Ski Holidays in Arc 1950

Skiing Holidays in Arc 1950

Arc 1950 provides access to the vast Paradiski ski area, boasting over 425 km of interconnected slopes suitable for all skill levels. From gentle beginner runs to challenging black pistes, skiers and snowboarders can explore diverse terrain while enjoying breathtaking mountain views. With reliable snow conditions and efficient lift systems, Arc 1950 ensures an enjoyable and seamless skiing experience for visitors. In terms of accessibility, safety and fun, it’s fantastic; its wholesome family-friendly atmosphere is enhanced by the resort's car-free, pedestrian status making it the ideal ski holiday destination for families or those looking for a laid-back ski holiday.


Arc 1950’s charms extend beyond its pistes and powder – positioned as the gateway to France’s Vanoise National Park, Arc 1950 sits just below Aiguille Rouge, facing the iconic Mont Blanc. It offers a wide choice of comfortable self-catering family apartments, a range of cafes, restaurants and après-ski attractions and plenty of activities on and off the slopes for children of all ages. A purpose-built ski resort, it’s the newest of the Les Arcs ski resort destinations in the Savoie area.

By seamlessly fusing the natural beauty of the location with the mod cons of snow-sure skiing a snowball’s throw from your door, Arc 1950 has fast become a favourite destination of snowsports enthusiasts from all over the world.

Whether your kids are first-time skiers, you’re holidaying with a group of intermediate friends or are a highly skilled solo powder hound, the well-appointed accommodation, fantastic facilities, prime ski conditions and ambient atmosphere of Arcs 1950 are hard to beat. Read on to find out more about this five-star French ski resort.

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Aiguille Rouge (Red Peak) is 3227m above sea level in the Vanoise Massif and it’s the highest peak in Les Arcs. The distinctive red colour that contrasts so dramatically with the snow white peaks and verdant lower slopes comes from its large deposits of iron. The peak can be accessed by cable car and offers breath-taking 360° views of the neighbouring mountains. If you’ve got a head for heights, step out onto the viewing platform for a view to really remember – you’ll enjoy mind-blowing views of Mont Blanc, the Alpine Chain, and the Huts de Villaroger Nature Reserve. Don’t forget your camera – snap an inspirational selfie here and your Instagram account will go through the roof!

Skiing in Arc 1950

The high altitude of Les Arcs ski resort (with plenty of snow-sure runs over 2000 and 3000m) means that you’re practically guaranteed quality powder throughout the season, which typically lasts from mid-December to the end of April. Here’s some more useful information:

  • The Marmottes lift and Varet Gondola connect the village to the huge Les Arcs ski area, and the skiing is suitable for all levels of aptitude. The roomy runs of nearby Arc 2000 are ideal for novice or nervous skiers who want to gradually gain experience and boost their confidence, while Arc 1800 and Villaroger are marvellous if you’re at an intermediate ability level and the challenging black runs and outstanding off-piste areas of Grand Col and Aiguille Rouge are also extremely close by.

  • The entire Paradiski area covers 425km of pistes in total and, if you fancy some variation, you can hop on board the double-decker Vanoise Express cable car from Peisey Vallandry across the valley to La Plagne.

As you can see, Arc 1950 offers world-class ski conditions for all types of travel parties and all manner of abilities – plus, getting from your accommodation to the slopes is child’s play.

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Snowboarding in Arc 1950

Keen snowboarders will confirm that the slopes around Arc 1950 and the wider Les Arcs area constitute one of the world’s best mountain playgrounds. Here’s the lowdown for boarders:

  • Arc 1950 is set next to a dramatic 60m waterfall backdrop, nearby Arc 1800 is party central and Arc 2000 is an excellent place to book snowboard lessons for kids. Meanwhile, there are lots of open, undulating slopes for novice and intermediate snowboarders at Vallandry.

  • The highlight for snowboarders has to be the dedicated Snowpark between Arc 1600 and 1800. It’s complemented by a snowboard-ready J-Bar lift and includes a quarter pipe and snowcross run below the Col de la Chal.

  • Les Arcs is also a legendary location for global snowboarders because this is where pioneering snowboarder Regis Rolland filmed his seminal 1983 movie Apocalypse Snow, which introduced a global audience to the sport for the first time and features zombies chasing Regis as he shreds the slopes without a care in the world.

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Snow Conditions in Arc 1950

Les Arcs 1950 is in one of the most snow-sure skiing and snowboarding areas in the world, so you’ll be thrilled with the pristine powder whenever you visit during the season. Feast your eyes on these snowy stats:

  • With an average resort height of 1600-2120m, slopes of 1200-3225m and 200km of pistes to play on, you’re in for a treat.

  • Most recent official statistics show that there were 32 total snowfall days, a total snowfall of 490cm, maximum base depth of 430cm, an average summit depth of 272cm, the biggest snow slope depth was 304cm and the largest snowfall was 55cm.

  • The slopes in and around Arc 1950 are amongst the region’s best – this is partly because of the altitude but also due to the fact that the main bowl faces north east and is shaded and sheltered. The nearby Aiguille Rouge is easily accessible and has a small glacier, so when snow conditions elsewhere in the area have deteriorated, this is a sure spot for fresh powder at any point of the season. Impressive metrics indeed, but how are Arc 1950 snow conditions rated by independent experts? Snowsports meteorology site Weather to Ski awards it a perfect 5/5 score!

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Apres-Ski in Arc 1950

When the sun sets across the slopes of Arcs 1950, the real action starts for bon vivants who want to experience every eclectic, eating, drinking, and socialising activity on offer. Here are some of the Apres-Ski highlights to look out for:

  • If you appreciate sizzling steak hotplates and delicious culinary delicacies from France and throughout Europe, book a table at La Vache Rouge and you’re in for a lip-smacking time. Try the tartiflette – it’s divine!

  • Don’t leave without spending some time at the Igloo Village at the Arcabulle chairlift. Cut into solid ice at an altitude of 2000m, this crystalline pleasure dome is a working hotel with an ice grotto and statues, comfy bedrooms, and a bar, restaurant and dancefloor.

  • Fancy partying into the wee small hours in stellar company with a wide range of alcoholic concoctions to lubricate the conversations and wild dance moves? Head straight for the resort’s late-night hotspot O’Chaud. The drinks, bar snacks and socialising are accompanied by a DJ and live music soundtrack of lounge, deep house, R n B and EDM.

  • Belle Pinte is the best place in town to head for a medicinal pint or three of the black stuff and some good old Irish craic. If you’re yearning for a place with an amiable atmos where you can unwind and shoot the Alpine breeze with pals, look no further.

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Facilities in Arc 1950

Les Arcs 1950 is the newest resort in the region, was custom designed by the sharp specialists behind some of the most iconic resorts on the other side of the Atlantic and is nestled in an excellent high-altitude region. Therefore, its facilities are first-rate, which provides peace of mind for solo skiers, chilled-out couples and active families.

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Facilities for Children in Arc 1950

Arcs 1950 is one of the Les Arc ski resort’s best ski villages for families and there are amenities, facilities and attractions for kids of all ages, including activities on and off the ski slopes.

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