Snowboarding and Skiing Breaks in Les Arcs, France
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Drive time : 117 miles or 2hrs drive time from Lyon
Drive time : 125 miles or 2hrs 25mins drive time from Grenoble
Drive time : 102 miles or 2hrs 30mins drive time from Geneva
Les Arcs is a completely purpose built collection of resorts, offering an excellent array of on and off-piste skiing challenges for all levels of skier or snowboarder.
Situated above the Izpre Valley with views across to Mont Blanc, its slopes run down to four purpose-built villages that can easily be reached by public transport. Jet2.com offer cheap ski flights to Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva for easy access to these top ski and snowboarding resorts in France.
Fantastic Apartments and Chalets in the Les Arcs Villages
The first of the four main villages is Arc 1600, added later were the villages of Arc 1800 and Arc 2000. Most recently the village of Arc 1950 has been constructed by Canadian development company Intrawest, and offers a more aesthetically designed environment than the other heights, a picturesque location for skiing weekends.
More than two-thirds of the resort is apartment accommodation, with a few large hotels providing the rest. Chalet accommodation is limited to the newly developing areas of the Peisey-Nancroix villages lower down the mountain.
All the Arcs villages are conveniently situated below the slopes with easy access to lifts wherever you are staying. Largely surrounded by trees, they are comprised of large chalet-style apartment buildings with wooden balconies and sloping roofs.
Shops, bars and restaurants occupy the ground floors ensuring that you have enough amenities on a skiing weekend in Les Arcs. Arc 1800, the largest village, has the most restaurants, après ski activities and liveliest nightlife.
Varied Ski and Snowboarding Areas to Accommodate the Changing Weather
The ski area offers plenty of high-level skiing, whilst lower down the tree line gives welcome shelter when the weather turns bad. At the southern end of the domain, above Plan-Peisey, the tree line runs are particularly extensive for a French destination. With an excellent lift infrastructure and vast areas (200km of pistes) for crowds to disperse into, lift-queues are rarely an issue these days on a skiing weekend in Les Arcs.
A few years ago, Les Arcs was joined to the nearby ski resort of La Plagne by the new double-decker Vanoise Express cable-car, forming a new area now referred to as 'Paradiski' with the promise of 420km of pistes and hectares of off-piste, placing it in the super league with the likes of the Three Valleys and the Espace Killy.
Les Arcs is Suitable for All Abilities of Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiers of all abilities will find plenty to keep them happy on ski breaks on the Les Arcs pistes. Some are commendably long and many run attractively through trees.
The Aguille Rouge cable-car rises to a soaring 3226 metres high, giving magnificent views over the valley to Mont Blanc and a choice of a bumpy black or a red run back over a glacier.
For beginners enjoying a skiing weekend, Arc 1800's nursery slopes are sunny and spacious. The children's ski school has a good reputation for teaching in English and has a sledging track and climbing wall. Boarders have their own state of the art terrain park.
Les Arcs is Truly a Skiers and Snowboarders’ Resort
Good snow, an excellent teaching record - having pioneered the ski evolutif method (starting with short, then progressively longer skis, in the 1980s), a state of the art terrain park 'Snowp'Arcs', the Flying Kilometre speed skiing run and miles of off-piste best explored with a mountain guide, the resort leaves little energy for après-ski!
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