Part of the Paradiski ski area, Les Arcs is now linked to La Plagne by the Vanoise Express double decker cable car. This means that ski holiday makers in Les Arcs or La Plagne can travel from one ski resort to another in just 4 minutes and at more than 380 metres above the valley, adding to the adventure of a skiing holiday in Les Arcs.
The lift system in Les Arcs is one of the best, with few queues except at rush hour. Beginners and intermediates taking a ski holiday in Les Arcs are spoilt for choice, with well over 50% of the 120 pistes graded as blue or red. Advanced skiers don’t miss out either, with lots of off-piste and challenging black runs. Boarders also have much to thank Les Arcs for, as it was one of the first European resorts to pick up on the sport in the ’80s. They have a specialist park, with a half-pipe, jumps and a boardercross.
The Les Arcs ski resort is made up of 4 modern ‘villages’, with Arc 1800 being the biggest and most popular and Arc 1950, a village created by the North American developer Intrawest, being the newest. Arc 1800 has most of the shops, restaurants and clubs, although these are perhaps not amongst the Alps’ greatest hotspots. Les Arcs is great for family ski holidays, with the resort gaining the highest grade from the Board of Tourism for its children’s facilities. Most ski holiday accommodation in Les Arcs self-catering, although there is still plenty of chalet and hotel ski accommodation.
Overall, a skiing holiday in Les Arcs is ideal for those not fussed about hectic nightlife and excessive Alpine charm, but that want great skiing and facilities for families.
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8.30am – 4.30pm
Total lifts 76. 29 chairlifts, 1 funicular, 16 plate, 6 magic carpet, 3 gondola, 2 cable cars.
Artificial snowmaking coverage 25%. Night riding – 3 slopes. Longest run 7km.