Why Arc 1800 Ski Resort?
- Easy access to the Paradiski ski area – one of the largest in Europe!
- Great ski resort for mixed ability groups
- The largest, most developed & liveliest village in Les Arcs
Highly Commended European Resort of the Year - World Snow Awards 2015
Arc 1800 (Les Arcs) Information
Les Arcs can be found in the Savoie region of France, in the Northern French Alps, on the edge of the Vanoise National Park. It forms part of the massive Paradiski ski area which as well as Les Arcs includes La Plagne. La Plagne and its ski areas can be accessed via the Vanoise Express cable car which whisks skiers across the valley in 4 minutes. The double-decker cable car has, in addition to the 360° panorama, a 3 dimensional outlook courtesy of a transparent glass panel inserted into the floor of the lower level of the 2 cabins.
Les Arcs ski area is made up of 4 ski resorts: Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 - each a modern, purpose-built resort, developed with superb winter skiing and enjoyment in mind. The older and smaller ski village of Peisey-Vallandry sits lower in the valley of Les Arcs ski resort and offers a more traditional feel, whilst the recently built award winning Arc 1950 has become a well-known village-style ski resort offering the charm of a traditional village with all the creature comforts and conveniences of a modern ski resort.
Each Les Arcs ski resort offers a different flavour, from functional to charming, but all providing superb winter skiing with ski-in ski-out facilities within the Paradiski ski area. Spoilt with both skiing and snowboarding options, the Tarentaise Valley now stretches as far as La Plagne and the whole ski area offers splendid views of the Mont Blanc mountain range.
Arc 1800 was established in 1975, has a west-facing mountainside and is the largest, most developed and liveliest village of Les Arcs ski area. It is made up of four different pedestrianised areas called Charmettoger, Le Charvet, Les Villards and Le Chantel - Les Villards being the centre of the resort where the main amenities and services are located.
Les Arcs as a whole has been awarded the ‘P'tits Montagnards’ label which guarantees high quality facilities for children and their parents on holiday in the mountains. So if you like being at the heart of the action, then Arc 1800 is definitely for you!
For your comfort and convenience, a free resort shuttle bus runs throughout the day from 07.30 - 21.00 between Arc 1800 and Arc 1600 where you can take another bus to Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. Also, a new gondola, 'Le Dahu', operates between the main resort and the Le Chantel area between 07.30 - 23.00. There is also a shuttle bus for this route between 07.30 - 23.00.
Ski Collection offers a range of Arc 1800 accommodation options from value-for-money 3-Star Superior to modern 4-Star, with self-catering ski apartments sleeping up to 12 people. Some of our featured ski residences boast swimming pools and spas including Jacuzzi, sauna, steam, fitness and relaxation rooms.
LES ARCS SKI AREA
Les Arcs is part of the large ‘Paradiski’ ski area and is the 2nd largest connected skiing area in the world. Paradiski has excellent facilities and with its huge variation in altitude (1200m-3250m) and with over 70% of the area being above 2000m, there is a multitude of different types of scenery and piste to explore. This impressive lift-linked ski area is formed of 18 ski resorts (the first 7 below in Les Arcs and the other 11 in La Plagne):
- Arc 1600
- Arc 1800
- Arc 1950
- Arc 2000
- Peisey Vallandry
- Bourg St Maurice
- Plagne Montalbert
- Plagne Bellecote
- Les Coches
- Champagny en Vanoise
- Belle Plagne
- Plagne 1800
- Plagne Soleil
- Aime la Plagne
- Plagne Centre
- Plagne Villages
Les Arcs offers experts some tough descents beneath the Aiguille Rouge. For intermediates, the greatest concentration of blue and red runs are above Arc 1800 and lead down to the villages of Peisey-Vallandry. There are nursery slopes close to all of the Les Arcs villages, but some of the best green runs can be found in La Plagne. La Plagne has a further 225km of pistes - access via the Vanoise Express double-decker cable car (world’s largest cable car) which is in the village of Peisey-Vallandry. This takes you across to Montchavin (La Plagne).
Arc 1800 is located around the tree line, at the foot of the Aiguille Grive and is a great ski resort to stay in if you have a mixed ability group since most routes have both easy and more difficult alternatives. It is also the most conveniently located resort for access to the Vanoise Express and the La Plagne ski area: One chair-lift and a blue run is all it takes to get to the cable car from Arc 1800. The sunny, wide and tree-lined slopes offer everyone plenty of room
The lively resort of Arc 1800, which is also the largest Les Arcs village, continues to increase in popularity with the development of ‘Mille 8’ in recent years meaning the introduction of some superb new amenities (especially suited to families). Mille 8 is a state-of-the-art, hub of activities/facilities offering skiing until 7.30pm at night, a 3800m2 aquatic leisure centre, themed discovery piste through the forest, a toboggan run, a freestyle obstacle course and videoing conveniences. There are also two areas within the development completely dedicated to beginners and young skiers who can improve in a specialised, safe area.
Handy tip: if possible we would recommend avoiding the bottom of the Charmettoger, Maïtaz and Villards slopes in Arc 1800 where they meet by the Transarc gondola. This area is often quite icy and can get a little busy with people trying to steer clear of the ice! To get up to Arc 2000 we would recommend using the mid station point of the Transarc gondola.
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry only - 200km of pistes, 53 lifts (1 funicular, 2 cable car, 2 bucket lifts, 4 gondola, 27 chairlifts, 13 draglifts, 4 moving carpets), 128 slopes:
Green slopes: 3
Blue slopes: 63
Red slopes: 45
Black slopes: 17
575 snow cannons
LES ARCS SKIING
LES ARCS BEGINNERS
Children and beginners are well catered for in Arc 1800 as 90% of the runs back to the resort are blues. There are some free lifts for first-timers: Lapin draglift, Jardin Alpin chairlift and the magic carpet in the children’s area. The wide and open nursery slopes in the ‘Front des Neiges’ area (right in the centre of Arc 1800) are easy and offer plenty of room. Whilst the wide tree-lined runs that lead back to the resort offer great practice space in a really good learning environment. In Arc 1800, the two green pistes can be found at the Mille 8 complex.
Watch out for the dedicated ‘Ski Tranquille’ slow skiing and snowboarding areas dotted around Les Arcs, as you may feel a little more at ease in these parts with like-minded skiers and boarders around you and not having to worry about holding anyone up.
LES ARCS INTERMEDIATES
Intermediates are sure to love the blue and red runs just above the resort of Arc 1800. The best snow can be found at Grand Col (2800m), which offers equally attractive runs for the intermediates and experts. The fantastic Malgovert run into Arc 1600 is often quiet and is accessible from the top of the Comborciere chairlift. Arc 2000 is also brilliant for intermediates with the majority of the runs being red and black.
LES ARCS EXPERTS
Les Arcs has over 30km of black runs for experts. The Olympic speed-skiing track can be tested by strong-hearted members of the public, starting at various heights according to experience.
Arc 2000 is perfect for experts. If you want to try the impressive and demanding longest run in the world, then head to the top of the Aiguille Rouge cable car in Arc 2000. Here you will find the Aiguille Rouge black run which is 16km long! Handy tip: about a third of the way down it does change from a black to a red run and it can get quite busy, so we recommend that you head here early on and make it your first run of the day.
For the mogul lovers out there head to the top of the Comboriciere and Ours black runs. They are steep and demanding and are accessible via the Arc 1800 lifts.
LES ARCS OFF-PISTE
Les Arcs deserves its very good reputation for fantastic off-piste skiing. The powder is excellent, due to the resort being spread over a large area, a lot of which is not touched by lift systems. Arc 2000 offers truly amazing off-piste possibilities.
The main off-piste area is, of course, the Aiguille Rouge glacier (in Arc 2000), where you have the longest run in the resort at 7km, with a 2100m vertical drop! The most popular runs can be found on the north face with an immense area of off-piste skiing in the direction of Villaroger.
A large part of this area is, in fact, a restricted nature reserve so this really is one of the last untouched areas of the Tarentaise. The most accessible and easiest run is the ‘Petit Face Nord’ and is easy to get to from the Traversee chairlift. The next step up involves a hike: the ‘Couloir Canadian’.
Parts are very steep and avalanches are common. The ‘Couloir en S’ is one of the hardest descents – a rope and ice axe are useful! An easier alternative s the ‘Col du Génépi’. The north-east slopes of the Aiguilles Rouge are classed as moderate. For any off-piste skiing on the glacier we would highly recommend a mountain guide.
The ‘Grand Col’ at 2835m to Villaroger, beneath the glacier, is a popular off-piste area. Alternatively, a longer climb from ‘Grand Col’ takes you to ‘Col des Roches’ on a west facing slope – however getting there does involve a scramble and a cable attached to the rocks would be helpful!
For novices, from the top of the Dos Rond there is a gentle off-piste slope that follows the Les Bauches blue. There is also an eay route from Col de la Chal down towards Nancroix.
LES ARCS SNOWPARKS
You will find Les Arcs' Apocalypse Parc (snowpark named after Regis Rolland for the cult film 'Apocalypse Snow') between Arcs 1600 and Arc 1800 and is served by a snowboarder-friendly J-bar lift. For years now this has been one of the most advanced parks in the French Alps and is on a par with the main park at Avoriaz which is highly rated. If you're after snowcross runs, you will find them below Col de la Chal at Arc 2000 or above Plan-Peisey.
From Arc 1600, take the Cachettes chairlift then join the Belvédère piste to reach the SnowPark chairlift.
From Arc 1800, take the Vagère chairlift and follow the Arpette.
From Arc 2000, you have to go downhill to Arc 1950 to catch the Bois de l’Ours chairlift then go back down on the other side towards Arc 1600. You then have a choice of several pistes of different levels to get to the Snowpark.
LES ARCS CROSS-COUNTRY
The ski area of Les Arcs/Peisey Vallandry has 55km of cross-country trails (131km in La Plagne also).
In Arc 1600 there is a loop starting at Courbaton, the top of the funicular.
In Arc 1800 a trail starts from the top of the Jardin Alpin chairlift.
In Arc 2000 the trail begins near the ESF 2000 ski school office.
Each trail is free to use and is approximately 5km in length.
However, for the best of the best cross-country skiing you need to be further down the valley in the Peisey-Nancroix Nordic area (Peisey-Vallandry), at the entrance of the Vanoise National Park – 44km of well kept and marked trails await you. There are also paths here for walkers, snowshoe trails and toboggan runs. You do have to purchase a pass to use these trails, but the good thing is that any profit they make purely goes into the daily upkeep of these beautiful trails.
LES ARCS SNOWBOADERS
Les Arcs is a hot spot and firm favourite with snowboarders, where many of the Pros choose to come. Les Arcs offers brilliant freeriding including steeps, trees, gullies, natural jobs and hits. Arc 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry offer the best wide-open rolling slopes for beginners and intermediates.
LES ARCS IN BAD WEATHER
If the weather turns bad, the clouds creep in and the snow falls heavy it can be hard to know where to ski. Avoid the high and open glaciers at all costs. The trick is to head for the tree-lined slopes as they provide definition when the slopes and the sky merge into one and everything seems white! Head to the lower resorts of Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry.
From the top of the Chantel and Les Villards chairlifts, you can take some long blue slopes through the trees from Arc 1800 to Arc 1600. La Plagne Montalbert is another safe beat with gentle blues that cut through the trees and as you will be lower here you may even completely miss the high cloud causing the bad weather. There are also plenty of trees to be found in Vallandry, Plan Peisey and Montchavin/Les Coches.
Les Arcs 1800 Ski Hire
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For all guests staying in Arc 1800, our hire shop is located within the nearby residence Les Alpages de Chantel. We offer competitive prices and special offers are also available. Pre-booking your equipment hire will allow you to save precious skiing time once in the resort and means you can budget for your ski holiday, knowing that it is already book and paid for.
We have selected Skiset - both ensure that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers. More information on ski hire.
Les Arcs 1800 Lift Passes
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You have the choice to purchase a lift pass which covers the whole ski area or the smaller local ski area. We suggest that you purchase the larger area lift pass, unless a complete beginner.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Arc 1800 at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
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.
Paradiski ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
Day - €48 children, €60 adults
Les Arcs ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €34 children, €43 adults
Day - €42 children, €52 adults
Les Arcs 1800 Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 5 years to 14 years in Arc 1800 with Ski Collection. Children can learn to snowboard from 8 years+.
For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Les Arcs as a whole has been awarded the ‘P'tits Montagnards’ label which guarantees high-quality facilities for children and their parents on holiday in the mountains.
In Arc 1800 you have a bowling alley, cinema and the ‘Rodeo Park’ for guaranteed sledging fun.
The natural outdoor ice rink in Arc 2000 (on Place de la Patinoire) is a great family activity. The rink is open every day from mid-December to late March. And whilst you are there you should definitely check out the Ice Cave, situated at the top of the Transarc gondola – explore the caves and be amazed at the beautifully carved ice sculptures.
‘Zealous Care’ provides a team of English speaking professional Child Carers and Holiday Nannies, covering the Paradiski, 3 Valleys and Espace Killy ski areas. Their team consists of play leaders, nursery nurses, paediatric nurses, primary school teachers, childminders and nannies all fully qualified, police checked, fully referenced and with at least 2 years relevant experience.
Tel: +33 (0)9 81 98 01 95.
‘Alpine Child Care’ links parents with independent nannies and babysitters.
You can choose and book your own experienced nanny in your ski resort online. Register for free to their ski nanny network, post your dates and requirements and receive profiles from available in-resort nannies within 3 days. They detail applicants experience, qualifications, CRB and references. You can also speak to your nanny as many times as you want to before you go. Pay a flat rate of €15/hour.
Tel: 01271 328132.
Arc 1800 is quite an active village with plenty going on for all ages. Les Arcs TV is available in most apartments in Les Arcs and will give you the resorts entertainment programme for that week, as well as all the weather and slope information that you need. The resort also has its own radio station: R’Les Arcs.
The local Tourist Office is also worth a visit towards the beginning of your stay, for first hand knowledge of what is going on during the week of your ski holiday – so that you don’t miss out on any of the fun!
Mille8: A new experience in the heart of Les Arcs 1800!
Big changes have happened in Arc 1800 with several new ski lifts plus activities including an aquatic centre, and snow sports areas such as a tubing run, a fun trail course for all abilities, a beginners' area, discovery trail and a children’s practice area.
All of Mille8's developments were completed early 2016, with the new Carreley 6-seater high-speed chair lift and lodge with slope side restaurant (Le Lodge), golf simulator and dance floor. With Mille8, Les Arcs has completely re-invented ‘apres-ski’. Mille8 is served by the brand new dedicated Villards gondola, and remains accessible every day until at least 7.30pm.
- LA LUGE- choose your toboggan, hop on the Villards gondola (accessible to pedestrians/skiers) and get ready for the adrenaline fuelled ride down 900m of twists and turns with a dash through the illuminated tunnel at the finish line. Open from 2pm-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week.
- LES CABANES - a beautiful ski run winding its way through the forest with wooden cabins, lights, and sound. Don't miss out on the Giant Xylophone. Open from 9am-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week.
- LES BOSSES - a freestyle run with an abundance of fun modules and snow-sculptures for all levels. Scan your pass at top and your run will be filmed! Open from 11am-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week.
- LE CUBE - a safe and protected area to help beginners for all ages gain confidence served by a covered and easy to use magic carpet lift. There are stunning views over Mont Blanc. Open from 9.30am-7.30pm daily with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week. Hop on the Villards gondola for access (accessible to pedestrians/skiers).
- LES PINGOUINS - a dedicated environment for children to progress and play, featuring igloos, a sledging area and a magic carpet. FREE access. Open from 11am-5pm (5.30pm from February).
- LES SAPINS - starting at Le Lodge and winding through the forests, the Sapins footpath offers walkers a unique ambiance and areas to relax, rest, or take in the exploits on nearby ski and toboggan runs. Open from 9.30am-5pm daily.
- LA PISCINE - a stunning new 3800 square metre indoor aquatic centre directly on the piste with breath-taking views over Mont Blanc … A stunning indoor swimming with Jacuzzis, whirlpools, waterfalls, slide, water play area for children and grottos. A wellness and fitness centre with saunas, steam baths, and a gym. For easy access, a new covered walkway and elevator whisk clients directly from Arc 1800 to the LA PISCINE aquatic centre. Open from 11am-7.30pm daily (except Sats 2pm-7pm) with opening until 8.30pm 3 nights per week.
- LE LODGE - is right in the centre of Mille8 slopes and a great place to meet up. It’s a restaurant, snack bar, a dance floor and an events location. The restaurant creates chic brasserie food, elegant and refined French cuisine. A prestigious wine list and producers in the restaurant regularly to talk about French wines. Open from 9.30am-7pm daily with opening until 11pm 3 nights per week. Hop on the Villards gondola for access (accessible to pedestrians/skiers).
Access to Mille8 is included with the following ski and pedestrian lift passes of any duration: Les Arcs, Peisey- Vallandry, Paradiski Unlimited. The aquatic centre, restaurant and luge are available at a supplement.
Sledging at Rodeo Park
The Rodeo Park in Les Arcs offers fantastic sledging fun. At the top of the Col de Chal you can make your way down the new 3km long toboggan track with a 400m vertical drop, enjoying the thrills and excitment of every twist and turn!
Open Sunday – Thursday 1pm-4.30pm with extended opening hours every Wednesday for night time toboggan rides! Included in your entry to the Rodeo Park is helmet and toboggan hire. Free entry to all adults with a valid lift pass. Children must be 10 years or older and be over 125cm tall, must be accompanied by an adult.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 04 24 00. Prices and more information are available at the lift pass offices in resort.
The 1st altitude Laser tag centre. 250 m2 game zone with amazing “extra terrestrial” decoration (space theme), video games and view over the game zone. Open: every day from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm (groups: upon reservation) Contact: Place du Cinéma, Galerie commerciale du Charvet. Tel : (+33) 04 79 00 17 17.
Olympic Experience by Bruno Mingeon (Paradiski)
Dressed in professional race kit, you will embark in pairs on the 4-man bobsled driven by the Olympic medalist and World Champion, Bruno Mingeon. You will race down the 19-turn Olympic Track of La Plagne [Olympic Games 1992] at speeds of up to 130km/h. Minimum age: 18. Info at: www.la-plagne.com.
For those looking to grasp a little bit of ‘me’ time and enjoy some well deserved holiday relaxation then head to the Deep Nature Spa in Arc 1800. The Spa is located within the Hotel du Golf and is open to the general public.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 43 41. Website: www.deepnature.fr
There is a squash hall on Place haute des Villards in Arc 1800, where a squash tournament is held every Wednesday at 18:00 from January to April.
The bowling alley in Arc 1800 also has a bar offering snacks and pool tables. It is located in Les Villards area and is open everyday.
‘Guides des Arcs’ offer a number of exciting winter adventure activities such as off-piste skiing, ski touring, ice climbing and glacier walking, with qualified and professional mountain guides. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 71 19. Website: www.guidesdesarcs.com
‘Arc Adventures’ can organise numerous activities such as ice climbing, skidoo rides, heli-skiing, ski touring and snowshoeing. You could even spend the evening in a traditional Mongolian Yourte (tent): you head up on snowshoes and after about half an hour you will be greeted at the tent by a drink next to the warm fire and enjoy a typical Savoyard dinner – leaving later in the evening for the torch-lit descent. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 60 00. Website: www.arc-aventures.com
‘Evolution 2 Les Arcs’ also offer a wide range of thrilling activities such as ice climbing, heliski, cross-country, telemark, snowshoe trips, handiski and more….
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 04 25 72. Website: www.evolution2-lesarcs.com
Air boarding (Paradiski)
A great activity for groups, the “Last Track Airboard” takes place in Montalbert on Thursday and Friday evenings with an ESF Ski Instructor – take the last chair lift of the day. Or try it on your own for free on a Wednesday from 5pm-7pm. Think inflatable body-board designed for the snow, lie on top of the Airboard, head first and whiz down at your leisure. Ages 16+. Info: www.esf-montchavinlescoches.com [with instructor] & www.la-plagne.com.
For experienced skiers of 14 years old minimum, Speed Riding is guaranteed excitement and thrills! Take off with a mini paraglider and ski between the sky and the slopes in otherwise inaccessible areas. Paraglider instruction included.
Speed riding School Arc 2000. Tel: +33 (0)6 19 51 39 34. Website: www.speedriding-school.com
In Arc 2000 there is also a natural outdoor ice rink and the ‘Grotte de Glace’ ice cave there is not to be missed: at the beginning of each season dozens of sculptors from all over Europe spend a week carving amazing figures out of the ice and snow. Each year the theme changes so even if you have been there before it is still a pretty impressive place to revisit. Entrance is €3/child and €4/adult. Website: www.grottedeglace.com
Les Arcs Resort News and Events 2019/20
A new Folie Douce will now open in Arc 1800 from December 2019 with a modern style. 3 restaurants to welcome a total of 1100 pers/day in 2000 m2: la Fruitière, developed by the Chef Franck Mischler for a delicious combination of local recipes without altering them in an original and authentic decor. La Petite Cuisine, relaxed, friendly, gourmet and chic self-service. The Butcher, high quality snacking mode. The highest Cabaret in the world every day, with an outdoor 360°-scene during 1 hour (from 13h30) and electronic music during the Clubbing from 15h to 17h. Located at the top of the leisure zone Mille8, it will be accessible with Les Villards télécabine or on foot from Arc 1800. Accessible on ski from anywhere else on the ski area. Open every day until 19h with a late opening on Thursday evening, la Folie Douce invites any generation to live intense moments. Concept adapted and accessible to any customers, family, young and not so young!
- Les Arcs European Film Festival - 15th-22nd December 2018 - Les Arcs welcome the 10th edition of the European Film Festival
- Celebrate a White Christmas in Les Arcs - 25th December 2018
- New Years Eve - parties in all the villages of Les Arcs to celebrate New Year's Eve - 29th December 2018 - In Arc 2000, gather at the Place Olympique from 17:30 to see a dance show, fire jugglers, a torchlit descent of the pistes and a firework display, including free mulled wine and hot chocolate. Arc 1950 will also be getting in on the act. The Place de l'Horloge will come alive with fireworks and a street party with a DJ and a saxophonist from 21:00 to 01:00. In Arc 1800 and Arc 1600, head to the Front de Neige from 18:00 for a torchlit descent and fireworks.
- Freeride week - 28th January-3rd February 2019 - Arc 1950 Le Village will be playing host to freeriders from all over the world to give them the chance to try out the best spots in the les Arcs ski area. There will be various levels of competition on the bill: 1 Junior FWQ event, 2 FWQ 2*races and 1 FWQ 4* event (the only French 4* event amongst the 12 world contests). The week will be an opportunity to discover freeride skiing in all its guises. On the programme will be: film screenings, awareness of and introduction to mountain rescue, freeride courses for children and adults, etc.
- The Great British Celebration - 30th March-6th April 2019 - During this week of festivities, the whole resort of Les Arcs will honored British citizens. Enjoy the special events provided on the slopes as skiing competition, sledding and after skiing time with concerts and others friendly moments to share
- Spring skiing - 30th March-27th April 2019 - Original gatherings and festivities for all to end the winter in style and to enjoy snow-riding in the radiant end-of-season sunshine … Welcome to les Arcs Spring Final! More than just skiing, there are entertainments in the resort and the ski area, fun and relaxation are waiting for you.
Check out the Tourist Office website to find out more about what is going on in Les Arcs: www.lesarcs.com
Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
You are completely spoilt for choice of mountain restaurants in the Paradiski ski area. There is an impressive total of 38: 13 in Les Arcs, 18 in La Plagne, 2 in Peisey-Vallandry, 4 in Champagny and 1 in Montalbert.
‘Le Chalet de l’Arcelle’ (located in Arc 1600, access via the Combette slope).
A charming converted barn that has been restored in a rustic yet contemporary way. Gourmet French cuisine. Children’s menu. Open everyday for lunch and dinner, on the terrace or inside by the fire in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. Fresh local produce from the market including meat, fish and local Savoyard dishes. The attentive staff will help you pick the perfect wine to accompany your meal.
‘Beguin Restaurant’ (part of the Beguin Hotel, located at the heart of the Arc 1600 ski area, Village des Deux Têtes, pedestrian access possible). Traditional food and mountain specialities such as fondue and raclette. Open for lunch and dinner. Sunny terrace. Log fire. Free Wi-Fi. Table-top football. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 02 92. Website: www.location-appartement-les-arcs.com
‘L’Arpette’ (located on the blue Belevedere slope in Arc 1800, so is accessible to all abilities). Self-service and restaurant offering Savoyard specialities, pasta dishes, pizzas, meat and salad. Terrace serving drinks and cocktails with a live DJ every Wednesday afternoon for après-ski fun on the slopes.
‘L’Altiport’ (located at the bottom of the SnowPark on the Belvedere blue run in Arc 1800). Fast food and snack bar serving hotdogs, burgers, pancakes and many other snacky delights. From the sunny terrace you can watch the action of the snowpark or take in the beautiful views of Mont Blanc.
‘L’Aiguille Grive’ (located in Charmettoger in Arc 1800, within the hotel, access via the Jardin Alpin chairlift). French cuisine and local specialities. Open for lunch, snacks and dinner. Terrace. Open fire inside with huge windows and views of Mont Blanc.
‘Chalet Candice’ (located within Les Alpages du Chantel Residence in Arc 1800).
Open for lunch, snacks and dinner. French cuisine, local specialities such as fondue, raclette, tariflette, diot, casserole and crozet, light lunchtime menu including pizzas, pasta dishes and salads, snacks such as pancakes and waffles. Fantastic sunny terrace with panoramic views.
‘La Terrasse’ (located in Arc 2000, Place Basse, 50m from the bottom of the Lanchettes ski lift). Great terrace, perfect spot for light lunch, afternoon snack or dinner. Large menu including salads, omelettes, burgers, soups, pasta, meat dishes and much more.
‘Le Savoy’ (located within La Cime des Arcs residence in Arc 2000). Enjoy culinary delights and Savoyard dishes such as fondue, raclette and meat dishes. Good service and great food. Cosy, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Snacks such as pancakes and waffles. Large outdoor terrace. Open for lunch and dinner. Ideal stop if you are on your way to the gondola or Lanchette lift.
‘Belliou La Fumee’ (located in Pré St Esprit, Arc 2000). Local cuisine including seafood, meat, grills and more. Small restaurant, tucked away, with terrace. Pedestrian access via the free shuttle bus. Booking is recommended.
‘Le Chalet du Solliet’ (located in Villaroger, Arc 2000, access via the Rhonaz, Solliet and Lys slopes). French cuisine and Savoyard specialities. Children’s menu. Sunny terrace and warm fireplace. Perfect spot for lunch, snacks or drinks. Pedestrian access.
‘La Creche’ (located in Arc 2000, acess via the Transarc gondola and the Arcabulle chairlift). Traditional Savoyard restaurant with self-service and brasserie. Large sunny terrace. Service with smile. The hot chocolate is definitely worth ordering!
‘Les Chalets de L’Arc’ (located in Arc 2000). Large traditional mountain restaurant offering French cuisine, Savoyard dishes, children’s menu – large chucks of bread served with every meal. Friendly and attentive staff. Booking recommended. Terrace with fantastic views. Open for lunch everyday and dinner on Wednesday and Friday. Access via the Marmots trail, at the start of the Varet gondola, above Arc 2000.
‘Au Pré Gourmand’ (located in Arc 2000). Mountain restaurant offering French cuisine and local specialities. Self-service and restaurant. Terrace.
‘Le Cristal des Neiges’ (located in Plan Bois, Les Coches, La Plagne, pedestrian access via La Noir gondola). Varied menu, main meals, children’s menu, fast-food. snacks, sandwiches. Open everyday. Animals welcome. Terrace.
‘Le Plan Bois – Chez Laurette’ (located in Plan Bois, Montchavin/Les Coches, La Plagne – 500m from the top of the Lac Noir gondola. Typical Savoyard mountain restaurant. Pedestrian acess. Terrace.
‘Les Inversens’ (located on Les Inversens slope, below the Riche de Mio in La Plagne – Bellecote). Cheap and cheerful self-service restaurant, expect to pay €5-€10 per dish. Fast food and snacks. Terrace.
‘Le Carroley’ (located at 2100m on the Carroley slope in Les Coches, La Plagne, near the Salla chairlift). Hearty local dishes and snacks. Open daily 09:30 – 17:30. Great views from the terrace and the mulled wine is highly recommended!
'Le Joli Bois’ (located 50m from the Vanoise Express in Les Coches, La Plagne). Italian, local specialities, children’s menu, sandwiches, snacks. Chalet-style restaurant with great views of Tarentaise Valley and Mont Blanc from the terrace. Pedestrian access. Possibility to stay up there for a drink or two then enjoy the torch-lit descent back down with the ski guides (approximately €30).
‘Le Plein Soleil’ (located at 1811m in Plan Bois, Montchavin/Les Coches, La Plagne). Varied menu with cheaper set-menu options. Savoyard, Alsace and Rheinland style dishes. Open from 09:15 until the slopes close. From Les Arcs, take the Vanoise Express and head in direction of Plagne Centre, then the Lac Noir cable car or Plan Bois chairlift. At the top take the blue down 500m or you can take the new Bijolim chairlift and take the path for 250m. From La Plagne go down Dos Rond and then Plan Bois, the restaurant is 500m from the Plan Bois cable car.
‘Le Chalet des Colosses’ (located close to the Bellecote slopes, just above the gondola and near the ice rink in Plagne Bellecote, La Plagne – look out for the red old English telephone box outside!). Mixed International cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Terrace.
‘La Roche de Mio’ (located at the top of the Roche de Mio bubble, in Plagne Bellecote, La Plagne). Modern built chalet-style self-service restaurant with large terrace and great views of Mont Blanc. Simple but tasty International cuisine such as chicken and chips plus snacks and sandwiches. Dish of the day €14 approx.
‘Le Chalet du Friolin’ (located at 1800m in the off-piste area, Montchavin/Les Coches, La Plagne, between the ski areas of Les Arcs and La Plagne – access via the Bauches chairlift at the bottom of the Dérochoir, Crozats and Malatray slopes).
Homemade French cuisine and snacks. Sunny terrace with views and fireplace inside. Well-known for their great selection of wines.
‘La Bergerie’ (located on the Mira blue run, in Plagne Village, La Plagne).
Not the cheapest but a charming and rustic mountain restaurant offering local specialities. The mulled wine is lovely. Terrace.
‘Le Chalet de Trieuse’ (located on the Bretelle Trieuse blue run in Plagne Bellecote, La Plagne). Open daily. Offers traditional Montagnard dishes.
‘Chalet de la Grande Rochette’ (located at 2500m at the top of the Funiplagne lift in Plagne Centre, La Plagne). Accessible to pedestrians. Open 7 days a week during the day, plus Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Glorious sunny terrace with views and log fire inside. Lighter dishes such as salads and omelettes, heartier options such as grilled meats, burgers, tartiflette and other Savoyard specialities, children’s menu and desserts.
‘Au Bon Vieux Temps’ (located in Aime 2000, Aime La Plagne, La Plagne). Traditional Savoyard restaurant. Accessible to pedestrians. Free shuttle bus service can be booked in advance. Open every day. Terrace.
‘Le Biolley’ (located on the Biolley slope, coming down from Aime La Plagne, La Plagne). Self-service restaurant offering International cuisine and snacks.
‘Les Pierres Blanches’ (located at the top of the Pierre Blanc chairlift, Les Coches, La Plagne). Open everyday for local specialities, sandwiches and snacks. Great views from the terrace.
‘Le Sauget’ (located at 1700m in Montchavin/Les Coches, Bellentre). Cosy mountain restaurant serving all the favourite local specialities, mulled wine, plus a hot chocolate menu including white chocolate and amaretto, chocolate and ginger and many more. You can book an evening meal here then take part in the torch-lit descent back down (payable).
‘Les Lauzes’ (located next to the slopes of Les Coches, La Plagne). Charming old Savoyard restaurant serving grilled meats, fish dishes, fondue, raclette and other Alpine specialities. Cosy chalet-style interior with great views of Mont Blanc from the terrace.
‘Le Dou du Praz’ (located at 2100m at the top of Plagne Villages). Traditional Savoyard restaurant. Open daily 11:00 – 18:00 plus Wednesdays and Fridays 19:30 – 23:00. Access the pistes in Plagne Villages or Les Colosses lift in Plagne Bellecote.
‘Aux Enfants Terribles’ (located above Peisey-Vallandry, access via Le Vallandry, Le Plan Peisey, Le Grizzly and via the Renard slope. Self-service or restaurant service. Menu includes salads, soups, meats, Savoyard dishes and much more. Large sunny terrace.
‘La Vanoise’ (located within the hotel, Le Moulin, Plan-Peisey). Traditonal local cuisine in a warm and cosy setting. Log fire, wood panelling and views of the mountains. Patrick and Muriel welcome you to enjoy a taste of the Alps.
‘Roc des Blanchets’ (located at 2100m in Le Hameau des Rochers, on the Rossa slope, between Belle Plagne and Champagny). Typical Alpine restaurant, well-known for its good food at reasonable prices. Popular with the local ski instructors. Large panoramic terrace with lovely views. Open everyday.
‘Chalet des Verdons’ (located in the middle of the pistes on the south side of Champagny). Chalet-style restaurant. Savoyard menu with a modern twist. Main meals €15-€30 approx. Terrace and open fire. Access: from Plagne Centre via the Funiplagne Grande Rochette. From Plagne Bellecote via the Blanchets chairlift. From Belle Plagne via the Col de Forcle gondola. From Champagny via the Verdons Sud chairlift.
‘Laisonnay’ (located in Le Laisonnay en haut, Champagny). Homemade traditional regional dishes made from local produce with recipes passed on from the owners parents and grandparents! Tartiflette, raclette and fondue. Lunch is served 12:00-14:00 and dinner 19:00-20:30. Pedestrian access.
‘Le Refuge du Bois’ (located at 1470m, Rue Michel Ruffier-Lanche, Le Bois, Champagny). Authentic Alpine refuge serving Savoyard specialities such as croute, tartiflette, fondue and raclette. A la carte menu, good value set menu, children’s menu and gourmet menu. Delicious desserts. If you can’t decide which one to try then why not go for the ‘Café Gourmand’ – coffee and a selection of mini desserts! Great place to stop for lunch and accessible by car.
‘Le Forperet’ (located in Plagne Montalbert, Montalbert 1600). Wonderful farmhouse restaurant with a small farm, lots of Alpine character and great views of Mont Blanc. Open for lunch and dinner. Terrace. Expect to pay €13-€25 approx per person. Regional Savoyard cuisine such as cheese fondue, meat pierrade, tartiflette, salads, soups, omelettes and snacks plus yummy desserts such as chocolate fondue and blueberry pie. A free mini bus service is provided for easy access from Longefoy and Montalbert.
Restaurants in Arc 1800
Les Arcs cuisine is very French orientated and therefore there are plenty of restaurants specialising in the local dishes such as fondue and raclette.
‘Les Terrasses du Green’ (within Hotel du Golf, Arc 1800). Sophisticated and elegant French restaurant. A little pricey, but hey you get what you pay for! Expect to pay €40 approx per person (not including drinks).
‘La Santaline’ The Les Arcs Tourist Office say this is one of the nicest restaurants for local specialities.
‘La Plante d’Baton’ Very traditional French restaurant. Reasonable priced. Children’s menu.
‘Le Golf’ (located within the Temmos Hotel, in the centre of Arc 1800). Completely re-decorated in 2010, this large buffet style restaurant is split over 2 floor and is great for quality regional dishes. Open from 07:00 for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 43 43.
‘Le Petit Zinc’ (located within the Temmos Hotel, in the centre of Arc 1800). A great recently renovated brasserie and wine bar with stunning views from the terrace.
Open daily for table service between 12:00 – 16:00. Tables must be reserved at the Hotel Reception for evening meals. French and Italian cuisine. Wines from Mont Blanc, Savoy, Bugey, Jura, Switzerland and North Italia. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 43 43.
‘Le Mont Blanc’ (located within the Temmos Hotel, in the centre of Arc 1800).
Traditional French cuisine including Savoyard specialities such as fondue and raclette. Wooden Alpine interior with a warm and cosy atmosphere. It is advisable to book at least one day in advance. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 43 43.
‘La Cabine des Neiges’ (located in Les Villards, Arc 1800). Traditional Savoyard dishes in a traditional mountain setting decorated with wood and stone. Warm and cosy atmosphere. Large restaurant set on 2 levels with a large menu, making it a great place for family and friends.
‘Chalet Candice’ (located within Les Alpages du Chantel Residence in Arc 1800). Open for lunch, snacks and dinner. French cuisine, local specialities such as fondue, raclette, tariflette, diot, casserole and crozet, light lunchtime menu including pizzas, pasta dishes and salads, snacks such as pancakes and waffles. Fantastic sunny terrace with panoramic views.
‘Le Choucas’ (located within the Charvet shopping centre, Arc 1800). Traditional Savoyard menu including fondue, tartiflette and raclette. Friendly and attentive staff in a warm and cosy atmosphere. Booking is recommended during peak season.
‘Chez Clarisse’ (located in Place Haute des Villards, Arc 1800). Local cuisine and a cosy atmosphere. Large terrace for lunch in the sun. Warm interior for a romantic dinner. Excellent service and delicious Savoyard food.
‘L’Aiguille Grive’ (located in Charmettoger in Arc 1800, within the hotel, access via the Jardin Alpin chairlift). French cuisine and local specialities. Open for lunch, snacks and dinner. Terrace. Open fire inside with huge windows and views of Mont Blanc.
‘Chez Boubou’ (located in Le Charvet area of Arc 1800). Snack/Bar, Brasserie and take-away.
‘Slide Planet’ (located in Les Villards, Arc 1800). Tapas bar.
‘Le Machon’ (located in Le Miravidi, Le Charvet area, Arc 1800). Traditional creperie/restaurant.
The Après-ski in Arc 1800
Arc 1800 is definitely the liveliest village in Les Arcs with a good selection of bars for après-ski fun.
‘The Red Hot Saloon’ (located within Galerie des Villards, Arc 1800). Arguably the best for après-ski and late night partying. Known locally as ‘The Red Bar’, there is often live rock bands and DJs, a large dance floor and English speaking staff. It gets very busy here so you are guaranteed a great party atmosphere. Happy hour from 16:30-19:00.
‘Jungle Café’ (located in Place des Villards, Arc 1800). A popular choice with jungle themed interior and murals on the walls. Pretty cheap place to drink and open all day until 1am. Good mix of people, mainly locals and seasonal resort workers. They also serve tasty food all day long.
‘Ambiente Café’ (located in the Villards area of Arc 1800, near to The Red Bar).
French style establishment and true après-ski bar. Lively yet chilled atmosphere. Here you can try a cocktail or two and have a game of darts. Happy hours 16:00 – 18:00. Sports bar, free Wi-Fi and pool tables.
‘Le Gabotte’ (located in Le Charvet area of Arc 1800). This bar is similar to the Ambiente Bar and is a ski instructor hangout. This bar also attracts lots of English and Dutch clientele.
‘The Casual Bar’ (located within Hotel Temmos, Charvet area, in the centre of Arc 1800). A new and unique bar offering something for friends and families alike. The atmosphere is all about relaxation and indulgence. There are collection of books, a pool table, films on a big screen, concert and classical piano to listen to and even sometimes a lecture by a great traveller.
‘The Golf Bar’ (located within Hotel Temmos, Charvet area, in the centre of Arc 1800). A stylish and cosy bar with an open fireplace and often live music. They regularly welcome renowned Jazz musicians, making it a fun and chilled place to be. Comfortable armchairs and sofas to relax in. Great refreshing cocktails as well as a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
‘BKM – Barkingmad’ (located on Place Hautes des Villards, Arc 1800). Nice pub with great atmosphere and good music. Live DJ every Thursday.
‘Alpine Café’ (located within Les Alpages du Chantel, Arc 1800). Café/bar that also serves food.
‘Le Madly’ (located in Les Tournavelles, Arc 1800). Snack/Bar. Terrace. Wi-Fi access and computers plus printer, photocopier and scanner.
There is also a bar within the ‘Bowling Arc 1800’ bowling alley, which serves snack food.
The Partying in Arc 1800
The ‘Apokalypse’ club is probably the most popular in Arc 1800. With a large dance floor and live DJs it is a great place to spend the evening with friends. Open until 5am. Located in the Villards area.
There is also ‘Club 73’ which is located in the shopping centre of the Charvet area of Arc 1800.
In Arc 1800 you are sure to find all the shops and services that you need: supermarkets, bakeries, regional products, butchers, delicatessens, sweet shop, chemist, physiotherapist, osteopath, ski and snowboard equipment hire shops, bookshop, newsagents, launderette, hairdressers and beauty salons as well as numerous gift, souvenir, clothes, perfume and jewellery shops.
Sherpa – Les Villards area of Arc 1800
Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 07 42 21. Website: www.sherpa.net
Spar – Le Charvet area of Arc 1800
Tel: +33 (0) 4 57 37 00 10. Website: www.marcheducharvet.fr
There are 2 medical centres in Arc 1800 and both have English speaking doctors.
In Le Charvet area the centre is located within the shopping centre:
Drs Cailleau and Galleron. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 40 60
In Les Villards area the centre is also located in the shopping centre:
Dr Wegmann. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 49 99
Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79
Getting to Arc 1800, France
From Calais, take A26 Motorway to Reims and Troyes, then A5 Motorway to Dijon, then A39 motorway to Lons-le-Saulnier and Bourg-en-Bresse, then A40-A42 Motorway heading towards Lyon. Take exit 8, drive through Ambérieu-en-Bugey, follow N504 towards and up to Chambéry, then take A43 motorway and A430 motorway to Albertville. Continue on N90 towards Moutiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Drive trough and follow sign to Les Arcs on D119 (sharp climbing starts here). Make a right turn at roundabout following signs to Arc 1800.
Chambery to Arc 1800: 73 miles, approximately 1hr 30.
Lyon to Arc 1800: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 15.
Geneva to Arc 1800: 124 miles, approximately 2hrs 20.
Private taxi transfers from airports to Arc 1800 are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Taking the Eurostar from London couldn’t be easier. We offer 2 options: direct Ski Train (St Pancreas or Ashford to Moûtiers or Bourg-St-Maurice) or Eurostar Beyond (with a change at Paris). See our train services page for more information.
The nearest train station to Arc 1800 is Bourg Saint Maurice, which is 40 minutes away by road. www.sncf.com
Private taxi transfers from Bourg Saint Maurice to Arc 1800 from £28.75 per person return (based on 4 people sharing) are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Alternatively, you could get the funicular which runs from Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1600. It only takes 7 minutes and runs every 20 minutes, starting at 07:30 and running until 20:00 (until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays). The cost for adults aged 14-71 years is €7.50/single and €12/return. The cost for children aged 6-13 years is €5.50/single and €9/return - or you can travel for free with a valid lift pass. From Arc 1600 you can then hop on the free Les Arcs shuttle bus to take you onto Arc 1800 – the buses run from 07:30-19:40.
The regular ‘Belle Savoie Express’ bus service also runs from Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1800, the first bus is at 07:00 and the last at 21:40.
Altibus offer bus lines from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genève-Cointrin (Geneva), Chambéry/Aix les Bains airports and Bourg Saint Maurice SNCF train station to the ski resort of Arc 1800.
Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68
Ski Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. 7 day rental ranges from £230-£549 (any other duration possible). See our car hire page for more information.
Resort Shuttle Bus:
A free resort shuttle bus operates between Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 from 07:30 – 19:40. To travel between Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 the short Cabriolet gondola is available.
The bus route between Arc 1600 and Arc 1800 Les Villards takes approximately 25 minutes, the first bus of the day being at 07:40 and the last at 20:25 (with 2 extra evening buses departing at 20:40 and 21:10 on Saturdays).
There is also a route between Arc 1800 Chantel and Arc 1800 Charvet. The journey time is approximately 5 minutes. First bus at 07:30 and last at 23:30.
Another route goes from Arc 1600 to Arc 1950 then onto Arc 2000. Journey time from Arc 1600 to Arc 1950 is approximately 17 minutes and from there onto Arc 2000 another 3 minutes. The first bus is at 07:20 and the last at 20:25 (with 2 extra evening buses at 20:40 and 21:10 on Saturdays).
In Arc 1800, after taking your ticket at the entrance to the resort, you have 4 hours free parking in covered or open-air car parks. You can then choose the car park most convenient to your apartment building. Thereafter, you must pay for your parking, including at the roadside. For your convenience, you can reserve one of the three covered car parks in the resort (Charvet, Villards and Charmettoger).
If you have not reserved your parking online, you make payment at the end of your stay (directly by credit/debit card at the exit terminals, at the various automatic payment points or in any car park reception office): you then have one hour to leave the resort by one of the two exits.
If your parking is included with your accommodation, enquire at the reception in your apartment building when you arrive. If you have a private parking space, stop at the Reception Chalet at the entrance to the resort. 7 days is around €70-90 for all car parks.
For further information concerning Arc 1800 car parks: Reception 24h / 24h at 0033 4 79 00 91 32 (during the winter season).
Paradiski Opening Dates
The Paradiski ski area (Peisey-Vallandry, Montchavin, Les Coches, Champagny, Bourg St Maurice, La Plagne and Les Arcs)is open: Saturday 22/12/18 – Thursday 27/04/19.
Partial opening: Saturday 15/12/18.