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A great day in the Bellecote bowl. Fresh light un-tracked powder in many places. Great conditions and loads of pics to follow, but not tonight. Time for a beer. Boy was it cold on the way back home. My hands froze, I need new gloves.
The pistes across to la plagne and the glacier were in excellent condition, firm but not icy even on the way home. The same over in Les Arcs, great conditions on all the pistes from Arc 1600 to peisey and back to Arc 1950.
Remember if you are coming out, pop into George's Wine Bar in Arc 1950 any evening after skiing from 5pm to about 6.30pm for a chat and a beer. Maybe even to arrange a ski or boarding day out.
Go to my facebook page to see my photos.
Nearly time to kick start the new season, only a month to go and as I am stopping by tonight, thought I would just say hi and post a link to my new Les Arcs Ski and Snowboard Info group on facebook.
If you have any questions about Les Arcs, post here or take a look in the group page. Loads of links, vids, pics, details on insurance and much more. It is public access so enjoy.
Hi, We are 2 families skiing at Les Arcs from Feb 12-18th. We have registered our 4 children (ages 7-11) for a private lesson (4 children with one instructor) with Les Arcs Aventures ski school (@ Les Arcs 1800). I was wondering if you know of any great instructors with Les Arcs Aventures that we could request for these private lessons (2 half-days). Also... we would prefer a french-speaking instructor. Our children are pretty advanced for their ages. The youngest has been skiing for 5 years already - so it's a matter of challenging them and improving their technique.
If you are coming to Les Arcs and have booked with Arc Adventure, they are all French speakers so do not worry. As for being good. most are ok, some better than others. My friend no longer works for them. Pity you did not contact me first as he would have been happy to take you all.
Hope you have a good stay in Les Arcs. If I can help with anything else or you fancy meeting up for a beer or going out for a ski and I will show you around whilst you are out here, let me know. Cheers!!
If Snowcrazy Chris doesn't check this before your trip, check out snowheads.com as he posts more frequently there along with a lot of Brits on the Les Arcs thread.
I am not as familiar with La Plagne as the link w/ Les Arc was down the year I spent in Bourg St Maurice, but would encourage you to check out both sides, including 2000. For the best stuff you will want an experienced off piste guide like Chris, but there is some nice ungroomed in Arc 2000 off the Varet lift that is marked on-piste (w/ av control work done before they open the lift). It tends to bump up quicker than the true off piste stuff (for which a guide and av gear are recommended), but can offer some nice snow after a storm.
Storm days should be spent down lower- probably the trees on the La Plagne side, since that is where you are staying.
Enjoy- its a great place to be when the snow is good!
Hey MEfree! Yea, Les Arcs is pretty cool! I got to go for a full saturday earlier in the season with a group from the Université de Savoie. The glacier was intense! I, unfortunately, didn't spend too much time around Arc 2000. The pass I have for La Plagne is a 6 day pass with one of the days a pass for both Les Arcs and La Plagne, so I'll have to check that area out some more when I'm there. Anything else you can suggest? I'm probably going to stay in bounds for the majority of my time, so any runs like the one you were mentioning would be great!
Sorry dennyn, just noticed your reply...I was working from home with a flexible enough schedule to ski about 60 days (but only 1 at La Plagne late in the season with SnowCrazy who gave me a nice tour of the place).
If you haven't used your Les Arc day yet, and want a full day on piste, I would probably head over first thing and pick a run to take down to the Trans Arc lift. From the top, traverse over to the Grand Col lift for a run, then head down to the Varet gondi (Arc 2000) and take that up to the Aiguille Rouge cable car. From the top of the mnt (3200 M) you can ski all the way down to Villaroger (1200 M), but skip the last section if there isn't enough snow. Some people would recommend La Ferme for lunch in Villaroger, but I like other places better.
Then take 2 or 3 (depending if you did the last section) lifts back up and ski down Droset (black ungroomed)- there are two restaurants at the bottom below Arc 1950/2000 that are good if you have the time (especially when the weather is nice). (For more lunch options that could be quicker, but not as good IMO, you could take the traverse to 1950/2000 from the top of Droset lift, but you would miss the Droset run, which was one of my favorites (with both on piste black ungroomed options and typically better snow off piste just outside the sticks)
From there you can take Comborciere and ski Malgovert (funky, ungroomed red run) into Mont Blanc and the 1600 base. From there, take Cachette up and traverse over to Acr 1800. Take Vagere or one of the other lifts at 1800 and start traversing back over to the Vanoise Express to the La Plagne side.
If you think you will have time and the legs, ride the Varet gondi twice- skiing back to it the first time and onto Aiguille Rouge the 2nd.
Hi dennyn, if you want to meet up for a ski or snowboard let me know. Post a message here or PM me. You can also check out my 'Les Arcs Ski and Snowboard Info Group' on facebook (public access). Loads of info on Les Arcs there plus daily updates. Hope to see you some time.
Mefee, how you doing, long time since we spoke last. The conditions are not as bad as some are saying. Check out the pics in my facebook group to see what we have been up to out here. Good powder in my some of the places I like to ride. Still hope to come out to your side of the pond one of these days. Hope you are having a good season.
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!!
Ski Area Info piste maps etc.
Ski Lessons all ages.
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.
It look's like the facebook Les Arcs ski and Info group pages are changing, for those that use my group as well, keep a look on the link as I might have to change it.
For all you Mountain Bikers, here are the new VTT videos from the summer, one with Kenny Belaey and another made by the local boys. Both worth a look. Enjoy!
A few days ago I had another little trip. Was really fun. Here is the report.
Another trip into the back country, this time with a scenic photo shoot in mind.
Blue sky, fresh snow, an empty mountain and no tracks in sight. What more could I wish for.
As I shall be based in Arc 1950 as a ski host for the Film Festival VIP's again starting from tomorrow I thought it would be fun on such a nice day to get high and look across to Les Arcs ski domain and get some photos of the whole area.
Time to head up to La Rosiere and into one of the back valleys looking across to Les Arcs.
What a great day. As always with La Rosiere you need to choose where you ski quite carefully to avoid wind slab, but there are some great off piste areas if you plan your route. As my idea for today was to get good photos plus finding some off piste. I headed high on skins and got onto the ridge away from the pistes. If only the lifts were working to get me half way up. Oh well!
Having made the ridge, I had a photo stop and then headed into the valley. More untracked snow with great vis, but did give myself a little scare when the snow started to make strange noises. Ops!!! Time to get onto safer ground quickly. All alone on unstable snow is not a good place to be.
(Remember folks, like they say on TV, do not do this yourself. Well that covers me anyway. As I do enjoy being out in these places alone sometimes it is a risk I am willing to take. Please do not copy what I do unless you really know what you are doing. Ok I think that's enough, now back to the report.)
Once heading into the valley, on a very safe line I skied down towards the forest, stopping on the way for more photos and then finally arrived back at La Rosiere after a bit more skinning. Once I got away from the wind effected unstable stuff the snow was great. Managed to put fresh tracks everywhere I went and really enjoyed the calm peace of the place before the lifts open on Saturday.
Looking across at Les Arcs ski domain. The runs down to Villaroger are complete and they are getting them ready for skiing. The whole of the Arc 2000 bowl looks great and the off piste into the national park looks very tempting, but I think it might be very unstable right now.
Here is one of the photos, the others can be seen on my Les Arcs Winter page. Link below.
Today I made it a late start as the lifts did not open until after 10am. The snow was ok at first, but started to go off by the afternoon. The vis came and went all day and did not improve much. The snow falling started to turn to rain at 1800m by around 3.30pm, but has now changed back to light snow higher up I have just been told.
The top of the forest area was ok off piste, but with a level 5 ...warning you had to be really careful and on the shallower slopes the snow became heavy and wet going into the stations.
They are hoping to open more of the higher lifts tomorrow. We shall just have to wait and see what the weather does!
Bourg St Maurice was a carpet of white snow today with cars sliding around everywhere. If the snow on the roads freezes tonight you will have to take real care driving anywhere. The route between Aime and Bourg was closed due to an avalanche today, but is reopen now. My friends took between 2 and 4 hours to get from Moutiers today, but I think the traffic is moving a little better now.
Hope you all have a good NEW Year's Eve tonight and best wishes for the coming Year!!
For those that have just arrived or who are arriving today. Here is a summary from this morning taken from my Les Arcs Winter page. If you want to read the full version with lift details etc. visit the link below. You do not need to sign into facebook to read this page.
WHAT IT LOOK'S LIKE OUTSIDE: (From ME!)
Looking outside this morning, the cloud and mist are still hanging around the valley and I cannot see the mountain tops. The road outside has a light covering of a few cm's of snow, maybe 5 cm at most. It looks like it may snow again. It is very cold. Higher up the mounatin you can see the peaks between the different layers of cloud, but it is flat light. The main roads in the valley are ok, but the side roads are not so good. The roads up to resort stations are open, but you should take care.
TIPS OF THE DAY: (Pisteurs)
Welcome to ski paradise!
With a cloudy sky and the return of wind from the South East, winter (very cold)has arrived again!! We recommend skiing in forest edges for better visibility and protection from cold and wind. Cover up well, and consider making regular breaks to hydrate yourself with hot drinks. Moderate your speed and the sensation of the cold conditions will be reduced.
100% of the ski area (200 km of marked pistes) is open with "good" conditions everywhere: soft, velvety snow on groomed pistes and the few inches of fresh snow yesterday to freshen up other areas. Ski the blue runs in all these areas and at high altitude to start your stay by warming up carefully.
SKIING IN THE FOREST
If you are bothered by the lack of visibility and prefer tree skiing. Arc 1600: very beautiful red Arolles or blue Mont Blanc pistes. The area of Peisey-Vallandry offers a wide selection of pistes in the forest. Arc 2000 Villaroger section also has a number of pistes passing through the forests. For holders of the package PARADISKI opportunity to ski in the forest of Montchavin / les Coches.
SECURITEE TIP: Be aware of fluorescent banners planted on the slopes, they will
cite passages, gradients, intersections and are there to make you slow down. Please be prudent at all times. Control your speed and remain able to stop a safe distance from others. Always the respect nature!!
Have a nice day
Here are a few photos to show you what amazing conditions we have been having over the last few weeks. Hurry up and get out here whilst the snow conditions remain so good!!
You can see many more photos of the current conditions on my facebook page which is public access.
Its temping to join you Chris, but I am trying to be good and give my knee plenty of time to heal this second go around- otherwise I would already be there. Some of my best skiing days have been at Les Arcs and it truly looks like it is going off in a great way this season.
Did you get my email? My April plans are a bit up in the air.