Les Arcs 1950 is the newest of all the Les Arcs resorts, with plenty to offer skiers of all abilities. This part of Savoie, France, is also known as one of the homes of snowboarding and close to the resort is a terrain park with cross spines, rails and boxes. There is also a great choice of natural runs for keen skiers and boarders alike and as the highest of the villages within the resort area, the best snow can often be found right on your doorstep. A gondola and several three ski lifts ensure that the best spots are easy to reach for all the guests staying in Les Arcs 1950.
Family fun - Being a pedestrianised resort, it is ideal for parents with young children that are looking for a destination where they do not have to spend the whole time worrying about safety issues. A bowling alley and ice rink can be found in the village, providing alternative entertainment options for those who fancy a few hours away from the slopes. With the capacity to host over 7,000 guests at any one time, it is no surprise that this village is home to quite a few local shops, which makes it very easy for people to arrange ski hire in Les Arcs.
Getting started - For those who are looking to book their first winter sports holiday, this resort has to be on the shortlist as one of the best places to stay. Within easy reach of the Les Arcs ski chalet are many excellent nursery slopes and these are complemented by the snowboarding facilities mentioned earlier. However, with a speed track just above the village and the Aiguille Rouge, a 7-kilometre run that drops over 2,000 metres, there is plenty to attract the more experienced skier as well. Among the resorts in this area, the hotels and chalets that comprise Les Arcs 1950 accommodation are growing in popularity.
New for 2017/18
The chairlift from Pré Saint Esprit, below Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 will be upgraded from a slow triple to a fast six-seater with heated seats and covers. The top station of the new chair will be higher than the old one, making it 2.85km long, the longest in France. A new snowmaking factory has been created in the building housing the new chairlift. This will increase Les Arcs snowmaking capacity by 50% and over 60% of the resort s runs will be now covered by snowmaking.
New for 2016/17
The resort’s first five-star hotel, the Taj-I Mah, opened in Arc 2000 - quite a radical development in a resort where hotels of any kind are rare. It has all the trimmings you might expect, including gourmet and family restaurants and a 400 sq m spa area.
- Varied slopes on and off-piste Lots of genuinely challenging skiing Some excellent woodland runs Car-free, mainly convenient villages, including cute 1950 Some quiet alternative bases Fast cable car link to La Plagne