21 Things You Didn’t Know About Les Arcs

This winter Les Arcs turns 50. To help you find out more about this superb resort as it celebrates its half-centenary, then take a look at this list of great facts about Les Arcs:

  1. This winter Les Arcs is celebrating its 50th birthday with special events running throughout the year
  2. The first hotel in Les Arcs opened in 1968 in Arc 1600, with the resort not being completed until 1973
  3. Arc 1800 opened in 1974 and Arc 2000 in 1979
  4. Arc 1950 was developed by Intrawest and opened in 2003
  5. There are now over 35000 beds across all the different stations
  6. Every winter tourists stay 1.8 million bed nights
  7. French visitors make up 68% of the clientele, with 32% from other countries
  8. From 30 March to 05 April Les Arcs will be hosting its 3rd annual ‘Great British Celebration’ and ‘thumbing its nose at Brexit
  9. The number of visitors increased 1.1% in winter 2017/18 compared with the previous year
  10. Les Arcs is open from 15 December 2018 to 17 April 2019
  11. 70% of the ski area is located above 2000m
  12. The Paradiski ski area is the second largest in the world with 425km of runs
  13. The funicular from Bourg St Maurice takes just 9 minutes to reach Arc 1600
  14. In 2019, the funicular will be renovated and launched for next winter with a futuristic look

    Impression of the new funicular

  15. Les Arcs & Peisey Vallandry recorded 2.1 million skier days in 2017/18
  16. Les Arcs has 142k Facebook fans and 35 followers on Instagram
  17. There were 2.8 million visits to the Les Arcs website in winter 2017/18 – an increase of 17% on the previous year
  18. The tourism office report that 177 journalists visited the resort last winter and there were over 5000 press mentions of Les Arcs (and we guess this counts as another!)
  19. There were also 380,000 bed nights during summer 2018 – representing 17% of the annual resort visitors.
  20. Summer visitors increased 5.4% compared with 2017
  21. In summer, 92% of visitors are French and only 8% international

Are you also turning 50 this winter? 

If you need any more convincing that this is the year to head to Les Arcs (and you have a significant birthday coming up) then you could be in line for a free lift pass!

As part of Les Arcs’ 50th anniversary celebrations anyone who turns 50 between 15 December 2018 and 27 April 2019 will be given a free one-day Les Arcs / Peisey Vallandry ski pass.

Accommodation in Les Arcs

If you’d like some help finding the right accommodation in Les Arcs for you, then please give the Chaletline team a call on 01822 617761 and our team of experts will be delighted to help.

Les Arcs 2000


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