Why Arc 2000 Ski Resort?
- Easy access to the Paradiski ski area – one of the largest in Europe!
- Perfect for intermediates and experts
- Fantastic off-piste possibilities thanks to the Aiguille Rouge glacier
Highly Commended European Resort of the Year - World Snow Awards 2015
Arc 2000 (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 2000 is a great family ski destination due to Les Arcs as a whole has being awarded the ‘P'tits Montagnards’ label. This label guarantees high quality facilities for children and their parents on holiday in the mountains.
The original purpose-built architecture has enjoyed many improvements and is now counter-balanced by a more cosy extension made up of wood and stone chalets. Although Arc 2000 is more about the skiing than the après-ski, it now has at its centre a welcoming piazza or "place centrale" which takes on a Mediterranean feel during the warmer spring months with "al fresco" dining or drinking at the restaurants and bars. For those looking to explore nearby on foot, Arc 2000 is linked to the neighbouring resort of Arc 1950 by a gondola, which runs until 21:00.
Arc 2000 is renowned for hosting the annual Speed Skiing World Championships - a high-speed ski race that demands nerves of steel.
For your comfort and convenience, a free resort shuttle bus runs throughout the day from 07:01 – 20:51 between Arc 2000 and Arc 1600 and it is just a short gondola ride (Cabriolet) from Arc 2000 to Arc 1950. From Arc 1600 you can take another bus to Arc 1800 from 07:40 – 20:25. There is also a shuttle bus to take guests to Le Chantel area of Arc 1800 between 07.30 - 23.00.
Ski Collection offers a range of Arc 2000 accommodation options, ranging from 3-Star Superior to 4-Star, with self-catering ski apartments sleeping up to 16 people. All of our featured ski residences boast private indoor heated swimming pools and some also have a sauna, steam or fitness rooms.
Ski Collection also features self-catering ski apartments and hotels in Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne - Please see our resort list for full details.
The Les Arcs Tourist Office staff are always happy to help give advice and answer any questions you may have during your stay in Arc 2000. The office is open Monday – Friday 09:00 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 19:00; Saturday 08:30 – 19:30 & Sunday 09:00 – 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 2000 is set at the foot of Aiguille Rouge glacier, giving it direct access to the highest and toughest skiing (the perfect base for the serious ski enthusiast) - as well as the whole of the Les Arcs ski area and beyond. Very easy access to the lifts mean you can be up and out on the mountain first thing in the morning and ski straight back to your accommodation after last lifts in the evening. From shallow and gentle slopes for beginners to hair-raising descents for daredevils, the entire area has been wonderfully optimized - its long snowy trails await you. The off-piste around the resort is fantastic and from the Aiguille Rouge glacier you have the longest run in the resort at 7km, with a 2100m vertical drop! From Arc 2000 it’s a little ski down then a chairlift ride to the ridge and then a blue run down to the cable car.
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 Cabnes in Mille 8 in Arc 1800
- Low KL, Marais in Arc 2000
- Flocon, Cabri in Peisey Vallandry
Arc 2000 is generally more suited to intermediates and experts but 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.
Children and beginners are well catered for in nearby 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.
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
Arc 2000 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.
A longer trail of 15km can be found in Bourg St Maurice and access is via the funicular from Arc 1600.
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.