Les Arcs is a vast, high-altitude ski area made up of four distinct, purpose built villages. After being linked with La Plagne via an impressive double-decker gondola – the Vanoise Express – in 2003, Les Arcs now makes up one-half of Paradiski – the 4th largest ski area in France. Check out our featured Les Arcs properties for sale.
At the entrance to the area is Arc 1600, a mostly ski-in ski-out village linked to the large town of Bourg St Maurice by the funicular, which whisks you up the mountain in just 7 minutes. As Bourg St Maurice train station is serviced by the Eurostar, UK skiers can arrive in 1600 directly by train from London St Pancras. As the lowest of the villages, many of the pistes down to 1600 are tree lined and hold the snow very well.
A couple of kilometres up the road is Arc 1800, positioned at the very centre of the ski area. 1800 is the most developed of the 4 villages and offers great access to the ski area, a lively après scene and wonderful views of Mont Blanc. The pedestrian-only centre of Les Arcs 1800 offers any abundance of shops, restaurants and bars that are easily accessible from each corner of the village, allowing for much choice and convenience.
Arc 1950 is very different to the other areas of Les Arcs. The mini-village was built from scratch by Intrawest, who are known for their construction of the famous Canadian resort of Whistler.
Finally, Arc 2000 is perched (interestingly at an altitude of 2100m) at the very top of the ski area. Although smaller than the other three areas, it offers a number of restaurants, bars, a 10 pin bowling alley as well as direct ‘on your skis’ access to the ski area.
Newly opened Le Sanglier Qui Fume above Arc 1600 offers fantastic French food with stunning views over the Tarentaise valley. Make sure you stop at L’Arpette on your ski back down to 1800 or 1600 for a large terrace and lively atmosphere. Once back in the resort, you will find Red Hot Saloon and Bar King Mad if you wish to carry on the après-ski into the evening.
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Les Arcs Immobilier, Jardins de la cascade, Arc 1950 le Village, 73700 Bourg-St-Maurice, France