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Ski in Les Arcs

A little taste of paradise in the Alps

Opening of the ski area

(winter season 2021/2022)

Subject to snow conditions, you can ski in Les Arcs from Saturday 11 December 2021 to Saturday 30 April 2022.

A lady in winter gear skiing swiftly in the snow in Les Arcs

The ski area

Les Arcs is part of the second-largest linked ski area in France and globally, Paradiski.
The view of snow mountains in Paradiski

Why ski in Paradiski?

Les Arcs offers a wide range of ski areas and facilities for a day's skiing with friends or a week's holiday skiing with the family.

By staying in Les Arcs during your holidays, you will be able to access two best ski areas: Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry and Paradiski, which also includes the resort of La Plagne. Here are a few figures which demonstrate the exceptional character of the latter:

  • 2nd largest linked ski area in the world

  • 3 Savoie resorts in the French Alps: Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne 

  • from 1200 to 3250 metres in altitude

  • 425 km of pistes

  • 264 downhill ski runs, including 12 green, 137 blue, 79 red and 36 black

  • 17 new snow sports facilities: snow parks, boardercross, airbags, etc. 

  • 153 km of cross-country skiing

  • guaranteed snow thanks to 70% of the area being above 2000 metres in altitude

  • the largest cable car in the world: the Vanoise Express

  • 130 ski lifts, including 58 chairlifts, 16 gondolas, 43 drag lifts, 4 cable cars, 1 funicular and 8 conveyors

  • 958 snow guns

Two people skiing on slopes between Arc 1600 and Arc 1800 in Les Arcs

Skiing for all

An Eldorado for experienced skiers, Les Arcs delights them with its long, technical runs. However, less experienced skiers have not been forgotten: the resort also has some great surprises in store for them.

Riders know that the resort of Les Arcs is the ideal destination for pure skiing pleasure on steep slopes. Their choice is vast between the slopes lined with fir trees of Arc 1600, the boulevards of Arc 1800 and the endless red and black runs of Arc 2000. Some slopes not to be missed when you master the art of the spatula:

  • the black run Robert Blanc: not groomed but secured, it allows you to taste the sensations of freeriding in complete safety.

  • the black then red Aiguille Rouge run 7 km long with a vertical drop of 2026 metres. This run is one of the longest in Europe

  • the Fond Blanc black run for mogul lovers

  • the red Arandelières run for its splendid view from the top of the Aiguille Rouge 

Intermediate skiers will be delighted to discover that it is possible to cross the entire Paradiski ski area using only the blue runs, as there is so much on offer. The most challenging thing will be to choose from the 137 blue runs available. Here are three suggestions to help them:

  • the Plan des Violettes is the highest easy run of the domain, very hilly, and it winds between the trees

  • the Dents du Peigne is ideal for beginners because of its low relief. It is possible to continue the descent with other blue runs accessible to all

  • the Charmettoger crosses Arc 1800 up to the forest of Vallandry. It is an ideal configuration to progress in the middle of superb panoramas.

The view of the children friendly resort in Les Arcs

With children

Which resort to choose when you have children? If all the resorts offer something suitable for the youngest, each has facilities more specific to certain ages.

If you come on holiday to Les Arcs with little ones, not yet ready to go down the slopes, you will find crèches in the resorts of Arcs 2000 and 1950 to welcome them. From the age of 3, you can choose ski lessons + childcare in the resorts of Arc 1800, Arc 2000 and Arc 1950 at the Cariboo's club.

With 10 green runs and several play areas, the Les Arcs ski area has a safe and marked offer adapted to children. The progression courses located in Arc 1800 and Vallandry include several slopes to make your first slides and your first turns before setting off on your first green runs: the scenic areas of the Pitchouns forest and the Cabanes. Two regions are made up of fun modules to help children progress and feel more comfortable on their skis.

And for those who prefer sledging to ski, go to Arc 1800 for a 900-metre descent in a luminous and sound atmosphere and, for the over 10s only, to Arc 2000 to hurtle down a 3 km long sledging slope with raised bends! 

Children playing in the the Apocalypse Park snowpark in Les Arcs

Other slides

Snowpark, boardercross, waterslide, airbag: Les Arcs has all the facilities to satisfy freestyle lovers. Even the most unusual ones.

Located above Arc 1600, the Apocalypse Park snowpark offers modules adapted to beginners and experienced riders through three blue, red and black runs.

The most daring can try to cross a swimming pool on skis or snowboard at the Water Slide in spring. Of course, the objective is to reach the other side without getting wet.

Even less academic, the Toboggan will take you high in the air on a buoy before landing on the giant airbag. This attraction, located in the heart of the Arc 1600 resort, is accessible for free every day from 1 pm until the slopes close.

Many other freestyle facilities await you in the Paradiski area and, in particular, in the resort of La Plagne, which has two freestyle zones: the Petit Park for beginners and youngsters and the Gros Park for the more experienced.

Skiers in Freeride World Tour in Les Arcs

Free-ride version

Les Arcs is a well-known area for free-riders as several stages of the Freeride World Tour have been organised there. The most demanding skiers will find their happiness here, but so will those who want to learn about off-piste skiing.

In Les Arcs, more than anywhere else, off-piste skiing presents considerable risks and requires being well supervised by a mountain guide who will know how to direct you to the right itineraries according to your level and the snow conditions. Many routes start from the Aiguille Rouge, the highest point in the resort at 3226 metres, and cross the Villaroger nature reserve. There are also off-piste routes in the Comborcière sector and the Malgover forest.

Some famous runs, depending on your level:

  • to begin freeriding: go to Arc 1600, at the Deux Têtes ski lifts for an introductory course of 1200 metres of vertical drop and Mont-Blanc for a crossing of the forest. 

  • to improve your skills: the Fond Blanc cirque in Arc 1950 offers several itineraries from average to very experienced levels

  • for an exceptional view: the head for the Grand Col in Arc 2000, between the Aiguille Rouge and the Mont Pourri, for descent along the Turia glacier

  • for the more experienced: there is a wide choice but among the most famous are the Combe des Lanchettes, the Aiguille Grive, the Couloir de la pointe du Four and the Couloir en S. Excellent level required!

Cross-country skiers on the Peisey-Vallandry Nordic site

Nordic version

Within the Paradiski area, two large-scale sites share the bulk of the Nordic offer: the Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne sites.

The Peisey-Vallandry Nordic site offers cross-country skiers 43 km of trails equipped for cross-country skiing and skating. There is something for everyone, whatever their level, as the site has 13 trails, including:

  • 1 free trail 

  • 1 green trail of 1.1 km (Salt Water)

  • 4 blue runs of 0.4 km (le Tumelet), 1.5 km (le Vignerand), 1.6 km (les Dzirpes) and 6.9 km (la Gouille)

  • 4 red runs of 0.7 km (the Beaupraz and Pré Envers runs), 2 km (Le Cassinet) and 4.1 km (le Mône)

  • and 3 black runs of 0.7 km (la Culaz), 1.6 km (l'Epinerie) and 3.2 km (le Pont Romane). 

Even bigger, the La Plagne area has 81 km of cross-country trails spread over the resorts of Champagny en Vanoise, Plagne Montalbert, Montchavin-les-Coches... This site is, above all, aimed at beginners or intermediate cross-country skiers, as 11 out of 14 trails are green or blue.

Where to stay when skiing in Les Arcs?

It all depends on what you want. Is it more important for you to put on your skis in the morning just in front of your chalet or to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the heart of the resort in the evening? Because in Les Arcs, everything is possible! Whether you are more attracted by the peace and quiet, the entertainment and atmosphere or the practicality and intensive skiing, you will always find an apartment or a chalet to rent that corresponds to your desires in one of the 5 village-resorts of Les Arcs.

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