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.
LES ARCS SKI AREA
Les Arcs is part of the large ‘Paradiski’ ski area and is the 2nd largest connected skiing area in the world. Paradiski has excellent facilities and with its huge variation in altitude (1200m-3250m) and with over 70% of the area being above 2000m, there is a multitude of different types of scenery and piste to explore. This impressive lift-linked ski area is formed of 18 ski resorts (the first 7 below in Les Arcs and the other 11 in La Plagne):
- Arc 1600
- Arc 1800
- Arc 1950
- Arc 2000
- Peisey Vallandry
- Bourg St Maurice
- Plagne Montalbert
- Plagne Bellecote
- Les Coches
- Champagny en Vanoise
- Belle Plagne
- Plagne 1800
- Plagne Soleil
- Aime la Plagne
- Plagne Centre
- Plagne Villages
Les Arcs offers experts some tough descents beneath the Aiguille Rouge. For intermediates, the greatest concentration of blue and red runs are above Arc 1800 and lead down to the villages of Peisey-Vallandry. There are nursery slopes close to all of the Les Arcs villages, but some of the best green runs can be found in La Plagne. La Plagne has a further 225km of pistes - access via the Vanoise Express double-decker cable car (world’s largest cable car) which is in the village of Peisey-Vallandry. This takes you across to Montchavin (La Plagne).
Arc 1600 is south-west facing and offers numerous tree-lined slopes down to the villages below resort level. This ski area holds its own snow well but is also well served by snow cannons, meaning skiing back to the village is not a problem. The Mont Blanc chairlift in Arc 1600 has been replaced by a new, bigger and faster chairlift. The new detachable lift provides direct access to the ‘Les Deux Têtes’ area. The old ‘Les 2 Têtes’ and ‘Pierre Blanche’ ski lifts, which the new lift replaces, have been removed. This new lift service is designed to improve skier-flow around Les Arcs and make it easier for people to get from Arc 1600 to Arc 1800 and Arc 2000. There is also a 2-minute gondola (Cabriolet) to take you between Arc 1950 and Arc 2000, which is free.
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry only - 200km of pistes, 53 lifts (1 funicular, 2 cable car, 2 bucket lifts, 4 gondola, 27 chairlifts, 13 draglifts, 4 moving carpets), 128 slopes:
Green slopes: 3
Blue slopes: 63
Red slopes: 45
Black slopes: 17
575 snow cannons
LES ARCS SKIING
LES ARCS BEGINNERS
Across Les Arcs, there are ‘ski tranquille’ beginner zones including on the treeline area above Peisey-Vallandry (look out for these on the piste map). You'll be pleased to know there are around 10 free beginner lifts in Arc 1800, Arc 2000 and Villaroger. Unfortunately none currently in Arc 1600 but this may change with the new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama.
Paradiski doesn't actually have many 'green' runs (only 12) but they use some of the blue runs like greens as they are gentle enough to be greens, e.g 'Forêt' down to Vallandry is labelled as ‘a beginner’s dream’. In all sectors there are long, wide blue runs to move on to. Much of the Arc 2000 bowl is also great progression territory.
LES ARCS INTERMEDIATES
Intermediates are sure to love the blue and red runs in Les Arcs, and there's plenty of them! One particular strength of the area (mainly above 1600/1800) is that most main routes have easy and more difficult alternatives, making it good for mixed-ability groups.
The fantastic 'Malgovert' run into Arc 1600 is often quiet and is accessible from the top of the Comborciere chairlift however its a Natur' run, so ungroomed, so best suited to more confident skiers.
The long run into Villaroger is apparently very rewarding and worth a try.
LES ARCS EXPERTS
Paradiski has a pretty decent number of black slopes for experts (with just over half in Les Arcs and 4 in Arc 1600 itself), many being ungroomed Natur' runs which is a plus or minus depending on your level!
If you want to try the impressive and demanding longest run in the world, then head to the top of the Aiguille Rouge cable car in Arc 2000. Here you will find the Aiguille Rouge black run which is 16km long!
For the mogul lovers out there, head to the top of the Comboriciere and Ours black runs. They are steep and demanding and are accessible via the Arc 1800 lifts.
LES ARCS OFF-PISTE
Les Arcs deserves its very good reputation for fantastic off-piste skiing. The powder is excellent, due to the resort being spread over a large area, a lot of which is not touched by lift systems. Arc 2000 offers truly amazing off-piste possibilities.
The main off-piste area is the Aiguille Rouge glacier (in Arc 2000), where you have the longest run in the resort at 7km, with a 2100m vertical drop! The most popular runs can be found on the north face with an immense area of off-piste skiing in the direction of Villaroger.
For novices, from the top of the Dos Rond there is a gentle off-piste slope that follows the Les Bauches blue. There is also an eay route from Col de la Chal down towards Nancroix.
LES ARCS SNOWBOARDERS
Les Arcs is a hot spot and firm favourite with snowboarders, where many of the Pros choose to come. Les Arcs offers brilliant freeriding including steeps, trees, gullies, natural jobs and hits. Arc 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry offer the best wide-open rolling slopes for beginners and intermediates.
LES ARCS SNOWPARKS
You will find Les Arcs' Apocalypse Parc (snowpark named after Regis Rolland for the cult film 'Apocalypse Snow') between Arcs 1600 and Arc 1800 and is served by a snowboarder-friendly J-bar lift. For years now this has been one of the most advanced parks in the French Alps and is on a par with the main park at Avoriaz which is highly rated. If you're after snowcross runs, you will find them below Col de la Chal at Arc 2000 or above Plan-Peisey.
From Arc 1600, take the Cachettes chairlift then join the Belvédère piste to reach the SnowPark chairlift.
From Arc 1800, take the Vagère chairlift and follow the Arpette.
From Arc 2000, you have to go downhill to Arc 1950 to catch the Bois de l’Ours chairlift then go back down on the other side towards Arc 1600. You then have a choice of several pistes of different levels to get to the Snowpark.
LES ARCS CROSS-COUNTRY
The ski area of Les Arcs/Peisey Vallandry has 55km of cross-country trails (131km in La Plagne also).
In Arc 1600 there is a loop starting at Courbaton, the top of the funicular.
In Arc 1800 a trail starts from the top of the Jardin Alpin chairlift.
In Arc 2000 the trail begins near the ESF 2000 ski school office.
Each trail is free to use and is approximately 5km in length.
However, for the best of the best cross-country skiing you need to be further down the valley in the Peisey-Nancroix Nordic area (Peisey-Vallandry), at the entrance of the Vanoise National Park – 44km of well kept and marked trails await you. There are also paths here for walkers, snowshoe trails and toboggan runs. You do have to purchase a pass to use these trails, but the good thing is that any profit they make purely goes into the daily upkeep of these beautiful trails.
LES ARCS IN BAD WEATHER
If the weather turns bad, the clouds creep in and the snow falls heavy it can be hard to know where to ski. Avoid the high and open glaciers at all costs. The trick is to head for the tree-lined slopes as they provide definition when the slopes and the sky merge into one and everything seems white! Head to the lower resorts of Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry.
From the top of the Chantel and Les Villards chairlifts, you can take some long blue slopes through the trees from Arc 1800 to Arc 1600. La Plagne Montalbert is another safe beat with gentle blues that cut through the trees and as you will be lower here you may even completely miss the high cloud causing the bad weather. There are also plenty of trees to be found in Vallandry, Plan Peisey and Montchavin/Les Coches.
Payable at your Club Med resort.
Included at your Club Med resort
Included at your Club Med resort
Arc 1600 and Les Arcs Activities
Lots of various activities can be enjoyed Les Arcs. Also La Plagne offers the famous bobsleigh run that was built for the Albertville Winter Olympics - for the dare-devils, you can even ride down the run in a proper bobsleigh behind a professional driver.
Top activities to experience in Les Arcs
Easily accessible from anywhere in Paradiski and located just above Arc 1800, Mille8 is an experience unlike any other. Ski, swim, relax, savour delicious food, and have fun in a unique alpine playground in the heart of Les Arcs. Open both day and night, visit Mille8 for a completely re-invented ‘apres-ski’ experience. The Villards Gondola is included in your lift pass or a pedestrian pass costs €4.50 for one ride.
Le Lodge - located directly on the pistes, try the delicious food at The Restaurant, grab a freshly prepared picnic to take-away from The Snack, or enjoy some fantastic live music. Located at the top of the Villards Gondola and open every day from 10am to 6:30pm. Thursdays until 11pm for live music session.
La Piscine - a stunning 3800m2 aquatic centre with gym. It’s located right in the heart of Mille8 makes it easy to access either by ski or on foot from the village centre. For children, there are fun water games and slides. Located on the slopes and accessed via a pedestrian lift. Payable.
Le Boarder - open to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, this fun course combines freestyle elements and boarder cross-style runs for a unique area where everyone can enjoy themselves, either flying solo or riding with friends. At night, the multi-coloured LED lights give LES BOSSES an entirely different vibe. Don’t forget to scan your pass at the top; the cameras will film your exploits and you can then easily share your video online at the end of your run. Located at the top of the Villards Gondola.
La Luge - take an adrenaline-fuelled 900m ride on the toboggan run. Stop by the boutique to choose from our selection of fun sledges and helmets, ride up on the Villards Gondola, get ready, and... GO! Includes a video wall, picture point and an illuminated tunnel. Located near the Villards Gondola base station. Payable.
Les Cabanes - a beautiful run through the forest that meanders its way down to Arc 1800 from the top of the Villards Gondola. Charming wooden cabins are dotted throughout the forest and offer lots of things to do. At night there is fun music and beautiful multi-coloured LED giving the whole area an incredible ambience. Accessed via the Villards Gondola.
Les Pingouins - a protected area carefully created especially for the little ones. It’s the perfect place for children to progress and play, featuring igloos, a sledging area, and a baby snowpark. Pedestrian access. Free.
Le Cube - for beginners of all ages, this is an ideal place to learn! Served by a covered, easy-to-use ‘Magic Carpet’ lift, it is a protected and safe area with unforgettable views of the Mont Blanc massif! Accessed via the Villards Gondola. For those without a pass, a ride up in the Villards Gondola costs €4.50.
Les Sapins - footpath especially created for pedestrians. Leaving from Le Lodge, and winding its way down through the forests of Mille8, it offers walkers a unique ambience and areas to relax and take a rest (or take in the view) throughout. The trailhead for the footpath is accessible via the Villards Gondola.
View here for Mille8 Plan
Natural, open-air skating rink in Arc 2000 (dimensions 43mx22m), skate hire.
Arc 1950 - every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the season, enjoy the excitement of skiing at night! The Marmottes chairlift in the centre of Arc 1950 is opened up and the run below flood lit to allow you to continue to ski into the night. It's included in your lift pass and is available from 17:00 to 18:30.
Arc 1800 - head to the Mille 8 area where you can ski or board on the Cabane piste and the Bosses freestyle run. It's open every night of the week until 19:30 and 21:30 on Thursdays. Access to the Villards gondola is free.
Arc 1600 - night skiing is available on the Combettes piste every Thursday from 17:00 to 18:30. It's included in the price of your lift pass.
Come see the biggest Igloo Village in the French Alps and its ice cave! Perched at an altitude of more than 2000m, a themed setting made entirely of snow and ice at the bottom of the Arcabulle chairlift (Arc 2000).
Ice cave, igloo bar, bedrooms, dining areas and a dance floor area are all part of the 350m2 igloo village.
Toboggan track in Arc 2000 with banked turns, alternating fast and sliding sections, thrills guaranteed! This activity is open to everybody with a valid lift pass. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Entry restricted to those aged over 10 and a minimum height of 1m25. Closed on Sunday.
An area for training in avalanche search and promoting awareness of the dangers of off-piste skiing. Located between the top of the Transarc telecabin and the Creche restaurant in Arc 2000. The avalanche park is equipped with a permanent electronic training system comprising a control box (start, timer, choice of number of victims) and ten markers buried at the beginning of the winter, to simulate avalanche victims for random searches. These markers stop the timer when touched with a probe.
Located under the 2300 chairlift in Peisey Vallandry, who'll be the fastest? Timing cell and speed display at the finish.
Other activity contact details
Further information about activities can be obtained from the tourist office
Arc 1600 Tourist Office
Place du soleil
Tel: 0033 479 07 70 70
Les Arcs Resort News and Events 2018/19
- Les Arcs celebrates 50 years in 2018 - France's first purpose build ski resort opened in 1968 - Les Arcs is a world of possibilities and they will be celebrating our 50th birthday throughout the winter and summer with events and celebrations of everything that has made Les Arcs what it is today
- Aiguille Rouge - a great view from the summit of Les Arcs. This year, the Aiguille Rouge footbridge has been built so that everyone can admire the exceptional beauty. Accessible to pedestrians and children as well as skiers, the bridge is 35m long. People can come down in the Aiguille Rouge cable car or ski down one of Europe’s longest run (7 kilometres long with a 2,000-metre vertical descent).
- Lift improvements - after the upgrading of Pré Saint Esprit chair and the widening of the Vallée de l’Arc run last year, Comborcière chairlift is being replaced this winter to make it easier to get to Arc 1600 from the bottom of the Vallée de l’Arc. At the top, a connected picnic area
- New slope - A new run will allow skiers to discover an unknown side of the Arc 2000 sector
- Les Arcs European Film Festival - 15th-22nd December 2018 - Les Arcs welcome the 10th edition of the European Film Festival
- Celebrate a White Christmas in Les Arcs - 25th December 2018
- New Years Eve - parties in all the villages of Les Arcs to celebrate New Year's Eve - 29th December 2018 - In Arc 2000, gather at the Place Olympique from 17:30 to see a dance show, fire jugglers, a torchlit descent of the pistes and a firework display, including free mulled wine and hot chocolate. Arc 1950 will also be getting in on the act. The Place de l'Horloge will come alive with fireworks and a street party with a DJ and a saxophonist from 21:00 to 01:00. In Arc 1800 and Arc 1600, head to the Front de Neige from 18:00 for a torchlit descent and fireworks.
- Freeride week - 28th January-3rd February 2019 - Arc 1950 Le Village will be playing host to freeriders from all over the world to give them the chance to try out the best spots in the les Arcs ski area. There will be various levels of competition on the bill: 1 Junior FWQ event, 2 FWQ 2*races and 1 FWQ 4* event (the only French 4* event amongst the 12 world contests). The week will be an opportunity to discover freeride skiing in all its guises. On the programme will be: film screenings, awareness of and introduction to mountain rescue, freeride courses for children and adults, etc.
- The Great British Celebration - 30th March-6th April 2019 - During this week of festivities, the whole resort of Les Arcs will honored British citizens. Enjoy the special events provided on the slopes as skiing competition, sledding and after skiing time with concerts and others friendly moments to share
- Spring skiing - 30th March-27th April 2019 - Original gatherings and festivities for all to end the winter in style and to enjoy snow-riding in the radiant end-of-season sunshine … Welcome to les Arcs Spring Final! More than just skiing, there are entertainments in the resort and the ski area, fun and relaxation are waiting for you.
Check out the Tourist Office website to find out more about what is going on in Les Arcs: www.lesarcs.com
Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
Within Arc 1600 itself, there is a small range of restaurants/snack bars (as most accommodation is all inclusive such as Club Med Les Arcs Panorama), therefore generally eating and drinking takes place within the hotels. You also have the large town of Bourg St Maurice at the bottom of the valley where you can find a whole host of bars and restaurants.
You are completely spoilt for choice of mountain restaurants in the Paradiski ski area. There is around 35 restaurants to choose from!
Amenities in Arc 1600
Sport shops, pharmacy, post office, tourist office with more shops in the higher altitude villages such as Arc 1800 and Arc 2000 plus the large town of Bourg St Maurice at the bottom of the valley where you can find a whole hosts of shops, amenities, large supermarkets, takeaway fast food...
Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79
Getting to Arc 1600, France
By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with SkiCollection):
From Calais, take A26 Motorway to Reims and Troyes, then A5 Motorway to Dijon, then A39 motorway to Lons-le-Saulnier and Bourg-en-Bresse, then A40-A42 Motorway heading towards Lyon. Take exit 8, drive through Ambérieu-en-Bugey, follow N504 towards and up to Chambéry, then take A43 motorway and A430 motorway to Albertville. Continue on N90 towards Moutiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Drive through and follow sign to Les Arcs on D119 (sharp climbing starts here). Make a right turn at roundabout following signs to Arc 1800.
By Air (not pre-bookable):
Chambery to Arc 1800: 73 miles, approximately 1hr 30.
Lyon to Arc 1800: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 15.
Geneva to Arc 1800: 124 miles, approximately 2hrs 20.
Private taxi transfers from airports to Les Arcs are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
By Rail (pre-bookable with SkiCollection):
By train, Les Arcs is incontestably one of the easiest French ski resorts to get to from Paris due to its proximity to the station in Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the introduction of the direct TGV (journey time 4 ½ hours). Then you can reach the slopes by funicular at Bourg St Maurice and the inter-resort bus service! From the UK, there are a variety of direct and indirect rail options. See our ski train page for more details.
Bus Transfers from airports (not pre-bookable):
Altibus offer bus transfers from Chambery, Geneva and Lyon airports plus many train stations to French Alps ski resorts. Check your route and times plus book online at www.altibus.com
Bensbus offer bus transfers from Grenoble, Geneva and Lyon airports. Check your route and times plus book online at www.bensbus.co.uk
Car Hire (pre-bookable with SkiCollection):
Ski Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. See our car hire page for more information.
Resort Shuttle Bus:
Les Arcs is a car-free resort. During the winter season, you can use the funicular and the free shuttle buses to get around, allowing you to leave your car in the valley at the car park near to the Bourg Saint Maurice bus and train station, and use public transport to get to your resort.
There are 2 different free shuttle bus routes between the different resorts which run from 7.30am to 9pm (Saturdays). The buses provide a link between Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. The Cabriolet gondola provides a free connection between Arc 1950 and Arc 2000.
Timetables can be found here - https://en.lesarcs.com/getting-around.html
In this resort car parks are all open-air and free of charge. However, charges may apply to park in Club Med Les Arcs Panorama.
Paradiski Opening Dates
The Paradiski ski area (Peisey-Vallandry, Montchavin, Les Coches, Champagny, Bourg St Maurice, La Plagne and Les Arcs)is open: Saturday 22/12/18 – Thursday 27/04/19.
Partial opening: Saturday 15/12/18.