European Snowboard Resort Guide
Your Independent Guide to the Snowboard Resorts of France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Andorra

LES ARCS (1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000m), FRANCE



TRANSFER TIME (approx): Chambery 2 hours 30 mins

                                                         Geneva 3 hours 30 mins


LIFT PASS (2010/11): Adult £230 (area)

                                                          £193 (local)

                                            Child £174 (area)

                                                         £147 (local)


PISTE FACTS: Longest Run: 7km

                             Total: 425km


This is a great high altitude, snow sure resort consisting of four villages at different altitudes. The Vanoise Express double decker cable car also links Les Arcs with La Plagne to form the massive area known as the Paradiski Area. This vast area has a brilliant snow record and offers a huge selection of pisted runs, providing excellent variety for all levels of snowboarder.


There is a vast abundance of off piste available here if fresh pow is your thing. The Paradiski area has open powder fields as well as tree lines to carve - worth taking a guide to make the most of it. Be sure to take the Grand Col chairlift up to the top (2800m), and you will find loads of powder stashes without having to venture too far from the piste. 


For the freestyle rider there is a good terrain park, the well maintained 'Apocalypse Park', with a kicker line for all ablities. There are also plenty of natural hits in the Clocheret area.


The resort has a large selection of mountain restaurants for when the hunger kicks in!


Apres ski


Off the slopes there is snowmobiling, snowshoeing, a bowling alley, cinema and an ice rink if you still have the energy. The outdoor ice rink is free to lift pass holders. Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a ride on an Olympic bobsleigh run. This is situated close to Les Arcs and just below the neighbouring resort of La Plagne.


Arc 1800 has a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars and probably the liveliest apres. There is live music on offer and a few of the bars will show live sport on TV. Arc 1600 has a more village atmosphere to it and 2000 is a popular choice due to its elevation and guaranteed snow cover. Arc 1950 is the newest village and has been developed for high quality self catering.