About the surrounding area
Peisey/Vallandry is an extremely pretty group of villages. Vallandry is located at the bottom of the slopes and the rest of Peisey is at the bottom of the Lonzagne lift (or the lobster/yoghurt pots). This is the place for chalets and there are a bucket load! Lots of locals live in this area and the atmosphere is sleepy and picturesque.
The closest town to Les Arcs is Bourg Saint Maurice. This is accessed via the funiculaire that runs everyday during the Winter and Summer seasons between Les Arcs 1600 and Bourg Saint Maurice. There is a friendly local community and a few large supermarkets. There is also a swimming pool, train station and cinema. There is a free bus service between Les Arcs and Peisey. There is also a bus service that goes all the way down to Landry.
There are many excellent restaurants in Peisey/Vallandry. In Vallandry there are lots of brilliant restaurants to choose from so here are a few: Le Bergerie de Raphael, Le Vanoise hotel restaurant and Le Vache. The Bergerie is a decadent Savoie restaurant with fabulous service and delicious food it is situated on the side of the Morey piste just above the Vallandry chairlift. The Vanoise hotel restaurant is a lovely restaurant in the Vanoise hotel. You can find it in Plan Peisey on the side of the Paney piste, just above the Peisey chairlift. It has a wonderful menu including many savoyarde specialities. Le Vache is a cozy restaurant with English staff and a very varied menu. It's situated just next to the Parchey chairlift. If you're in Peisey there are two excellent restaurants: L'Ancolie and Le Fer à Cheval. L'Ancolie is a gorgeous family run restaurant that you have to book. Their food is all locally sourced and changes with whatever is in season. You can find it on the road to Peisey Nancroix after Moulin on the left handside in a very rustic looking family chalet. Le Fer à Cheval is a small family run restaurant that is next door to the stables in Peisey Nancroix. The food is simple but excellent with very generous portions and sterling service.
Also see: Restaurants in Peisey-Vallandry / Nancroix, France
Mont Blanc is visible from all of the Les Arcs villages but the view of Europe's highest mountain is viewed best from 1800 from the square in Haute Villards. However, there is a more spectacular sight at the top of the Aiguille Rouge, the highest point of the resort. To access this breathtaking view you can take the Transarc bubble to 2000 and walk/cycle/ski to the Varet bubble. You take the Varet and then the Aiguille Rouge gondola (approx 45mins journey time in total depending on your level). You can also take the free navette bus from various stops around the resort to Les Arcs 2000 and walk to the Varet bubble from here. At the top of the Aiguille Rouge you will see a 360° view of the Alps, it is truly spectacular.
Things to Do nearby
In the winter there is a vast ski/snowboard area that links up with La Plagne to create the Paradiski area, one of the largest in the world. There is an excellent Ski Nordique centre in Peisey Nancroix which is good for beginners and professionals. In the Summer in the same area, there are some of the best mountain bike trails in Europe in this area. There are also great hiking routes and pony trails. There is a brilliant horse riding facility in Peisey Nancroix.
Also see: Things To Do in Peisey-Vallandry / Nancroix, France
The closest Golf Club is in 1800. There are 2 courses. The Chantel 18 hole course and the Beauchet 9 hole course. If you are staying in Les Arcs they are walking distance in 1800 and can be reached by the free bus or chairlift from any other part of the resort.
Also see: Golf Courses in Peisey-Vallandry / Nancroix, France
There are 4 chairlifts that get you up the slopes from Vallandry. There is the Vallandry chairlift right next to the main village above ESF, the Grizzly which is at the top of the village next to L'Orée de cimes appartments and spa, the Peisey chairlift next to the Vanoise gondola and the Parchey next to the Vache restaurant in Plan Peisey. If you are in the lower Peisey villages most chalet companies will have bus transfers available or there is a free local bus service that can take you to Vallandry or to the Lonzagne (lobster/yoghurt pots) lift. There is also the Vanoise Express gondola link to La Plagne slap bang in the middle of Vallandry/Peisey.
Also see: Ski Areas in Les Arcs, France
The busiest village in Peisey/Vallandry is definitely Vallandry. The best bar to go to is the Bar Mont Blanc situated next to the piste directly underneath the Grizzly chairlift. They have very decent food, live music and comedy nights. Another bar in Vallandry with a slightly different vibe is Mojos bar located in the main village underneath the Peisey chairlift. If you are in any of the Peisey villages and don't fancy travelling up to Vallandry there is Greg's bar in Peisey village. They also do food.
Also see: Bars in Peisey-Vallandry / Nancroix, France