France Ski Accommodation in Les Arcs, France

Description

Les Arcs is a purpose built resort located in the Savoie, above the Tarentaise Valley. Les Arcs is comprised of 5 separate villages which are all linked by piste and road - Arcs 1600, 1800, 1950, 2000 and Plan Peisey.

Les Arcs offers 200km of piste and is linked with La Plagne to form the Paradiski area totalling 425km of piste. The two resorts are linked by the Vanoise Express which is the only double decker car in Europe.

Les Arcs is one of the best resorts for families and offers a good mix of runs so it is suitable for groups of mixed abilities. Les Arcs is an excellent value resort so makes it a popular choice for those looking for a big ski area but not wanting to pay a fortune.


Getting There

Les Arcs is local to four airports:

134km from Chambery (1h50)
207km from Grenoble (2h30)
211km from Lyon (2h30)
213km from Geneva (3h)

There are several transfer companies offering private and shared transfers to get you to and from the airport:

Alps2Alps provide private transfers from Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon.

Alti Bus provides shared transfers from Geneva, Chambery and Lyon.

Bens Bus provides low cost shared transfers from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon.

Cool Bus provides private transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon.

Europe Transfer provides private and shared airport transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery

Ski Lifts have been awarded the world’s best ski transfer operator in the world ski awards. They provide private and shared transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery.

Snowbus provides shared transfers on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Geneva and Grenoble and private transfers every day of the week from Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon.

Snowdrone provide shared transfers from Geneva and luxury yet affordable private transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon.

The nearest train station to Les Arcs is Bourg Saint Maurice. There is a funicular from Bourg Saint Maurice up to Arc 1600, and from here there are buses to the other villages. Trains run from London St Pancras in London and Ashford in Kent directly to Bourg Saint Maurice.

Many people decide to drive to out to Les Arcs. If you are travelling from the UK, you can either take the Eurotunnel or the ferry. When driving in France, there are several paid tolls along the motorway which will total approximately €75.


When to Go

Les Arcs is one of the most popular resorts in the Alps and is
therefore busy throughout the season. As it is very family friendly, the
resort does get busier during school holidays with the prices of
flights and transfers more expensive during this time.

Les
Arcs offers a range of good value accommodation so you will normally be
able to get yourself a good deal on a off peak week.


Where to Stay

Les Arcs is made up of 5 villages - Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000 and Plan Peisey. All the resorts are connected by piste and road.

Arc 1600 was built in 1968 and is the original town in the resort. The village is located at the top of the funicular from Bourg Saint Maurice. There are very few chalets located here with the majority of accomodation being self-catered apartments. The resort centre is small and compact with a few shops and one bar but the village offers fantastic access to the slopes.

Arc 1800 is an unattractive purpose built resort but it is the largest and liveliest village in Les Arcs with a good selection of bars and restaurants. The village also offers a good selection of accomodation options including self catering apartments and chalets.

Arc 1950 is the prettiest and most upmarket area in Les Arcs. The resort is car free with a piste running through the centre so it is completely ski in/ski out. The resort is designed in authentic alpine style with many shops, bars and restaurants. Many of the accommodation here is self catering with a few chalet options.

Arc 2000 is the highest village in the resort located at the foot of the Aiguille Rouge piste so it is a good base to access the higher slopes in resort. The village is purpose built so it isn’t the most attractive of places but plenty of accommodation is located here as well as a good selection of bars and restaurants.

Plan Peisey
is a traditional and picturesque village sitting at 1650m. The quiet village sits next to the Vanoise Express cable car which links Les Arcs to La Plagne so it is the best place to stay if you are looking to explore both resorts.



Getting around

Les Arcs is made up of 5 villages which are all connected by piste and road - Arc 1600, 1800, 1950, 2000 and Plan Peisey.

It it easy to get between the resorts by piste but if you are not planning on skiing or want to travel when the lifts are closed then the resorts are also linked by road.

There is a cable car and chair lift that connects Arc 1800 and 2000, and a gondola that connects Arc 1950 and 2000; these can all be taken with a pedestrian pass so you don’t have to have a ski pass.

The funicular runs from Bourg Saint Maurice to Arc 1600. The funicular runs regularly from 0730 to 2000. There are two free bus services that run between the resorts and are timetabled to intersect with the funicular at 1600. The first runs to 1800 and the second to 1950 and 2000.  There is also a bus that runs between Peisey and Arc 1800 but this is less regular than the other routes.

There are several walks in Les Arcs but only a few of the resorts are linked by a navigable footpath. It is possible to walk from Arc 1950 to Arc 200 but there is no easy way to get between Arc 1600 Arc 1800 and Arc 1950/2000 by foot.

There are taxis available in resort. They are the most expensive way of getting around but might be the only option if you are planning on going out in another resort.


Apres

Les Arcs isn’t renowned for its lively apres ski and nightlife compared to some other resorts in France but there is a good selection of bars throughout the town:

Red Hot Saloon is located in Arcs 1800 and is renowned for its bar games and live music. The bar is a top spot for apres ski and the party carries on into the night with happy hours and regular DJs.

L’Arpette is located on the blue piste Belvedere in Arc 1800. The restaurant boasts an outdoor terrace with its own bar and has a DJ playing every Wednesday.

Jungle Cafe is a themed bar in Arc 1800 and serves some of the best cocktails in resort. The bar is open till 1am and attracts a mix of clientele including seasonnaires and locals.

Apocalypse Bar is located in the heart of Les Arcs 1800. The bar is open till 4am and has a large dance floor and live DJs.

Ambiente Cafe is a French style establishment located in the Villards area of resort. The bar has a laid back atmosphere and is a good place to head for a great cocktail and game of pool. 

Whistler’s Dream Pub is located in Arc 2000. The pub has a relaxed atmosphere and is open from 4pm with daily happy hours from 5pm to 6pm. They also have sky sports, karaoke nights and excellent DJs.

Les Belles Pintes Pub is located in Arcs 1950 and has a traditional Irish Decor. The bars friendly staff serve a good selection of beer and have regular live music.

Chalet de Luigi Bar is located in Arcs 1950 and is a restaurant, bar and nightclub all in one venue. The lively bar has regular happy hours and the large south facing balcony is a great spot for an après ski drink.

Bark King Mad is located 5 minutes walk from the lifts in Arcs 1800. The bar is a great spot for drinks in the sun and hosts a variety of regular and special events throughout the season including regular live DJs, band nights and the annual mini-festival with MTV’s Dirty Sanchez.


Eating out

Les Arcs offers a good selection of restaurants both on and off the mountain:

Chalet de l’Arcelle is a traditional Savoyard restaurant in Arc 1600 and is accessible by the Piste Combette. The restaurant is open every day and is a great spot for a gourmet lunch on the terrace or cosy inside by the fireplace.

Le Cairn is located in the Place du Soleil in Arcs 1600.The restaurant serves some of the best pizza in resort. 

Le Vache Rouge is a traditional Savoyard restaurant specialising in grilled meat, fish, oysters and Savoyard fondue.

Le 1950 is a French brasserie restaurant located in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Arcs 1950. The restaurant serves local specialities and classic French dishes.

La Table des Lys is located in the centre of Les Arcs 1950 village. The restaurant serves refined French food in a traditional chalet setting.

Chalet de Luigi Bar is located in Arcs 1950. The restaurant serves mountain specialities including fresh pasta and the famous San Daniele ham. It also doubles up as a bar and nightclub.

Le Bistrot du Solliet is a lovely mountain restaurant in Arcs 2000 which can be accessed via Pistes du Rhonaz and Piste du Solliet. The restaurant is the perfect spot for lunch on the sun terrace or inside next to the warm fireplace serving Savoyard specialities and traditional French cuisine.

Chalets de l’Arc is a large traditional mountain restaurant in Arc 2000. It is a great spot for a long leisurely mountain lunch in the sunshine.

Belliou La Fumee is a 500-year-old-stone hut located opposite the base of the Pre St Esprit chair just below Arc 1950. Specialities include home-made terrines, grilled meat and wild mushrooms.

Blanche Muree is located slightly off the beaten track between Arcs 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry and is accessible via the Reches piste.

Aux Enfants Terribles is a self-service and restaurant located at the top of the Vallandry, Plan Peisey and Grizzly lifts. The restaurant serves salads, soups, meats, Savoyard dishes and much more which can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace or in the cosy indoors.



Activities

Les Arcs offers a good range of non-skiing activities:

Ice climbing and Ice Caves Visit (@2000)
Paragliding
Walking on the Aiguille Rouge Glacier
Husky sledging (Peisey Nancroix)
Ice Skating (1800/2000)
Horse drawn sledge rides
Bowling at 1800
Snowshoeing
Winter walking trails
Flood-light skiing (2000)
Cinema



Ski School

There are a few ski schools in Les Arcs offering both group and private lessons. In general group lessons will work out cheaper and are more sociable but will be less intense than one-to-one tuition.

It is recommended that you book your lessons in advanced, especially if you are travelling on a peak date to avoid disappointment as availability is limited.

Our recommended ski schools in Les Arcs include:

ESF has been running for over 70 years and has fully qualified English speaking instructors to help you improve your skills. ESF offer group and private lessons as well as mountain guiding for all abilities. They have a ski school in Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 2000.

New Generation  have a ski school in Arc 2000 and Peisey Vallandry. They have fully qualified English speaking instructors who teach all levels in both group and private lessons.

Evolution 2 have a ski school at Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000 and Villaroger.


Getting around

Les Arcs is made up of 5 villages which are all connected by piste and road - Arc 1600, 1800, 1950, 2000 and Plan Peisey.

It it easy to get between the resorts by piste but if you are not planning on skiing or want to travel when the lifts are closed then the resorts are also linked by road.

There is a cable car and chair lift that connects Arc 1800 and 2000, and a gondola that connects Arc 1950 and 2000; these can all be taken with a pedestrian pass so you don’t have to have a ski pass.

The funicular runs from Bourg Saint Maurice to Arc 1600. The funicular runs regularly from 0730 to 2000. There are two free bus services that run between the resorts and are timetabled to intersect with the funicular at 1600. The first runs to 1800 and the second to 1950 and 2000.  There is also a bus that runs between Peisey and Arc 1800 but this is less regular than the other routes.

There are several walks in Les Arcs but only a few of the resorts are linked by a navigable footpath. It is possible to walk from Arc 1950 to Arc 200 but there is no easy way to get between Arc 1600 Arc 1800 and Arc 1950/2000 by foot.

There are taxis available in resort. They are the most expensive way of getting around but might be the only option if you are planning on going out in another resort.


Family ski

Les Arcs is one of the most popular resorts for families. If you are looking for childcare in resort, there are several options available:

There are two local creches in Les Arcs.

The Garderie is located at 2000m and is open to children from 18 months to 6 years. The creche is open from Sunday to Friday from 845am-12pm and 145pm to 5pm. They also offer babysitting between 12pm and 145pm. It is important to note that the creche is small with a capacity of 20 children so it is necessary to book in advance.

Cariboo’s Club is the second creche in resort, located in Arc 1950. They operate two creches, one for children from 9 months to 3 years and a second for children 3-13 years.

Both Esprit Ski and Club Med run properties that offer in-house childcare and ski lessons.

There are also private nanny services available in resort that offer flexible levels of high quality care:

My Travelling Nanny  is a family run specialist holiday nanny agency who match families with the perfect travelling Nanny for their holiday.

Snow Little prides themselves on finding the perfect nanny for each family.
T4 Nannies is the loveliest in the Alps with their handpicked staff offering high quality service.


Group Ski

Les Arcs links with La Plagne to make up the Paradiski area which is one of the largest ski areas in France. The ski area is particularly well suited for beginners but has plenty of terrain to explore for all abilities.

The resorts isn’t widely known for its apres ski and nightlife however there are several good bars both on and off the mountain. 


Childcare

Les Arcs is a very family-friendly ski resort and many of the pistes are wonderful to learn and improve on. The range of non-ski activities is decent too so if the kids feel like a break from the slopes you can rest assured there’s a range of alternative activities to enjoy together.

The ice caves of Les Arcs sit at the top of the mighty Transarc gondola lift and make for a wonderful visit for families with children. Cold, dark and exciting, the caves are populated by all manner of interesting creatures. Construction of the caves begins in November and the theme changes each year. It’s a sure-fire way of getting the kids excited! http://en.lesarcs.com/ice-cave-going-out

There’s a brilliant sports centre in Les Arcs, the Club de Sports in Arcs 1800, which offers visitors a range of activities including tennis and squash, swimming, climbing and trampolining. If you need a non-ski sport to keep the kids entertained, this is the place to visit. http://www.sports-lesarcs.com/vad/commander/index.php

If you are keen to try a spot of tobogganing, Plan Peisey sits at the base of the resort and there’s a brilliant tobogganing area for kids there. The Discovery Pistes area in Arcs 1800 and 1600 is a great place to come and learn about nature in the mountains, and the dedicated children’s area also in Arcs 1800 is also great for tobogganing and climbing.

Ice skating is popular and the resort has two rinks; one natural rink and one artificial. The rinks are located in Foret du Beauchet 1800 and Place Haute 2000.

And of course for something simple, families can take kids to the cinema in Arcs 1600 and 1800, or to the bowling alley.


The Piste

Les Arcs is an excellent resort for beginners. In Arc 1600, there are no green pistes but 15 blue runs so it is a good place to practice and build up confidence before heading up the mountain. In 1800, the ‘front des neiges’ is a wide open area located in the centre and is where the Jardin des Enfants nursery slopes and ski school meeting point is. In Arc 2000, there are several quiet rolling blue runs including the Plan Vert piste and the Cascades run.

For intermediates, there are several wide blue and red runs, in particular the Plan de Eaux and Plagnettes run. Good areas for intermediates include Peisey Vallandry and the runs above 1800m including Froide Fontaine and Carreley.

For expert skiers, the most challenging pistes are found above Arc 2000m on the Varet glacier where there are plenty of red and black runs as well as countless off piste runs. The longest run in resort is from the top of the Aiguille Midi cable car down to Villaroger covering 7km of ground and over 2000m vertical drop.


Ski School

There are a few ski schools in Les Arcs offering both group and private lessons. In general group lessons will work out cheaper and are more sociable but will be less intense than one-to-one tuition.

It is recommended that you book your lessons in advanced, especially if you are travelling on a peak date to avoid disappointment as availability is limited.

Our recommended ski schools in Les Arcs include:

ESF has been running for over 70 years and has fully qualified English speaking instructors to help you improve your skills. ESF offer group and private lessons as well as mountain guiding for all abilities. They have a ski school in Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 2000.

New Generation  have a ski school in Arc 2000 and Peisey Vallandry. They have fully qualified English speaking instructors who teach all levels in both group and private lessons.

Evolution 2 have a ski school at Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000 and Villaroger.


Equipment Hire

Les Arcs has a good selection of ski hire shops that offer the latest range of winter sports equipment. It is recommended to book hire in advance as the majority of stores will offer an online discount.

Ski Set are in Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 and offer an array of state of the art equipment to hire.

Interport have stores in Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 2000 and provide ski and snowboard equipment to suit all abilities.

Sport 2000 have stores in Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 2000 and Peisey Vallandry and offer the best equipment from all major brands.

Skimium provide top brand equipment in Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 2000.
Precision Ski offers equipment that has been carefully selected from leading brands in mountain sports. They are based in Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 1950.


Lift Passes

Visitors to Les Arcs have a choice of two lift passes, the local Les Arcs pass or the full area Paradiski pass that includes La Plagne as well.

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may vary at the time of booking

6 Day Pass         Les Arcs    Paradiski
Adult (13-64y)     €265          €299
Child (5-12y)       €212          €239
Senior (65-74y)   €212          €239

Free lift passes are available for children under 5ys and over 74yrs, proof of age is required.

Group discounts are available for groups of two or three. Groups of two will get a €10 discount and groups of three will get a €15 discount. These are only valid on passes bought at the same time for the same duration.

Family passes are available for a minimum of 2 adults and 2 children where the whole group pay the child price. Again, this is only valid on passes that are bought online for the same duration.

Beginner skiers can purchase 1,2,3,5 or 10 trips on the lifts, each trip costs €1. The lifts included are the Combettes chairlift in Arc 1600, the Villards lift in Arc 1800, the St Jacques lift in 2000 and the Parchey lift in Peisey-Vallandry.

You can pre- book your pass online and collect from one of the lift pass offices in resort. Alternatively, you can pre-book your pass through your tour operator who will deliver it to your accommodation when you arrive in resort.


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