If you haven’t been to Les Arcs you are missing out on one of France’s greatest and most underrated resorts. Built onto the side of the mountain and surrounded by trees, it is also one of the prettiest. There’s a good mixture of tourists and seasonnaires, and loads of fun to be had on and off skis.

The ski area around Les Arcs has over 200kms of runs and it is also known to be one of the most varied areas in Europe. This links up to the enormous Paradiski area (435km) which connects to La Plagne, via Europe’s most expensive ski-lift, the Vanoise Express. We highly recommend upgrading your lift pass, either for the week, or at least for a day, so that you can ski the Bellecote glacier over in La Plagne and make your way back down some amazing off-piste through the forests.

Advanced skiers can also busy themselves on the famous Aiguille Rouge glacier lying at 3226m, boasting guaranteed snow, Europe’s biggest vertical drop (2000m) down to Villaroger and Olympic speed skating runs. It’s not only good skiers and boarders that can take advantage of the unique terrain in Les Arcs: intermediates will find plenty of fabulous tree-lined descents into the villages of Peisey and Vallandry. There’s a great well-kept snowpark, with plenty of kickers, rails and spines suitable for all levels whether your a pro or its your first time in the park. If you're a powder junkie you will not be left out as there is a huge amount of off piste to be explored across the Paradiski area. There really is something for everyone here in Les Arcs, as the resort’s many lower blues and greens taking you all the way back into 1800 makes it an ideal resort for beginners too. On the way back into Arc 1800, you will find the après venue L'Arpette. Boasting the best sunset views accross the valley, live DJ's, good priced drinks and some serious dancing, it is definitely worth a visit. This is the location of the infamous Les Arcs mountain meal, which finishes with a flood lit descent at 9pm. 

Les Arcs is split into several different villages, Arc 1050, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. It’s very accessible from Bourg St Maurice on a funicular which goes straight to Les Arcs 1600 where a free bus will take you to 1800, 1950 or 2000. A visit to Arc 1950 is a must. It seems to be a mixture of Canada’s Whistler and Disneyland with theme music and horse drawn sleighs everywhere you look.

All of our accommodation is in Arc 1800, the most lively of the villages, the one with all the bars, restaurants and even two nightclubs to keep you entertained after your day on the mountain. The resort is compact so all of our residences are located very close to both the slopes and the village amenities. 

Resort details

Ski area: 200km - 425km
Ski altitude: 1200m - 3226m
Top Peak: 3226m
Village Height: 1800m

Resort runs

Les Arcs (Paradiski)
Black 19 (36)
Red 32 (66)
Blue 54 (121)
Green 1 (11)
Glaciers 1 (2)
Snowparks 1 (2)

Other activities

Cross country skiing, bobsleighing (in La Plagne), Paragliding, 3km toboggan run in the rodeo park (Arc 2000), Les Arcs mountain meal and floodlit descent, après BBQ at Red Hot Saloon and Millie8 aquatic and fitness centre.

Restaurants, Bars & Clubs

Awesome food, serving the best burgers in the alps. This bar, located right next to Red Hot, is English-run and has a good vibe, with eclectic sounds (D&B/Techno)

An intimate bar with an incredible atmosphere, where the drinks are resonantly priced and the owner puts his all into making sure everyone has an excellent night every time. Large groups won’t fit in here but don’t let it put you off popping in try it.

Located in Charvet, just next to Residences Belles Challes and Lauzieres. This bar has good food, a really good atmosphere for après ski, as well as table football.

One of the most tucked away venues in the alps, Club 73 is an underground club playing a variety of music to suit the clientele of the night. The owner Thomas loves to have a party, and will accommodate your fancy dress theme, supplementing the fun with many shooter bottles on some nights!

This is the replacement for the well-known night club ‘Apokalypse’ or APO as it was often known as. The venue has received a more upmarket facelift, and is pricier than previously. Still a fun place to visit, just a slightly more chilled vibe than veterans of us will remember. 

L'Arpette is situated at the top of a blue/red run and is one of Les Arcs' many popular spots where you can make the most of the alpine sun. It has a great atmosphere and canteen style food.

This is the biggest bar in les Arcs. English-owned, they have pool tables and Sky Sports. A fantastic live band plays here twice a week as well.

Accommodation

On the slopes of Arc 1800 and set among woodland, Les Alpages de Chantel offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation with direct access to the Paradiski ski area and unbeatable views of the valley and Mont-Blanc.

Residences Villards is a collection of apartments in a number of residences within the Villards area of the resort (including L'Armoise and Le Grand Arbois). All of the residences are comfortable and have most of the shops and bars right on the doorstep.

A brand new residence opened in the winter of 11/12 in an incredible location just above Arc 1800. This ski in ski out complex has stunning views of Mt Blanc and a great array of facilities.

The Ruitor and Thuria residences are both located in the Charmetogger area of Arc 1800 offer close access to the nursery slopes and Transarc lift and within a couple of minutes walk from the main village centre, so close to the shops, bars and restaurants.

The Belmont apartments are located just out of the village Les Arc 1800 with a panoramic view looking over the iconic mountain of Mt Blanc. With the village centre and amenities 500m away and the nearest lift only 300m away.

Residences Charvet is a collection of apartments in a number of residences within the Charvet area of the resort (including Belles Challes, Lauzieres and Nova). All of the residences have comfortable apartments close to the shops and facilities.