About Ski Pass Options in Les Arcs & Paradiski
There are a number of different ski passes available in Les Arcs. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Les Arcs ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
There are two main types of 'Les Arcs Ski Area' passes:
- Paradiski Pass - Full Area Pass, which links to neighbouring La Plagne, hugely increasing the amount of ski area available
- Les Arcs Pass - Local Area Pass, for the Les Arcs villages ski area only
Full area skipass
For a few euros more, you can upgrade your Les Arcs pass to the Paradiski Discovery or Paradiski Decouverte pass. This pass is valid for 6 - 8 day durations only and whilst it covers the same area as the Les Arcs pass, it also gives you one day skiing in the remainder of the Paradiski area.
If you like clocking up the miles and want to explore every inch of the available terrain then the Paradiski Unlimited pass is the only choice for you. With unlimited access to 425kms of piste, 144 lifts and 2 glaciers - anyone of an intermediate ski ability and upwards would undoubtedly get great enjoyment from this pass.
There are also a number of other variations, making your lift pass more flexible to suit you:
- One day pass: If you're not sure whether you're going to be skiing every day, buy your lift pass a day at a time and ski when you feel like it.
- 1/2 day ski pass: If you only fancy doing a half day skiing here and there, then the afternoon pass gives you just that flexibility. Starting at 12.30pm, you can buy a half day pass for just the Les Arcs area or for the whole of the Paradiski region.
- 4hr pass: If you don't want to wait until the half day pass kicks in at lunch time, then you can get even more flexibility with the 4 hour pass. Valid for 4 consecutive hours and giving you access to all the lifts in Les Arcs, your 4 hours begin from the moment you take your first lift. Once your time is up though, the pass will not scan at the turnstiles and you will have to pay to use any further lifts, so make sure you leave enough time to get back to where you’re staying!
For these shorter duration passes, be prepared to queue up at the cash desks each day to buy your pass.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Les Arcs
Local area skipass
The Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry Pass is the local area pass that gives you unlimited access to all the lifts in the Les Arcs domain (including Peisey-Vallandry).
There are 200kms of piste, 54 lifts and an altitude variation from 3226m to 1200m; if you are quite happy skiing at your own pace or perhaps have get back to meet your children from ski school for example, then this pass could be just what you’re after.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Les Arcs
Access to the snowparks in Les Arcs is included in your local area pass. If you'd like to try out the snowparks in La Plagne as well, you'll need to buy a Paradiski Unlimited or Paradiski discovery pass.
Also see: Snowparks in Les Arcs
If you are travelling “en famille”, then Les Arcs is very proud to have been awarded "Family Plus Mountain" status for both winter and summer seasons. This means that the resort has been recognised for its high standard of accommodation, facilities and range of activities suitable for families and children. It therefore comes as no surprise that the resort also has special lift pass offers for families.
Large reductions are available for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (between 5-17 years), when you buy all your passes at the same time (minimum 6 days). In simple terms, everyone pays the child's rate.
This offer is valid on the local Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry pass and the full Paradiski area pass. Reductions also apply to any additional children from the same family and the under 5’s ski for free!
If you're skiing in a group of two or three you can buy a Duo or Tribu ski pass. Your group can be made up of adults of children, but all the passes must be bought at the same time online, for the same ski area in one payment to receive. Children and seniors will need to show proof of age. You will save 10 euros per person on Duo passes or 15 euros per person on Tribu passes. Groups of 15 or more need to enquire for a quote. Once you've received your quote you pay for the passes on arrival in resort.
If you are a complete beginner, then it is likely that you will be joining ski school for most of your stay so it is worth discussing with them which pass option is best suited for their beginner groups. There are sometimes also special deals available on lift passes when bought in conjunction with lessons, so it’s always worth asking!
If you're learning to ski, there are a couple of lift pass offers where you can buy 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 trips on the lifts, so you don't have to spend money on a ski pass for the whole week. This applies to the Combettes chair lift in 1600, the Dahu chairlift in 1800, the Saint Jacques chairlift in 2000 and the Parchey lift in Peisey Vallandry. These lifts are free to use on Saturdays & Sundays. 1 trip will cost €4.00 and you charge your ski pass with as many uplifts as you want.
In Peisey Vallandry you can buy a 1 day pass for €17.50 which gives you access to the Flocon and Cabri ski areas. From Vallandry you can get 2 journeys on the Vallandry chairlift and unlimited use of the Flocon J-bar lift. From Peisey you can get 2 journeys on the Peisey chairlift and unlimited use of the Cabri J-bar lift.
Restricted Area Passes: If you're still pretty new to skiing then it is also possible to buy day or half day passes just for the lifts in certain parts of the ski area; EG. Arc 1600 + Arc 1800 (except Transarc 1 & 2), Arc 2000 + Villaroger (except Varet, Aiguille Rouge & Grand Col lilfts), Villaroger on its own and Peisey/Vallandry. So, if you just want to practice your turns for a bit on some of the resorts more gentle slopes, this pass might suit you.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Les Arcs
Children under 5 are free. Proof of age required
There are also a number of free lifts available in Les Arcs, namely:
- Arc 1600: Combettes chairlift, Pierre Blanche draglift
- Les Granges: Millerette draglift
- Arc 1800: Lapin skilift, Jardin Alpin chairlift, rolling walkway (children’s area)
- Arc 1950/Arc 2000: Cabriolet cable car
- Arc 2000: le Lac des Combes draglift, Eldorador draglift, Rhodos draglift
- Villaroger: Replat chairlift
Late season discounts are available on Les Arcs ski passes. Bear in mind though that depending on snow cover, not all of the resort may be open.
Disabled Skiers - 20% discount is also available for disabled skiers upon the presentation of a disability badge, and persons accompanying a blind or wheelchair bound visitor are eligible for 50% off standard rates.
Students - With a valid student card you can get a special rate on Les Arcs ski passes on Saturdays only.
Not everyone comes to Les Arcs to ski, and when there are such beautiful panoramas to take in and mountain restaurants to enjoy, we can understand why! Pedestrian rates are available for 1 and 7 day lift passes, season passes or instead, you can pay for an individual return trip on any one of the following pedestrian lifts:
- Bourg St Maurice: Funicular to Arc 1600
- Arc 1600: Gollet Chair
- Arc 1800: Transarc Gondola & Jardin Alpin chairlift
- Arc 1950: Cabriolet Gondola
- Arc 2000: Varet Gondola, Aiguille Rouge Cable Car, Arcabulle
- Villaroger: Replet chairlift
- Vallandry Chair
- Peisey Chair
- Vanoise Express Cable Car
All pedestrian passes can be bought at the Ski Pass Offices in resort.
Also see: Maps of Les Arcs
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
All of the ski de fond trails in Les Arcs are free to use, you just need your equipment.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Les Arcs
Season & annual passes
Season passes can be bought on line and if you buy your season pass early, before the end of November, you can save around 20%. Check prices at time of purchase.
Adults 74 years and over 10.00 € for 1-15 days or 30.00 € for the season - you can only buy these passes in resort. Check prices for this year at the ticket offices in resort (not available on line).
With the "Ski à la carte" system, you no longer need to buy a predetermined number of skiing days in advance: you only pay for the days you actually ski and the payments are not debited until the 5th of the following month.