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Les Arcs Paradiski

Les Arcs Paradiski

Les Arcs is one of the original mega-resorts located in Savoie, France, in the Tarentaise Valley town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice. It is a part of the huge Paradiski system which is under ownership by Compagnie des Alpes, a French listed company owning several other ski resorts. The seven areas—Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000, Villaroger and Peisey Vallandry—are situated at an altitude spanning from 810 to 3225 metres, although skiing is mostly possible above 1200 metres. The ski area is also linked to La Plagne by the Vanoise Express cable car. The total ski area available consists of 106 runs, 54 lifts and 215 kilometres of descent in Les Arcs plus a similar amount in La Plagne giving a total piste area of 425 km. The highest peak in the Les Arcs area is the Aiguille Rouge (Red Needle) from which there is a piste with 2100m in vertical drop. The highest point on the La Plagne side is the Bellecotte Glacier. Both mountain tops have good glacier skiing and amazing off piste

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Pros: Great ski piste area, amazing off piste, plenty to do away from the slopes, easy access by train, plane or coach from most parts of Europe.

Cons: Can get crowded on the pistes during high season school holiday weeks. Older buildings are purpose built so do not look that great.

Les Arcs 2011 / 2012 starts HERE!!!!

Hope everyone had a good summer. Time to start planning for next winter.

The summer season is over. All the lifts are closed. It is raining right now and there is even a little fresh snow falling on the mountain tops today so I thought it must be time to kick off the coming seasons new thread.

How many days is it till the season starts, not counted, but the lifts are scheduled to open 10th December with hopefully the film festival that week as well.

Here are some links to help everyone with there planning, but some are not online yet for 2011/2012 season, check back again in October:

I will post details of the latest developments from Les Arcs later today.

For anyone that is interested, you can see photos of what some people were doing in Les Arcs this summer over on my 'Les Arcs Summer' facebook public page. If you ever fancy a different kind of summer holiday. Les Arcs is great for all kinds of activities. Even the golf course is quite a challenge!!



Arc 1800

Arc 2000

Arc 1800

Peisey Vallandry

Peisey Vallandry

Arc 1600

Arc 1600

Arc 1950

Ski Area Info piste maps etc.

Ski Lessons all ages.

Weather Forecast.

Lift Passes.

Film Festival 10 - 17 Dec

The latest news from the resort:
Over on the Peisey Vallandry side the piste from near the bottom of the Combe piste started last season is now finished and links to the top of the Parchey Chair and across to the Grizzly so you do not need to go lower to get back to the main ski area higher up.

The new Chair lift coming out of Arc 1600 replacing the Mont Blanc and Deux Tetes lifts is well on it's way and should be finished in time for next season. They have built a new blue piste connecting the top of this chair across the top of the Deux Tetes Black piste and bottom of the Malgovert Red piste to join the Mont Blanc Blue piste giving easy access back to Arc 1600.

For all the pics and technical details about this new chair lift visit the link here which is produced by a guy working on the lifts. Much better pics than I could take, well worth the look. http://www.remontees-mecaniques.net/forums/index.php?s=cae7ede99832cb8762fe915d702b8e92&showtopic=12457&st=40

There are various upgrades of the snow canons going on around the resort.

The bottom of the Vagere Red piste has been re-laid with mud, hopefully this will make it safer when the snow cover is thin.

The building work for Edenarc is going ahead well, but the new buildings DO interfere with the beginners piste leading into Arc 1800 despite the guarantees that it would not, typical!! Link to the web page: http://www.edenarc1800.com/english/

The building on the other side of Arc 1800 near to the Charmettoger piste is continuing, but will take some time to finish although this work does not appear to be affecting the pistes on that side of the station.

There is a new building in the Arc 2000 bowl which may become another snack bar I am told, waiting to have that confirmed.

That seems to be about it for now, I will post again when I receive any further news.

For those coming out to Les Arcs, hope you have a good holiday and if anyone wants to meet up for a beer or join me for a ski / snowboard send me a PM.

For those that would like to see Les Arcs paradiski ski/snowboard pictures and/or read other info about Les Arcs, need links to other stuff in the resort stations or want to get the daily snow conditions update once the resort opens please visit my 'Les Arcs Ski and Snowboard Info Group', public access on facebook.



Update for Les Arcs 23.09.2011

The links for lift passes are out, though not working yet.

Just a quick update re. lift passes. If you go to the following link you will see the details of lift pass prices for the coming season. Seems to not be online yet, but worth giving them a call next Monday to ask more.


I will try to find out more re. last seasons special 'Ednearc' pass and whether those not in La Plagne still need to get this for the full discount. Hope to post more early next week.

Regarding Nirvanalps points and possible discounts for owners. Go to the next link, as always they have not put it all in English. There are two systems, Classic and Premium. You need to read it all, still not that easy to follow. Good luck! Anyone that uses this, please post what happens as this would be helpful to everyone.

Link for Nivanalps Points



Here is another link to add to your list for ski pass info.


For anyone into off piste. Here is an 'Off Piste Les Arcs' vid. See how many of the places you know. If anyone wants to come ski or ride these places with me when you are out in Les Arcs, get in touch before you come out. Best to send me a pm or email.


(Thanks to Tim for making this Vid)

As I get more news I will share it here:

If you want to keep up with the latest news from Les Arcs please visit the Eurozone seasonn thread for Les Arcs and also go to my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LesArcsWinter 


and you can also follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/snowcrazychris  




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Pros: Lots of Vertical, Big, Good Variety of terrain, relatively snow sure

Cons: not much new snow Feb '08, Busy during school holidays

I lived just below Les Arcs in Bourg St. Maurice from September '07 until June '08 and skied at Les Arcs about 60 days.  Unfortunately, the link to La Plagne was down that season, so I only got over there 1 day.


Les Arcs is a massive resort with quality terrain that well respected in Europe, but less well known in the United States.  Many find the older purpose built bases of 1600, 1800 and 2000 to be hard on the eyes, but for me, the skiing overshadowed any of these short-comings.  The newer 1950 village built by Intra West is more pleasant to look at even if some of the locals feel it has a disneyesque feel.


Similar to many other European resorts, much of the best terrain is about tree line, although there are a few places to hide out during storms as long as the snow quality on the lower slopes is good (which it can be, but there are no guarantees).   


Starting at lookers right on the front side, the terrain around 1800 tends to be flatter and better suited for intermediates.  There are a few tree and off piste sections, but overall, I find this part of the mountain to be too flat if there is any significant amount of new snow.  For storm days, I prefer the terrain around 1600 which tends to offer more pitch than most of the 1800 terrain.


On blue bird powder days, the backside (2000) is the place to be.  Often times, the top of the mountain will be closed during a storm, so fresh tracks are available as soon as they have opened things back up.


For more info, check out http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/91447/les-arcs-season-thread

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