With 360º panoramas and views of Mont Blanc, Les Arcs is an enchanting resort for skiers, snowshoers and trail hikers alike. An area of 185km2, it is also home to the Beaufortain and Vanoise massifs and 35 charming villages. And with 425 km of slopes, the Paradiski ski area is a garden of frozen delights between forests and glaciers, accessible to all levels.
New for this year is the Malgovert Giants in Arc 1600, a brand-new playground nestled in the forest where young and old alike can learn about the wonders of the mountains and their high-altitude forests.
Les Arcs – which is made up of Arc 2000, Arc 1950, Arc 1800, Arc 1600 and Bourg-Saint-Maurice – caters for all levels of skier as part of the Paradiski ski area.
Paradiski contains 132 lifts accessing 425 km of slopes, divided amongst the resorts of Les Arcs, La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry. It is the second largest ski area in the world, with lifts leading onto 258 slopes perched between 1,200m and 3,226m altitude. Skiers glide into the majestic landscape of the summits, to gaze awestruck at snowy peaks that reach to the sky and stretch to the horizon.
Paradiski also boasts two snow parks, six boardercross, 11 competition slopes, halfpipe, waterslide and 153km of cross-country. The ski area also contains activity zones: zip-wire, luminous frescos, network-connected panoramic terraces, a mountain animal museum, the Aiguille Rouge walkway, themed slopes, Yuge photo spots and more.
From Les Arcs, experienced skiers will love the descent from the glaciers of the Aiguille Rouge all the way down to the apple trees of Villaroger, an energetic route of 7.4km.
Aside from skiing, there are delights galore at Les Arcs. Marvel at the Instagrammable Carreley Panorama, discover the area’s wildlife at the Mountain Animal Museum, or head for La Passerelle de L’Aiguille Rouge and have your breath taken away by the 360° panoramic view over the Alps. Then there are the toboggan runs, the Belvédère de Comborcière, ideal for a relaxing break from it all, the Les Arcs Film Festival cabin and 44km of exceptional Nordic skiing. For a truly memorable break, rediscover the mountains through a unique light show with the Aiguille Rouge Illuminated Murals. Feeling brave? The vertiginous Aiguille Rouge Zipline will have you whizzing through the air at 80mph.
Or you could marvel at the glittering stars on a night-skiing expedition, while early birds will love the First Tracks experience, making the first impressions on the snow with the ski patrol team.
Eat, Sleep, Relax
Les Arcs offers a choice of spots when it comes to unwinding and refuelling, as well as a panoramic terrace and rest area in Vallandry for a contemplative break, an eco-responsible mountain café at the bottom of the Aiguille Rouge, numerous free drinking fountains and the Marmottes rest area for a break in the warm. Navigate all your favourite spots with the help of the Paradiski Yuge mobile app, the ideal digital companion.
Worth noting is that this year, Arc 1950 is celebrating its 20th anniversary so there couldn’t be a better time to visit this pioneering ski-in/ski-out mountain village facing Mont Blanc. Entirely pedestrianised, only the swish of skis on snow breaks the silence.
With its Flocon Vert label, this eco-friendly resort and is always putting intensive work into protecting the glacier and its fragile eco-system. Initiatives include a fleet of electric vehicles, the creation of quiet zones for black grouse, a Zero Plastic campaign and water recycling.
Events in 2024
Jan 20-25: Arc 1950 Freeride – a week-long competition bring together the world’s best freeriders
Mar 9: La Belle Aventure – a ski touring outing
Mar 15: Les Arcs Star Trail – running on a groomed track
Mar 16-23: Electronic Peak Festival – electronic music festival
Mar 24: Course du Cœur = a charity event supporting organ donation
At a glance
Ski at Les Arcs until April 27
The Paradiski area is open until April 20
425km of pistes at an altitude of 1200m -3226m