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Les Arcs

Les Arcs

Les Arcs is a ski resort located in Savoie, France, in the Tarentaise Valley town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Initially created by Robert Blanc and Roger Godino. It is a part of the huge Paradiski system which is under ownership by Compagnie des Alpes, a French-listed company owning several other ski resorts as well as theme parks.
   The five areas—Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000—are situated at an altitude spanning from 810 to 3225 metres, although skiing is mostly possible above 1200 metres. The ski area consists of 106 runs, 54 lifts and 200 kilometres of descent. The highest peak in the resort is the Aiguille Rouge from where is a 7 km long piste with 2026 metres in vertical drop down to the Village Villaroger. Since the opening of the Vanoise Express cable car in December 2003, Les Arcs has become part of the Paradiski group of ski-connected resorts, which also includes the La Plagne area. Paradiski in total has 425 km of pistes.
   Les Arcs has the reputation of being one of the original French "mega-resorts". All of them have a convenient, large and varied network of pistes. Les Arcs has the specificity of a unique "avant-garde" modernist architecture labelled as "heritage of the 20th century". Most of its resorts are built following this modernist architecture, with the exception of latest—Arc 1950—which is built following the traditional architecture in the Alps and also with a more defined village ambience.
   The ski domain provides a mixture of open runs and wooded runs. Its terrain park has a good reputation, with green, red and black jumps and rails. It is also good for snowboarders, with few drag lifts. The ski lifts have been gradually updated so virtually all critical lifts are modern, fast and comfortable.
   Les Arcs ESF ski school teaches the ski evolutif method, where students are taught parallel turns from the beginning, but on very short skis. Les Arcs is regarded as having excellent beginner ski areas in each resort, although absolute beginners have little to progress to; away from the nursery slopes things get trickier. Les Arcs is also regarded by many as the home of snowboarding in Europe. Local instructor Régis Rolland popularized the snowboard in France with the Apocalypse Snow series of films made in the resort in the early 1980s.
  The ski area of Arc 2000 and 1950 consists of a broad valley, with these two resorts at the bottom of its broader part. One of the sides of the valley is the ridge with the area's highest point, the Aiguille Rouge. The other side is a ridge to Arc 1600, 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry, which hold a wide range of runs. There are also a lot of relatively safe off-piste possibilities available in addition to those where you would require a mountain guide.
   In Arc 2000 you also find the famous speed skiing course used in the 1992 Olympics. It is 2000 metres long with an additional 700 metres for stopping. The current world records in speed skiing was set in Les Arcs with Italian Simone Origone at 251.4 km/h and Swedish Sanna Tidstrand at 242.59 km/h, both in April 2006. The course is sometimes open for the public but with restrictions in altitude, snow preparations, equipment, etc., to limit the speed.

The most convenient way is to get private transfers from Grenoble to Les Arcs, transfers from Lyon to Les Arcs, transfers from Chambery to Les Arcs, or transfers from Geneva to Les Arcs.

  We offer transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble to Les Arcs.