About the Lift System in Les Arcs
Les Arcs forms part of the Paradiski ski area, together with La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry. With 425km of pistes to ski in the Paradiski area the lift system gives you access to all of these pistes.
Les Arcs itself comprises over 200km of ski runs (1 green, 53 blues, 33 reds and 18 blacks), all connected by an network of lifts and gondolas. Les Arcs has 49 ski lifts, these lifts marked on the piste map using straight black lines are of four types; button tow/drag, chair, telecabine and telepherique. They have the corresponding abbreviations:
TK - téléski (drag)
TS - télésiege (chair)
TC - télécabine (gondola)
TPH - téléphérique (cable car)
For télécabine think bubble car and for téléphérique think cable car. Anything prefixed/suffixed with “Express” means a 6 person modern fast chair lift.
Many of the lifts are also open during the summer; giving access to hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, paragliders and those who simply wish to enjoy the incredible view. In this section we hope to keep you up-to-date with the latest lift and piste info.
Lift Access & Restrictions
Wheel chair access is restricted to the funicular, Transarc Tc, Varet Tc and Aiguille Rouge TPH only. Please be aware that access to the Varet gondola and Aiguille Rouge cable car is via a 1km track. People with disabilities may need assistance.
Mountain bikes have little restrictions in the summertime, they are allowed on the funicular, Transarc TC, Varet TC , La Cachette TS, Cabriolet TC, Les Plagnettes TS the only restriction is the Aiguille Rouge TPH. See our Mountain biking guide on tips and routes in Les Arcs.
Paragliders and parapentes also have very few restrictions in summer and winter. Allowed on the funicular, Transarc TC, Varet TC , La Cachette TS, Cabriolet TC, Les Plagnettes TS; the only restriction is on the Aiguille Rouge TPH where paragliders do not have access. The Cachette chairlift and Transarc gondola are the most common lifts for paragliders to use as they lead directly to the popular take-off sites. Please see Les Arcs Paragliding for more information.
Pedestrains have access to the Funicular Transarc TC, Varet TC , La Cachette TS, Cabriolet TC, Les Plagnettes TS and the Aiguille Rouge TPH.
Dogs are allowed on the Funicular, Transarcs TC, Varet TC and the Aiguille Rouge TPH. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
Babies are allowed on the Funicular Transarc TC, La Cachette TS, Cabriolet TC, Les Plagnettes TS and the Aiguille Rouge TPH. It is not recommended to expose babies to sudden changes in altitude or temperature - if lift staff consider your child too young to travel on certain lifts they reserve the right to refuse you entry. The Aiguille Rouge cable car climbs to an altitude of 3220m, you are advised not to take children under 3 years old on this lift.
NB Les Arcs is a high altitude resort and the lifts can take you as high as 3220m. Please consult your doctor before arriving in resort if you have heart problems or any other medical problem that may be exacerbated by a change in altitude.