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.
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 1950 was built in 2003 by the Canadian developer Intrawest (who own Whistler) and is car-free (it’s the only complete village to have been built from scratch in the French Alps in the last 20 years). It sits just below Arc 2000 and is connected by a quick gondola ride that runs late into the night. Arc 1950 is Arc 2000's neighbour and will give you easy and quick access to the more challenging runs in the area. Completely purpose built (with fantastic architecture) with skiers total convenience in mind, you can ski right back to the heart of the resort and walk to every shop, ski hire outlet or restaurant in a couple of minutes. This makes it ideal for families.
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
For those staying in Arc 1950, the runs directly around the resort aren't the gentlest. However, a short lift ride away and Arc 2000 is generally more suited to beginners (than Arc 1950 anyway), as well as intermediates and experts. There are still rolling blues which are shallow enough for beginners. Skiers can enjoy the whole area using just blue pistes to get going (again) gently. There are 3 free lifts in Arc 2000: Le Lac des Combes draglift, Eldorador draglift and Rhodos draglift.
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
Take the lift to Arc 2000 and you'll find it is brilliant for intermediates with the majority of the runs being red and black. 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.
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 northeast 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 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 1950 Ski Hire
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We have a conveniently located hire shop in Arc 1950 for all your ski and snowboard equipment needs. Our hire shop is located within Le Prince des Cimes residence, within 5 minutes walk from Le Village. We offer competitive prices and special offers are also available. Pre-booking your equipment hire will allow you to save precious skiing time once in the resort and means you can budget for your ski holiday, knowing that it is already book and paid for.
We have selected Skiset - both ensure that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers. More information on ski hire.
Les Arcs 1950 Lift Passes
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You have the choice to purchase a lift pass which covers the whole ski area or the smaller local ski area. We suggest that you purchase the larger area lift pass, unless a complete beginner.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Arc 1950 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.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
If you're learning to ski, there are a couple of lift pass offers where you can buy 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 trips on the lifts, so you don't have to spend money on a ski pass for the whole week. This applies to the Combettes chair lift in 1600, the Dahu chairlift in 1800, the Saint Jacques chairlift in 2000 and the Parchey lift in Peisey Vallandry.
Paradiski ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
Day - €48 children, €60 adults
Les Arcs ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €34 children, €43 adults
Day - €42 children, €52 adults
Les Arcs 1950 Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years, in Les Arcs 1950, with Ski Collection.
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Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) 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.
Les Arcs 1950 Private Lessons (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuition can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Ski Collection cannot pre-book these.
1 hour - from €46 for 1 pers, €59 for 2 pers and €69 for 3-4 pers
1.5 hour - from €69 for 1 pers, €88.50 for 2 pers and €103.50 for 3-4 pers
2 hour - from €92 for 1 pers, €118 for 2 pers and €138 for 3-4 pers
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
ESF ARC 1950
TEL: 00 33 4 79 08 24 19
Arc 1950 is very family orientated. The resort staff are well aware that your arrival day can sometimes be tiring and a little stressful, especially with tired or over-excited little ones! You will have had a long day travelling from the UK, be it by car, plane or train, you need to find your residence, check-in to get keys, get your ski or snowboard equipment, register at the ski school office and possibly pick up your lift passes.
With all of that in mind, Arc 1950 has come up with a few ways to keep your children entertained during this period. Every Saturday bouncy structures are put up in the village centre to allow your children to let off a little steam, films suitable for the whole family are shown at 14:00 and 16:00 in one of the village meeting rooms and board games are available from the resort reception.
The Resort Club of Arc 1950 Le Village issues a weekly entertainment programme with a range of day and evening activities to enjoy such as: live music, wine tasting, fireworks, horse drawn skiing and snowshoe outing.
Mille8: A new experience in the heart of Les Arcs 1800!
Big changes have happened in Arc 1800 with several new ski lifts plus activities including 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 early 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 brand new dedicated Villards gondola, and remains accessible every day until at least 7.30pm.
- LA LUGE- choose your toboggan, 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 3 nights per week.
- 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 9am-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week.
- LES BOSSES - a freestyle run with an abundance of fun modules and snow-sculptures for all levels. Scan your pass at top and your run will be filmed! Open from 11am-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week.
- LE CUBE - a safe and protected area to help beginners for all ages gain confidence served by a covered and easy to use magic carpet lift. There are stunning views over Mont Blanc. Open from 9.30am-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week. Hop on the Villards gondola for access (accessible to pedestrians/skiers).
- LES PINGOUINS - a dedicated environment for children to progress and play, featuring igloos, a sledging area and a magic carpet. FREE access. Open from 11am-5pm (5.30pm from February).
- LES SAPINS - starting at Le Lodge and winding through the forests, the Sapins footpath offers walkers a unique ambiance and areas to relax, rest, or take in the exploits on nearby ski and toboggan runs. Open from 9.30am-5pm daily.
- LA PISCINE - a stunning new 3800 square metre indoor aquatic centre directly on the piste with breath-taking views over Mont Blanc … A stunning indoor swimming 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 new covered walkway and elevator whisk clients directly from Arc 1800 to the LA PISCINE aquatic centre. Open from 11am-7.30pm daily (except Sats 2pm-7pm) with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week.
- 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).
Access to Mille8 is included with the following ski and pedestrian lift passes of any duration: Les Arcs, Peisey- Vallandry, Paradiski Unlimited. The aquatic centre, restaurant and luge are available at a supplement.
Sledging at Rodeo Park
The Rodeo Park in Les Arcs offers fantastic sledging fun. At the top of the Col de Chal you can make your way down the new 3km long toboggan track with a 400m vertical drop, enjoying the thrills and excitment of every twist and turn!
Open Sunday – Thursday 1pm-4.30pm with extended opening hours every Wednesday for night time toboggan rides! Included in your entry to the Rodeo Park is helmet and toboggan hire. Free entry to all adults with a valid lift pass. Children must be 10 years or older and be over 125cm tall, must be accompanied by an adult.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 04 24 00. Prices and more information are available at the lift pass offices in resort.
Olympic Experience by Bruno Mingeon (Paradiski)
Dressed in professional race kit, you will embark in pairs on the 4-man bobsled driven by the Olympic medalist and World Champion, Bruno Mingeon. You will race down the 19-turn Olympic Track of La Plagne [Olympic Games 1992] at speeds of up to 130km/h. Minimum age: 18. Info at: www.la-plagne.com.
Relax and be pampered!
Facilities at Le Village in Arc 1950 include free access to the outdoor heated swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness room. Twice a week there are aqua-gym and zumba sessions.
There is also the 'Deep Nature Spa' offering various massages and treatments.
Air boarding (Paradiski)
A great activity for groups, the “Last Track Airboard” takes place in Montalbert on Thursday and Friday evenings with an ESF Ski Instructor – take the last chair lift of the day. Or try it on your own for free on a Wednesday from 5pm-7pm. Think inflatable body-board designed for the snow, lie on top of the Airboard, head first and whiz down at your leisure. Ages 16+. Info: www.esf-montchavinlescoches.com [with instructor] & www.la-plagne.com.
A skidoo ride is thrilling, exciting and will show you the mountains of Les Arcs from a completely different angle. Contact Caméléon Organisation. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 06 75. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poker evenings are held once a week in ‘Les Belles Pintes’ Irish pub – adults only! Check out the events programme when you arrive for more details.
For the fans of video games, Wednesday evenings you can enjoy your gaming passion in Arc 1950 (during French school holidays only).
As Arc 1950 is located between forests and mountain peaks, this makes it an ideal site for snowshoeing. Sporty or more relaxed half-day outings can be organised for all the family with a mountain guide. See more details below under Ski School.
Sledging – group style!
Snakegliss is brilliant fun for friends and family, with lots of laughter guaranteed! Identical toboggans are linked together to form a train that is driven and supervised by a specialist. You travel down the slopes with the driver adapting the speed and trajectory to what the group wants.
You can try the exciting experience of dog sledging just a few minutes away from Arc 1950 in Pré St Esprit. The ride through the forest alone, with your loved one, as a family or with friends is quite magical. The free shuttle bus will take you from Arc 1950 directly to the departure point. Contact Les Coureurs des Bois: E-mail: email@example.com
Helicopter rides and heli-skiing
The Helimountains helicopter base is located next to Arc 1950. They offer amazing helicopter rides over the Paradiski ski area and exciting heli-ski outings with two drops on Italy’s most beautiful peaks, a meal in a restaurant and the flight back to the resort (supervised by a professional mountain guide). Truly unforgettable moments. Contact Helimountains: Website: www.helimountains.com
For experienced skiers of 14 years old minimum, Speed Riding is guaranteed excitement and thrills! Take off with a mini paraglider and ski between the sky and the slopes in otherwise inaccessible areas. Paraglider instruction included. The speed riding school is located in Arc 1950’s neighbouring village, Arc 2000.
Speed riding School Arc 2000. Tel: +33 (0)6 19 51 39 34. Website: www.speedriding-school.com
In Arc 2000 there is also a bowling alley, a natural outdoor ice rink and the ‘Grotte de Glace’ ice cave there is not to be missed: at the beginning of each season dozens of sculptors from all over Europe spend a week carving amazing figures out of the ice and snow. Each year the theme changes so even if you have been there before it is still a pretty impressive place to revisit. Entrance is €3/child and €4/adult. Website: www.grottedeglace.com
‘Guides des Arcs’ offer a number of exciting winter adventure activities such as off-piste skiing, ski touring, ice climbing and glacier walking, with qualified and professional mountain guides. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 71 19. Website: www.guidesdesarcs.com
‘Arc Adventures’ can organise numerous activities such as ice climbing, skidoo rides, heli-skiing, ski touring and snowshoeing. You could even spend the evening in a traditional Mongolian Yourte (tent): you head up on snowshoes and after about half an hour you will be greeted at the tent by a drink next to the warm fire and enjoy a typical Savoyard dinner – leaving later in the evening for the torch-lit descent. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 60 00. Website: www.arc-aventures.com
‘Evolution 2 Les Arcs’ also offer a wide range of thrilling activities such as ice climbing, heliski, cross-country, telemark, snowshoe trips, handiski and more….
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 04 25 72. Website: www.evolution2-lesarcs.com
In Arc 1800 there is a bowling alley and squash court. In Arc 1600 you can try horse riding.
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
You are completely spoilt for choice of mountain restaurants in the Paradiski ski area. There is an impressive total of 38: 13 in Les Arcs, 18 in La Plagne, 2 in Peisey-Vallandry, 4 in Champagny and 1 in Montalbert.
‘Le Chalet de l’Arcelle’ (located in Arc 1600, access via the Combette slope).
A charming converted barn that has been restored in a rustic yet contemporary way. Gourmet French cuisine. Children’s menu. Open everyday for lunch and dinner, on the terrace or inside by the fire in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. Fresh local produce from the market including meat, fish and local Savoyard dishes. The attentive staff will help you pick the perfect wine to accompany your meal.
‘Beguin Restaurant’ (part of the Beguin Hotel, located at the heart of the Arc 1600 ski area, Village des Deux Têtes, pedestrian access possible). Traditional food and mountain specialities such as fondue and raclette. Open for lunch and dinner. Sunny terrace. Log fire. Free Wi-Fi. Table-top football. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 02 92. Website: www.location-appartement-les-arcs.com
‘L’Arpette’ (located on the blue Belevedere slope in Arc 1800, so is accessible to all abilities). Self-service and restaurant offering Savoyard specialities, pasta dishes, pizzas, meat and salad. Terrace serving drinks and cocktails with a live DJ every Wednesday afternoon for après-ski fun on the slopes.
‘L’Altiport’ (located at the bottom of the SnowPark on the Belvedere blue run in Arc 1800). Fast food and snack bar serving hotdogs, burgers, pancakes and many other snacky delights. From the sunny terrace you can watch the action of the snowpark or take in the beautiful views of Mont Blanc.
‘L’Aiguille Grive’ (located in Charmettoger in Arc 1800, within the hotel, access via the Jardin Alpin chairlift). French cuisine and local specialities. Open for lunch, snacks and dinner. Terrace. Open fire inside with huge windows and views of Mont Blanc.
‘Chalet Candice’ (located within Les Alpages du Chantel Residence in Arc 1800).
Open for lunch, snacks and dinner. French cuisine, local specialities such as fondue, raclette, tariflette, diot, casserole and crozet, light lunchtime menu including pizzas, pasta dishes and salads, snacks such as pancakes and waffles. Fantastic sunny terrace with panoramic views.
‘La Terrasse’ (located in Arc 2000, Place Basse, 50m from the bottom of the Lanchettes ski lift). Great terrace, perfect spot for light lunch, afternoon snack or dinner. Large menu including salads, omelettes, burgers, soups, pasta, meat dishes and much more.
‘Le Savoy’ (located within La Cime des Arcs residence in Arc 2000). Enjoy culinary delights and Savoyard dishes such as fondue, raclette and meat dishes. Good service and great food. Cosy, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Snacks such as pancakes and waffles. Large outdoor terrace. Open for lunch and dinner. Ideal stop if you are on your way to the gondola or Lanchette lift.
‘Belliou La Fumee’ (located in Pré St Esprit, Arc 2000). Local cuisine including seafood, meat, grills and more. Small restaurant, tucked away, with terrace. Pedestrian access via the free shuttle bus. Booking is recommended.
‘Le Chalet du Solliet’ (located in Villaroger, Arc 2000, access via the Rhonaz, Solliet and Lys slopes). French cuisine and Savoyard specialities. Children’s menu. Sunny terrace and warm fireplace. Perfect spot for lunch, snacks or drinks. Pedestrian access.
‘La Creche’ (located in Arc 2000, acess via the Transarc gondola and the Arcabulle chairlift). Traditional Savoyard restaurant with self-service and brasserie. Large sunny terrace. Service with smile. The hot chocolate is definitely worth ordering!
‘Les Chalets de L’Arc’ (located in Arc 2000). Large traditional mountain restaurant offering French cuisine, Savoyard dishes, children’s menu – large chucks of bread served with every meal. Friendly and attentive staff. Booking recommended. Terrace with fantastic views. Open for lunch everyday and dinner on Wednesday and Friday. Access via the Marmots trail, at the start of the Varet gondola, above Arc 2000.
‘Au Pré Gourmand’ (located in Arc 2000). Mountain restaurant offering French cuisine and local specialities. Self-service and restaurant. Terrace.
‘Le Cristal des Neiges’ (located in Plan Bois, Les Coches, La Plagne, pedestrian access via La Noir gondola). Varied menu, main meals, children’s menu, fast-food. snacks, sandwiches. Open everyday. Animals welcome. Terrace.
‘Le Plan Bois – Chez Laurette’ (located in Plan Bois, Montchavin/Les Coches, La Plagne – 500m from the top of the Lac Noir gondola. Typical Savoyard mountain restaurant. Pedestrian acess. Terrace.
‘Les Inversens’ (located on Les Inversens slope, below the Riche de Mio in La Plagne – Bellecote). Cheap and cheerful self-service restaurant, expect to pay €5-€10 per dish. Fast food and snacks. Terrace.
‘Le Carroley’ (located at 2100m on the Carroley slope in Les Coches, La Plagne, near the Salla chairlift). Hearty local dishes and snacks. Open daily 09:30 – 17:30. Great views from the terrace and the mulled wine is highly recommended!
'Le Joli Bois’ (located 50m from the Vanoise Express in Les Coches, La Plagne). Italian, local specialities, children’s menu, sandwiches, snacks. Chalet-style restaurant with great views of Tarentaise Valley and Mont Blanc from the terrace. Pedestrian access. Possibility to stay up there for a drink or two then enjoy the torch-lit descent back down with the ski guides (approximately €30).
‘Le Plein Soleil’ (located at 1811m in Plan Bois, Montchavin/Les Coches, La Plagne). Varied menu with cheaper set-menu options. Savoyard, Alsace and Rheinland style dishes. Open from 09:15 until the slopes close. From Les Arcs, take the Vanoise Express and head in direction of Plagne Centre, then the Lac Noir cable car or Plan Bois chairlift. At the top take the blue down 500m or you can take the new Bijolim chairlift and take the path for 250m. From La Plagne go down Dos Rond and then Plan Bois, the restaurant is 500m from the Plan Bois cable car.
‘Le Chalet des Colosses’ (located close to the Bellecote slopes, just above the gondola and near the ice rink in Plagne Bellecote, La Plagne – look out for the red old English telephone box outside!). Mixed International cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Terrace.
‘La Roche de Mio’ (located at the top of the Roche de Mio bubble, in Plagne Bellecote, La Plagne). Modern built chalet-style self-service restaurant with large terrace and great views of Mont Blanc. Simple but tasty International cuisine such as chicken and chips plus snacks and sandwiches. Dish of the day €14 approx.
‘Le Chalet du Friolin’ (located at 1800m in the off-piste area, Montchavin/Les Coches, La Plagne, between the ski areas of Les Arcs and La Plagne – access via the Bauches chairlift at the bottom of the Dérochoir, Crozats and Malatray slopes).
Homemade French cuisine and snacks. Sunny terrace with views and fireplace inside. Well-known for their great selection of wines.
‘La Bergerie’ (located on the Mira blue run, in Plagne Village, La Plagne).
Not the cheapest but a charming and rustic mountain restaurant offering local specialities. The mulled wine is lovely. Terrace.
‘Le Chalet de Trieuse’ (located on the Bretelle Trieuse blue run in Plagne Bellecote, La Plagne). Open daily. Offers traditional Montagnard dishes.
‘Chalet de la Grande Rochette’ (located at 2500m at the top of the Funiplagne lift in Plagne Centre, La Plagne). Accessible to pedestrians. Open 7 days a week during the day, plus Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Glorious sunny terrace with views and log fire inside. Lighter dishes such as salads and omelettes, heartier options such as grilled meats, burgers, tartiflette and other Savoyard specialities, children’s menu and desserts.
‘Au Bon Vieux Temps’ (located in Aime 2000, Aime La Plagne, La Plagne). Traditional Savoyard restaurant. Accessible to pedestrians. Free shuttle bus service can be booked in advance. Open every day. Terrace.
‘Le Biolley’ (located on the Biolley slope, coming down from Aime La Plagne, La Plagne). Self-service restaurant offering International cuisine and snacks.
‘Les Pierres Blanches’ (located at the top of the Pierre Blanc chairlift, Les Coches, La Plagne). Open everyday for local specialities, sandwiches and snacks. Great views from the terrace.
‘Le Sauget’ (located at 1700m in Montchavin/Les Coches, Bellentre). Cosy mountain restaurant serving all the favourite local specialities, mulled wine, plus a hot chocolate menu including white chocolate and amaretto, chocolate and ginger and many more. You can book an evening meal here then take part in the torch-lit descent back down (payable).
‘Les Lauzes’ (located next to the slopes of Les Coches, La Plagne). Charming old Savoyard restaurant serving grilled meats, fish dishes, fondue, raclette and other Alpine specialities. Cosy chalet-style interior with great views of Mont Blanc from the terrace.
‘Le Dou du Praz’ (located at 2100m at the top of Plagne Villages). Traditional Savoyard restaurant. Open daily 11:00 – 18:00 plus Wednesdays and Fridays 19:30 – 23:00. Access the pistes in Plagne Villages or Les Colosses lift in Plagne Bellecote.
‘Aux Enfants Terribles’ (located above Peisey-Vallandry, access via Le Vallandry, Le Plan Peisey, Le Grizzly and via the Renard slope. Self-service or restaurant service. Menu includes salads, soups, meats, Savoyard dishes and much more. Large sunny terrace.
‘La Vanoise’ (located within the hotel, Le Moulin, Plan-Peisey). Traditonal local cuisine in a warm and cosy setting. Log fire, wood panelling and views of the mountains. Patrick and Muriel welcome you to enjoy a taste of the Alps.
‘Roc des Blanchets’ (located at 2100m in Le Hameau des Rochers, on the Rossa slope, between Belle Plagne and Champagny). Typical Alpine restaurant, well-known for its good food at reasonable prices. Popular with the local ski instructors. Large panoramic terrace with lovely views. Open everyday.
‘Chalet des Verdons’ (located in the middle of the pistes on the south side of Champagny). Chalet-style restaurant. Savoyard menu with a modern twist. Main meals €15-€30 approx. Terrace and open fire. Access: from Plagne Centre via the Funiplagne Grande Rochette. From Plagne Bellecote via the Blanchets chairlift. From Belle Plagne via the Col de Forcle gondola. From Champagny via the Verdons Sud chairlift.
‘Laisonnay’ (located in Le Laisonnay en haut, Champagny). Homemade traditional regional dishes made from local produce with recipes passed on from the owners parents and grandparents! Tartiflette, raclette and fondue. Lunch is served 12:00-14:00 and dinner 19:00-20:30. Pedestrian access.
‘Le Refuge du Bois’ (located at 1470m, Rue Michel Ruffier-Lanche, Le Bois, Champagny). Authentic Alpine refuge serving Savoyard specialities such as croute, tartiflette, fondue and raclette. A la carte menu, good value set menu, children’s menu and gourmet menu. Delicious desserts. If you can’t decide which one to try then why not go for the ‘Café Gourmand’ – coffee and a selection of mini desserts! Great place to stop for lunch and accessible by car.
‘Le Forperet’ (located in Plagne Montalbert, Montalbert 1600). Wonderful farmhouse restaurant with a small farm, lots of Alpine character and great views of Mont Blanc. Open for lunch and dinner. Terrace. Expect to pay €13-€25 approx per person. Regional Savoyard cuisine such as cheese fondue, meat pierrade, tartiflette, salads, soups, omelettes and snacks plus yummy desserts such as chocolate fondue and blueberry pie. A free mini bus service is provided for easy access from Longefoy and Montalbert.
There is a small selection of good quality restaurants in Arc 1950, catering for all tastes:
‘Le Chalet de Luigi’ (located at the bottom of the slopes in Arc 1950). Lunchtime and evening menu including mountain specialities and fresh pasta dishes. Twice weekly live music. Recommended by previous Ski Collection clients.
‘La Table des Lys’ (located within the Chalet des Lys residence in Arc 1950). Gourmet French restaurant open 7 days a week. Refined dining in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Recommended by previous Ski Collection clients.
‘Le 1950 Brasserie’ (located within the Manoir Savoie residence in Arc 1950). Typical French cuisine in a traditional ‘Brasserie’ atmosphere. Elegant décor taking you back to the 50’s. Open everyday for breakfast and dinner. Recommended by previous Ski Collection clients.
‘Hemingways Café’ (located within the Hameau du Glacier residence in Arc 1950).
Cuisine from around the world. Open daily.
‘Los Chicanos’ (located within the Auberge Jérôme residence in Arc 1950). Cuisine from around the world including Mexican specialities. Unique, charming and contemporary décor throughout. Open daily.
‘Meli’s Snack’ (located within the Auberge Jérôme residence in Arc 1950). Fast-food to eat in or take-away, sunny terrace with access on skis. Open daily 09:00 – 21:30.
‘Nonna Lisa’ (located within the Refuge du Montagnard in Arc 1950). Pizzeria and specialities to eat in or take-away. Open daily.
‘La Vache Rouge’ (located in Les Clarines, Arc 1950). Local fine food offering traditional specialities. Open daily.
‘Le Perce Neige’ (located within Les Jardins de la Cascades residence in Arc 1950). Traditional Savoyard restaurant offering fresh local produce in a charming family atmosphere. Service throughout the day between 12:00 – 22:00. Open daily.
‘Belliou’ (located in Pré St Esprit, near Arc 1950). Gastronomic mountain delights. Open daily.
‘Chalet Pré St Esprit’ (located in Pré St Esprit, near Arc 1950). Altitude restaurant, self-service, open daily 09:00 – 17:00 plus Thursday and Friday evenings upon reservation.
The Après-ski in Arc 1950
The small selection of bars in Arc 1950 are reported as lively and friendly.
‘Les Belles Pintes’ (located within the Refuge du Montagnard residence in Arc 1950). Traditional Irish pub with a large selection of beers, pool tables and themed evenings. Open daily. Recommended by previous Ski Collection clients.
‘O’Chaud’ (located within Les Clarines residence in Arc 1950). Lounge-bar for happy and friendly times.
‘Georges Wine Bar’ (located within Les Clarines residence in Arc 1950). Apres-ski bar with a good selection of wines and beers. Open daily.
The Partying in Arc 1950
‘Le Club 1950’ is the place for clubbers.
Despite only being a small village, Arc 1950 offers a very good selection of shops and services. There are over 40 shops in the village centre so you are sure to find everything you need during your ski holiday: including a supermarket with butchers, bakery, regional product and wine shops, ski/snowboard equipment hire shops, sports shops, newsagent, pharmacy, doctors, post office, bank, fashion stores, jewellery shop, toy and children’s clothing shop and gift/souvenir shops.
Spar (located within Les Jardins de la Cascade residence in Arc 1950).
Supermarket with traditional butchery, meats, chesses, rotisserie, take-away pizzas. Open daily. You can even pre-order your groceries before your arrival if you wish and have them delivered directly to your apartment on the day you arrive – they will even put them away in the fridge! Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 69 72. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although, first aid equipment is of course available in Arc 1950, the nearest medical centre is in nearby Arc 2000 which has an English speaking doctor. Immeuble Aiguille Rouge, Place Basse, Arc 2000 Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 30 01.
Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79.
Getting to Arc 1950, 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 signs to Les Arcs on D119. Go straight over at the roundabout to Arc1950 passing Arc1600 resort. Continue along this road up to Arc1950 where you will turn right into the underground car park of the resort. Reception of Le Village residence is in ‘Prince des Cîmes’ building.
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 1950 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 1950 is Bourg Saint Maurice, which is approximately 30 minutes away by road. www.sncf.com
Private taxi transfers from Bourg Saint Maurice to Arc 1950 from £34 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 1950 – the buses run from 07:20-20:25.
The regular ‘Belle Savoie Express’ bus service also runs from Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1950, 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 1950. Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68 Website: www.altibus.com
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 in Arc 1950:
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 and only takes 2 minutes.
The bus route from Arc 1950 to Arc 2000 takes approximately 3 minutes and runs from 07:37 – 20:42 (with 2 extra evening buses at 21:12 & 21:32 on Saturdays).
The bus route from Arc 1950 to Arc 1600 takes approximately 17 minutes and runs from 07:03 – 20:54 (with 2 extra evening buses at 21:24 & 21:43 on Saturdays.
Another bus route then runs between Arc 1600 and Arc 1800 Les Villards which 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.
Resort Parking in Arc 1950:
In Arc 1950, the 720-place payable car park is completely covered and provides direct access to your apartment building by lift.
For further information call +33 (0)4 79 04 12 37.
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.