Ski Areas in Les Arcs
With one of the most extensive and varied ski domains in the world, Les Arcs and the Paradiski area truly offers something for every level of skier or boarder. Les Arcs itself has 200km of piste, 60 lifts and excellent snow making facilities that guarantee skiing back to the resorts all season. When combining that with La Plagne (the other half of the Paradiski area which is linked by the Vanoise Express double decker cable car), you have access to 425km of piste, 171 lifts, 2 glaciers and 100km of cross country ski trails.
The Les Arcs side is made up of the following resorts:
Arcs 1600 faces south-west and enjoys extensive tree-lined skiing enabling descents to the unspoilt villages below resort level. It is an 'all weather' ski area that holds the snow well but artificial snow making machines also mean that skiing back to the village is virtually always guaranteed.
Arc 1800 sits around the tree line and is surrounded by wide, sunny, often tree lined pistes that offer plenty of room for those on their first week. 90% of the runs back to resort are graded blue making it a great base for beginners and intermediates. It is best to try to avoid the bottom of the Maïtaz, Villards & Charmettoger runs where they converge at the Transarc gondola; this is usually teeming with people as it is nearly always icy and can catch out even the best of us, so try to use the mid station point of the Transarc to get up and over to 2000m
Arc 2000 is more suitable for intermediate to expert skiers as the runs here tend to be more reds and blacks and the off piste around resort is truly amazing. More advanced skiers will love genuinely challenging runs off the Aiguille Rouge glacier where you will also find the longest run in resort at 7km and with a 2100m of vertical drop! But don’t miss out on Arc 2000 if you are only just beginning to ski or snowboard as there are some fantastic rolling blues which are shallow enough for you to learn on.
Arc 1950 is the newly built neighbour to Arc 2000 so it also give you swift and easy access to the more challenging runs in the area. Built by Intrawest (who also built Whistler) with convenience in mind, you can ski right back to the heart of the resort and step out your skis at the door.
Peisey-Vallandry has some beautiful tree lined pistes which are perfect for learners. This tends to be the quieter side of the valley. The lift which links this side to Arc 1800 is the Plan Bois and unfortunately it is not only old, slow and very long but it is also popular pretty much all day long. If you like to ski between the trees then this is the place to do it. When the snow has dumped, Peisey-Vallandry pistes can seem almost heavenly.