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Main Events in Les Arcs

Discover the main Les Arcs events in the year

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There are numerous events in Les Arcs organised year-round. From quirky local affairs to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth seeing. 

We've listed the major annual Les Arcs events below, but you can also check our Events Calendar for the latest updates.

January Events in Les Arcs

Vanoise Express linking La Plagne and Les Arcs

This is the month the locals get their town (and slopes) back, for a little while anyway. January is a great time to visit the resort, there are a couple of skiing competitions on, which are great to watch whilst you're up the mountains, but generally it's quieter and the cold temperatures keep the snow nice and crisp.

Freeride Week
This event for freeride skiers and snowboarders is a qualifier for the Freeride World Tour. The competition takes places on the Robert Blanc Face in Arc 1950. The programme also includes film screenings, mountain rescue courses and freeride courses for both adults and children. Dates & details.

February Events in Les Arcs

Big Up & Down

February is school holidays time and the resort is full of families enjoying their Spring half-term break. There will be lots of activities and events put on by the ski companies and the tourist office, so be sure to keep an eye on our Events Calendar.

Valentine's Day
There will be no shortage of places to go to celebrate with your loved one whilst in the land of romance. Be sure to book early if there's that certain spot you would like to go with your special someone. Dates & details.

March Events in Les Arcs

Star Trail

A busy month in terms of events happening locally, take a look at our Events Calendar for what else is on.

Star Trail
A night time snow running race, the Star Trail begins in Arc 1800 and participants then run up a groomed piste to Arc 1950. It's an 11km course with an ascent of 710m and is open to everyone. Dates & details.

Electronic Peak Festival
Showcasing over 20 different acts this five-day party starts with an intimate ‘secret party’ (limited to 350 people) at an undisclosed location in Arc 1800, followed by days and nights of disco, house, techno, hip hop, rock and absolutely everything in-between. It culminates in a banging late-night warehouse party with doors opening at 18:30 and music until at least 03:00! Most gigs are free. Dates & details.

European Gay Ski Week
The partying continues as European Gay Ski Week arrives. Billed as the only LGBTQ+ winter sports festival, EGSW runs all day and all night. Expect pool parties, daily cabaret, club nights, after-hours partying (post 05:00 in the morning!), headliner DJs and more. It is a guaranteed contender for ‘most fun week of the season.’ Dates & details.

April Events in Les Arcs

Snow park is in good shape in Les Arcs

As we get close to the end of the Winter season, in Les Arcs it's time for some last minute skiing, plus a full schedule of events, so take a look at our Events Calendar for updates.

Ski2Bike
If anything sums up spring in Les Arcs, it is the absolutely crazy Ski2Bike competition. Essentially it is a duathlon where the two sports are skiing and mountain-biking. There are categories for men, women and even a relay option (for those who prefer to share the descent without having to change modes of transport). It is partly insane, partly genius, 100% Les Arcs. Dates & details.

Feel Good Village
April is not all about competitions, rushing around and partying. The Feel Good Village at the top of the Col de la Chal can introduce a bit of relaxation and mindfulness into your week. Dates & details.

May Events in Les Arcs

Pistes above Les Arcs 2000

Usually a quiet time of the year in resort, check our Events Calendar for info on what might be going on.

June Events in Les Arcs

Fete de la Musique

Summer arrives with an array of festivities, including the French national day of music.

Fête de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Les Arcs Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands. Dates & details.

July Events in Les Arcs

Festival des Arcs, Les Arcs Villages

As the weather ramps up so do the number of events and you'll find the resort is buzzing with activity.

Bastille Day
Celebrated across the whole of France with a bang...well, several in fact, fireworks always feature heavily. And the residents of Les Arcs celebrate this national holiday with as much enthusiasm as the rest of the country. Various activities are held across the city on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Traditionally the fireworks display normally starts off between 22:00-23:00. Dates & details.

Tour de France
The Alps have played a large part in the race over the years with the gruelling mountain climbs providing some of the most exciting spectacles of the event. The route changes slightly each year, taking in different towns, villages and cols along the way. Even if the race doesn't pass near to where you are this summer you can guarantee that it will still be avidly watched in bars and cafés around the country with everyone joining in to cheer on the famous yellow jersey! Dates & details.

Arcadienne Mountain Bike Race
This downhill bike race is open to everyone, both adults and children, and is also a qualifier for the Rhones Alps downhill mountain bike cup. Dates & details.

August Events in Les Arcs

Nocturne des Ruelles

Always a busy month so keep an eye on our Events Calendar for updates.

Summer Days in Arc 1950
Every Wednesday throughout the summer school holidays, Arc 1950 organises special family events and entertainment with each week having a different theme. Dates & details.

Nocturne des Ruelles
An American style mountain bike race through the streets of Bourg Saint Maurice. This urban course takes competitors through the winding lanes and alleys of the town, with some surprising obstacles en route! It's a relay event for pairs of riders and there is a children's course as well as one for adults. Dates & details.

September Events in Les Arcs

Mountain Biking in Les Arcs

The tourists leave and a sense of calm returns to the valley. There won't be too much going on, but check our Events Calendar to keep up to date with anything that might be happening.

October Events in Les Arcs

Les Arcs Golf Course

The summer months are a distant memory, and in October the locals enjoy some autumnal bike riding and hiking before the first snow falls.

November Events in Les Arcs

Mont Blanc from les Arcs

Not much on in terms of events, November is usually a time when everyone is taking a well-earned break before December arrives and the opening of the Winter season.

December Events in Les Arcs

Christmas & New Year 2019 in Les Arcs - What weather to expect & what to do

December is always a busy month, the Christmas and New Year brings a flurry of social and sporting events, so take a look at our Events Calendar for more details.

Christmas
The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion. Christmas in Les Arcs officially starts at the beginning of December when the Christmas lights are switched on. The night is marked with vin chaud, hot chocolate and music. From then on you can enjoy Christmas concerts, festive markets and live music throughout town as the resort gears up for Christmas and New Year. Dates & details.

New Year's Eve
Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration! Likewise, planning ahead is advised if you have your heart set on ringing in the New Year in a particular bar or club – some of them are ticket-only, so enquire in advance to avoid disappointment! Dates & details.

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