France, Paradiski Ski Area
Les Arcs is a skiers and snowboarders paradise. There’s an astonishing variety of runs, from wide, long cruising reds and blues, to great off-piste. One of the longest and most challenging runs in the Alps, the Aiguille Rouge run, descends from the top of resort at 3226m to Villaroger at 1200m. Whatever you choose to do in Les Arc, it’s a thrilling ride!
The top of the Aiguille Rouge glacier also provides spectacular views across the Alps. On a good day you can see across to La Rosière and the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Much of the resort is easily accessible and there is doorstep skiing from many of the hotels.
Known for its kilometres of excellent cruising runs, Les Arcs is a magnificent resort for intermediate skiers. The off-piste opportunities are also exceptional. The vast ski reserve combines a great snow record with sumptuous north facing snow fields allowing visitors to explore even more of the mountain.
Beyond skiing and snowboarding this fun-filled resort offers a wealth of entertaining winter sports pursuits. There are numerous freestyle sections dotted around the mountain, including parks, a boardercross and, towards the end of the season, a waterslide.
A fantastic range of bars, restaurants and non-ski activities means Les Arcs continues to fascinate at the end of the ski day. Àpres destinations include the incredible Igloo ice bar, the on piste Arpette, and the bowling alley and cocktail bar, while activities include the luge and parapenting with skis on!
The state of the art Mille8 complex in Arcs 1800 comprises an outstanding aquatic centre and a decent selection of shops makes this resort a firm favourite with families.
Skiers and snowboarders alike will have fantastic fun in Les Arcs. The resort continually surprises for its variety – both on and off the mountain.
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Beginners skiing and snowboarding in Les Arcs
The gentler slopes of Arc 1800, which offers a great choice of long, wide blues, are a superb place to head for beginner skiers and boarders. Beginners are also well served in Arcs 2000 and 1950. The wide nursery slope under the St Jacques chairlift is easily accessible and an ideal place to learn.
The St Jacques chairlift takes you to the top of a delightful blue run, the Bas KL. The wide, gentle slope is ideal for practicing your turns, whether you’re a skier or boarder. More confident beginners will enjoy the tree lined Vallée de L’Arc, and the blue pistes from the top of the Col de la Chal.
Intermediates skiing and snowboarding in Les Arcs
Les Arcs, and the Paradiski area as a whole is ideal for intermediate skiers. The resort is both diverse and accessible, providing a mixture of routes that are easily explored. There is no reason why an intermediate skier or boarder cannot, comfortably visit every part of the mountain.
Particularly fine is the tree lined skiing. We highly recommend heading to the top of the Grizzly 68 chair where a network of red and blue runs criss-cross the woods back to Vallandry and Peisey.
You can easily cruise to Villaroger through the woods along the Vallée de L’Arc blue. Alternatively, follow the Aiguille Rouge red from the top of the Lanchettes chairlift, along the ridge of the mountain before dropping into the trees. An easier section of one of the most challenging runs in resort.
Heading up above Arcs 2000 to the top of the Varet and the Arcabulle lifts opens a wealth of wide, cruising red runs and open blue pistes. Here, the snow remains in good condition until late into the ski season. If you start to tire of Les Arcs, your Discovery lift pass will provide you with a day’s access to La Plagne as well – an intermediate’s paradise!
Advanced skiing and snowboarding in Les Arcs
Expert skiers and boarders will love Les Arcs. The mountain provides incredible challenges both on and off the piste, making it a first class destination for advanced skiers. Arc 2000 offers the most black runs: the Robert Blanc, the Génépi and the Refuge, to name a few.
The ungroomed Natur’ runs are an incredible draw. Three of these massive mogul fields descend from the top of the Varet lift. The pistes are wide, but incredibly steep and bumpy. Enjoy the spectacular views from the top – because you won’t have time on the way down!
The steep run from the top of the Aiguille Rogue all the way to Villaroger is infamous. The narrow and often crowded start to the run takes you along a lengthy and varied route covering different types of terrain and descending 2000m across 7km.
The Flying Kilometre offers a terrifying challenge to all but the most hardened speed freaks. A steep, icy descent, pro-riders have been known to travel the length of this chute at speeds of 200kmph. If you’re up for it, you too can challenge the pros on supervised time trials.
Freestyle and terrain parks in Les Arcs
Les Arcs is an excellent destination for freestyle enthusiasts. The excellent boardercross, which you can access from the top of the Col de la Chal, provides hours of entertainment, even if you are a freestyle novice. Why not challenge a friend to a one-on-one race down the mountain?
Mille8 in Arc 1800 has its very own boardercross too, Les Bosses. Use your lift pass to register at the top of the course and cameras will film your descent so you can share your amazing freestyle skills online. At night the atmosphere is extra special as multi-coloured LED lights provide illumination to the course.
Near the base of the Arpette’s chairlift are a couple of freestyle facilities including the Apocalypse snow park. This freestyle park is served by its own ski lift and offers a range of jumps and rails suitable for a mix of abilities.
The nearby Big Air Bag, is perfect for those that want to try their hand at big-style jumps and tricks with a guaranteed soft landing. And during the spring months the neighbouring waterslide provides hours of entertainment as ambitious skiers and boarders attempt to ski across a short pond. Prepare for a big splash!
0915-1630 Dec/Jan & 0915-1715 Mar/Apr
133km in the Paradiski area
No, but warning flags display avalanche risk
Free between Arc 1600/1800 and 1800/2000 running until early evening.
Ideally situated close to ski-lifts and the fantastic slopes of Arc 2000, The Hermine is located in the Altitude Résidence. Attractively furnished in traditional style, it offers comfort and convenience, with Inghams fully catered chalet service from your own Chalet Host.
Ideally situated close to ski-lifts and the fantastic slopes of Arc 2000, The Julien is located in the Altitude Résidence. Attractively furnished in traditional style, it offers comfort and convenience, with Inghams fully catered chalet service from your own Chalet Host.
Ideally situated close to ski-lifts and the fantastic slopes of Arc 2000, The Marcel is located in the Altitude Résidence. Attractively furnished in traditional style, it offers comfort and convenience, with Inghams fully catered chalet service from your own Chalet Host.
Ideally situated close to ski-lifts and the fantastic slopes of Arc 2000, the Spitzberg is located in the Altitude Résidence. Attractively furnished in traditional style, it offers comfort and convenience, with Inghams fully catered chalet service from your own Chalet Host.
Apart-Hotel Eden is sister to the Edenarc Apartments located just next door. Sitting on the side of the piste, just a short ski from the Chantel chairlift and ski school meeting point, this property is an exciting new addition for Arc 1800 and offers spacious accommodation with the added touch of hotel service.
Restaurants, food and drink
Les Arcs is an excellent ski resort for eating out with a wide choice of restaurants both on and off the mountain. Up in Arc 2000, the rustic Chalet de L’Arc is one of our favourite mountain restaurants. The prices can be expensive but the traditional atmosphere is highly recommended – especially the strong smell of reblochon and other French cheeses.
The French flavours continue off the mountain. In the centre of Arc 1950 the popular Le Mazot restaurant specialises in traditional Savoyard cuisine, such as fondue and tartiflette. Tables book-up quickly and we suggest booking in advance for your evening meal.
Just around the corner from Le Mazot, Le Vache Rouge is also highly recommended. This quirky restaurant greets outside visitors with a large red cow and the cow theme continues inside, both with the funky interior and on the menu. Beef steaks and burgers abound, but again it is the fondue (with meat platter) that makes us want to go back!
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Arc 2000, the delightful Au Refuge Gourmand is as cozy as it is charming. A very small restaurant – what it lacks in size it makes up for in friendly service and delicious food and drink.
Finally, if you’re looking for a quick snack in Arc 2000, it’s hard to find many better restaurants than the Bois de L’Ours, which specialises in delicious sandwiches, burgers and cakes. The chicken kebab is easily our favourite sandwich, and we’re a fan of the BMD and Les Meillures burgers. We hear the Pulled Pork burger is a fine choice too!
Après, bars, clubs and nightlife
There are plenty of bars dotted around Les Arcs. The main après scene is in Arc 1800 and revellers head to Bar King Mad (known as BKM) at the end of the ski day. We recommend first stopping off at the Igloo ice bar in Arc 2000 for a cheeky vin chaud blanc. The pounding dance music and neon clad ravers will certainly get you in the mood for a party!
Later in the evening partygoers head from BKM to Red Hot Saloon. Just a few doors down in the Arc 1800 village, this bar has a large terrace, which is an excellent place for chilling out on a bluebird day. Live music inspires crazy dancing until late into the evening.
At the top of resort, Arc 2000 has a great variety of après destinations. One of our favourites is the Bowling Arc 2000 – a fabulous mixture of bowling lanes, pool tables, arcade machines and, of course, a cocktail bar. The expert mixologists will even deliver your drinks to your bowling game – we love it!
Also in Arc 2000 is the popular Whistlers bar, a welcome retreat for many off-duty seasonaires. Whistlers has a charmingly grungy vibe and has a tendency to get very loud and lively in the evenings.
Clubbers are also welcomed in Arc 2000. Latino Loco is the go to destination for late night dance music and DJ sets.
Arc 1950 has a much quieter après scene, but we’ve had loads of fun at Les Belles Pintes Irish pub, dancing to cheesy eighties pop music until late into the evening. The piste side terrace of Chalet de Luigi Bar is frequently heaving at the end of the ski day and George’s Wine Bar is an excellent, friendly spot for a chilled après session.
Shoppers should head to Arc 1950. There is a strong variety of sports equipment shops – from upmarket boutiques to specialised children’s sports retailers like Les Petits Troubadours.
Amongst the many equipment shops there are also a several places to buy gifts. Cascade Sucre, as the name implies, sells anything sweet, and has an excellent range of chocolates. There is even a little stall where you can buy ice cream.
You can also buy traditional Savoyard products, from ornaments to fine cheeses and liquors, at regional produce shops in both Arc 1950 and 2000. They make an excellent gift for friends and family who sadly couldn’t join you on your holiday.
Supermarkets are easily found across the resort, with one of the largest located in Arc 1950.
Spas and relaxation
Les Arcs has a fabulous range of spas and leisure facilities. The Cinq Mondes spa in Arc 1950 is a luxurious swimming pool complex and wellness centre. The indoor swimming pool is particularly impressive with grand chandeliers and rock features.
In Arc 1800 both the Hotel Eden and the Hotel du Golf have their own spa and relaxation facilities. And the state of the art Mille 8 complex has a stunning aquatic centre, just off the slopes and overlooking Mont Blanc. The exciting slides and water features are perfect for children.
Visitors to Arc 2000 have a fine choice of spas too. The Paradiski’s first ever 5 star hotel, the luxury Taj I Mah has a large spa area and indoor pool complex. Guests have access to saunas, steam baths, sensory showers and a solarium. Massages and beauty treatments are also available to buy locally. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day spent skiing.
Arts, culture and events
The winter season begins in Les Arcs with the yearly Les Arcs European Film Festival. Ten feature films go head-to-head to try to win the coveted Crystal Arrow – awarded by a prestigious jury of filmmakers.
Festive celebrations run throughout mid-December into the New Year, including a torch lit descent, fireworks and dancing at the Place Olympique on New Years Eve. A few days into January, the ‘nocturnal ski touring race’ La Pierre Blanche departs from Arc 1950 and races to Arc 1600. This one’s for fans of gruelling physical exertion in the dark.
Freeride Week takes place in Arc 1950 towards the end of January and offers a week of competitions to freeriding skiers and snowboarders from across the globe. The event includes the Freeride World Qualifier and the Freeride Junior Tour as well as talks on skiing safely off-piste.
Finally, Les Arcs turns into a home-away-from-home on the last week of March when The Great British Celebration arrives in resort. The whole resort is decked in Union Jack bunting and a series of events are hosted to celebrate all things British.
Paradiski is renowned amongst Alpine resorts for its outstanding skiing and it certainly deserves its reputation as a skier’s paradise! However, while you could ski from the crack of dawn until the last lift every day of your ski holiday, and will never tire of the incredible slopes here, Les Arcs has so much more to offer both on and off the piste.
Join the pisteurs to be the first skiers on the mountain where they will point out the main peaks and accompany you as you enjoy the freshly-pisted slopes before sharing breakfast as the sun comes up!
Trips take place on Thursdays at 7.45am from the TSD Bois de l’Ours and costs around €11 with an active local lift pass. You will need to reserve your place with the lift pass office by 12pm on the Wednesday before.
Igloo Village and Ice Grotto
The Les Arcs Ice Grotto is open from 10am-4pm and the standard entry fee is about €5 per person. Here you can admire the incredible ice sculpture exhibition which features all sorts of stunning, hand-carved figures. Your Inghams representative can help you to organise this fun activity.
You can also dine at the Igloo Village between 7pm-11pm with a reservation. Make time to enjoy a vin chaud and canapés in the famous Igloo Bar before sitting down to a traditional Savoyard fondue, pudding and wine in the spectacular ice restaurant. It’s a truly unforgettable evening! Dinner costs around €75 per person or around €35 for aperitif and canapés only.
The ‘Paradiski Warrior’ challenge
Complete the ‘Paradiski Warrior’ challenge on the Yuge app by travelling between the two highest peaks of the Paradiski Area in one day. Ski from the top of the Aiguille Rouge cable car in Les Arcs right over to the Chiaupe Glacier in La Plagne, at 3250m, the highest peak in the ski area.
By taking the Vanoise Express cable car across the valley you can experience the highlights of both Les Arcs and La Plagne. It’s an intense ski day where you’ll need to keep one eye on the clock to make sure you’re back in time for the last lift!
The experience is free with an active Paradiski lift pass and you can download the Yuge app free from the App Store.
The Rodeo Park Luge
Every Wednesday afternoon this adrenaline-packed, three-kilometre toboggan ride from the top of the Arcabulle lift in Arc 2000 stays open after the pistes close so you can sledge after sundown.
Sledges and helmets are provided, and a hot drink is included to warm you up after the thrilling descent! The nocturnal descent is bookable by reservation only but the run is also open every day from 10am-4pm. Minimum ages and heights apply and your Inghams representative can help you to book this activity locally.
Feast on the Piste
Every Wednesday, L’Arpette bar hosts Les Arcs’ biggest après-ski event with a live DJ on their outdoor terrace until late in the afternoon and lots of dancing on the tables! To make a night of it guests can head for dinner in the adjoining L’Arpette restaurant on the edge of the piste, just below the Apocalypse Snow Park, then join a torch-lit procession at 9pm led by pisteurs and a snowmobile down to Arc 1800.
Like hang-gliding, but with skis on! Strap a parachute on and join a guide in an adrenaline-filled jump off the edge of the mountain, where you will soar through the skies above the pistes before coming to a gentle landing above either Arc 1600 or 1800. Speak to your local representative for advice on how to book this adrenaline rush of an experience.
Night skiing in Arc 2000
Every Tuesday and Thursday the Marmottes lift stays open until 6.30pm, and the Marmottes piste is floodlit so you can keep skiing long past sundown! To round off the evening why not ski into Arc 1950 and enjoy live acoustic music and some warming happy hour drinks at Irish bar Les Belles Pintes?
Come and experience the slopes at night as you have never experienced them before. Husky sledding in the moonlight is an incredible experience which also lets you admire the talents of these incredible animals!
Snuggle up under a blanket in a traditional artisanal sledge and take in the stunning surroundings under the stars. Your Inghams representative will help you to book this truly special excursion.
Dinner in a yurt
Join local expert Yourtine for a Savoyard evening by the fire in an authentic Mongolian yurt! After snowshoeing from Arc 1950 or riding there by snake gliss, you’ll walk to the yurts along a torch-lit pathway. The aperitifs will be served by the fireplace: mulled wine and canapés.
A traditional Savoyard meal of seasonal vegetable soup, tartiflette and other Alpine specialities is served by the wooden stove. Dinner is accompanied by organic Savoyard wines and the famous local Genepi! Speak to your Inghams representative for assistance booking this trip.
Ice climbing in Champagny-en-Vanoise
In the Champagny-en-Vanoise valley, natural waterfalls freeze over because of the intense cold, making it a favourite playground for climbers. Here you will find the famous Ice Tower, a completely unique man-made ice structure!
At twenty-four metres high, it has multiple routes to the top with different angles and reliefs, meaning climbers of all levels can enjoy an amazing ascent. The experienced instructors will provide your equipment and give complete beginners an introduction to the world of ice climbing.
FREE Paradiski lift pass upgrade offer for adults- Dates TBC, check back soon
FREE child lift pass offer (5-12yrs) when 2 adults pre-book Paradiski Premium passes- TBC, check back soon
Save up to £13 on each adult lift pass- pre-booked prices based on Paradiski 'TRIBU' offer
LEARN TO SKI
6 days Les Arcs only lift pass, 6 days ski/boot hire, 6 days tuition
All Saver Packs must be pre-booked in the UK and are not bookable locally
*Discovery pass includes 1 day in La Plagne. **Seniors ages 75yrs+ should arrange pass locally. High & Low Season prices shown as H (All other dates) L (15-21 Dec & 14 Apr - end of season).
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|Child (6-11yrs)*||Skis & boots||-||£66||-|
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Equipment Hire (6 days) – Please see here for description of hire categories.
*White category skis/boots available for children aged 3-5: £49.
|Tuition||Ski & Snowboard tuition available to pre-book - 6 half days from £175|
Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.
Resort Code: FRAR
Languages spoken: French
Flights depart Saturday
Isle of Man
Transfer 3hrs by coach
Flights depart Saturdays
Transfer 2hrs 15mins by coach
Supplements apply on some flights.
*07.00 flight transfers incl, private transfers (at supplement) available on all other flights times.
Direct Eurostar to Bourg St Maurice
Transfer from Bourg St Maurice - 30mins
Private transfers and Self drive are available.
Car hire available: No
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: Yes
Ski bus info:
Free between Arc 1600/1800 and 1800/2000 running until early evening.