Heart of the Tarentaise Valley Michael Bennett, Managing Director

"I can't speak highly enough about Les Arcs, having road tested the resort myself on successful family ski holidays. The Les Arcs ski area is huge with terrain to suit every standard plus there's also the option of skiing in La Plagne on a Paradiski lift pass. I'd recommend Le Village Arc 1950 for families - everything has been designed for convenience with ski schools, shops and restaurants close at hand plus a kids club and choice of swimming pools. "

Les Arcs Ski Holidays

Les Arcs is part of the huge Paradiski domain, one of the world’s biggest ski areas providing a vast choice of terrain for all ski ability levels from complete beginners to demanding experts.

Les Arcs has every type of terrain imaginable from smooth and gentle nursery slopes on which to make those first turns to iconic on and off-piste descents plunging up to 2,700 vertical metres and ranked among the best in the world.

The resort has four separate bases, defined and named by their very snow-sure altitudes - Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. Each base has its own individual character and wealth of facilities to offer. Ski Independence features properties in:

  • Arc 1800 – large and lively. The popularity of Arc 1800 continues to increase, and the ‘Mille 8’ development has meant the introduction of some superb new amenities, especially suited to families. Mille 8 is a state-of-the-art, on-mountain hub of activities and facilities offering skiing until 7.30pm, a 3800m2 aquatic leisure centre, themed discovery piste through the forest, toboggan run, freestyle obstacle course and all the mod cons to film these experiences and take the fun home. There are also two areas within the development completely dedicated to beginners and young skiers who can improve in a specialised and safe area.
  • Arc 1950 - the comparatively new Arc 1950 Le Village was built by the same company that owned Whistler and prides itself on its high quality accommodation and superb amenities. Every apartment building in the resort is ski-in/ski-out and they all have access to various swimming pools and leisure facilities as well as a Deep Nature Spa (at a fee). Arc 1950 Le Village is consistently one of our best-selling self-catering options and is an ideal choice for families who prefer to have everything, including ski school and a kids club, close to hand.
  • Arc 2000 – this base is a paradise for the serious ski enthusiast. Very easy access to the lifts mean you can be up and out on the mountain first thing in the morning and ski straight back to your accommodation after last lifts in the evening. Arc 2000 has recently widenend its appeal with the addition of two new high quality properties, one self-catering apartment complex and Les Arcs' first 5-star hotel.

As each base has grown, they’ve all encroached a little on the other’s identities - although Arc 1800 is still the biggest of these three.

All Les Arcs resorts are connected over the snow by lifts and ski runs and by a shuttle bus service between them. The nearest airports are Geneva and Lyon, both around 150km (93 miles) away. It should also be noted that as well as being easy to reach by air, Les Arcs lies directly above Bourg St Maurice, a valley town connected by a direct Eurostar service from London St Pancras in just over eight hours each way, if you fancy arriving by train.

Skiing in Les Arcs

Les Arcs has one of the world’s biggest ski areas with 200km of fully interconnected pistes and the ski lifts ranging over 2,000m of vertical, another of those ‘world class’ statistics. It actually gets better still as in 2003, after decades of planning, Les Arcs built a spectacular lift connection to its neighbour, La Plagne. The double decker Vanoise Express cable car connects the two in a matter of minutes.

The resulting Paradiski area is one of the five biggest ski areas in the world by most measures and means the combined area is so vast it can be difficult to set out in the morning and make it to its furthest point in time to catch the last lift back at the end of the day!

That’s not to say that getting about the huge ski area isn’t quick, comfortable and easy – there are more than 60 lifts on the Les Arcs side alone, more than half of them fast, high capacity chairlifts and gondolas.

The scale of Les Arcs and the wider Paradiski area means that there is skiing for all ability levels, from complete beginners, who have special nursery slopes to themselves, through to experts who’ll enjoy more than 35 black runs in the area, the toughest reputedly the Robert Blanc descent although that 7km long 2,026m vertical descent from the glaciated Aiguille Rouge 3226m up at the top of the area down to the village of Villaroger at 1200m below is on most people’s must-ski list.

For the rest of us there are mile upon mile (upon mile) of great blue and red cruising terrain as well as fun, curving terrain down through the trees. The area is well endowed with more than a dozen on-mountain restaurants for a mid-morning or lunch break to refuel and take in the views across the valley.

Families are well catered for too with non-ski nurseries for children just a few months old and ski school nursery classes available from age three up.

Important information
Ski Area Paradiski: 425km
Ski Range 1200-3200m
Green Runs 12
Blue Runs 135
Red Runs 77
Black Runs 36
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Distance from airports
Geneva 3 hours
Chambery 2 hours
Calais (ski drive) 606 miles