Jenny Jones portrait

Jenny Jones, Britain’s most successful snowboarder, will be in the high altitude, panoramic ski resort of Les Arcs, France for British Celebration Week. The Great British Celebration started last season and was the brain child of Michel Giraudy, the Mayor of Les Arcs – Bourg Saint Maurice. Now in it’s second year it has developed and grown but it’s aim remains the same; to reassure British skiers and snowboarders, that despite the Brexit vote, they will always be welcome in the mountains, especially in the villages of Les Arcs.

Eric Chevalier, Les Arcs Tourism manager commented “For British week this year we’re excited to welcome a very special guest who will be out and about in the resort to meet our British Skiers. We haven’t quite got royalty, as they are busy planning weddings, but she is snowsports royalty and we are privileged to host Jenny Jones.” 

“For a nation that doesn’t have mountains on its doorstep we are always impressed by the numbers from the United Kingdom that take up the sport and the quality of the British skiers and boarders we see here in resort. Most of our British guests return year on year ” he continued. 

Like many British skiers and snowboarders, Jenny learnt on the dry and indoor slopes in the UK before heading to France to pursue her dream of becoming a professional rider on snow. 

A few lucky visitors to Les Arcs will be able to share a yoga session and lunch with Jenny before she heads to the snow park where she will ride with some of Team Les Arcs and chat to fans and snowsports enthusiasts. 

During British Celebration Week the whole resort will adopt the colours of the Union Jack and host Franco-British challenges which will include football tournaments, speed skiing, street golf and a sledging competition. Additionally there will be DJs, a pyjama party and slope-side fondue. The entertainment will be both on and off the slopes and extends across all of the villages of Les Arcs. 

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Les Arcs Facts 

  • Les Arcs welcomes 110,000 visitors each winter.
  • The resort forms part of the expansive Paradiski area, offering access to over 425km of pistes.
  • The region generates 380€ million of revenue to the local economy and employs 3,689 people. 
  • The British make up 45% followed by Belgium with 22%, Others including the French and Italians 19.7%. The Dutch 6.5% and the Russians account for 6.8% 

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