The lowest of the eponymous Les Arcs villages, Arc 1600 is also one of the smallest. Despite recent large-scale developments, it retains its quaint ‘local’ feel and provides excellent access to the rest of the mountain and Bourg St Maurice in the valley.
Ground was broken on the cutting-edge Arc 1600 ski resort back in 1968, with the intention of creating a world-class year-round mountainside resort. Fifty years later and Les Arcs has expanded to encompass seven separate villages within a well-connected and internationally renowned ski domain. Arc 1600 is still very much at the heart of the mountain; it is the first resort you reach when driving up the hill and it has free navettes (shuttle buses) running to all other levels of the resort. It is also a mere seven-minute funicular ride from Bourg Saint Maurice and its international train station.
The village itself is predominantly pedestrian-only, with a huge variety of accommodation options complemented by a decent selection of bars and restaurants. There are three main ski lifts ascending from the town centre with ski schools operating on the snow front. In 2018, the biggest Club Med resort in the Alps was opened above Arc 1600, complete with restaurants, bars and a well-equipped spa centre.
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