Skiing Holidays in Arc 2000
If you’re looking for eye-popping scenery and some of the most snow-sure skiing available anywhere in the world, you’ll love this resort.
With high-altitude skiing on your doorstep throughout a season that typically lasts from mid-December to mid/late April, accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements, and facilities for children as young as 18 months old, a ski holiday at Arc 2000 has much to recommend it. A popular choice for freeriders, it is also easy to get to the long, tree-lined run down to Villaroger and it’s brilliant if you love wide-open cruisey blues as well as more tricky pistes.
Apart from the skiing, the scenery is simply superb and you’ll be awe-struck by the amazing views of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps.
Arc 2000 is part of the wider Les Arcs ski area which offers 118 marked pistes, 200km of downhill skiing, 77 ski lifts together with Arc 1800, Arc 1600 and Arc 1950, while further adventures unfold in the wider Paradiski region.
There are a range of comfy and family-friendly accommodation options for groups of all sizes, most have spa and pool facilities, and some are even pet friendly too.
As you can see, Arc 2000 is thoroughly recommended when you want a French ski resort that has something to offer every type of snowsports enthusiast – read on to find out all about it.
Skiing in Arc 2000
With an actual resort height of 2100m (it was named ‘2000’ in the 60s to sound futuristic), ski lifts as high as 3230m providing access to Aiguille Rouge glacier skiing, and easy links to the wider winter wonderland of the Paradiski area, Arc 2000 is an awesome place to ski. Here’s some savvy advice:
Arc 2000 offers some of the most challenging but satisfying skiing in the entire area and the most famous run might be the tough east facing 7km Aiguille Rouge to Arc Villaroger de Pre (which comprises a 2000m vertical drop), but there’s also plenty of outstanding off-piste skiing available from the top point of the Aiguille Rouge cable car and Le Grand Col chairlift.
The various wide blue and red runs leading back to the resort are excellent for novice and intermediate skiers building their confidence and every village in Les Arcs has nursery slopes for absolute beginners.
The fabulously efficient ski lift system means it’s easy to reach the rest of the Paradiski area, which has 435km of pistes, runs at elevations of 1200 to 3250m and three peaks at an altitude of over 3000m.
Many of the runs around Les Arcs afford fantastic views across the valley to the neighbouring resort of La Rosiere and magnificent Mont Blanc. When the sun sets after a gloriously sunny day, Mont Blanc takes on a magical pink hue which is simply stunning.
Les Arcs is linked to La Plagne by the double-decker Vanoise Express cable car from Plan Peisey.
When weather conditions are wild around Arc 2000, snow patrol may only open the Marmottes and the heated and bubble protected Pre St. Esprit chair lifts but you can still find good skiing spots in tree-lined runs at Arc 1600 (accessible via shuttle bus) or alternatively, the Rhonaz drag lift will deposit you at the Villaroger area, which is also more sheltered.
As you can see, Arc 2000 is a sweet spot for every type of skier, the area around Les Arcs offers even more variety and Paradiski has more pristine pistes than you can shake a stick at!
Snowboarding in Arc 2000
If you’re a keen border you can carve up the slopes here too and facilities at Les Arcs are fab. Here’s the lowdown on snowboarding in Arc 2000:
Les Arcs Snowpark covers an impressive 7.5 hectares and includes three pistes, while a mini-pipe, jumps and woops are ideal for novices.
With 4 lines of kickers and a box, intermediates and novices can gradually grow their confidence at a comfortable pace.
There’s a shred line for experts, with hip, rail and transfer.
The Snowpark has a big air bag where you can practice your tricks with the peace of mind that comes with an assured soft landing.
Try the water slide challenge. It consists of a 30m approach to a 15m pool and the aim is to build up enough momentum to cross it without getting wet – fantastic fun!
To reach the Snowpark from Arc 2000, head downhill to Arc 1950, catch the Bois de l’Ours chairlift and head down the other side towards Arc 1600 where there’s a choice of pistes for all aptitudes leading to the Snowpark.
There are a few boardercross parks in Arc 2000 and one in Arc 1600.
The Transarc Gondola lift from Arc 1800 and Arcabulle chair lift both deposit you at The Rodeo Park at the top of the Col De Chal, where a 3000m pleasure zone awaits.
Snow Conditions in Arc 2000
Located at 2100m in a huge powdery bowl, snow conditions at Arc 2000 are usually excellent and can be mentioned in the same breath as renowned high-altitude resorts like Tignes, Val d’Isere and Val Thorens. Here’s a little more on ski conditions in Arc 2000:
The Arc 2000 snow bowl is much higher than the areas around Arc 1600 and Arc 1800, but it’s also more sheltered and north-facing, all of which ingredients combine to create a particularly snow-sure recipe.
Most of the skiing and snowboarding at Arc 2000 takes place at above 2000m, with a maximum altitude of 3225m at Aiguille Rouge, where you’ll frequently find fresh powder on the glacier.
The Arc 2000 bowl is steep sided and shielded from warm winds, which offers good snow preservation and higher snow quality.
Official records show that in the most recent season, Arc 2000 had a total snowfall of 498cm, a total of 32 snowfall days, a largest snowfall of 55cm, maximum base depth of 320cm, average base depth of 186cm, maximum summit depth of 430cm and average summit depth of 272cm.
Apres-Ski in Arc 2000
When the day’s action on the slopes draws to a close, the nightlife ignites in a few busy bars in Arc 2000 and the rest of Les Arcs villages, all of which are within easy reach. There’s a hotspot to suit every taste, whether you prefer quiet cocktails in a serene, sophisticated setting or pitchers of beer and tabletop dancing. Here are the places you should let your hair down on a night out in Les Arcs:
Village Igloo is a unique place to chill out – it’s a brilliant bar carved from solid ice! Located near the bottom of the Arcabulle lift, it also features an atmospheric grotto of ice sculptures. Surely this is one refreshment venue you’ll never forget.
Red Rock Café is a welcoming US-themed bar where you’ll find a range of stateside snacks and divine mojitos – don’t miss it!
Le Savoy is a gorgeous and busy restaurant with a lovely terrace for you to watch people coming down their last runs of the day.
There is also an upmarket bar and terrace at the 5* Hotel Taj-i-Mah if you wish to treat yourself to some upmarket apres-ski.
The Crazy Fox is a cosy Irish boozer where you’ll enjoy great craic, plentiful pints of the black stuff, Sky Sports, karaoke and music and dancing as the evening progresses.
Bulle Café is a relaxed, ambient spot for an afternoon drink and a great seafood lunch – you’ll also find it near the bottom of the Arcabulle lift.
O’Chaud in neighbouring Arc 1950 is a luxe lounge bar and nightclub with a wide selection of beers, wines, spirits and shots. It regularly welcomes headline DJs and the dancefloor action continues late into the night. The Cabriolet lift links Arc 1950 to Arc 2000 until 23h every evening to get you home safely.
Chalet di Luigi is another prime Arc 1950 spot which is open until the early hours and its south facing terrace close to piste des Marmottes is a cracking spot for sundowner cocktails.
Wood Bear Café in Arc 1950 is an awesome place to grab a big breakfast that will cure any hangover and it also serves lunch, coffee and drinks from 10am to 8pm.
Facilities in Arc 2000
Along with its restaurants, shops and nightclubs, Arc 2000 has a cinema, bowling alley and a host of other modern facilities which will make your stay as comfortable, convenient and entertaining as possible on and off the slopes. Find out more about facilities in Arc 2000 below:
Ski Hire in Arc 2000
There are several Arc 2000 ski hire locations, but letting Erna Low organise your ski equipment rental is stress-free and smooth. We’ll work with our network of partners to find you the best deal, finest equipment and most convenient location for your accommodation, which means you’ll have no hassle picking up your gear and getting onto the slopes. We offer a price match guarantee and can easily add ski hire to your total package. If you’d like to chat about ski hire, feel free to contact us via live chat.
Ski Passes in Arc 2000
Pre-booking your ski passes with Erna Low is also the most convenient option and it saves you the headache of queuing to pick them up on arrival at the resort. We often have seasonal ski pass offers for families with children and groups of friends, as well free child passes. Ask us what’s on offer when you book and we’ll find the best ski pass deals for your unique needs.
Spa and Pool in Arc 2000
Many of the accommodation options at Arc 2000 have their own spas, steam rooms, fitness and wellbeing facilities, and there are plenty of spa complexes in nearby villages where you can book specialist treatments.
Deep Nature Spa in Arc 1950 is a five star wellness facility featuring an aquatic cave and relaxation pool, volcanic cave with sauna, an ice cave with shower, sensory showers and jacuzzis.
Shops in Arc 2000 There’s a good selection of shops at Arc 2000 and neighbouring Les Arcs villages, so you’ll never struggle to find everyday essentials or even to pick up souvenirs for friends and family back home.
At Tabac L’Arcadien, you’ll find newspapers, lottery, t-shirts and games, and sweets and snacks for kids, while Photo Concept can take a wonderful family photograph on the slopes to preserve magical memories. Furthermore, at Napapijri-Sportalm in Arc 1950 you can top up on clothing and equipment from Napapijri, an Italian brand born in the shadows of Mont Blanc in 1987 which trades on Nordic fashion and functionality.
Shops in Arc 2000
Shops in Arc 2000
Facilities for Children in Arc 2000
Although its high altitude and glacier skiing makes Arc 2000 a favourite destination of adult expert skiers, it’s also family and child-friendly, so you can be confident that it’s a secure and welcoming choice for your tribe. Here’s some useful information on children’s facilities in Arc 2000.
Ski Schools in Arc 2000
Erna Low works with two trusted ski schools in Arc 2000 and you can pre-book your lessons prior to departure. Here’s a little more info:
Evo 2 is a great international ski school with an excellent reputation.
New Generation is a British-run ski school where lessons are conducted in English. It specifically caters for UK clients and offers courses based on age and ability for young skiers aged 4-17.
Entertainment in Arc 2000
There are plenty of dynamic distractions for kids in Les Arcs. Arc 1800 has a Laser Quest facility with two rooms which can handle groups of up to 50 people and there is bowling and ice skating in Arc 2000. For something a little different, Black Sheep Igloos have an igloo village set amidst the higher resort villages at an altitude of 2110m, facing Mont Blanc – sleep under the stars with your kids in a surprisingly snug ice cave for an evening to remember!
Childcare in Arc 2000
The Garderie Arc 2000 is the local nursery and looks after children aged 18 months to 6 years – you’ll find it at the foot of the slopes above the French ski school and it’s a fab, modern facility with dedicated staff.
Arc 2000 Mountain Info
Arc 2000 and the wider Les Arcs ski area offers high-quality facilities and conditions for skiers and snowboarders of all stripes. Every village has nursery slopes for novices and the web of linked blue and red runs is the perfect playground for intermediate snowsports fans. Furthermore, the excellent snow coverage and high-altitude unlocks thrilling challenges for experienced skiers and the opportunity to try alternative experiences like speed riding and freeride.