Les Arcs is part of the Paradiski linked ski area, which is one of the largest ski areas in Europe and the second biggest linked ski area in the world.
The Paradiski incorporates all of the resort villages of Les Arcs with those in La Plagne, meaning that no matter where you stay, you have access to the whole Paradiski area with its 141 lifts, 260 pistes and 425 kilometres of ski terrain. Of these 260 pistes, 12 are green, 135 are blue, 77 are red and 37 are black (see the piste map).
Over 70% of the Paradiski ski area is above 2,000 metres which means plenty of snow throughout the season. You can ski from village level at 1,250 metres all the way up to 3,250 metres at the highest point.
Les Arcs ski area
Les Arcs is a haven for intermediate skiers with a total of 128 pistes including 64 blue and 44 red pistes. There are also 3 green pistes, perfect for beginners or those getting their ski legs back, and 17 black pistes for the more advanced skiers and snowboarders, all accessed by 54 ski lifts. Several snowparks offer you the chance to bonk, jib and learn new tricks, whilst the off-piste areas allow you to explore more of this beautiful region.
Taken independently, Les Arcs has 200km of piste, a high point of 3226 metres and excellent snow-making facilities that guarantee back-to-resort skiing all season long (see the piste maps). When combined with La Plagne (the other half of the Paradiski area), you have access to 425km of piste, 171 lifts, 2 glaciers (at over 3000 metres), 2 snow parks, 100km of cross-country ski trails and much more to keep you entertained in the Winter months.
The Les Arcs ski domain is made up of 128 pistes including 64 blue and 44 red pistes. There are also 3 green pistes and 17 black pistes, all accessed by 54 ski lifts. The area is split into the following resort villages:
The Arcs 1600 area faces south-west and provides extensive tree-lined skiing enabling descents to the unspoilt villages below resort level. It is an “all weather” ski area that holds the snow well, but the abundance of artificial snowmaking machines means you are virtually guaranteed to be able to ski back to the village.
Arc 1800 sits around the tree line and is surrounded by wide, sunny, pistes that offer plenty of room for those on their first week. 90% of the runs into resort are graded blue, making it a great base for beginners and intermediates. It is best to try to avoid the bottom of the Maïtaz, Villards and Charmettoger runs where they converge at the Transarc gondola; this is usually teeming with people and, as it can get very icy, can catch out even the best of us, so try to use the mid-station point of the Transarc to get up and over to 2000m.
Arc 2000 is more suitable for intermediate to expert skiers as the runs here tend to be more reds and blacks. More advanced skiers will love the challenging runs off the Aiguille Rouge glacier where you will also find the longest run in resort, at 7km long with 2100m of vertical drop! But don’t miss out on Arc 2000 if you are only just beginning to ski or snowboard as there are some fantastic rolling blues which are shallow enough for you to learn on.
The area known as Arc 1950 is the more recently built neighbour to Arc 2000 so it also gives you swift and easy access to the more challenging runs in the area. Built by Intrawest (who also built Whistler in Canada), with convenience in mind, you can ski right back to the heart of the resort and step out your skis at the door.
Peisey-Vallandry has many beautiful tree-lined pistes which are perfect for beginners. Despite being the gateway to La Plagne (via the Vanoise Express), this tends to be the quieter side of the valley. There is a good mixture of blue and red runs in this sector, allowing you to choose your difficulty at the top of practically every lift. There are some wide-open pistes higher up, but if you like to ski between the trees then this is the place to do it. When the snow has dumped, the slopes around Peisey-Vallandry can seem almost heavenly.
La Plagne ski area
Best pistes in Les Arcs
Whether you're into mogul fields, steep descents, quiet tree-lined pistes with great snow or just somewhere to rediscover your ski-legs, there is a piste in Les Arcs just for you. With a variety of terrain on offer, you are bound to find your favourite piste in Les Arcs this winter.
Beginner areas in Les Arcs
A great resort for families as well as beginner skiers Les Arcs has plenty of gentle terrain where you can learn your first turns. With each area having a number of easy blue runs and areas designed specifically for the beginner skier or snowboarder you will feel comfortable to learn anywhere in Les Arcs.
Advanced areas in Les Arcs
Les Arcs and the extended Paradiski area offers a large selection of off piste lines and difficult pistes for the more advanced skier or snowboarder, as you'd expect from one of Europe's largest ski areas.
Off-piste areas in Les Arcs
Even with its reputation of being a great place to ride powder, it takes a surprisingly long time to become tracked, unlike many other Alpine resorts. There are some areas which will hold fresh snow longer than others and, like all ski areas, you’re more likely to get powder higher up.
Please note: you ignore safety warnings and barriers/ropes and undertake off-piste skiing/boarding at your own risk. We always recommend that you take a mountain guide when heading off-piste.
Snowparks in Les Arcs
Les Arcs has very firm roots in snowboarding history as a favourite place to ride and is the season destination choice for many of the Pros.
Bad Weather areas in Les Arcs
When the clouds come in and the light turns flat it can be hard to know where to ski and what to do. The high, open pistes can lack the contrast required for orientation during white out conditions and slope and sky can blur into one.