Les Arcs Ski Resort

Les Arcs includes not only Arc 1600, Arc 1850, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 but also the village of Villaroger, the resort of Peisey-Vallandry and the town of Bourg St Maurice. It’s a large and varied area but it’s only half of what’s an offer with a Paradiski pass which also covers all of La Plagne.

Les Arcs is a good choice for a mixed ability group, because it has skiing to suit all standards. Intermediates will love the sheer size of the Paradiski ski area that Les Arcs and La Plagne share: it's one of the world’s largest. For advanced skiers, there are steep ungroomed black runs and plenty of off-piste.  And Les Arcs has always been a good place to learn to ski.

Les Arcs is also one if the most weather-proof Alpine resorts. It's pretty much snowsure: the top lift reaches 3,226m, most of the skiing is above 2000m, and its more North-facing than South-facing. And unlike most other high-altitude ski resorts, Les Arcs also has excellent tree skiing, and this really adds to the enjoyment of a ski holiday in poor light.

The resort's vertical is very impressive, too. From the top of the Aiguille Rouge cable car, confident skiers can descend on piste non-stop all the way to Villaroger over 2000m below. Off-piste skiers with a guide can do an ‘off the back’ version of this, as well as other long itineraries. Across the valley in La Plagne, there are similar sized descents, on and off-piste, from the Bellecote glacier.

And there is a wide range of places to stay. The town of Bourg-St-Maurice (linked to Arc 1600 by funicular) has a railway station and is a major transport hub so is a good base for skiers wanting to explore all the resorts in the region. Above it, Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 2000 combine modernist Seventies architecture with more recent chalet-style buildings. Arc 1950Plan Peisey and Vallandry were developed more sensitively, jettisoning the huge brutal apartment blocks but keeping the ski-in, ski-out convenience of a purpose built resort. And lastly, for those wanting a quiet rural holiday, Villaroger and the old village of Peisey are both connected by lift to the main area.  

Ski hire in and around Les Arcs.

There are plenty of ski and board rental shops in the larger resorts, but fewer options in the smaller villages. Bourg St Maurice tends to have the cheapest prices which is worth noting if you're driving through it. But wherever you're staying, you will find all the ski hire shops in the immediate area tend to charge suspiciously similar prices - so if you want a bargain, you have to get it by booking online in advance rather than trying to negotiate inside the shop.

ALPINRESORTS.com works with ski and board hire shops in all over Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and Bourg St Maurice, and can secure discounts of up to 60% if you book online here.

SKISET has multiple outlets in Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000, Bourg and Peisey-Vallandry so is handy for most accommodation and offers discounts of up to 50% if you book online here

Les Arcs Pros & Cons

+ Choice of a big ski area (Les Arcs) or an enormous one (Paradiski)
+ Excellent tree skiing
+ Slopes to suit all standards
+ Top lifts offer big verticals and snow-sure skiing
+ Good budget accommodation options
+ Reachable by train

- Top lifts can close in high winds
- The highest villages are dominated by apartments
- Accommodation in 1800 and 1600 can be a long walk from lifts
- Paradiski is really two ski areas linked by one long lift

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Les Arcs Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionSavoie
  • Base1,600 metres
  • Peak3,250 metres
  • Vertical1,650 metres
  • Beginner51 %
  • Intermediate31 %
  • Advanced18 %
  • Longest Trail2 km
  • Total Lifts54 

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Catered Chalet Accommodation in Les Arcs

  • GVA Transfers

    GVA Transfers

    GVA Transfers takes skiers and boarders from Geneva airport direct to their accommodation in Alpine ski resorts. 

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  • Mountain Rescue Airport Transfers

    Mountain Rescue

    Mountain Rescue operates private and door to door transfers 24 hours day 7-days a week out of Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery airports.

  • Chalet Sermoz

    Chalet Sermoz, Les Arcs

    A premium service chalet in the village of Plan Peisey, just 50m from the piste and a high-speed chairlift for fast access to the main skiing area of Les Arcs. 

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