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Mon August 07, 2023
10 of our favourite things to do in Les Arcs (plus a bonus one!)
You’ll certainly not be bored on your Les Arcs ski holiday but there might not be enough time to pack it all in! Beyond the slopes, Les Arcs offers a variety of activities for the non-skier and those wanting some extra entertainment after a day on the mountain. Here is a list of our all-time favourite indoor and outdoor Les Arcs activities.
1) Husky Dog Sleigh Ride
Get a taste of Alaska on a husky powered sledge whilst taking in the breath-taking mountain scenery. This activity takes place daily with Paradisled. The starting point is between Arcs 1600 and 1950 and can be accessed by free shuttle from Arc 1950. Early booking is essential.
Luge 2000 is a fun and exhilarating experience as you toboggan down a 3-km track with challenging bends and twists along the way. Sledges and helmets are provided on site. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, minimum height restriction 125 cm. €12 per run.
3) Ice Skating
There is an ice rink open daily between 18:00 and 20:00 in the upper part of Arc 2000. On Monday and Thursday evenings, special entertainment is organised on the ice rink (weather dependent) and challenges are set for prizes to be won!
Once the ski runs have closed for the day, try your hand at driving these two-seater skidoos. With the rear wheel replaced by a caterpillar track for momentum and the front wheel swapped for a pair of skis for steering, these snowmobiles are incredibly quick. After some expert instruction, you will soon be out on an open country trail enjoying the buzz and adrenaline rush of being in control of a skidoo. Available in Arc 1800 or 2000.
5) Ski Joering
A fun activity for those who love skiing and horses! Ski joering is the original drag-lift. Before Pomas, chairlifts and cable cars were installed in the mountains, the only tow to be found was either behind dogs or horses. Although it’s easy to move around the mountain using ski lifts these days, if you fancy a trek through the woods away from the queues and ski schools, then ski joering might be for you. Available on selected dates.
6) Igloo Village
Visit an extraordinary 400m2 igloo village complete with a hotel, bar, ice grotto with impressive ice sculptures, restaurant and dance floor. Made entirely of ice, the hotel can be accessed on skis or snowshoes from Arc 1950. Entry from 4€ for children and 5€ for adults (free for children under 6). Keep your ski gear on, as the igloo is kept at 0°! Open every day of the winter season from 10am to 5pm. Entry to the magical ice grotto with sculptures costs €2 (no reservation needed). Accessible to skiers via the Arcabulle chairlift and walkers via a 20-minute walk from Arc 2000.
7) Swimming and Wellness Area
Similarly to our own pool and spa complex within the Bear Lodge, the majority of residences in Arc 1950 have wellness areas with indoor and/or outdoor hot tubs, pools and saunas. In the Deep Nature Spar, you will also find a 1000m2 complex complete with relaxation pool, themed ice and sauna caves and treatment rooms, some of which enjoy magnificent views of Mont Blanc. Afternoon child spa access from €25 (age 4-15).
If you are looking for a fun and exciting après-ski activity, then you have to give the Snakegliss a try! Several sledges are linked together one behind the other to create a sliding snake steered by an instructor at the front with 6-10 people per ‘snake’. Minimum age 10. Helmets and ski gloves are compulsory and ski boots are not allowed. It takes place late afternoon from the ice rink in Arc 2000.
Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a newcomer to winter sports, snowshoeing is a low-impact yet highly rewarding way to explore the mountains and immerse yourself in nature. With nothing but the sound of a marmot scurrying in the undergrowth and maybe a mountain spring trickling by, you will feel like you’re in another world. Ask for the “Walking, Cross-country skiing and Snowshoeing map” at the Tourist Office or ask your chalet host for more details or sign up for a guided trek with professional guides/instructors. They will take you to their favourite spots, away from the crowds, to see the best Alpine scenery and wildlife. Snowshoes and walking poles can be hired.
Want to try something new? Tired of having your feet firmly on the ground? Discover a new type of sport which combines the likes of paragliding and kite surfing to make the increasingly popular sport of Speedriding!
Bonus 11) Helicopter Ride
For a truly amazing and thrilling panoramic bird’s eye view of the mountains, choose a sightseeing scenic helicopter tourist flight. Hover over the slopes or tour around the resorts by helicopter, marvelling at the wonderful scenery beneath you.
Are you ready for an activity-filled trip to the Alps with plenty of relaxation time too?
We must add, there are numerous choices of companies providing these activities and many more than the 10 listed here, so please speak to our Concierge Team once in resort for further details.
With all extreme sporting activities please ensure you check your own insurance policy to see if you are covered to take part.
If you haven’t already selected your holiday you must check out our Arc 1950 hotel and chalets with pool complex, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, gym, cinema & kids’ playroom.