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Arc 1950

Thinking of skiing in Arc 1950? This unique, car-free, ski resort is situated at the heart of a 300-year-old Swiss stone pine forest.

Read our loyal client's blog about her April family skiing holiday to Arc 1950

Why Arc 1950 Ski Resort?

  • Easy access to the Paradiski ski area – one of the largest in Europe!
  • Small authentic village with modern facilities, all close by
  • Ideal for families

Highly Commended European Resort of the Year - World Snow Awards 2015 

Arc 1950 (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.

Built in 2004 by a Canadian developer, Arc 1950 has been attractively designed and built to upmarket standards, making it one of a kind in Europe. The pedestrian-only streets of Arc 1950 provide an instant comfort and a secure atmosphere. The authentic village style of Arc 1950 with its charming squares and warmly coloured facades has been harmoniously combined with modern facilities, meaning everything you need is close by.

Most Arc 1950 apartments are built using authentic materials such as stone, wood and slate in keeping with the traditional Savoyard architecture and offer panoramic views of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in The Alps! Arc 1950 ski resort is located just below Arc 2000 (see our resort list), within the Paradiski ski area and offers great snow conditions.

The Cabriolet gondola links Arc 1950 to Arc 2000 within 2 minutes, right up until 21:00. Another bonus is that Arc 1950 was completely designed with the skier in mind. A gentle slope takes you smoothly through the village and back onto the slopes without having to even use your poles, meaning you can easily get to all the village residences, shops and services on skis.

It is good to note that 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. Arc 1950 is ideal for families due to its small size, the fact that it is a car free resort, and the daily entertainment programme provided by the Tourist Office - not forgetting the games, toboggan runs and bouncy structures dotted around the village. It really is all about the kids here!

As Arc 1950 is a small village with true community spirit, straight away you will feel the more personal touch. Reception staff will welcome you on Saturday arrival days in the car park to help you find your residence and even carry your luggage if you are struggling!

For your comfort and convenience, a free resort shuttle bus runs throughout the day from 07:37 – 20:42 between Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. Alternatively you can take the Cabriolet gondola, which takes just 2 minutes.

There is also a bus service to Arc 1600 and from there you can take another bus to Arc 1800. The funicular railway links Arc 1600 to Bourg St Maurice in just 7 minutes.

Arc 1950 offers 4 Star Luxury ski accommodation with self-catering ski apartments sleeping up to 10 people. Our featured residence Le Village boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fitness room and a ‘Deep Nature Spa' offering numerous treatments and massages.

Ski Collection also features self-catering ski apartments and hotels in Arc 1800, Arc 2000, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne - Please see our resort list for full details.

The Arc 1950 Tourist Office staff are always happy to help, give advice and answer any questions you may have during your stay in Arc 1950. The office is open Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 12:30 & 15:30 – 19:00 and Sunday 09:30 – 19:00.

Arc 1950 ski facts:

  • Ski area: Paradiski
  • Resort height: 1950m
  • Resort top height: 3226m
  • Paradiski Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry, La Plagne
  • Km piste: 425
  • Lifts: 130
  • Snow cannons: 958
  • Snow parks: 2
  • No. of slopes: 260
  • Green slopes: 12
  • Blue slopes: 135
  • Red slopes: 77
  • Black slopes: 36
    • Beginners 4 stars
    • Intermediates 4 stars
    • Experts 4 stars
    • Boarders 4 stars
  • Driving distance from Calais: 610 miles (approx. 9h)

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