Les Arcs

Ski resorts in France
Lifts (40/53)
Slopes (81/120)
Snow depth
10584 ft
5249 ft
126 in
65.7 in
If you want to ski in the French Alps, Les Arcs is an excellent choice. Les Arcs consists of four areas on different heights, all of which are located near the Italian border. Les Arcs is part of the ski area Paradiski, which means you can easily reach the relatively close ski resorts of La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry by going on the cable car Vanoise Express. Just as you would expect from a ski area of the highest quality, there are lots of slopes of all difficulty levels to choose from. Here you will find a really long piste with one of the largest drops in Europe, the well-known Aiguille Rouge. The piste is seven kilometers long and the fall height is 2,050 meters. If you do not dare to take on this challenge, you have more than 200 other slopes to choose from. And we haven't even mentioned the awesome opportunities for off-piste ...
Les Arcs belong to Paradiski.

Les Arcs Snow forecast

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Best Off-Piste:
Powder-hounding off-pisters head straight for Aiguille Rouge or off the back of the Col de la Chal. Despite being overshadowed in this area by neighbouring La Plagne, you’ll still find plenty to keep you happy. Get a guide.

Best Black Run:
It has to be the massively long Aiguille Rouge black/red. Either get the Lanchettes lift up from Arc 2000 for the red or ski the black version of the same name from the cable car at the top of the glacier. Super long and finishes through the trees at Villaroger village.

Best Red Run:
Again from the cable car at Aiguille Rouge take the Arandelieres down the Glacier du Varet all the way round the bowl into Arc 2000. Great views down towards the resorts too.

Best Blue/Green:
I am a big fan of the long Mont Blanc blue from the top of Mont Blanc chair through the trees into Arc 1600 (particularly if you have just come down the black Deux Tetes from the summit). Otherwise, Villard or Grand Melezes from Arpette down to Arc 1800.

By: Lesley McKenna Britain’s most successful Snowboard World Cup competitor


Facts about Les Arcs

Number of slopes:120
Learning / beginner Green slopes:12
Easy Blue slopes:50
Intermediate Red slopes:40
Advanced / Expert Black slopes:18

Lifts (Total: 53)
Gondola lift:13
Aerial tramway:2
Chair lifts:58

Vertical drop
Les Arcs Vertical drop
Highest Point: 10584 ft
Vertical drop: 5335 ft
Base Point: 5249 ft

Start:10 December
End:29 April

Country: France

Reviews for Les Arcs

What do you think about Les Arcs?
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If the focus is on skiing, Les Arcs is superb. The village itself is completely non-existent but it is about a ski resort thrown on a mountain. At the... Read more (54 words)
Olof Malmlöf
Olof Malmlöf (Guest)
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Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne) is one of the world's largest ski areas with Espace Killy as a neighbor and Trois Valles as the other. Perfect for ... Read more (202 words)
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The journey o residents: Went with Slopetrotter week 8, 2012. Accommodation at Les Arc 1800. Nice tour leader. However, the stove did not work desp... Read more (228 words)
Hampus Wahlberg
Hampus Wahlberg (Guest)
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Be on the sports license, 2007. This ski resort is built together with La Plange via a giant two-story cabin, believes it is the largest in Europe and... Read more (304 words)
Katreen (Guest)
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Spent the winter 07/08 in this ski resort o was very impressed! Highly recommended! A plus in the edge was that the Alps had a really good winter, and... Read more (398 words)
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Staying cheap in Bourg St Maurice, I live comfortably every year on Charled des Naiges on Arcs 2000. One of the world's largest ski systems - The worl... Read more (49 words)
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Les Arcs is a terrific place! Les Arcs 1800 is probably the most party. Really nice and good backs! Recommended!

haze (Guest)
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I thought I would contribute a little to the discussion about where to stay if you go to Les Arcs. Since a year back, Les Arcs and La Plange ski syste... Read more (74 words)
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If you are going to Les Arcs for a week or two, do not make the mistake of staying in Bourg St Maurice. It's a little hole and if you're sucking on so... Read more (150 words)
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I have been to Les Arcs on a number of occasions the last 25 years. The skiing is quite ok and I would recommend the black piste called comborcierge (... Read more (174 words)
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Most popular photo

Rider: Stéphanie Churlet Photo: Stéphane Godin

Trail map

Trail map Les Arcs

Nearby ski resorts

Montchavin Les Coches2.5 miles
Peisey Vallandry3.1 miles
La Rosiere5 miles
Sainte Foy5.6 miles
La Plagne6.8 miles
Champagny En Vanoise9.3 miles
Tignes9.3 miles
La Thuile12.4 miles

Airports near Les Arcs

Chambery Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 35 minutes (79 miles)
Distance: 44 miles
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 16 minutes (127 miles)
Distance: 82 miles
Grenoble Alpes-Isère Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 19 minutes (124 miles)
Distance: 72 miles
Genève Aéroport
Driving time: 2 hours, 26 minutes (131 miles)
Distance: 56 miles
Torino Airport
Driving time: 3 hours, 18 minutes (168 miles)
Distance: 50 miles