Historically the resort has championed inclusivity and welcomed skiers from all backgrounds, offering everything from fairly priced self-catering apartments to luxury retreats. Arc 1800 offers something for those who are more après focussed with plenty of bars and the recently opened Mille8 area offering on snow entertainment into the night. Families are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation with a plethora of piste-side accommodation and activities on offer.
Such is Les Arcs’ desire to attract holidaymakers from far and wide, the tourist board have laid on a varied and interesting calendar of events and activities throughout the season. Culture enthusiasts will enjoy sinking their teeth into the annual European Film Festival each December while Britons will feel at home during the annual Great British Celebration every March.
After a quick lunch at the excellent Bullé Café, the weather closed in and we explored the sheltered forests above Vallandry and Peisey. With several extensive zones that offer protection when conditions close in, Les Arcs offers more sheltered skiing than many of the other big resorts in the vicinity. Occasionally we would catch sight of the Vanoise Express through the clouds, the resort’s link to next door La Plagne via a breath-taking double-decker cable car. A reminder that even though we had barely scratched the surface of the resort, which boasts 425km of pistes.
While those searching for chocolate box villages may miss out on the benefits of the purpose-built resort, we don’t mind too much. The fewer skiers there are to share Les Arcs’ extensive and varied terrain with, the better. Besides, we have grown rather fond of Les Arcs' unique style.
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. A day pass for Les Arcs starts at €46.