Nestled in the gorgeous French Alps is the mountain resort of Les Arcs. This snow-covered paradise boasts 106 ski runs, 54 lifts and 200km of descent. Opened in 1968 with the Arc 1600 resort, it now encompasses Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 for a massive sprawling holiday spot. While also featuring incredible mountain biking in the summer and the European festival of Les Arcs in December, there is much more to the resort than just the snow. Here are some of the features of the resorts and things you can expect to enjoy when you visit.
Ski in Stunning Natural Snowscapes
At the Arc resort sites, 425km of runs cover 136 easy difficulty slopes, 66 intermediate, 35 difficult and Nature runs, or backcountry skiing. Base elevation sits at 1250m, while the highest point is at 3250m. With 171 lifts including cable cars, chair, and surface lifts, getting from slope to slope has never been easier. When natural snow isn’t there, there are 470 on-site snowmaking cannons putting down fresh powder when needed. Mixing open and wooded runs makes Les Arcs one of the more diverse resorts in the region, as well as being one of the original French “mega-resorts”.
Explore Exquisite Architecture and Mountain Trails
One of the most interesting sights at the resorts is their hotel and tourism areas. At Arc 1800, the resort houses 100 shops, hotels, a cinema and an ice rink, as well as fantastic restaurants. Above 1800 sits a 182 apartment complex in two 3-5 storey chalet style residences, designed by architect Charlotte Perriand. Arc 1950 boasts a five-star alpine village development with lavish designs influence by local Alpine history. In the summertime, the Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry Bikepark opens, offering routes from 800m to 2600m for the biking enthusiast.
Attend Lavish and Legendary Events and Conferences
In January 2018, Les Arcs hosted the equine veterinary Ski-PD trip. This event ran from 14th to 21st January 2018. Hosted and chaired by Nick Bova Managing Director of BOVA UK , this event was a week for renowned speakers and equine veterinarians to learn and network while in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to the conferences and leisure events, this was also a way to obtain 13.5 hours of formal CPD.
This luxury resort tucked in the southeast of France has everything from fun-filled sports to exceptional amenities.