Les Arcs Ski Resort Guide

Les Arcs is a family-friendly resort with loads of ski-in-ski-out accommodation, a variety of villages to choose from and over 210km of pistes to ski. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps. Situated in the Paradiski area, this expansive resort offers a vast array of runs for all levels of skiers and boarders. Beautiful open pistes surround Les Arcs 2000 and 1950, in contrast to the tree-lined pistes in Les Arcs 1800, 1600 and Vallandry.

Les Arcs 2000 is compact and great for families (although it actually sits at 2100m, not 2000!). Whereas Vallandry has more of an old mountain village feel with traditional-style chalet buildings. It’s quieter than some other resorts in the Alps, although a good party can be found in Arc 1800, the largest of all the villages.

Les Arcs is renowned as an intermediate’s paradise due to the high number of blues runs across the valley. However, that said, there is a variety of pistes and you’ll find everything across the different levels and resorts within Les Arcs. And with the Vanoise Express linking the resort up to La Plagne and the rest of the Paradiski’s 425kms of pistes, there’s plenty to keep you busy!

Find the lesson that suits you in our Peisey Vallandry Ski School or our Les Arcs 2000 Ski School.

Les Arcs Resort Information

Les Arcs Key Facts

  • Part of the Paradiski
  • 210km of pistes across Les Arcs
  • Links to La Plagne via the Vanoise Express
  • Wonderful tree runs
  • Fantastic off Piste
  • Snow Parc
  • 6 green pistes
  • 64 blue pistes
  • 44 red pistes
  • 17 black pistes

Les Arcs & The Paradiski Piste Map

Les Arcs and The Paradiski Piste Map

Click on the image to download a high res piste map of Les Arcs and the wider Paradiski area

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Best Ski Runs in Les Arcs – our pick of the bunch

Les Arcs which neighbors La Plagne and Peisey-Villandry to make up the Paradiski ski area. With over 425 km of runs that wind through forests or across glaciers, there is something for everyone. The highest pistes sit at 3226 m right down to cruisy runs down to a lower 1200 meters in altitude.

Les Arcs has something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an advanced rider. Watch out for some areas labeled ‘Natur’ as they are all ungroomed. 

Les Arcs is split between several villages at different altitudes up the mountain. So you can stay at Les Arcs 2000, Arc 1950, Arc 1800 and Arc 1600. Each resort has great access to slopes and buses that interconnect. 

For Beginners:

    • Beginner Areas – Cachettes and Vezaille in Arc 1600 are two lifts you where you can lap a selection of blue and green runs. The ‘front des Neiges’ area right in the center of the resort is home to the Jardin des Enfants, the beginner’s slopes and the ski school meeting points. 

For Intermediates:

    • Mont Blanc above is a fantastic cruisey blue run above Arc 1600.
    • The terrain park in Les Arcs is one of the best in Europe and even has an airbag.

For Advanced:

    • In Les Arc 2000 under the Varet gondola provides the steepest black runs for a real challenge. 
    • For off-piste, use the Varet gondola or the Aiguille Rouge cablecar to reach the untouched snow. 

Les Arcs Restaurants

You’re not hard pressed for food options in Les Arcs. No matter which village you’re staying in, there are great options for local dishes and French cuisine.

Here are a few of our favourite spots.

Best Cheap Eats

  • Bois de l’Ours – A lovely little snack bar in Arc 2000 if you need to grab a quick bite.

Mid Range

  • La Vache – Small mountain restaurant in Peisey that’s tucked away from many of the other restaurants. Their menu is varied from meat dishes to fondue and everything in between. The plat du jour is always a good choice!
  • La Bergerie de Raphael – Traditional food in Vallandry
  • Le Sanglier qui Fume – Mountain-top restaurant in Arc 1600 boasting 360 views from their stunning terrace. A great lunch spot for classic French cuisine.
  • Le Chalet de  l’Arcelle – Get your Savoyard fix here.

Fine Dining

  • Belliou La Fumee – A special restaurant for many, great French food and lovely service offering a variety of meat and seafood dishes.

Les Arcs Après & Nightlife

If you’re after a good après session, Les Arcs 1800 is where it’s at.

Bar King Mad – Situated in Arc 1800, this is one of the best spots for both après ski and late partying. During happy hour they have 2 for 1 drinks and most nights they have a DJ on, which keeps the party going and the place packed.

Red Hot Saloon – Probably the biggest bar in resort, it’s always busting in the Red Hot Saloon. They’ve got a large dance floor and regular drink deals to entice you. Also, a good spot to catch sporting events on their big screens.

Jungle Café – As the name would suggest, this place has some funky tropical decor. An affordable spot for a few beers once you’re done skiing.

George’s Wine Bar – Located in Arc 1950, this is definitely one of our favourite places. The landlord George is known to happily pick up his guitar and play for customers who enjoy a sing-song! Great wine and world beers as well.

A bit of history

Bourg St Maurice, the town at the base of Les Arcs, has long been a popular city and a stop whilst people were travelling between Italy and France over the mountains. It was long a farming village but started to gain popularity in the ’20s and ’30s. However, Arc 1600, the first of all the resorts, was not built until 1968. There was a cable car connecting straight from Bourg St Maurice, which was later replaced with the funicular in the late 1980s after the other villages of Arc 1800 and Arc 2000 had opened as well.

Les Arcs is also known for being one of the first European resorts to welcome snowboarding in its early days. A handful of American boarders came over to spread the word in the early ’80s and local instructor Régis Rolland took to it. He’s now well known in snowboarding and was one of the pioneers in France.

Les Arcs FAQ’s

How can I get to resort?

Airport Transfers

If you’re arriving by air then you’ll probably fly into either Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva. The following transfer companies offer airport transfers, either private or sometimes shared:

Snowlinx

Drive

It’s about a 9hr drive once in France to reach Les Arcs. The benefits of driving are no luggage restrictions and the option of an extra day skiing during a week’s holiday but the tolls can be quite pricey on the motorways so something to consider.

Train

Eurostar runs direct day trains to the French Alps on Saturdays between December-April and direct night trains on Fridays from January-April.

Trains leave from St Pancras International in London and Ashford in Kent, direct to Bourg-Saint-Maurice then you can use the funicular and the free shuttle buses to get around Les Arcs area.

Where can I stay in resort?

Here’s a list of our favourite tour operators in Les Arcs:

Alpine Elements
Catered ski chalets at sensible prices in Les Arcs.

Inghams
Ski holidays from this trusted British tour operator.

Alpine Motion
Beautiful alpine chalets in the traditional village of Pesiey-Nancroix.

Go Alpine
Quality chalets and apartments in Peisey-Vallandry.

Move Mountains
Handpicked ski holidays.

Ski Olympic
One of the friendliest chalet/hotels companies around. In Vallandry Ski Olympic run the chalet La Foret.

Ski Beat
Independent chalet company – run by experienced and enthusiastic skiers.

Ski Hiver
The first chalet operator to open in Peisey.

Ski Total
Great value skiing holidays for everyone.

Skiworld
A selection of chalets to choose from for great value ski holidays.

Snow Chateaux
A family run catered chalet company with 10 chalets in the Les Arcs, La Plagne area. Traditional, catered chalets in France’s top resorts.

White Stripe Mountain Lodge
White Stripe Mountain Lodge’s Chalet Iris is an independently run ski chalet in the heart of Paradiski – a real home-from-home in the mountains.

Whitebeam Chalets
Family run catered chalets in Peisey-Vallandry, Les Arcs, in traditional snow-sure villages of Peisey and Nancroix.

And some of the agents with whom you can book stays in Les Arcs:

Alpine Answers
Free ski holiday booking service in 150+ resorts. Over 1,200 chalets and hundreds of hotels ranging in size from 2 to 200 people.

Altitude Holidays
Small, flexible, owner-run company.

Erna Low
Personalized ski holiday and short ski breaks.

Independent Mountain
Catered and self-catered chalets & apartments in the French Alps.

Much Better Adventures
Active holidays direct from Independent Operators.

My Chalet Finder
A website specialising in self-catering chalets and apartments across the world’s top ski resorts.

Powder Beds
Ski accommodation specialists.

Ski Independence
Travel agent specialising in ski vacations.

Skiline
Ski Holiday Company – run by skiers for skiers.

Ski Solutions
Luxury ski resort travel and accommodation.

Sno
Ski deals and cheap holidays with the biggest tour operators in Les Arcs.

Snowfinders
An up and coming ski agency who will find you exactly what you want! Best prices, best advice.

Where can I get my ski or snowboard equipment?

We recommend a few ski shops that offer high quality equipment to help you become a better and happier skier or boarder.

Polaire Star

The only ski shop situated right by the funicular link up to Les Arcs, just 5 minutes from Les Arcs. Friendly, helpful team to kit you out as quickly and as enjoyably as possible to get your holiday off on the right foot!

All New Generation clients receive 25% off any reservation. Just provide the Polaire Star team your reference booking number.

Sport 2000

Located in both Vallandry and Plan Peisey. Wide range of equipment for skiing and snowboarding. Good online discounts for pre-booking, central location in both villages.

What is the snow like? Les Arcs webcams

Webcams can be found on the official Les Arcs website.

Where can I find more information about Les Arcs?

LesArcs.com

The official website of the local tourist board.

LesArcsnet

A useful website with information about the best places to ski, eat and drink.

What services are available in Les Arcs?

Doctors – Head to the main medical center, just as you come into the  Les Arcs 1950 village it will be on your left. Also in Plan Peisey is the Cabinet Médical, Quartier du Soleil. The medical center is located in the middle of the resort, just by the pharmacy. They provide general medicine, sports medicine, and radiology.

Pharmacy – Para Store located at Place Olympique Résidence Les Lanchettes Arc 200. In Peisey-Vallandry there is a Pharmacie de l’Ours Neige et Soleil.

What non-skiing activities are there in Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry?

There’s plenty to keep non-skiers busy in Les Arcs. From tobogganing to paragliding, dog sledding to the or igloo village, there is something for everyone in your group.

Mille8 – La Piscine – Arc 1800: This huge 3800m² centre incorporates an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, water jets, bubble beds, massage jets, fitness room with gym and cardio equipment, spa with 2 steam rooms and 2 saunas, relaxation room and showers.

Centre Équestre Ranch El Colorado: The “Ranch El Colorado” equestrian centre is open all year round and offers activities based around the horse in an enjoyable atmosphere: rides, riding lessons and courses. carriage driving, ski jeering and riding shows.

Other activities you can try out are snowshoeing, walking routes, spas, visits to churches and chapels as well as Baroque Paths, farm visits, and much more. You can find more details here.

Check out what our Les Arcs Ski School has on offer