Les Arcs Ski Resort Guide

Les Arcs Ski Resort Guide

Les Arcs is situated on the edge of the Vanoise national park, and is part of the Paradiski ski area. Les Arcs itself consists of a number of different villages, many named after the altitude at which they sit: Les Arcs 1600, Les Arcs 1800, Les Arcs 1950 and Les Arcs 2000. There are also a number of nearby villages which are also part of the Les Arcs ski area which include Vallandry, Peisey, Plan Peisey, Villaroger, Nancroix and Landry.This expansive resort offers a vast array of runs for all levels of skiers and boarders with over 210kms of pistes in Les Arcs alone. 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 is renowned as an intermediate’s paradise due to the high number of blues runs across the valley. However, that said, you will 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.

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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
  • Les Arcs Snow Parc
  • 21 black ski runs
  • 42 red ski runs
  • 45 blue ski runs

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

Les Arcs FAQ’s

How can I get to resort?


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:

Premier private transfer solution.


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.


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 resort:

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

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

Go Alpine
Quality chalets and apartments in Peisey-Vallandry.

Ski holidays from this trusted British tour operator.

Move Mountains Limited
Hand picked ski holidays

Savoie holidays
Independent Chalets: Les Arcs and Tignes

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

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

Ski Hiver
The first chalet operator to open in Peisey – now in their 11th season

Ski Total

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
Ski Holidays – from weekend to luxury chalets

Alpenglow Ski
A specialist chalet agent with a wide range of catered chalets to suit all budgets.

Altitude Holidays
Small, flexible, owner run company.

Erna Low
Personalized ski holiday and short ski breaks.

If You Ski
Ski Holidays, chalet holidays, snow reports and more.

Independent Mountain
Catered and Self Catered Chalets & Apartments in the French Alps

Move Mountains Limited
Hand picked ski holidays

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 Europe
Ski Holidays for everyone – from chalets to apartments

Ski Independence
Travel agent specialising in Ski vacations

Ski Holiday Company – run by skiers for skiers

Ski Solutions
Luxury ski resort travel and accommodation

Skiing Holidays
Skiing holiday deals and expert advice

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

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?


The official website of the local tourist board.


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.

Any recommendations for places to eat?

Arc 2000: Bois de l’Ours – lovely snack bar

Arc 1600: Le Chalet de  l’Arcelle – savoyard restaurant

Arc 1600: Le Sanglier qui Fume

Vallandry: La Bergerie de Raphael 

Peisey : La Vache

What is the après and nightlife like?

George’s Wine Bar located in Arc 1950 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!

You can find a number of bars and restaurants in Les Arcs depending on what you’re looking for.

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