About Where to Stay in Les Arcs
When it comes to booking ski holiday accommodation in Les Arcs, it can be difficult to know where to base yourself as there are several different areas that come under the umbrella of the brand Les Arcs: four high altitude villages and three lower lying villages, each with their own character.
While most of the accommodation in the area is in self catering apartments, there are a number of good quality hotels and individual catered chalets on offer. This guide to the different areas that make up Les Arcs should help point you in the right direction so that you can choose the right base for your ski holiday and then find the appropriate style of accommodation for your needs.
Arc 2000 - Quiet village with excellent access to skiing
The highest of the villages in the area, Arc 2000, is perfect for those wanting direct and easy access to some of the best skiing in the area. Accommodation here is mostly in large self catering apartment residences although some chalets have sprung up over recent years. While there is not much here in terms of nightlife, Les Arcs 2000 is ideal for those looking for good value accommodation in a purpose built ski-in / ski-out resort.
Arc 1950 - Pedestrianised village with a traditional mountain feel
Of all the Les Arcs ski resorts, Arc 1950 was built the most recently yet it has a traditional mountain feel. The village was created by Intrawest who developed several North American ski destinations such as Whistler and Copper Mountain and was only completed in 2007. It is popular with families as all accommodation is ski-in ski out, the centre is pedestrianised, and the resort puts on a lot of post-skiing family focused entertainment during the winter season. Quiet in the evenings, Arc 1950 is best suited to families with young children who are looking for modern, convenient and spacious apartment accommodation in an attractive alpine setting.
Arc 1800 - Bustling village with lots of accommodation options
The largest and most developed of the resorts, Arc 1800 is the resort to come to if you’re looking for a lively ski destination with lots of nightlife, ski shops, bars, restaurants, and other amenities. The resort is made up of 3 main areas - Charvet, Villards and Charmettoger - the latter of which offers the most attractive style of accommodation. With a good selection of hotels, chalets and apartment-style accommodation on offer here, there is something for everyone in Arc 1800 if you like being at the heart of the action - both on and off the piste.
Arc 1600 - Quiet village feel with excellent access to the pistes
The first of the Les Arcs resorts, Arc 1600 has a quieter vibe than Arc 1800 or 1950 and is a very popular village to stay in. Situated at a lower altitude than the other Arc resorts, there are plenty of trees around which makes it a good place to be on bad weather days. Another plus is the easy access to the slopes and in particular the Apocalypse terrain park - one of the biggest of its kind in the Alps - which go down really well with young kids.
Plan Peisey (Peisey Vallandry) and Vallandry - Small resorts outside of Les Arcs with reasonable accommodation options
Until recently, Plan Peisey and adjoining Vallandry were two small resorts on the outskirts of the main Les Arcs ski area. However, their proximity to the new Vanoise Express cable car which links the area to La Plagne has changed all that and now they are at the heart of the world’s third largest linked ski area - the 425km Paradiski area. Accommodation here is mostly traditional in style which makes these two villages perhaps more attractive than many of the other resorts in the region. Whilst both Plan Peisey and Vallandry do offer good value chalet accommodation with superb access to the ski area, there is little on offer in terms of a nightlife, making these villages better suited to families who want to concentrate on skiing rather than party animals.
Peisey Nancroix - Small historical village with a quiet atmosphere
Situated just below Plan Peisey and Vallandry, Peisey Nancroix is a small village with a bit more history than the others in the Les Arcs region. As there are only a few shops and bars here and rather slow access into the main ski area, Peisey Nancroix is probably best suited to those looking for good value chalet accommodation in a village with some history and charm.