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Les Arcs Ski Holiday Travel Guide

Posted by: Brandon Fryer 1 year, 11 months ago

Its status as one of the best ski resorts in the world means you can’t go wrong with a ski holiday in Les Arcs. With snow guaranteed during the winter months, a variety of skiing for all abilities, and a fantastic range of accommodation and après activities for you to enjoy, Les Arcs has something for everyone.

Our ski experts have put together the following travel guide if you’re considering a package holiday to Les Arcs.

About Les Arcs

Les Arcs is in south-east France, in the department of Savoie and region of Rhône-Alpes. It’s located on the Paradiski, one of the largest mountain resorts in Europe that runs 450km across the Vanoise massif in the Tarentaise Valley. 

The resort is made up of five smaller villages, each with its own ski centre. Even better, Les Arcs is linked to La Plagne via the Vanoise Express – a double-decker cable car that allows for easy transportation between the two areas.

Getting there

Just one of the reasons Les Arcs ski resort is so great is because of its proximity to several international airports. 

The best and quickest way to get there is by flying to Geneva and getting an airport transfer to the ski resort. Flights to Geneva airport are frequent and benefit from a wide selection of airlines, including budget alternatives if you’re travelling on a budget. A private airport transfer takes 2 hours and 45 minutes – a total distance of 218km.

  • Geneva Airport: 2 hours 45 minutes (218km)
  • Grenoble Airport: 2 hours 35 minutes (217km)
  • Lyon Airport: 2 hours 35 minutes (214km)
  • Chambery Airport: 1 hour 50 minutes (137km) 

If you prefer not to fly, you can also reach the resort by driving or via train. The extensive network of European motorways makes driving easy, while the Eurostar train from London stops at Bourg St Maurice, seven minutes from Les Arcs. These options, however, take significantly longer for a similar price.

Les Arcs Ski Resort

The stunning ski resort is one of the main reasons so many people keep returning year on year. There is an excellent variety of skiing for different abilities. We’ve highlighted some of the best areas and runs depending on your experience and level.

  • Beginners skiing: There is a gentle green run targeted for beginners, that is open day and night with a floodlight.
  • Intermediate skiing: The mountain has countless blue runs, making the resort perfect for intermediate skiers. Red runs are spread across the ski zone and there are even some woodland runs around Villaroger and Plain Peisey. In total, there are 80 runs classified as blue or red slopes.
  • Advanced and off-piste skiing: A range of advanced and off-piste skiing opportunities won’t disappoint the expert skiers. A range of black runs are not pisted so have huge mogul fields by the end of the season. The Powder Hounds are a huge draw for advanced skiers, with high snowfall levels in the area. 


Après and Nightlife

Arc 1800 is the epicentre of après ski activity, with the party starting at the main square at Villards before continuing to the resort’s two clubs at the Charvet end. The most popular is Apokalypse, located in Arc 1800, and KL92 in Arc 2000.

The Red Hot Saloon Bar, known by locals as simply the “Red Bar”, often features live bands and DJs till late. If you’re travelling on a budget, Whistler’s and The Crazy Fox in Arc 2000 have many drinks offers and happy hour deals.

iSki has a fantastic selection of Les Arcs ski package holidays on offer. Call our experts today on 0203 8236113 to find the one best suited to you!