About Main Events in Les Arcs
There are loads of events in Les Arcs organised year-round and in neighbouring La Plagne. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth visiting. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Les Arcs events in resort and don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
The Red Bull Linecatcher
The legendary circus of Fond Blanc in les Arcs. This is the 7th running of this event that has become one of the biggest backcountry freestyle skiing meetings in the world. A skilful blend of freeride and freestyle played out on a virgin slope sprinkled with couloirs and kickers built in the heart of the mountains! The best European and American skiers are once again expected to defy the laws of gravity.
La Course du Coeur
Annual 'Race for Life', established by French heart surgeon Professor Christian Cabrol. The participants will be in need of some encouragement as they come to the end of an impressive 750km race that originates in Paris! The race is to raise funds for organ donation and more details are available from the website.
Fete de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Les Arcs Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.
Dubbed “La Course des Géants” (The Race of Giants). The course starts in Aime and climbs up to the summit of the Bellecote glacier before returning back down via the Col de l’Arpette, Plagne Bellecote and Montchavin. New in 2013, the 6000D goes through the Olympic bobsleigh track on the way up (km10). Due to it's sucess there are also a number of shorter courses including the Trail des 2 Lacs; a 22km run from Plagne Bellecote up to the Roche de Mio and back that passes the lakes of Les Blanchets and Le Carroley.
Celebrated across the whole of France with a bang...well, several in fact, fireworks always feature heavily. And the residents of Les Arcs celebrate this national holiday with as much enthusiasm as the rest of the country. Various activities are held across the city on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Traditionally the fireworks display normally starts off between 10-11pm.
Tour de France
The Alps have played a large part in the race over the years with the gruelling mountain climbs providing some of the most exciting spectacles of the event. The route changes slightly each year, taking in different towns, villages and cols along the way. Even if the race doesn't pass near to where you are this summer you can guarantee that it will still be avidly watched in bars and cafés around the country with everyone joining in to cheer on the famous yellow jersey!
Every summer Les Arcs hosts the Cyclocoeur - a MTB and cycle competition open to all. With uphill, downhill, and cross country routes available, there is something for everyone enabling you to explore Les Arcs extensive biking trails whilst raising money for disabled people in the area.
This is a mass start mountain bike race that takes place on 25km of trails from the top of Les Arcs down to Bourg St Maurice. 500 competitors battle it out to see who can compete the course in the fastest time.
The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion. Christmas in Les Arcs officially starts at the beginning of December when the Christmas lights are switched on. The night is marked with vin chaud, hot chocolate and music. From then on you can enjoy Christmas concerts, festive markets and live music throughout town as the resort gears up for Christmas and New Year.
New Years Eve
Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration! Likewise, planning ahead is advised if you have your heart set on ringing in the New Year in a particular bar or club – some of them are ticket-only, so enquire in advance to avoid disappointment!