About Beginner Ski Areas in Les Arcs
Les Arcs has plenty of skiing for the beginner, with each area of Les Arcs having a number of gentle blue runs and areas designed specifically for the beginner you will feel comfortable to learn anywhere in Les Arcs.
Each of the Les Arcs resorts have gently sloping pistes in their immediate vicinity but for some nice quiet rolling blue runs which will ease you into your holiday, try either the Plan Vert piste, which starts just down from the top of the Transarc gondola, follow onto the Edelweiss run until you reach the Marmottes chairlift or try the Cascades run from the Bois de Lours chairlift to the Pre de St Esprit chairlift.
In Arc 1800, the wide tree-lined runs that lead back to resort are a great learning environment for beginner skiers, with plenty room to practice those turns and a gentle gradient to build confidence. The wide open "front des neiges" area right in the centre of resort is home to the Jardin des Enfants, the nursery slopes and the ski school meeting points.
Whilst Arc 2000 is generally considered more suitable for intermediate to expert skiers there are some fantastic rolling blues which are shallow enough for beginners to learn on.
Peisey-Vallandry also has a range of gentle cruisy blue runs that are perfect for beginners and in tree lined serenity for that perfect first ski holiday experience. In Peisey use the Peisey chairlift and the Cabri J bar lift, or in Vallandry use the Vallandry chair lift and the Flocon J bar lift.
Keep an eye out for signs saying "Ski Tranquille" which are designated slow skiing or snowboarding areas, where you'll be more comfortable.
If it's your first time in Les Arcs ski area, you can pick up a sticky badge to put on your ski jacket from any lift pass office, which identifies you to the resort staff. This enables them to come and offer you friendly advice and answers any questions you might have.
There are also lift pass offers for beginners where you can buy 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 trips on the lifts, so you don't have to spend money on a lift pass for the whole week. This applies to the Combettes chair lift in 1600, the Chantel chairlift in 1800, the Saint Jacques chairlift in 2000 and the Parchey lift in Peisey Vallandry. These lifts are free to use on Saturdays & Sundays. 1 trip will cost €3.50, 5 trips €17.50 and 10 trips €35.00.
In Peisey Vallandry you can buy a 1 day pass for €17.00 which gives you access to the Flocon and Cabri ski areas. From Vallandry you can get 2 journeys on the Vallandry chairlift and unlimited use of the Flocon J-bar lift. From Peisey you can get 2 journeys on the Peisey chairlift and unlimited use of the Cabri J-bar lift.