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What's on in Les Arcs April 2019

Making the most of the final month of the winter season

Featured in: | Sam Birch, Les Arcs Reporter | Published
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Spring has sprung, the clocks have gone forward, the evenings are longer and the temperatures are rising. It is April in Les Arcs and we still have four weeks of ski time left before we give our snowboards an end-of-season wax and pack away our winter wardrobe.

This is a fantastic time of year, with the odd bluebird powder day interspersed with sunbathing on bar terraces and long cycle rides through the valley. The spring events reflect the changing of the seasons, with plenty happening to make the most of the sunshine and snow. Here’s what you can look forward to this month.

The Great British Celebration – 1st-4th April

In Les Arcs, they annually honour the long, happy relationship between France and Great Britain with a week-long celebration of British culture. On Monday there is luge (sled) racing at the Mille8 complex in Arc 1800 with Tuesday seeing an ‘Ice Warrior’ obstacle course open to all-comers in the same resort. For those who enjoy their skiing a little more ‘fast and furious,’ Arc 2000 is hosting the X Speed Tour on Tuesday and Wednesday (see below for details). Also on Wednesday (from 16:15) there is a chance to test yourself against the stopwatch in a timed descent of the Arc 1800 slalom piste, with a special Beatles concert (presumably not the original ones) occurring immediately afterwards in the Villards main square.

In Arc 1950 they really understand British culture and, on Wednesday at 17:00, there is a tea party in the main square. You can expect small cakes (standard) and an orchestral DJ set (less standard). Still, if there’s tea, you can expect a strong British contingent. Just remember to keep your little finger out (as if you need telling). To finish the week, there is a degustation (food tasting) of both British and French produce in Arc 1800, with sled-racing happening nearby from 16:30. Afterwards, there is a concert in the Villards main square (starting from 18:30).

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X Speed Ski Tour – 2nd-3rd & 11th-12th April

This is a free event for those who really like to push their boundaries. Based at the Bulle Cafe adjacent to the Arcabulle lift in Arc 2000, the X Speed Tour travels around the French Alps, commandeering pistes and pointing speed-guns at those people who have a verifiable ‘need for speed.’ Whether you ski, snowboard, monoski, handiski or something else, you can test out the designated piste and get some expert advice from Xavier Cousseau (the World-Record holder for monoski). If there’s anyone who can help you increase your top speed in Les Arcs, it is probably a man who has clocked over 131mph in the same resort. You can join in from 10:00 to 16:00 on the specified days.

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Freeski Final Big Air – 14th April

Starting from 10:00 at the legendary Apocalypse snow park above Arc 1600, and organised by the Les Arcs Freeski Academy, the Final Big Air is part of the French Championships and will involve some seriously skilled (and brave) athletes. Featuring both senior and junior skiers and snowboarders pulling some unconscionable gravity-defying moves, it is an absolute must-see event.

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Silver Cup – 12th-16th April

Why not head to Arc 1600 and see the future superstars of slalom skiing traversing gates at incredible speed? The Coupe d’Argent (silver cup) sees the 32 best young skiers from the Savoie region competing over a period of three days.

Feel Good Village – 17th-18th April

April is not all about competitions, rushing around and partying. The brand new Feel Good Village will be installed at the top of the Col de la Chal for two days to help you introduce a bit of relaxation and mindfulness into your week. Featuring a full programme of events, you can kick off the day with a ‘muscular awakening’ warm-up (09:30) before detoxifying at the birch sap workshop (11:00). There is an all-natural cosmetics workshop (14:00) and the days end with a group yoga session (16:30) to stretch your ski muscles, warm down after another epic day on the pistes and enjoy the views from 2700 metres. Regardless of when you arrive at the Feel Good Village, you will be able to have a refreshing smoothie or a (possibly even more refreshing) massage. Why not treat yourself?

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Ski2Bike – 20th April

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. Open to 200 competitors (sign up beforehand), there is a mass start at the top of the Arpette peak. The participants start with a very short sprint, after which they snap on their skis before hurtling down to the Arc 1600 to transition from planks a mountain bike. They then follow an off-road course which descends another 800 metres down to the finish line in Bourg St Maurice. 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.

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John Doe Friendly Session – 20th-22nd April

The tagline for the John Doe sessions is “Snow, Skate, Music” and the penultimate weekend of the season is guaranteed to be filled with ridiculous skills, top beats and a proper party atmosphere. Everyone comes out to showcase their best moves, enjoy the sunshine and generally have a good time. Saturday and Sunday have a bona fide programme of events, with BBQs and pumping music at the snow park during the day, specific equipment competitions (John Doe Derby on Saturday, Bangover Slalom on Sunday), skateboarding in Arc 1800 at 18:00 and concerts in the evening (from 22:00). It’s essentially a good old fashioned weekend knees-up with snow- and skateboarding thrown in for good measure. Monday is a bit more chilled unless weekend events are carried over.

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Easter – 21st-22nd April

Easter in Les Arcs involves searching for eggs. This seems to be quite a common theme. Every Easter, someone loses A LOT of chocolate eggs, mislaying (pun intended) them in Arc 1600 and Arc 1800. They then expect young people to go and find them.

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Deals – Throughout April

The final month of the season is a great time to come skiing. The combination of warm, sunny weather and abundant snow is generally ideal for longs cruise-y days and getting tan-ready for the summer. As if you needed more encouragement, Les Arcs also introduces a number of deals for the final weeks of the season. From April 13th to 27th, when two adults buy ski passes and hire equipment, they can receive one child pass and ski hire for free. Otherwise, all ski pass prices, regardless of length, are reduced by 20% for the final week (April 20th to 27th).

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This is just a selection of the extra activities occurring throughout April. For more ideas and daily events across the Les Arcs resorts, keep an eye on our up-to-date calendar.

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