The definition of skiing convenience
The ski resort of Les Arcs consists of four modern purpose-built ski resorts at 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000 meters, these are spread out and accommodation is generally well placed for access to the skiing and other activities. Arc 1800 is the largest village with a lively atmosphere in après entertainment, shops and bars and restaurants, whilst Arc 2000 has extremely convenient skiing access and at 2000 meters it's a very snow-sure place to stay, Arc 1950 the most recent addition to the resort, is more rustic in style, with each building designed to have views of either a valley or a peak. Linked with La Plagne ski resort, Les Arcs is part of the 'Paradiski' area and offers 425 kms of pistes, all conveniently located and well groomed; providing both good on and off piste skiing throughout the ski season.
Since the installation of the Vanoise Express cable car in December 2003 (linking Les Arcs and La Plagne), Les Arcs has become part of one of the biggest ski area's in the world with over 400kms of skiable terrain. As one of the top five most popular destinations for skiing in France, Les Arcs has most of the major British Ski companies operating catered chalets within its ski resorts, so it is perfect for family ski holidays or groups of friends. It also has a variety of self-catering apartments making it a great for those looking for some slightly cheaper skiing.
Skiing in Les Arcs has taken on a new dimension with the two areas of Les Arcs and La Plagne becoming accessible on the Paradiski lift pass. The ski resort of Les Arcs offers excellent skiing and boarding for every level and the superb lift system makes getting back to base very easy from any point.
The Glacier du Varet guarantees good snow all season and offers one of the longest runs in the world: the 7km descent from Aiguille Rouge to Villaroger. Beginners benefit from the abundant blue runs while intermediates can enjoy the high altitude bowls and tree-lined runs to Peisey Nancroix. Advanced skiers should try the challenging Deux Tétes. The resort doesn't have the most challenging terrain and although it will entertain advanced skiers who are part of a mixed group it is worth looking at Espace Killy or other resorts if you’re only looking for the more challenging slopes from your ski holiday.
Arcs 1800 is definitely the liveliest village in Les Arcs and is arguably the best for après and late night partying, The Red Hot Saloon bar in Galerie des Villards or 'Red Bar' has a large dance floor and friendly, English speaking staff while The Ambiente Bar, also in the Villards area is more traditionally themed and a good place to sample a tasty cocktail or have a game of darts with some of the locals. Jungle Café in the Place des Villards Arcs 1800, with its jungle themed interior, is another cheap but fun place to grab a well-deserved drink and is open all day until 1am.
Arc 1950 is also very lively and has a good choice for Apres Ski. With its ski in/ski out location, the village is perfect for après. Le Club 1950 is a good destination for late night antics and some cheesy tunes. While The Mont Blanc Bar, right at the top of Vallandry is accessible from the piste so you can stop off for après straight off the slopes! There is a large terrace facing La Plagne where you can catch the last of the day's rays with DJ's playing regularly and specific nights such as Drum and Bass and Hip Hop.
Down at Arcs 1950, La Belle Pinte is a large Irish pub with a sophisticated feel that quickly turns to a lively party atmosphere of an evening.