Altitude: 817 Meters

Les Arcs in short

  • Ski-in, ski-out resort
  • Child-friendly ski resort
  • Ski area suitable for all levels

Les Arcs is made up of five villages, which each convey a different feel and style. There is something here for every budget, taste and level of skiing and snowboarding, making this a very versatile ski resort suitable for families, couples and groups of friends on their ski holidays. Since the 2003-04 ski season Les Arcs has been connected to neighbouring La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry, forming the immense linked ski area Paradiski. Les Arcs is one of the easiest ski resorts to reach from Britain. Just a short drive from Chambéry Airport, it's also extremely easy to reach via the Eurostar ski train, which stops at Bourg St. Maurice and from there it's just a 10-minute ride on the funicular.

The villages of Les Arcs each offer something for a different style of ski holidays. Bourg Saint Maurice, with its rustic, authentic atmosphere, is a great place to try traditional gastromic delights. The village of Les Arcs 1600, the smallest and oldest of the four, blends wonderfully into the beautiful mountain scenery thanks to its completely renovated architecture using wood and stone. This is the most family-friendly ski resort out of the four. Les Arcs 1800 has plenty to offer the younger crowd with its lively après-ski and plenty of shopping - not forgetting its 360-degree panoramas, which will leave you speechless! Les Arcs 1600 and 1800 are both classed "Patrimoine du XXe siècle" for their typical Savoyard architecture which respects the natural mountain environment. Les Arcs 1950 offers many luxury residences a lively and festive atmosphere. And finally, Les Arcs 2000 provides opportunities for skiers of all levels. This ski resort is very quiet at night and the architecture has preserved the traditional Savoyard style, making it a charming place to spend relaxing ski holidays with access to world-class skiing.

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Home of the snowboard

Beginners will feel at home in the dedicated beginner's zones at Les Arcs, while freeriders can let loose in the special off-piste area. Les Arcs has dubbed itself the "home of the snowboard" recently and does indeed offer excellent facilities for freestylers, including a boarder cross, boarder gliss and the Apocalypse snow park with its jumps for every ability level. High-altitude skiing with reliable snow cover is available on the Aiguille Rouge glacier (3226m).

Kids welcome

The ESF is omnipresent at all the villages of Les Arcs, guaranteeing a successful ski holiday if you've brought the kids along. Les Arcs 2000 is particularly popular with families as it has a calm atmosphere at night and a generally picturesque feel thanks to its traditional Savoyard architecture. Within easy reach of Les Arcs 2000 there are many blue slopes that are perfect for practising the first turns on skis. Les Arcs 1600 is also popular with families, with childcare and a children's snow area located nearby the Combettes lift.

Dining, après-ski and nightlife

Après-ski joints are easily reachable from the slopes, meaning you can get your après swing on early in the afternoon at Les Arcs. L'Arpette serves up great food and, starting at 3pm, a lively après-ski scene. In the evening you can take your pick of a variety of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Arc 1800 is the most popular watering hole for young people, with places like Chez Boubou, Club 73, Chez Clarisse and the Red Hot Saloon providing flowing drinks and a festive atmosphere. Les Belles Pintes in Arc 1950 is another good bet. Families might want to head to the Chalet de l'Arcelle in Arc 1600 for its magical atmosphere and scrumptious food.

Non-skiing activities at Les Arcs

Off the slopes at Les Arcs you can partake in dogsledding, snowmobiling, paragliding, ice skating or cross-country skiing on 60km of slopes. Within the ski area and reachable via the Transac cable car there is an ice cave that's open for visiting. Want a unique experience? Try "ski joëring", skiing behind a horse! The villages also have a bowling alley and a cinema. With all the different non-skiing activities on offer, there is no way you can get bored in Les Arcs.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Les Arcs

Restaurants 62 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 77 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 5 Concert hall
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Les Arcs

No. of ski schools 8Private ski lessons Yes, price on request
No. of ski instructors 379Ski lessonsYes, price on request
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
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 Book ski schools in Les Arcs online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 12 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 7 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 7 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 3 Offers available

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 Facilities Les Arcs

No. of hotels 15 Supermarkets 8
Total no. of hotel beds 1381 Banks
Total no. of beds 3903

 Tourist information for Les Arcs

Office de Tourisme Les Arcs / Bourg Saint Maurice
0033 - 0479 - 071257

 Distances from Les Arcs

Railway station
Bourg St. Maurice approx. 15 km by bus
Genève approx. 150 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 70 km anderhalf uur by car

 Les Arcs for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children
Merry-go-round -

  Leisure & sports activities Les Arcs

Public saunaFootpaths 20 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descent -
Public solarium Indoor ice rink
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court - Toboggan run
Squash court -

Ski blog about Les Arcs

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Ski area

Total slopes 425 (km)
Blue slopes 170 km
Red slopes 166 km
Black slopes 89 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (71 )
Drag lifts 30
Chair lifts 31
Gondola lifts 10
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