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What's on in Les Arcs February 2019

The coming month’s in-resort entertainment and events

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| Sam Birch, Les Arcs Reporter | Published
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February is a popular time to ski. The snow is already deep in resort, the days are getting longer and the temperatures are typically a bit warmer than January. The UK half-term weeks generally coincide with similar European school holidays, so Les Arcs lay on plenty of additional amusements both on- and off-piste to keep everyone entertained.

In Les Arcs, the ski lifts stay open longer as the season progresses and the evenings get longer and lighter. From Saturday, February 9th, you spend even longer out on the pistes as the majority of gondolas, chairs and buttons continue working for an extra 20 minutes every day. It is, therefore, possible to do your final runs in most sectors after 17:00, giving you an even greater appetite for tartiflette and après ski drinks.

When you are not shredding the slopes, however, there are numerous large- and small-scale events happening in the villages. February may be a have fewer days than the other months but punches above its weight with extra-curricular activities. Here is some of what’s happening in Les Arcs this month.

Freeride Week - 28th January-1st February

Although Freeride Week technically began in January, the competition reaches its climax at the start of February. On Friday 1st the brave/crazy freeride masters tackle the only 4* rated World Qualifying stage in France. It is possible to watch the best skiers from around the globe as they race down the most precipitous slopes and couloirs of Les Arcs. Usually, this occurs above Arc 2000 around the Varet gondola but exact locations are often confirmed on the day according to snow and wind conditions. The racing is scheduled to start at 10:00 and, with the weather forecast indicating regular snowfall this week, conditions should be pretty special. An award ceremony follows the completion of the stage at approximately 17:00 in Arc 1950, with a free concert in the main square at 20:00. It is definitely a good chance to see world-class freeriders defy fear and gravity before, potentially, meeting them for a drink afterwards.

Freestyle Box Slide Session – 7th February

This is a one-off late-afternoon event for all the jibbers and grinders out there. Situated in Arc 2000 and run by the expert instructors from ESF, both skiers and snowboarders are able to practice their freestyle skills on different terrain including a 10-metre mega-box! There is also a friendly competition with prizes for the best tricks. The fun starts at 16:00 and is due to finish at some point around 20:00.

Ice Warrior – 12th & 26th February

Sorry, Dr Who fans, it has nothing to do with the incomplete serial that appeared on TV in 1967. Ice Warrior is actually a challenging obstacle course designed to test your stamina, fitness and resilience. You can expect tunnels to crawl through, nets to negotiate, walls to climb and, of course, lots of snow. Located in Arc 1800 and free to enter, we are expecting more details to be released nearer the time.

Live Ice Sculpting – 12th & 19th February

Their medium is transparent, their tools are sharp and their product is temperature-dependant, but there is no doubting the ski of ice-artists. On two days in February, you have the chance to watch sculpture-in-action in Arc 1600. I suggest taking a flask of vin chaud for the full alpine experience.

Free Film Screenings – 13th & 20th February

Whether you are fully bilingual or just want to exercise your language skills, this is a great chance to watch either “Ferdinand,” an animated film about a loveable, gentle bull, or “Le Doudou” about a man’s quest to find his daughter’s teddy bear, whilst improving your French understanding. Starting at 18:00 in Arc 1600’s iconic Coupole building, both are completely free to attend.

Valentine’s Day - 14th February

Les Arcs is a wonderfully romantic place with plenty of excellent restaurants to wine and dine your long- (or short-) term squeeze. However, if the snowy landscape, log-burning fires, candle-lit dinners and picture-box chalets are not sufficiently alluring, why not visit Arc 1600 for a more light-hearted approach to amour? There will be free roses for the enamoured, free hugs for the single, champagne for everyone and the opportunity to declare your love through a microphone. That’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right? 

VW Driving Experience – 16th-23rd February

Fancy trying out brand-new VW vehicles featuring cutting-edge, four-wheel drive technology in a land of snow and twisty mountain roads? This year there is a full week of potential test drives in Arc 1800, with six cars available, each ram-packed with 4motion technology. There will be two specific routes to ride, providing both snow and road conditions. Each session is half an hour long, so you can get to grips with the car, the technology and the roads.

Mogul Mini-Cup – 20th February

Organised by the local FreeSki Academy, Arc 2000 welcomes the next generation of acrobatic freestyle skiers in a competition which is more about flair than speed. Each participant completes two runs down a very bumpy slope with prizes for the most stylist descents. Entry costs €20 and includes the necessary ski pass and a snack.

Ski Show – 21st & 28th February

Part of the ongoing celebration of Les Arcs’ 50 year anniversary, the Arc 1600 snow front is hosting two ski spectaculars. Featuring snowboards, skis, light shows and fireworks, be there for 18:00 to avoid disappointment.

Les Arcs Safety Day – 27th February

For the seventh year, mountain professionals will be sharing their knowledge and experience of ski safety with holidaymakers. Pro-riders, piste security, dog handlers and equipment experts will be gathered at the top of the Col de la Chal all day (09:30-16:30) to demonstrate the correct use of avalanche beacons, give off-piste riding advice, explain backcountry risk assessment and exhibit current tracking technology. There is even the chance to acquaint yourself with ski-touring equipment, free of charge.

Read more from Sam on his blog.​

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There are always local events happening throughout the resorts, from welcome meetings to free concerts, snowball fights to laser games, electric snowmobiling to architecture tours. Visit our events calendar page for more information about what’s going on this, and every other, month.

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