Les Arcs Review

Loveskiing’s Les Arcs Review

Les Arcs is situated north of Bourg St Maurice, home of the ‘Snow Train’, providing a direct route from London to the Alps. The resort of Les Arcs has 4 villages 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000; each with its own personality and character. The skiing at Les Arcs is unlimited now due to the link to nearby La Plagne (and the Paradiski area) via the Vanoise Express and there is something for everyone; open bowls at the top, to tree skiing and cruiser greens, to steep as you like blacks, even a speed skiing run. The largest resort is 1800, and in comparison is the best place to stay. Arc 1800 is also well catered for in terms of food and accommodation. However, if you are on a budget, don’t fret, stay in Bourg and get the funicular up to Arc 1600 each morning.

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  • The runs off the Aiguille Rouge
  • L’Aiguille Rouge piste from the summit to Le Pré – one of the world’s longest and best leg burners
  • The vast array of blues and reds above Les Arcs 1600 and 1800 has to offer.
  • An extensive terrain park for all you freestyle lovers!
  • Taking the scenic route between the trees above Vallandry and Plain-Peisey
  • Award winning British Ski School New Generation in Vallandry
  • The breathtaking views towards Mont Blanc.
  • Lack of motorists
  • The village at Arc 1950 – state of the art design without losing the cosy village magic.
  • Fantastic off-piste off the Aiguille Rouge further across in La Plagne.
  • Superb rail links with the UK and Paris
  • Make sure you check out Bélliou La Fumée, one of the best mountain restaurants in the Alps.


  • Disjointed layout of the resort
  • Very crowded  during peak season
  • Due to it is a purpose built ski resort in the 1960’s, it loses the aura of a traditional mountain top resort.
  • The different resorts make it difficult to find a communal nightlife.
  • It isn’t one of the cheaper resorts

  • Intermediates
  • Expert skiers who can afford a guide
  • Those after a quiet après-ski
  • Freestyle skiers

  • Those who enjoy an active après-ski
  • Those who dislike crowded pistes
  • Those who prefer resorts that are more of a traditional mountain town or village mould

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