Welcome to Les Arcs
A modern, purpose-built ski resort, the holiday destination of
Les Arcs comprises four resort villages situated above the town of
Bourg-Saint-Maurice, all linked by a free shuttle bus. Named after
their respective altitudes, Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Arc 2000 are
built with glass and concrete apartment buildings, purposefully
designed with convenience in mind, while the latest addition to the
resort, Arc 1950, has a more traditional guise and a typically
European village style.
The large and diverse network of well-groomed pistes more than
make up for any lack of charm however, and the highest station at
Aiguille Rouge Peak (10,584 feet/3,226m) guarantees excellent snow
conditions from December to April. Its vast trail system has been
linked to that of La Plagne, making the combined Paradiski area one
of the largest interconnected ski and snowboard areas in the
Arc 1800 is the biggest and most popular resort, consisting of
four villages, and is the most conveniently situated for all levels
of skiers and non-skiers on holiday, while just below, Arc 1600 is
smaller and suited to young families, although it can get crowded
on weekends due to the direct funicular link from the town of Bourg
More devoted snow enthusiasts prefer to head to the highest
resort, Arc 2000, situated at the foot of Aiguille Rouge in the
next valley, where the emphasis is on skiing and snowboarding
rather than apres-ski holiday facilities. It has easy access to the
glacier and is linked to Arc 1950 by a free cable car.
There are a few other villages in the area that, while not
officially part of the resort, are seamlessly connected and offer
their own accommodation and ski areas as well. These include
Vallandry, Peisey, Plan-Peisey, Le Pre and Villaroger.
Information & Facts
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).