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. For advanced skiers, there are steep ungroomed black runs, plenty of off-piste and the chance to tackle its speed skiing course. Intermediates will love the sheer size of Paradiski. Les Arcs and La Plagne share 260 pistes and 425 kms of runs, making the combined area one of the world’s largest. And Les Arcs has always been a good place to learn to ski.

Unusually for a high-altitude, purpose-built French ski resort, Les Arcs has excellent tree skiing. A huge forest crisscrossed by pistes encircles the central bowl. This not only improves the aesthetics, but really adds to the enjoyment of a ski holiday in poor weather.

The resort's vertical is impressive, too. The top lift at Les Arcs reaches 3226m from where confident skiers can descend on piste non-stop all the way to Villaroger over 2000m below. Off-piste skiers with a guide who like long itineraries can do an ‘off the back’ version of this and several routes starting from the Grand Col. Across the valley in La Plagne, there are similar sized descents, on and off-piste, from the Bellecote glacier.

Snow quality is usually good. Most of the skiing is above 2000m. Plan Peisey and Vallandry have predominantly West facing slopes, but the other pistes mostly face North, North East or North West.

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 other resorts in the region such as Val d’Isere. Above it, Arc 1600, 1800 and 2000 are full of modernist Seventies architecture, with sloping corridors, staggered balconies and large low-slung curvy buildings. Plan Peisey and Villandry are smaller in scale, whilst Arc 1950 is an entirely 21st century development, built in a strangely charming 'Disneyland meets the Alps' style. And there are several valley-level villages for those wanting a more rural holiday, including Villaroger and Peisey (both connected by lift to the main area).  

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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