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Les Arcs the ultimate A-Z

Wed November 03, 2021

We’re absolutely thrilled to be opening our very own boutique hotel and chalets this winter, right on the piste at 1950m altitude in the wonderful Paradiski region.

Arc 1950 is a high altitude, snow sure resort with a village feel and a good selection of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. With its snowy pedestrianised streets you can literally ski right into the heart of the village. It offers an ideal base for beginners and experts alike to explore Les Arcs and the wider Paradiski area.

Here’s our A- Z guide of this fabulous ski resort...

A: is for Aiguille Rouge Walkway

3226m above sea level at the top of the Aiguille Rouge cable car is a walkway opened for the 2018/19 season allowing access to stunning panoramic views of the alps including the Italian Alpine Chain and of course Mont Blanc. This year, visitors will discover a new giant sculpture in the entrance of the cable car, a big surprise for everyone to enjoy!

B: is for Birdski Project

Les Arcs is one of the pilot resorts in the Birdski programme being conducted in partnership with the Vanoise National Park. Les Arcs is the only resort in the northern Alps where the black grouse population is increasing. Actions are in place to understand why.

C: is for Car free resort

Arc 1950 is the most chocolate-box pretty of the Arc villages, with the whole village completely pedestrianised and car-free, you can literally ski right through the centre.

D: is for Deep nature spa

Discover one of the largest spas in the Alps. With 1000m2 of mineral universe, the Deep Nature Spa offers you an incomparable moment of relaxation with a view of Mont-Blanc in all seasons.

E: is for Exceptional snow record

The ski resort has enjoyed fantastic snow coverage in recent years, but they are also prepared with 600 snow machines supplied with water by a 70-km network. This "growing snow" is produced from compressed air and water sprayed under pressure at sub-zero temperatures.

F: is for Folie Douce

Brand new this winter, La Folie Douce will bring its infamous après-ski to the slopes of Les Arcs. After the first Folie Douce opened in 1980, it quickly became THE place to be for après-ski on the slopes. Their unique combination of live music, DJs, dancers and performers have proved to be hugely popular.

G: is for Glaciers

The Paradiski ski area boasts not 1, not 2 but 3 glaciers. With over 425km of ski slopes and 2 mountain peaks it has something to offer for everyone.

H: is for High Altitude

With a skiing altitude from 1200m up to 3226m its the 19th highest resort in Europe.

I: is for Igloo Village

Visit an extraordinary 400m2 igloo with a bar, ice grotto, statues, restaurant and hotel, and a dance floor. This is a hotel made entirely of ice, accessed on skies or snowshoes from Arc 1950.

J: is for Jealous

Quite simply what your friends will be when you share your Les Arc holiday snaps.

K: is for Kickers

7.4 hectares and 3 pistes make up the snowpark in Les Arcs including 4 lines of kickers for beginners and intermediates to hone their skills.

L: is for Luge

Luge 2000 is an ultimate exhilarating experience, with 3km of track, encompassing challenging bends and twists along the way. Steerable sledges are provided on site.

M: is for Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is of course the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe, rising 4,807.81 m above sea level. It is also the name of a chair lift in the Paradiski region, and a Bar & restaurant at the foot of the pistes in Peisey Vallandry.

N: is for Natur pistes

Natur Pistes are made safe but not groomed to keep the ‘off piste’ experience as pure a possible. They include Lanches, Genepi and Robert Blanc up in Arc 2000 off the Aiguille Rouge peak.

O: is for is for Opening soon!

The countdown is on, we open our doors and welcome our first guests to Bear Lodge and Suites on Wednesday 15 December 2021.

P: is for Paradiski

Paradiski is a ski-area in the Tarentaise Valley of France that offers uninterrupted skiing in between the areas of Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne.

Q: is for Queue

Beat the lift queues by buying an Essential or Premium lift pass, and glide into the dedicated Express Lanes on Villards, Carreley, Mont Blanc, Varet, Comborcière, Derby, Grizzly, Peisey, Vagère, Arpette, Bois de l’ours, Marmottes and Vallendry. 

R: is for Raquettes (snowshoe)

Try your foot at the oldest winter sport in the world. Enjoy a walk around the charming villages of Les Arcs.

S: is for Ski in - ski out

Arc 1950 Le Village is the resort that can TRULY claim to be ski-in, ski-out, in the heart of one of the world’s largest ski areas. The streets in the completely car-free village are quite simply an extension of the ski runs.

T: is for Tartiflette

Nothing fuels a hard day skiing like a delicious combination of potatoes, lardons, onions and reblochon cheese.

U: is for Uninterrupted skiing

From the top of Aiguille Rouge above Arc 2000 down to Villaroger is 7km of uninterrupted downhill skiing from the top of the glacier to the forest below with breath-taking 360 views.

V: is for Vanoise Express

The Vanoise Express is a double-decker cable car that links La Plagne with Les Arcs ski resorts in the Alps, acting as a vital link in the Paradiski area. It can carry 200 people across the valley in every crossing, taking just under 4 minutes.

W: is for When ?

With the ski season spanning December through to April, the hardest decision might be when you ski?

X: is for X-country skiing

The Paradiski has its own Nordic site of Peisey-Nancroix in the valley between Les Arcs and La Plagne with 43 kms of cross country pistes.

Y: is for Yurt

Spend the evening in a real Mongolian Yurt. An evening by the fireside in these real Mongol yurts is like travelling to a different land.

Z: is for Zozi

Our 4th floor apartment Suite Zozi sleeping 6-8 guests - waiting to be booked for your 21/22 holiday

What are you waiting for?

Check out the brand new Bear Lodge and Suites or call the team today on 0203 892 4060 to chat about your next ski holiday.

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