Peisey/Vallandry is an extremely pretty group of villages. Vallandry is located at the bottom of the slopes and the rest of Peisey is at the bottom of the Lonzagne lift (or the lobster/yoghurt pots). This is the place for chalets and there are a bucket load! Lots of locals live in this area and the atmosphere is sleepy and picturesque.
The closest town to Les Arcs is Bourg Saint Maurice. This is accessed via the funiculaire that runs everyday during the Winter and Summer seasons between Les Arcs 1600 and Bourg Saint Maurice. There is a friendly local community and a few large supermarkets. There is also a swimming pool, train station and cinema. There is a free bus service between Les Arcs and Peisey. There is also a bus service that goes all the way down to Landry.