Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Les Arcs?
There are a number of childcare options available in Les Arcs. Please be aware that booking in advance is always recommended and that nurseries may want to see medical records and vaccination certificates. Please see our Childcare Services section for further information and contact details.
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Are there any English speaking doctors in Les Arcs?
Each medical centre has English speaking doctors:
Villaroger does not however have its own medical centre; their nearest doctor is Dr. Gobert, he can be found in the nearby village of St Foy at Place de la Mairie 73640 Tel: 04 79 06 92 22.
In Arc 1600 you can find Dr Pepitot in Residence les 3 Arcs Tel: 04 79 07 78 57
Arc 1800 has 2 medical centres; one in Le Charvet at the Gallerie Commerciale (Drs Cailleau and Galleron Tel: 04 79 07 40 60) and one in Les Villards, also in the Galerie Commerciale (Dr Wegmann Tel: 04 79 07 49 99)
For Arc 1950 and 2000 you will need to find the Immeuble Aiguille Rouge, Place Basse, Arc 2000 Tel: 04 79 07 30 01
Are there any left luggage facilities in Les Arcs?
As far as we know there are no public left luggage facilities in Les Arcs. However, most hotels and residences will store your bags for you (sometimes for a small fee), so enquire before arrival whether this is a possibility.
Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Les Arcs?
Don't worry if the thought of going to bed early every night in order to be first up the mountain in the morning isn't your cup of tea! There is plenty in Les Arcs to keep the night-owls happy, take a look at our Bars & Clubs guide to find out where to party in resort.
Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?
Since January 2008 smoking has been banned in all bars, cafés and restaurants in France. Patrons are generally free to smoke on the terrace and during the winter months smokers are often catered for with outdoor heaters. Have a look at our Dining Guide for suggestions and listings of restaurants.
Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?
The Les Arcs lift system operates during both summer and winter seasons and has different restrictions regarding access according to the time of year. Please see Les Arcs Lifts: Access and Restrictions for further details.
At what age should my child start skiing?
Most ski teachers wouldn’t recommend starting skiing before the age of three or four at the earliest. The right age will vary from child to child, and depends upon the child’s strength, co-ordination and attitude. For this age group skiing should remain a play activity, so don't expect a young child to ski all day - a couple of hours is ample. For more information on ski school and children please read our Children's Skiing section.
Can I Cross-Country Ski in Les Arcs?
Cross-country skiing is a great alternative to regular alpine skiing if you fancy taking things a bit slower and enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings. It is still a great form of exercise though, as it is more energetic than it looks! You can find out all about the cross-country trails in Les Arcs on our Cross Country Skiing page.
Can I drink the water in Les Arcs?
Yes! Les Arcs is a proper town with decent water treatment. The water can sometimes taste a bit metallic due to the high mineral content and during the melting periods some people prefer to switch to bottled water just in case the treatment plants are over-capacity. Generally though the water in the Alps is, on the whole, wonderful mountain spring water and Les Arcsis no exception. It is perfectly safe to drink and tastes even better than the water at home!
Can I get sunburnt in winter?
Very Easily! Always take precautions against the strength of the sun on a skiing holiday. At altitude, and with the reflection off the snow, the sun’s rays can cause damage very quickly. Always, always wear sunglasses, even when the sun is not shining. Apply sunscreen, apply it thickly and keep applying it (you can still burn though cloud cover). Putting on factor 40 once in the morning will not protect you from burning. Reapply every hour.
Can I get to Les Arcs by train from the UK?
Yes, you can..... but it is not likely to be the best or cheapest option, as in every case you will need to change at least once. Your best bet is Eurostar from London (Waterloo) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and then changing to an SNCF TGV train from the other side of Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Geneva or Annecy. Read more in...How to Get Here
Can I get to Les Arcs by train from the UK?
Yes, you can..... but it is not likely to be the best or cheapest option, as in every case you will need to change at least once. Your best bet is Eurostar from London (Waterloo) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and then changing to an SNCF TGV train from the other side of Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Geneva or Annecy. Read more in...How to Get Here more »
Can I go swimming in Les Arcs?
Yes, there is a great swimming pool in the sports centre in Arc 1800. Please scroll down to 'Swimming' in our Summer Activities in Les Arcs section for more details.
Can I Picnic at Any of the Mountain Restaurants?
Picnicking is forbidden, or ‘interdit’, in most mountain restaurants. You may get away with eating your own sandwich if you buy some chips and a drink to go with it – but don’t be surprised if it is frowned upon. However, there are plenty of great places to eat al fresco in the mountains - as long as you don't mind nestling down into the snow or perching on a slab of rock! For our recommendations, please read our page on Lunch Spots on the Mountain.
Can I take my baby to a ski resort?
Yes, you can take your baby to a ski resort but be aware that sudden changes in temperature and altitude are not recommended. For help on in-resort childcare, equipment rental and helpful tips go to our Tips for Families in Les Arcs & Paradiski.
Can you suggest some activities in Les Arcs for children?
Les Arcs is very much a family-friendly resort and welcomes children of all ages. From things that you can do as a family to activities that the children can go off and do with their new 'holiday friends' you will find plenty to keep everyone happy. Please see our Les Arcs Activities section for a few suggestions.
Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?
If you come to Les Arcs in the summer (and between you and I, you really should) chances are you'll want to get your walking boots on and go on a ramble or two. Les Arcs offers some beautiful walks for all standards, from gentle rambles to challenging hikes, you can enjoy the mountains just as much in summer as in winter. Please have a look at our page on Hiking in Les Arcs for further information.
Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?
Not any more. Due to the invention of magnetic 'hands-free' passes cutting out a passport sized photo to attach to your ski pass is no longer necessary. The only exceptions are the season passes and free passes - for these your photo will be taken digitally at the lift pass office, or you can bring along a photo for scanning. Don't forget you can now order your passes in advance and online, and have them sent to your home address or hotel / rental agency in the resort.
Do I Need a Work Permit in Les Arcs?
If you are from Europe, the chances are you will not require a work permit or "autorisation de travail" to work in France - Switzerland is a different matter. Please see our Working a Ski Season to find out more about Visas and passports.
Do I need to carry chains in the car (often a paying optional extra in car-hire)?
Yes! During snowy weather, resorts restrict access to vehicles with snow-tyres or chains, and sometimes traffic police will not allow any vehicle on to the resort access road without chains being fitted. Chains can be bought at any of the garages in the area or can be requested as part of a car hire package (if you are taking a car locally). The colour-coded 'quick-fit' variety are usually the best option and make sure you buy the right dimensions for you tyres - one size does NOT fit all. Read more about Driving in the Alps.
Do the Ski Instructors Speak English?
Almost certainly – ESF instructors are mainly French but teach lots of English clients year after year, and so have a good understanding of the language. You will also find that many of the private schools in resort employ English instructors, so enquire when booking if this is important to you. When booking into a group lesson most ski schools will try and keep people of the same nationality together, to avoid confusion. During quiet times of the year you may find yourself in a mixed group, but the instructor will still try to engage with individuals in their own language. You can find details of all the instructors on our Ski & Snowboard Schools listings page.
FAQ's - Resort Information for Les Arcs
Here is collection of general resort knowledge compiled from years of responding to email enquiries, getting ourselves lost, finding ourselves, late-night bar conversations, your feedback, plus translations of French brochures. We have put this resource together to help you out when you are planning a trip to the resort. Updating this section is a never-ending task so if we have missed anything out, or you spot that we are out of date or just plain wrong, please do let us know! more »