The Igloo Village, which is already a popular après and dining spot in the much-loved resorts of Avoriaz and Val Thorens, is set to reopen in Les Arcs this winter. Whether you fancy a soul-warming hot chocolate, refreshing beer on the sunny terrace or a fondue dinner amongst family and friends, the Igloo Village will be the place to be when it open its doors on the 15th of December 2019.
So how do you create an igloo village complete with a bar, restaurant and two hotel rooms? After accumulating around 3000m₃ of snow, it takes around 5 days to assemble the outer structure. Then the sculpting and decorating begins! Over 10 days an expert team sculpts the different rooms and carves incredible sculptures into the igloo walls. The electricians and sound technicians then add the finishing touches. The result? A 350m₂ ice village full of atmosphere, amazing art and, of course, snow.
Open every day from 10am-5pm, the Igloo Village is located in the heart of the Arc 2000 ski area and is easily accessible via a blue run. With bright neon lighting, comfy seats with warm blankets and upbeat music, the Igloo Bar is a fun and atmospheric place to enjoy an aperitif or chocolat chaud on the mountain.
Dinner at the Igloo Village is pretty special. Every Wednesday night the restaurant hosts a superb fondue night, with wine and a mixed meats board included. The igloo setting is a truly unique way to enjoy this classic Alpine dish. Whilst you’re there the team will show you around the Ice Grotto and teach you about the construction process. The whole experience is very kids-friendly and the theme behind the sculptures this year is mythology!
For those wanting to fully immerse themselves in the Igloo Village experience, why not opt to stay in the Igloo Hotel? Upon arriving at the top of the Cabriolet ski lift you will be met by a guide and provided with snowshoes and a handy head torch. After walking the short distance to the Igloo Village and enjoying some star gazing followed by a hot drink and delicious dinner, you’re then ready to spend the night in your icy hotel room. While the specially designed duvets provide extra warmth, make sure to bring plenty of clothing layers as the temperature in the chilly Igloo rarely climbs above 0 degrees! Breakfast the next morning is a real treat – from 2100m high, you get incredible panoramic views of the sprawling Paradiski area and Aiguille Rouge Mountains.
With so much on offer, the Igloo Village in Les Arcs, as well those in Avoriaz and Val Thorens, is definitely on our to-do list!
Want to find out more? Speak to a Ski Specialist for more information or to make a reservation. Enquire online or call us on 0131 243 8097.