About the Summer Lift System in Les Arcs
Les Arcs is a great destination to come to in the summer months, thanks to an amazing network of mountain biking trails, walking routes and lift access, allowing you to enjoy the spectacular Alpine scenery.
Summer lifts operate from early July until the end of August and are geared up for people coming for the week, with very few lifts open on the weekends.
If you're heading this way for the mountain biking trails, you might be able to enjoy a few pre-season laps, as in recent years Les Arcs' bike park has opened in late June just on the weekends.
There are 10 lifts operating during the summer, in Arcs 1600, 1800, 2000, Peisey Vallandry and the Vanoise Express cable car also runs, giving you access to neighbouring La Plagne. The Vanoise Express only runs Monday to Friday, and 4 other lifts close on Saturday too, as it tends to be the day people arrive and leave resort. You can find out which lifts are open on which days of the week in summer lift opening dates (link below).
Lifts typically start running between 09:00 to 09:30 each morning and stop at around 17:00 to 18:00, so there's plenty of opportunity for you to make the most of your day hiking, biking and exploring the area. Lifts will stop running in the case of high winds of bad weather but you can check on this before you head out by looking at the live lift status.
Summer Lift Pass Prices and the Summer Lift Pass Options are slightly different to winter - it is worth checking the which lifts you can use before setting off. Paragliders also have access to a number of lifts throughout the summer.
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.
Children under 125 cm must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Lift openings subject to weather conditions.
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.
When to come
Take a look at the summer lift opening dates & timetables.