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. "

Dining in Les Arcs

There are more than 60 places to eat in Les Arcs but they are spread across the four separate bases. As with most things in Les Arcs, the greatest concentration of restaurants is in Arc 1800 but the three other bases have a good selection too, if a little smaller.

Les Arcs is a relaxed, laid back resort so the vast majority of dining establishments are small, family-run, relaxed cafés and restaurants, just as happy to serve up a scrumptious crêpe or bring you a freshly made pizza as to cook up a great fondue or tartiflette. There are however some slightly more high-brow options too. Although most of the buildings are modern, a few establishments have been built in converted farm buildings that pre-date the whole ski resort (it must have been much quieter then!). The more popular establishments do tend to fill early, particularly at weekends and peak season, so booking ahead is the norm.

Places worthy of a visit in our experience include Mamie Crêpe (Arcs 1800), a Les Arcs institution for more than four decades; Chalet de L'Arcelle (Arcs 1600) for quality cuisine by the piste; the Hemingway Café (Arcs 1950) or El Latino Loco (Arcs 2000), with its Mexican vibe.

Sample Savoyard specialities in Arc 1950 Le Village  in the family-friendly Le Perce Neige or the slightly more upmarket La Table de Lys.  Below Arc 1950 is the slightly more low key but superb Belliou La Fumée which serves incredibly good food in a convivial, traditional atmosphere (you may have to book several days in advance)

Just down from the top of the Grizzly chair on the Les Arcs 1800 side is Aux Enfants Terribles which has a self-service café on the ground floor and a very smart and suitably priced restaurant on the first floor. Note the first floor restaurant has no terrace and so is best on a snowy day. Their large hot chocolates are apparently an institution.

At the top end of the dining offerings, the 5-star Hotel Taj-I Mah has two restaurants with Le Diamant Noir being the serious gourmet's choice with a gastronomic à la carte menu and truffle specialities.

For something a little more adventurous, you could even try an igloo dining experience (advance booking required)!