Les Arcs forms part of the massive Paradiski ski area which also includes La Plagne. La Plagne can be accessed via the Vanoise Express cable car which whisks skiers across the valley in 4 minutes.
Why Arc 1600 Ski Resort?
- Easy access to the Paradiski ski area – one of the largest in Europe!
- Great ski resort for mixed ability groups
- Varied slopes – on and off piste
- Some excellent woodland runs
- Easy access from Bourg St Maurice via furnicular
Arc 1600 (Les Arcs) Information
Les Arcs can be found in the Savoie region, in the Northern French Alps, on the edge of the Vanoise National Park. Les Arcs altitude villages are traffic free.
The Paradiski ski area is made up of 3 main resorts split into villages on opposite sides of the valley: Les Arcs (Bourg St Maurice, Villaroger, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000) and La Plagne (Belle Plagne, Plagne Soleil/Village, Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800, Aime la Plagne, Champagny, Montchavin-Les Coches, Plagne Bellecote, Montalbert) and Peisey Vallandry (Peisey Vallandry), offering you a ski area of mammoth proportions and a huge variety of ski slopes. The Les Arcs ski area is linked with neighbouring La Plagne, on the opposite side of the valley, by the modern double-decker cable car - the Vanoise Express, which is, in fact, the world’s largest cable car!
Which Les Arcs resort is right for me?
Bourg St Maurice - where the ski trains arrives and is a year-round mountain town, on the valley floor, with a long history and links to the slopes (via Arc 1600) by a 7 minute funicular ride. Accommodation is usually cheaper here so you can get more for your money like the 4* Le Coeur d'Or residence. There is plenty of choice of bars, restaurants and shops including a large supermaket. It's also a good base if you want to take the car to nearby La Rosiere or Sainte Foy for a ski (although there is more than enough skiing in Paradiski for a week or two!).
Arc 1600 - the lowest and oldest of all the altitude villages, set in the trees on a west-facing mountainside overlooking the town of Bourg St Maurice. It enjoy views across the valley to Mont Blanc and has a friendly, small-scale atmosphere. The Club Med Les Arcs Panorama is ideal for families.
Peisey Vallandry - the older and smaller ski village of Peisey-Vallandry sits lower in the valley and offers a more traditional fee with plenty of woodland runs. It has gentle runs ideal for beginners just above the village and snaking down. This resort is ideal for families in particular (nightlife is generally quiet) but also an excellent base if wanting to explore La Plagne as a more intermediate or advanced skier as the Vanoise Expess cable car is nearby.
Arc 1800 - established in 1975, it has a west-facing mountainside on the tree-line and is the largest, most developed and liveliest village of Les Arcs ski area. It is made up of four different pedestrianised areas with Les Villards being the centre of the resort where the main amenities and services are located. It enjoy views across the valley to Mont Blanc. It is also home to the Mille8 area.
Arc 1950 - the more recent built (2003) award winning Arc 1950 has become a well-known village-style ski resort, above the tree-line, offering the charm of a traditional village with all the creature comforts and conveniences of a modern ski resort. It sits beneath the Aiguille Rouge, high point of the slopes so there are great views from the top. You park directly under the apartment buildings which is a bonus. It's based on North American design and is the most ski-in ski-out village in Les Arcs, and maybe even the Alps! It is linked by gondola to Arc 2000 and you can reach the Vanoise Express cable car in around 20 minutes by ski.
Arc 2000 - the highest village, above the tree-line, and close neighbour to Arc 1950. The actual height is over 2100m, so don't let the name fool you! Lifts start below as well as above and it's ski-in ski-out. It sits beneath the Aiguille Rouge, high point of the slopes so there are great views from the top.
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Arc 1600 ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 260
- Green slopes: 12
- Blue slopes: 135
- Red slopes: 77