at a glance...

425km of pistes
2120m resort height
2.75 hours transfer time
All levels great for
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Les Arcs - Short Ski Breaks - Overview

We love Les Arcs for a short ski break; long descents, gentle tree-lined runs, steep chutes and plenty of kilometres to explore. With accommodation split between the four villages, there's a wealth of choice there as well. The resort is a British favourite and it's not hard to see why.

Arcs 1600 and 1800 are the larger sprawling villages within the trees. 1800, the liveliest of all four and where to base yourself if you're as keen on the nightlife as you are on the skiing. The numbers roughly translate to the height of each village and to give an idea of the altitude; 70% of the pistes are above 2,000m (including the Glacier du Varet) providing great snow reliability during the early and late season.

Les Arcs 1950 is the prettiest village, it's compact, traditionally designed and completely ski in, ski out. Low rise buildings are clustered around a traffic free square which has a fantastic atmosphere straight off the slopes. 2000 is the highest village and as the altitude increases so seemingly does the cost to stay there. Home to the first 5* hotel in Les Arcs, 2000 offers a more luxurious stay. Again ski in, ski out and with lifts both below and above the village you can be the first on the slopes every day.

Skiing in Les Arcs

200km of slopes are available to you in Les Arcs and a further 225km of piste in La Plagne (which is linked via the Vanoise Express) so if you're keen to eat up the miles you have an area that rivals the Three Valleys. Les Arcs provides the 2nd largest linked area in the world in fact.

The best area for beginners is just above Arc 2000, also home to several long, easy pistes to progress onto. Alternatively, the quieter Mille 8 is a family/beginner dedicated area close to Arc 1800.

Intermediates are spoilt for choice on Les Arcs ski weekends, the lower slopes are broad, well-groomed and at least partly tree-lined. 52% of the runs are blue so there are tonnes to explore. To push yourself try the Aiguille Rouge piste from the 3,226m summit down to Villaroger at 1,200m. 2,000 metres of vertical descent on a truly spectacular run. Try it in the mornings for the best conditions.

Experts will relish in the off-piste challenges the resort provides but make sure to take a guide, you'd be mad not to. The kilometres to explore also offer and good challenge or hit the snow parks on the lower slopes for some of the most challenging sets in the Alps.

Après ski in Les Arcs

Whilst not renowned as an après mecca with the likes of St Anton or Val d'Isere there's more than enough to have a great time off the slopes. Arc 1800 is at the après forefront with The Ambiente Cafe heading up the live music. Chalet de Luigi gets going early on in 1950 - a great spot for a post-ski tipple. Or around the ice rink is not a bad spot to head to for a drink in 2000.

Bowling is available in 1800 and ice skating at 1800 or 2000 as alternative options. There's also a pool at Mille8 on the slopes around 1800 that's open in the early evenings.

Best for...

  • Short breaks
  • Families
  • Ski in, ski out
  • Groups
Accommodation in Les Arcs

We have a great range of accommodation throughout Les Arcs and its different villages. All are in great locations, on or close to the slopes so you'll waste little time getting on the pistes each day during Les Arcs ski weekends. Whether you want a bolt hole to explore the ski area or find somewhere to indulge yourself in the luxurious side of life, Les Arcs has plenty to offer.

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5* Taj-I Mah Hotel
5* Taj-I Mah Hotel

The first 5* hotel in Les Arcs 2000, natural light floods through the huge glass windows and a Michelin Starred chef runs the restaurants. Ski luxury.

  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
More info
4* Hotel La Cachette
4* Hotel La Cachette

At the foot of the slopes this 4-star hotel in Les Arcs 1600 is newly refurbished and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for families.

  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Sauna
More info

Resort guide

Les Arcs

The resort
Resort height - 1,600 - 2,120m
Highest point - 3,226m

Ski area
Les Arcs local area - 200km
Paradiski ski area - 425km

Les Arcs is best for intermediate and advanced skiers. Though beginners are also well catered for. The link with La Plagne gives the ski area 425km of pistes. However, the lift is on the outer reaches of both Les Arcs and La Plagne. To get from Les Arcs accommodation to the centre of La Plagne requires a lot of mileage so you may not want to do this every day.

Green runs 5%
Blue runs 52%
Red runs 29%
Black runs 14%

Les Arcs - 51
Paradiski - 141

Season length - mid-December till the end of April

Resort ratings
Beginners - 3/5
Intermediates - 4/5
Experts - 5/5
Snowboarders - 4/5
Families - 4/5
Fast lifts - 4/5
Après - 2/5
Eating out - 3/5
Convenience - 4/5
Snow - 4/5  

Bowling | swimming | ice skating | paragliding | snowshoeing | cinema | tobogganing | winter walking | igloo village | dog sledding | ski joering | ski touring | cross-country skiing

Transfer times
Due to the fact that flights into Chambery tend to be available on the weekends only, we use Geneva as our main airport.

Geneva - 2 hours 45 minutes
Chambery - 1 hour 4 minutes

Les Arcs local lift pass
3 day lift pass from £143
6 day lift pass from £242

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