Activities for families
During the winter, if the kids are only skiing for half a day, then there are plenty of other activities available in Les Arcs to keep them happy. The first area to head to is the new leisure centre Mille8 in Arc 1800. Access to this complex is included in your ski pass (except for the toboggan & aquafun centre). You'll find a lodge with restaurants which also serves as a venue for events throughout the season, and a 3800sqm swimming complex with covered pool, whirlpool baths, hot tubs, waterfall and slides, and a special play area for children. There is also a fitness centre, steam baths and saunas. If you want to stay on the slopes, there is a kids zone called Les Pingouins which has igloos, a sledging area, baby snow park and a magic carpet. There are winter walking trails you can take through the pine forests, and a 900m toboggan run that twists and turns down the mountain, finishing through an illuminated tunnel (for ages four and over). Also in Arc 1800 is a laser quest game, you'll find it by the tourist office and a cinema which shows English language films (look for the VO showings).
There is another toboggan run above Arc 2000 called Rodeo Park which is a bit more adrenalin-fueled - it's 3km of sliding with lots of banked turns. Children from the age of 10 (and 1m 25cm high) can give it a go, accompanied by an adult. Also in Arc 2000 is an Igloo Village, with ice cave, bar with terrace, and a giant ice slide (!). It's also possible to overnight here upon reservation. Continuing with the ice theme, there is an outdoor ice rink at Arc 2000, you can rent skates here and it's suitable for adults and children.
Take a look at the piste maps to help you find your way around.
Other activities you may like to consider for your children include snowman building, snowball fun, and if you want a real treat, try Husky dog sledding where the little ones from the age of 5 can ride in a passenger sledge with you. There are indoor bowling alleys in Arc 1800 and in Arc 2000 which also feature amusement arcades.
For adults that aren't quite so sure of the skiing, there are a number of spas you can try for some indulgence, as well as fitness classes, or perhaps some snow shoeing. Pedestrian ski passes are available at a reduced rate so you can join the rest of your group up in the high mountains for lunch and spectacular views.
During the school holidays there will be plenty of child friendly events to explore. At Christmas, you can enjoy festive markets, the Christmas parade in Arc 1950, shows and Santa. Plenty more child friendly events are added to our events calendar throughout the ski season, so please do check it when you arrive.
Summer holidays in Les Arcs are all about being active and there are a wealth of activities on offer here for all ages and members of the family. Our dedicated Guide to Summer Activities in Les Arcs includes a section specifically on kids' activities with information on horse riding, short family hikes, high ropes courses, where to go swimming, nature parks, and numerous other fun things that will help make your family holiday as unique and memorable as possible!
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Also see: Family Activities in Les Arcs, France