is the largest village of Les Arcs and has a west-facing mountainside.

 

Arc 1600 is the most accessible resort with a funicular connecting it to Bourg Saint Maurice – gateway to the Tarantaise region

The journey time on the funicular between Bourg Saint Maurice and Arc 1600 is about 7 minutes.

Arc 1600 was the first ski area to be developed in les Arcs

Arc 1600 is also known as “Arc Pierre Blanche."

Arc 1600 is well served and has 30 shops, hotels and meeting rooms on offer.

 

There is a free shuttle bus between Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 the bus runs until 8.30pm.

 

 

Skiing in Les Arcs, Paradiski

 

Don't forget that Les Arcs is part of the Paradiski ski area, so you have access to kilometers of pistes in both Les Arcs and La Plagne.

 

The 3 resorts of Les Arcs, La Plagne and Peisey - Vallandry make up the Paradiski ski area. This means a huge variety of ski slopes, so it’s a place for everyone no matter their level, their style or experience.

 

The resorts are linked by the Vanoise express which is the world’s largest cable car.

One chair-lift and a blue run is all it takes to get to the cable car from Arc 1800.

 

Arc 2000 is set at the foot of Aiguille Rouge, giving it direct access to the highest, toughest skiing as well as the whole of the Les Arcs ski area and beyond. From gentle slopes for beginners to hair-raising descents for daredevils, the entire area has been wonderfully optimized - Its long snowy trails await you.

From Arc 2000 it’s a little ski down then a chairlift ride to the ridge and then a blue run down to the cable car.

 

The Les Arcs domain is to be awarded for its genuine varied spots/compact zone ratio. This mean you can make the best of your day out cruising on your skis rather than cruising on a chair lifts!

 

The best snow is to be found at Grand Col (2800m), which offers equally attractive runs for the intermediates and experts.

 

Les Arcs has over 30km of black runs for experts.

 

The Olympic speed-skiing track can be tested by strong-hearted members of the public, starting at various heights according to experience.

 

From Arc 1800 you can head down in to the bowl of Arc 2000.

 

In the Les Arcs ski areamost routes have an easy and more difficult alternative making it good for mixed abilities.

 

 

Snowboarding in Les Arcs, Paradiski

 

There is a terrain park just below Arpette, one of the most advanced in the Alps, and you can buy a pass to the park from Arc 1800.

 

There are 2 areas in the park, the game zone with runs and jumps and an area for novices, there is also the more advanced display zone which has big jumps and rails.

 

 

In the Paradiski ski area there are 2 snow parks, 1 half pipe, 2 board gliss and 3 boarder crosses.

 

 

Cross country skiing in Les Arcs, Paradiski

 

Les Arcs has a 15km of cross country trails.

You can explore the 153km of marked trials in the Paradiski ski area.

 

 

Ski School in Les Arcs, Paradiski

 

There is a wide selection of ski schools to choose from in the Les Arcs area.

 

In Arc 1600, Arc 1800 & Arc 2000 the ESF ski schools offer a wide variety of lessons for both adults and children.

 

There are over 115 ski instructors in this area offering lessons in alpine skiing and snow boarding.

 

For more information about pre-booking Ski School in Les Arcs please select here

 

 

Lift Passes in Les Arcs, Paradiski

 

Lift passes give you access to Les Arcs and the whole of the Paradiski ski area.

 

For more information about Les Arcs lift passes, please select here

 

Les Arcs Photos taken by Seb Leon and Scalp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Skiing
The Les Arcs ski resort is now linked up with neighbouring La Plagne by the new cable car - the Vanoise Express - to form the new Paradiski ski area, a ski area of mammoth proportions. Paradiski is made up of 20 different holiday destinations and with 425km of pistes and 2-equipped glaciers there is something to suit skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities. Paradiski has excellent facilities and with its huge variation in altitude (1200m-3250m) there is a multitude of different types of scenery and piste to explore. Les Arcs offers experts some tough decents beneath the Aiguille Rouge. For intermediates the greatest concentration of blues and reds are above Arc 1800 which lead down to the villages of Peisey and Vallandry. There are nursey slopes close to all of the Les Arcs vilages, but some of the best green runs can be found in La Plagne.

The chairlift Mont Blanc at Arc 1600 in Les Arcs will be replaced by a new, bigger and faster chairlift for the coming winter. The new detachable chairlift will provide direct access to "Les deux têtes" area. The old "Les 2 têtes" and "Pierre blanche" ski lifts which the new lift replaces will be removed. This new lift service in designed to improve the people flow around Les Arcs and make it easier for people to go from Arc 1600 to Arc 1800 and Arc 2000. There is also a free cable car to take you to Arc 1950.

Clients booking for pre or late season dates for Les Arcs should be aware that not all facilities in your chosen resort may be open - including some ski lifts. We would advise you to check the resort tourist office website or our Resort Opening Dates page for details before making a booking.
Après Ski
As well as superb winter skiing, there is a range of apres ski in Les Arcs. Arc 1800 is the liveliest centre of Les Arcs with a reasonable choice of places to eat out, bars and discotheque. Après-ski is more limited in Arc 2000 but nevertheless chic. In Arc 1800 the restaurants include the gourmet restaurant Chalet de Milou. There are also the Casa Mia and Onglet restaurants which offer a wide variety of meals. L'Hedoniste wine bar can also be found in Arc 1800. In Arc 2000 there is the Chez Eux restaurant which offers savoyard meals. There is also Latino Lococafé and Pierre Chaud restaurants.
Amenities
Each village within Les Arcs is independent and provides a selection of shops and services, such as banks, grocery shops, butchers, bakeries, post offices, laundrettes, doctor's and pharmacies. There is also a range of sport shops, clothes shops, beauticians and hairdressers in Les Arcs.
Activities
To help you decide on the right destination for you between the 3 centres for your Les Arcs ski holiday: you can go dog sledging, ski biking, ice skating, hang gliding, paragliding, snow scooting, frozen waterfall climbing, sleigh rides (Arc 1600,) play squash (Arc 1800), visit the ice-grotto (in Arc 2000) and go to the cinema. The bowling is also great fun for all the family!
Getting there
Driving distance: From Calais: 610 miles, approximately 9 hrs.
Airport access: Chambery: 73 miles, approximately 1hr 30. Geneva: 124 miles, approximately 2hrs 20. Lyon: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 15.

Ski Facts
Village height:
1600m (5,250ft) - 1800m (5,905ft) - 2000m (6,562ft)
Slope range:
1200m (3,937ft) - 3326m (10,913ft)
Ski area:
Paradiski

Piste coverage
425
Ski lifts
144
Ski runs
236
Green
11
Blue
123
Red
65
Black
37
Snow cannons
755

Beginners
****
Intermediates
****
Experts
****
Boarders
****

Local Ski Area
Les Arcs has 200km of slopes, 51 ski lifts, 1 green run, 53 blue runs, 33 red runs and 18 black runs.

Tourist Office
+ 33 (0)4 79 07 12 57
Click to Les Arcs (Paradiski) website
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