Why Arc 1800 Ski Resort?
- Easy access to the Paradiski ski area – one of the largest in Europe!
- Great ski resort for mixed ability groups
- The largest, most developed & liveliest village in Les Arcs
Highly Commended European Resort of the Year - World Snow Awards 2015
Arc 1800 (Les Arcs) Information
Les Arcs can be found in the Savoie region of France, in the Northern French Alps, on the edge of the Vanoise National Park. It forms part of the massive Paradiski ski area which as well as Les Arcs includes La Plagne. La Plagne and its ski areas can be accessed via the Vanoise Express cable car which whisks skiers across the valley in 4 minutes. The double-decker cable car has, in addition to the 360° panorama, a 3 dimensional outlook courtesy of a transparent glass panel inserted into the floor of the lower level of the 2 cabins.
Les Arcs ski area is made up of 4 ski resorts: Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 - each a modern, purpose-built resort, developed with superb winter skiing and enjoyment in mind. The older and smaller ski village of Peisey-Vallandry sits lower in the valley of 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 ski 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 Tarentaise Valley now stretches as far as La Plagne and the whole ski area offers splendid views of the Mont Blanc mountain range.
Arc 1800 was established in 1975, has a west-facing mountainside and is the largest, most developed and liveliest village of Les Arcs ski area. It is made up of four different pedestrianised areas called Charmettoger, Le Charvet, Les Villards and Le Chantel - Les Villards being the centre of the resort where the main amenities and services are located.
Les Arcs as a whole has been awarded the ‘P'tits Montagnards’ label which guarantees high quality facilities for children and their parents on holiday in the mountains. So if you like being at the heart of the action, then Arc 1800 is definitely for you!
For your comfort and convenience, a free resort 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. Also, a new gondola, 'Le Dahu', operates between the main resort and the Le Chantel area between 07.30 - 23.00. There is also a shuttle bus for this route between 07.30 - 23.00.
Ski Collection offers a range of Arc 1800 accommodation options from value-for-money 3-Star Superior to modern 4-Star, with self-catering ski apartments sleeping up to 12 people. Some of our featured ski residences boast swimming pools and spas including Jacuzzi, sauna, steam, fitness and relaxation rooms.
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 1800 is located around the tree line, at the foot of the Aiguille Grive and is a great ski resort to stay in if you have a mixed ability group since most routes have both easy and more difficult alternatives. It is also the most conveniently located resort for access to the Vanoise Express and the La Plagne ski area: One chair-lift and a blue run is all it takes to get to the cable car from Arc 1800. The sunny, wide and tree-lined slopes offer everyone plenty of room
The lively resort of Arc 1800, which is also the largest Les Arcs village, continues to increase in popularity with the development of ‘Mille 8’ in recent years meaning the introduction of some superb new amenities (especially suited to families). Mille 8 is a state-of-the-art, hub of activities/facilities offering skiing until 7.30pm at night, a 3800m2 aquatic leisure centre, themed discovery piste through the forest, a toboggan run, a freestyle obstacle course and videoing conveniences. There are also two areas within the development completely dedicated to beginners and young skiers who can improve in a specialised, safe area.
Handy tip: if possible we would recommend avoiding the bottom of the Charmettoger, Maïtaz and Villards slopes in Arc 1800 where they meet by the Transarc gondola. This area is often quite icy and can get a little busy with people trying to steer clear of the ice! To get up to Arc 2000 we would recommend using the mid station point of the Transarc gondola.
Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page (21/22):
Les Arcs/Peisey local area
200km of pistes, 54 lifts, 123 slopes:
Green slopes: 10
Blue slopes: 55
Red slopes: 42
Black slopes: 18
LES ARCS SKIING
LES ARCS BEGINNERS
There are 10 green slopes in Les Arcs:
- Vezaille, Millerette, Piste des Animaux in Arc 1600
- Step by step progression zone 1-3 steps (first slides, turns and runs) at Les Cabanes in Mille 8 in Arc 1800
- Low KL, Marais in Arc 2000
- Flocon, Cabri in Peisey Vallandry
Children and beginners are well catered for in Arc 1800 as 90% of the runs back to the resort are blues. There are some free lifts for first-timers: Lapin draglift, Jardin Alpin chairlift and the magic carpet in the children’s area. The wide and open nursery slopes in the ‘Front des Neiges’ area (right in the centre of Arc 1800) are easy and offer plenty of room. Whilst the wide tree-lined runs that lead back to the resort offer great practice space in a really good learning environment. In Arc 1800, the two green pistes can be found at the Mille 8 complex using the step by step progression system.
Watch out for the dedicated ‘Ski Tranquille’ slow skiing and snowboarding areas dotted around Les Arcs, as you may feel a little more at ease in these parts with like-minded skiers and boarders around you and not having to worry about holding anyone up.
LES ARCS INTERMEDIATES
Intermediates are sure to love the blue and red runs just above the resort of Arc 1800. The best snow can be found at Grand Col (2800m), which offers equally attractive runs for the intermediates and experts. The fantastic Malgovert run into Arc 1600 is often quiet and is accessible from the top of the Comborciere chairlift. Arc 2000 is also brilliant for intermediates with the majority of the runs being red and black.
LES ARCS 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.
Arc 2000 is perfect for experts. 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! Handy tip: about a third of the way down it does change from a black to a red run and it can get quite busy, so we recommend that you head here early on and make it your first run of the day.
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, of course, 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.
A large part of this area is, in fact, a restricted nature reserve so this really is one of the last untouched areas of the Tarentaise. The most accessible and easiest run is the ‘Petit Face Nord’ and is easy to get to from the Traversee chairlift. The next step up involves a hike: the ‘Couloir Canadian’.
Parts are very steep and avalanches are common. The ‘Couloir en S’ is one of the hardest descents – a rope and ice axe are useful! An easier alternative s the ‘Col du Génépi’. The north-east slopes of the Aiguilles Rouge are classed as moderate. For any off-piste skiing on the glacier we would highly recommend a mountain guide.
The ‘Grand Col’ at 2835m to Villaroger, beneath the glacier, is a popular off-piste area. Alternatively, a longer climb from ‘Grand Col’ takes you to ‘Col des Roches’ on a west facing slope – however getting there does involve a scramble and a cable attached to the rocks would be helpful!
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 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 SNOWBOADERS
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 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.
Les Arcs 1800 Ski Hire
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Les Arcs 1800 Lift Passes
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Arc 1800 at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.
Half day and day passes available to buy locally (in €):
These short duration passes are available to book in resort on your arrival, in euros.
Les Arcs has rebranded their lift passes for the 19/20 season so they have different names and different inclusions:
'Premium' (Paradiski) ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 19/20:
Day - €56 children, €69 adults
Pass includes unlimited access to Paradiski, priority queues, Aiguille Rouge queue cutter (1 turn per day), entry to Aquatic centre (1 entry), first tracks (1 time), unlimited luge at 2000 & 1800, ice cave (1 time), families torchlit descent (1 time)
'Essential' (Paradiski) ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 19/20:
Day - €49 children, €61 adults
Pass includes unlimited access to Paradiski, priority queues, Aiguille Rouge queue cutter (50% off), first tracks (50% off), luge at 2000 & 1800 (50% off), ice cave (1 time), families torchlit descent (1 time)
Other extras in the Essential and Premium passes only:
Bourg St Maurice - Entry to swimming pool at the childs rate
Peisey Vallandry - Entry to cinema at childs rate, free days cross country skiing and equipment loan, 15% discount on snowshoe outings (except Saturday)
Arc 1800 - Reductions on spa treatments/products, reductions to intro ski touring on Tuesdays, reductions on snowshoe outings (except Saturday), a bowling game at childs prices from Sat-Mon, reduction on intro to ski jouring on Mondays, reductions on 1800 pool, reductions on Nama Springs.
Arc 1950 - for 2 entries to the Deep Nature Spa, the 3rd is free plus reduction on treatments
Arc 2000 - free entry to ice cave, reduction on Yooner activity, bowling 1 game paid = 1 game free Sat-Mon, reduction on mini skidoo.
'Classic' (Les Arcs) ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 19/20:
1/2 day - €35 children, €43 adults
Day - €44 children, €54 adults
Pass covers Les Arcs ski area only
Extension to cover La Plagne is €20 per day
Les Arcs 1800 Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 5 years to 14 years in Arc 1800 with Ski Collection. Children can learn to snowboard from 8 years+.
For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Les Arcs as a whole has been awarded the ‘P'tits Montagnards’ label which guarantees high-quality facilities for children and their parents on holiday in the mountains.
In Arc 1800 you have a bowling alley, cinema and the ‘Rodeo Park’ for guaranteed sledging fun.
The natural outdoor ice rink in Arc 2000 (on Place de la Patinoire) is a great family activity. The rink is open every day from mid-December to late March. And whilst you are there you should definitely check out the Ice Cave, situated at the top of the Transarc gondola – explore the caves and be amazed at the beautifully carved ice sculptures.
‘Zealous Care’ provides a team of English speaking professional Child Carers and Holiday Nannies, covering the Paradiski, 3 Valleys and Espace Killy ski areas. Their team consists of play leaders, nursery nurses, paediatric nurses, primary school teachers, childminders and nannies all fully qualified, police checked, fully referenced and with at least 2 years relevant experience.
Tel: +33 (0)9 81 98 01 95.
‘Alpine Child Care’ links parents with independent nannies and babysitters.
You can choose and book your own experienced nanny in your ski resort online. Register for free to their ski nanny network, post your dates and requirements and receive profiles from available in-resort nannies within 3 days. They detail applicants experience, qualifications, CRB and references. You can also speak to your nanny as many times as you want to before you go. Pay a flat rate of €15/hour.
Tel: 01271 328132.
Top winter activities to experience in Arc 1800!
Please note Ski Collection do not book any activities and most activities are payable
Arc 1800 is quite an active village with plenty going on for all ages. Les Arcs TV is available in most apartments in Les Arcs and will give you the resorts entertainment programme for that week, as well as all the weather and slope information that you need. The resort also has its own radio station: R’Les Arcs.
The local Tourist Office is also worth a visit towards the beginning of your stay, for first-hand knowledge of what is going on during the week of your ski holiday – so that you don’t miss out on any of the fun!
We have included activities below as a whole of Les Arcs and mentioned which part of Les Arcs these are in. It's easy enough to travel around Les Arcs on foot or by ski.
Mille8 - Arc 1800
Located just above Arc 1800, Mille8 in an experience unlike any other for young as for old. Consisting of an aquatic centre and snow sports areas such as a tubing run, a fun trail course for all abilities, a beginners' area, discovery trail and a children’s practice area.
All of Mille8's developments were completed in 2016, with the new Carreley 6-seater high-speed chair lift and lodge with slope-side restaurant (Le Lodge), golf simulator and dance floor. With Mille8, Les Arcs has completely re-invented ‘apres-ski’. Mille8 is served by the dedicated Villards gondola (new at the time) and remains accessible every day until at least 7.30pm.
- LA LUGE- choose your toboggan/helmet (Speedy model for the more adventurous or the Roquette or Big Bus models with room for an adult and a small child), hop on the Villards gondola (accessible to pedestrians/skiers) and get ready for the adrenaline-fuelled ride down 900m of twists and turns with a dash through the illuminated tunnel at the finish line. Open from 2pm-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm on Thursdays. From 3yrs old.
- LES CABANES - a beautiful ski run winding its way through the forest with wooden cabins, lights, and sound. Don't miss out on the Giant Xylophone. Open from 9.15am-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm on Thursdays. Stop off at les Cabanes to enjoy the majestic view over Mont-Blanc and the valley!
- LE SLALOM - compete with friends and video it!
- LES PINGOUINS - a dedicated environment for children to progress and play, featuring igloos, a sledging area and a magic carpet. FREE access. Open from 9am-5pm. Access is FREE.
- LES SAPINS - starting at the top of the Villard gondola and winding through the forests, the Sapins footpath offers walkers a unique ambience and areas to relax, rest, or take in the exploits on nearby ski and toboggan runs. Open from 9.30am-5pm daily. Access is FREE.
- LA PISCINE - a stunning 3800 square metre indoor aquatic centre directly on the piste with breath-taking views over Mont Blanc … An indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzis, whirlpools, waterfalls, slide, water play area for children and grottos. A wellness and fitness centre with saunas, steam baths, and a gym. For easy access, a covered walkway and elevator whisk clients directly from Arc 1800 to the LA PISCINE aquatic centre. Sunday-Friday from 11am-7pm (Saturday from 2pm). Late nights Tuesday and Thursday.
- LE LODGE - is right in the centre of Mille8 slopes and a great place to meet up. It’s a restaurant, snack bar, a dance floor and an events location. The restaurant creates chic brasserie food, elegant and refined French cuisine. A prestigious wine list and producers in the restaurant regularly to talk about French wines. Open from 9.30am-7pm daily with opening until 11pm 3 nights per week. Hop on the Villards gondola for access (accessible to pedestrians/skiers).
New for the 2021/2022 season is the Les Arcs zipline, which passes over the old Flying Kilometre run which held the world speed skiing record for many years of 251.40km/hr. After your descent, don't forget to collect your souvenir photo to share with friends!
If you want to admire the views, a new panoramic terrace 2700m above sea level has been installed with an eco-friendly cafe! With all products being organic and fairtrade, warm up with a homemade soup and baked bread from the woodfire, or enjoy a calzone or pie!
Get the perfect Instagram on the terrace of Carrely, with its 180-degree panorama of Mont Blanc, skiers can relax on a deck chair with WIFI, take a picture in the swing, have a picnic, or get a selfie with the huge 'LES ARCS' letters.
Take a 2-hour outing on an electric scooteron the snow! Make the most of the mountain scenery, while having fun with friends.
Yoga and Brunch
Start off the day with yoga and brunch. Enjoy a one-hour yoga session with a coach and followed by a healthy brunch. You can even surprise your loved one with a healthy message in their coffee.
Arc 1600 toboggan
Built in 2018, take a flight in a buoy and land safely on the Big Airbag. From Monday-Friday 2pm-5pm from 8 yrs old. Located near the snowpark at Arc 1600.
Arc 2000 luge in Rodeo Park
Toboggan track in Arc 2000 - 3km of pure sensations in a dream setting, an absolute must! Track 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 a minimum height of 1m25.
Snake gliss - Arc 2000
Toboggan train attached together.
Ski joëring - Arc 2000
Pulled by a horse on your skis.
Snowshoe walks - Arc 2000
Ski touring - Arc 1600 & 1800
Try ski touring for a different way of getting about the mountains! Ski touring is the way to get up the steep slopes at the heart of the Alpine landscape like a mountaineer. «Seal skins» fitted under the skis for the climb enable you to lift your heel and turn happily! Take the skins off and ski down like normal. Get away from it all in the countryside at Arc 1800 & Arc 1600’s great Alpine landscape by ski touring on a fully marked piste. There are 3 secure tracks - La Trace des Arcs, Les Tetras and Les Verdaches.
The Aiguille Rouge
With its peak at over 3226m, the Aiguille Rouge reveals a breath-taking 360° panoramic view. On foot or on skis, you can discover the Italian Alpine Chain, Mont Pourri, the Pierra Menta and the magnificent Mont Blanc facing you.
To get there from Arc 1800 if you’re on skis, you just need to take the Transarc gondola and ski down to the Varet gondola. Once there, go up in the Aiguille Rouge cable car which will take you right to the top.
From Arc 2000, go to the Varet gondola and then the Aiguille Rouge cable car. Easy!
The Aiguille Rouge walkway
A great new addition since 2018, a walkway has been installed so that everyone can admire the exceptional beauty of the Alpine Chain. Access is free for people on foot, children and skiers and bordered with a glass safety rail at the end of each overhang, for extra effect.
Les Arcs snowpark
Designed by our team of shapers who look after its daily maintenance. 7.5 hectares, 3 pistes. Whether you’re an expert, intermediate or a beginner, there is something for all tastes: woops, a jump and a mini-pipe for beginners. 4 lines of kickers and a box so beginners and intermediates can improve steadily. A shred line for experts: hip, rail, transfer.
From Arc 1600, take the Cachette 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 do 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.
Try - The Big Air Bag to try out your tricks and enjoy a soft landing or the water Slide: a 30-metre run-up and a fifteen-metre pool to cross on skis or a snowboard. The aim of the game is to cross the swimming pool without getting wet, but the most entertaining part is watching the best falls! Opening scheduled for March depending on weather conditions.
See details under eating tab
Paragliding - Arc 1800
Paragliding School, courses for all levels. Tandem flights for children and adults, summer and winter.
Indoor fun and sports centre. Light meals. A chance to see the panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. Minimum 4 persons. From 6 years old.
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Arc 1800 Tourist Office
La Pagode, Place Miravidi
Tel: 0033 479 07 61 11
Les Arcs Resort News and Events
- Les Arcs has a new zipline for thrillseekers opening in the 2021/22 season. Reach speeds of up to 130km/hour, 'flying' over the top of the old Flying Kilometre run, which held the world speed record for years, from the Aiguille Rouge. Choose between sitting or lying down in 'raptor' mode!
- As of November 2021, the funicular will be open for extended hours, from 7.30 am to 9.00 pm and until 11.00 pm on Thursdays. What’s more, it will be free if you come by train.
- A new environmentally friendly café the B.O.B. (Beautiful Organic Break) is located at 2700m altitude. Enjoy Savoyard dishes that showcase local produce. With water fountains, recycled and recyclable tableware and recycled plastic furniture this is a great location to enjoy the exceptional panorama.
- Capture your memories at the top of the Carreley chairlift on a new panoramic terrace and picnic area at 2300m altitude. Grab a spot on one of the double sunloungers, take a photo with the giant Les Arcs letters, or relax on the swing.
- The Folie Douce, the infamous après ski venue that originated in Val d'Isère, opened in Arc 1800 in December 2019. The venue has three restaurants: la Fruitière, developed by the chef, Franck Mischler, for a delicious combination of local recipes without altering them in an original and authentic decor. La Petite Cuisine, relaxed, friendly, gourmet and chic self-service. The Butcher, high quality snacking! The Folie Douche concept claims to be the highest Cabaret in the world every day, with an outdoor 360°-stage and a 1 hour show (from 13h30) and electronic music during the Clubbing session from 15h to 17h. Located at the top of the leisure zone Mille8, it is accessible with Les Villards télécabine or on foot from Arc 1800 and accessible on skis from anywhere else on the ski area. Open every day until 19h with a late opening on Thursday evening, la Folie Douce invites any generation to live intense moments. It's a concept that is adapted and accessible to anyone, families, the young and not so young!
- Les Arcs European Film Festival - 11-18/12/21
- Les Arcs Launchpad freestyle ski competition - 4-7/1/22
- Arc 1950 Freeride weeks - 15-30/1/22
- Mountain bike winter cup Les Arcs - January
- Electronic Peak festival - 14-18/3/22
- Les Arcs Festislack - celebrating slacklines and highlines - 14-17/4/22
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
You are completely spoilt for choice of mountain restaurants in the Paradiski ski area.
Why not try the famous Folie Douce in Arc 1800 for a different kind of dance scene. This branch of the Folie Douce opened in 2019, introducing the chain’s trademark Austrian-style afternoon party scene. You will find 7 other Folie Douce in the French Alps - Val d'Isere opened in 1976, Val Thorens in 2009, Meribel in 2012, Alpe d'Huez in 2013, St Gervais/Megeve in 2014, Chamonix and Avoriaz in 2018. Ski and pedestrian access by the Villards gondola for Les Arcs FD (free for pedestrians), La Folie Douce is on the left at the finish line. Last descent at 7pm (8pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).
In Arc 1800 you are sure to find all the shops and services that you need: supermarkets, bakeries, regional products, butchers, delicatessens, sweet shops, chemists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, ski and snowboard equipment hire shops, bookshop, newsagents, launderette, hairdressers and beauty salons as well as numerous gift, souvenir, clothes, perfume and jewellery shops.
Getting to Arc 1800, France
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 trough and follow sign to Les Arcs on D119 (sharp climbing starts here). Make a right turn at roundabout following signs to Arc 1800.
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 Arc 1800 are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Taking the Eurostar from London couldn’t be easier. We offer 2 options: direct Ski Train (St Pancreas or Ashford to Moûtiers or Bourg-St-Maurice) or Eurostar Beyond (with a change at Paris). See our train services page for more information.
The nearest train station to Arc 1800 is Bourg Saint Maurice, which is 40 minutes away by road. www.sncf.com
Private taxi transfers from Bourg Saint Maurice to Arc 1800 from £28.75 per person return (based on 4 people sharing) are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Alternatively, you could get the funicular which runs from Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1600. It only takes 7 minutes and runs every 20 minutes, starting at 07:30 and running until 20:00 (until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays). The cost for adults aged 14-71 years is €7.50/single and €12/return. The cost for children aged 6-13 years is €5.50/single and €9/return - or you can travel for free with a valid lift pass. From Arc 1600 you can then hop on the free Les Arcs shuttle bus to take you onto Arc 1800 – the buses run from 07:30-19:40.
The regular ‘Belle Savoie Express’ bus service also runs from Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1800, the first bus is at 07:00 and the last at 21:40.
Altibus offer bus lines from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genève-Cointrin (Geneva), Chambéry/Aix les Bains airports and Bourg Saint Maurice SNCF train station to the ski resort of Arc 1800.
Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68
Ski Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. 7 day rental ranges from £230-£549 (any other duration possible). See our car hire page for more information.
Resort Shuttle Bus:
A free resort shuttle bus operates between Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 from 07:30 – 19:40. To travel between Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 the short Cabriolet gondola is available.
The bus route between Arc 1600 and Arc 1800 Les Villards takes approximately 25 minutes, the first bus of the day being at 07:40 and the last at 20:25 (with 2 extra evening buses departing at 20:40 and 21:10 on Saturdays).
There is also a route between Arc 1800 Chantel and Arc 1800 Charvet. The journey time is approximately 5 minutes. First bus at 07:30 and last at 23:30.
Another route goes from Arc 1600 to Arc 1950 then onto Arc 2000. Journey time from Arc 1600 to Arc 1950 is approximately 17 minutes and from there onto Arc 2000 another 3 minutes. The first bus is at 07:20 and the last at 20:25 (with 2 extra evening buses at 20:40 and 21:10 on Saturdays).
In Arc 1800, after taking your ticket at the entrance to the resort, you have 4 hours free parking in covered or open-air car parks. You can then choose the car park most convenient to your apartment building. Thereafter, you must pay for your parking, including at the roadside. For your convenience, you can reserve one of the three covered car parks in the resort (Charvet, Villards and Charmettoger).
If you have not reserved your parking online, you make payment at the end of your stay (directly by credit/debit card at the exit terminals, at the various automatic payment points or in any car park reception office): you then have one hour to leave the resort by one of the two exits.
If your parking is included with your accommodation, enquire at the reception in your apartment building when you arrive. If you have a private parking space, stop at the Reception Chalet at the entrance to the resort. 7 days is around €70-90 for all car parks.
For further information concerning Arc 1800 car parks: Reception 24h / 24h at 0033 4 79 00 91 32 (during the winter season).
Les Arcs Opening Dates
11/12/21 - 30/04/22