Skiing in Les Arcs

Country: France

In a nutshell: A high-altitude resort with a huge ski area and fantastic skiing for all abilities

We like:

  • Lots of cruisy blue and red runs – intermediate skiers in particular will love Les Arcs
  • Some really good challenging skiing. The 2000m vertical drop run from the Aiguille Rouge to Villaroger is a real standout
  • Car free, convenient villages make it a good choice for families
  • Lots of great skiing below the treeline for when the weather closes in
  • The lift link to La Plagne makes it an enormous ski area that will delight skiers of all abilities

We don’t like:

  • The resort bases are fairly quiet with little in the way lively apres-ski
  • Still a few too many old lifts, especially around Villaroger
  • Being a purpose built resort, the resort bases lack charm


  • Resort altitude: 1,600m – 2,100m
  • Highest lift: 3,230m
  • Lowest piste: 1,250m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva and Lyon – 2h 30m
  • Number of lifts:
    • Les Arcs: 51
    • Paradiski: 128
  • Number of runs
    • Les Arcs
      • Green: 3
      • Blue: 64
      • Red: 44
      • Black: 17
    • Paradiski
      • Green: 12
      • Blue: 135
      • Red: 77
      • Black: 37


  • Family friendly
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders


Les Arcs is collection of four different resorts, that together with Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne make up the enormous Paradiski ski area. All four villages are purpose built and offer convenient bases with easy access to the Les Arcs ski slopes in quiet, car-free villages.

Arc 1600 and 1800 were the original bases, and comprise mainly of apartment accommodation, with the low-rise blocks sensitively designed to fit in with the woodland setting. Sat above the treeline, Arc 2000 is a futuristic high-altitude base with lots of ski-in / ski-out accommodation. Arc 1950 sits just below Arc 2000 and is particularly popular with families. Build in 2003 it is a modern purpose-built resort built in a traditional style with easy ski slopes and pedestrian walkways running through it. Arc 2000 and 1950 have the benefit of very easy access to the wonderful high-altitude skiing Les Arcs has to offer.

The Les Arcs ski area in itself is large and varied enough to keep skiers of all abilities very happy for well over a week. Upgrade to the Paradiski lift pass and all of a sudden the area doubles in size to take in neighbouring La Plagne. For most people this upgrade won’t be necessary, but mile-hungry intermediate and advanced skiers will love the new terrain and ski slopes this opens up.

Even though a Les Arcs ski holiday is mainly geared towards intermediate skiers, beginners are very well catered for from all of the resort bases. Advanced skiers will also find plenty of challenges both on and off the piste.