Les Arcs Ski Holidays

Les Arcs Ski Holidays

Les Arcs was purpose-built as a ski resort, which makes it incredibly efficient. In fact, it’s often viewed as the benchmark for fellow French ski resorts to measure themselves against when it comes to smooth-running and crowd-pleasing.

It’s the little details that make Les Arcs into a world-class resort and ensure that it remains a top choice for winter sports enthusiasts when holidaying in the French Alps.

This ensures that, despite its popularity, queues for a cable car are never very long. There are 77 ski lifts able to lift 86,000 people per hour, and the attendants see to it that every space is filled so that the cars and lifts are used as efficiently as possible, and skiers can get on the piste. It’s these little touches that go a long way to propelling Les Arcs into world-class status.

However, the big touches help too; Les Arcs is well-known for its expansive skiing areas and snow-sure peak seasons. It’s also hugely innovative in the world of snow sports. The resort can take the credit for speed-skiing, ‘nouveau’ winter sports, slope-side accommodation and the Ski Evolutif tuition method, where parallel turns are taught from the very first lesson at Les Arcs’ Ecole du Ski François ski school.

Les Arcs is also one of the most welcoming and exciting areas for snowboarders. This mutual appreciation means Les Arcs is always full of young, passionate winter sports enthusiasts who flock to the area’s unrivalled terrain park.

The resort is made up of four ‘Arcs’, which sit at 1600m, 1800m, 1950m and 2000m, with 200kms of groomed runs. However, with an upgraded lift pass, access to the entire Paradiski area is possible, which includes 475 pistes, 141 ski lifts and a huge 425kms of skiing area.

For what is fast becoming a ‘super-ski resort’, the après ski can be a little quiet, though the unofficial après ski scene in the chalet apartments is anything but. However, Les Arcs looks set to evolve its nightlife for the young crowds that are drawn to the resort by the snowboarding scene and its relaxed attitude. Slowly, businesses are being encouraged to cater for a hard-partying crowd, with several bars and clubs opening on the upper Arcs, while the offerings lower down remain tranquil for those who come for the skiing action alone.