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Les Arcs (France)

Based on 4 reviews

Les Arcs in short

  • Height: 817 - 2000 metres
  • 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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based on 4 visitor reviews

Latest review by William

“We're in our sixties now and find that Les Arcs 1950 suits us best. The ski area is appropriate for all levels, and the village has a certain mountain charm to it. ”

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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.

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Weather in Les Arcs


Regular sunshine with some clouds

Regular sunshine with some clouds
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Frost line

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Regular sunshine with some clouds

Regular sunshine with some clouds
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Frost line

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Après-ski & nightlife in Les Arcs
Restaurants 62
Bars & cafés 77
Discos 5
Cinema 1
Concert Hall
Ski schools & ski lessons in Les Arcs
Number of Ski Schools 8
Number of Ski Instructors 379
Instruction slope
Ski lessons in Nederlands
Private ski lessons
Ski lessons
Snowboard lessons
Cross-country skiing
Book your ski school online in Les Arcs
Adult Ski Lessons 2 offers available
Kids Ski Lessons 3 offers available
Off Piste Skiing 2 offers available
Snowboard Lessons 2 offers available
Facilities in Les Arcs
Number of hotels 15
Number of hotel beds 1381
Number of tourist beds 1381
Supermarkets 8
Tourist information for Les Arcs
Name Office de Tourisme Les Arcs / Bourg Saint Maurice
Telephone 071257
Distance to Les Arcs
Distance from Brussels approx. km
Airport Genève approx. 150 km with bus service
Train station Bourg St. Maurice approx. 15 km with bus service
From the highway approx. 70 km 130-minutes drive
Les Arcs for the children
Childcare from 36 months
Number of hours of childcare
Price without lunch
Price with lunch
Children's Carousel
Magic Carpet
Child Lift 1
Adventure Park
Mascot Name
After skiing in Les Arcs
Public sauna
Fitness Centre
Public solarium
Spa & Wellness
Indoor pool
Balloon flight
Indoor tennis
Squash court
Hiking trails
Torchlight Tours
Indoor skating rink
Ice skating rink
Snow rafting
Dog sledge
Toboggan run