Skiing Holidays in Arc 1950
Arc 1950 is the perfect ski destination for families or those looking for a laid back ski holiday. The village is 100% car free with doorstep skiing.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly French ski resort, you’ll feel completely at home in Les Arcs 1950.
In terms of accessibility, safety and fun, it’s fantastic – the village is 100% car-free, with ski-in, ski-out convenience and the stunning slopes of Paradiski, the world’s second-largest ski area, on your doorstep.
Skiing and snowboarding is totally thrilling at the gateway to France’s Vanoise National Park, below Aiguille Rouge and facing Mont Blanc. But Arc 1950’s charms extend beyond its pistes and powder – 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 destinations in the Savoie area of the French Alps, and was originally designed and built by the Canadian developer who created Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Whistler in North America.
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 Les Arcs 1950 are hard to beat. Read on to find out more about this five-star French ski resort.
Skiing in Arc 1950
The high altitude of Les Arcs ski area (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.
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.
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!
Apres-Ski in Arc 1950
When the sun sets across the slopes of Les 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.
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.
Ski Hire in Arc 1950
You can arrange ski hire on arrival at Arc 1950, but for hassle-free convenience it’s best to pre-book your equipment with Erna Low. Snowsports are more than a job for us – they’re a lifelong passion, and this is why we know exactly what gear you need as an individual or group and the most reliable hire operators to source it from. We deal with trusted ski hire providers Skiset and Precision (including Freeride) and we can provide vouchers for either which you present on arrival. You’re then ready to hit the slopes without delay.
Ski Passes in Arc 1950
Ski Passes for Les Arcs 1950 and the surrounding area can also be pre-booked with Erna Low and this saves you the trouble of having to join long queues to purchase on arrival. We can provide packages for single skiers, families with kids aged 17 or under, and groups of friends who can benefit from discounts when they buy two or more ski passes simultaneously. Many other types of special offers are available throughout the season and these can include free child passes, free upgrades and early bird cut-price rates. Ask us which offers are available when you book – shy kids don’t get toys!
Spa and Pool in Arc 1950
All of the sumptuous ski accommodation options in Arc 1950 have pools and this is ideal for adults who want to relax their muscles after invigorating sessions on the pistes and kids who simply want to splash around and have a whale of a time.
Ski apartment complexes also feature steam rooms and saunas, but for something a little different, you might like to visit the Deep Nature Spa to really unwind all the way. With a cavernous interior that resembles a glamorous Bond movie set, an outdoor sauna chalet, and a cathartic hot/cold sensory trail including hammams, jacuzzi, footbath, Norwegian shower and multi-sensory shower, this has to be experienced to be believed.
Shops in Arc 1950
If you need to pop to the shops for a few self-catering essentials or want to treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy, there’s plenty of choice in Les Arcs 1950. The 8 a Huit Supermarket offers everything from delectable rose wine to freshly baked treats, and dairy products to bathroom essentials. If you really need to satisfy that sweet tooth, grab a mouth-watering waffle, crepe or ice cream at Cascade Sucree and, if you’re after elegant Alpine couture, the Fusalp boutique has vibrant vintage and ready-to-wear lines. Meanwhile, the millefeuille at L’Arc Dore bakery are to die for and if you’ve fallen in love with the location and want to expand your property portfolio, pop into Les Arcs Immobilier & Erna Low property and pick up your own piece of this winter wonderland!
Facilities for Children in Arc 1950
Les Arcs 1950 is one of the world’s best ski resorts for families and there are amenities, facilities and attractions for kids of all ages, including activities on and off the ski slopes.
Ski Schools in Arc 1950
At Cariboo’s Club, children from 3-13 years old can try novice ski lessons in the morning and then return to the club for games and entertainment in the afternoon, allowing parents to enjoy the occasional couple’s day on the slopes or even a rare romantic date at a nearby spa or restaurant.
Adult beginners are also catered for at the Spirit 1950 Ski School, so you can learn alongside your youngsters here if you want to bond over the process.
Entertainment in Arc 1950
The events and entertainment calendar at Arcs 1950 is packed with events that kids love – Santa’s Village is perennially popular, the Frozen Talents ice carving show in January is fascinating and February’s air show is eye-popping fun.
Childcare in Arc 1950
The Petit Cariboo Club is part of the aforementioned kids facilities – it’s a high-quality creche that cares for your kids aged between 9 months and 2 years old. So if you’re skiers with a new arrival, you can introduce them to your favourite ski resort safe in the knowledge that there’s somewhere they’ll be cared for if you want to spend some much sought-after alone time!
It’s rare that any resort offers such a breadth and depth of facilities for children, but it’s a huge part of what makes Arc 1950 so special.
Arc 1950 Mountain Info
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!