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- Varied pistes, easy-to-reach 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
- Original village centres lack charm, and aren’t the most convenient
- Some areas still blighted by slow old chairlifts
- Fairly quiet nightlife
- Lots of flat linking runs
- Accommodation in high villages is nearly all in apartments
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john 25 Jan 2011
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We’ve always liked Les Arcs’ slopes: they offer long descents, plenty of steep stuff, and woods to head to in a storm. And for those who really like to travel on skis, the link to La Plagne takes you into the Trois Vallées league.
We’ve never been keen on the functional main villages. We’re aware that their various architectural styles are highly regarded by some; we’re not among them, but our real objection is to their dreary, depressing mall-style shopping centres. Newer Arc 1950 is something else: a resort that’s not only more pleasant to inhabit than the others, but also very conveniently arranged.
News – this season 2012/13
he second phase of the smart new Edenarc development above Arc 1800 is expected to open, plus a new 4-star hotel at 1800, the Chalets de l’Aiguille Grive.
News – last season 2011/12
A six-pack replaced the slow Mont Blanc chair and a drag lift above it, from Arc 1600 to Les Deux Têtes. A drag was removed at the 1600 base. Snowmaking was added in the Villaroger, Peisey-Vallandry and Mont Blanc areas. A new spa and swimming pool complex opened in Arc 1950. And the first apartments opened in the Edenarc residence. There’s also a new toboggan run at Col de la Chal.
News – 2010/11
A fixed-grip quad opened at the southern end of Plan-Peisey to improve access to the main lifts from there.
And a new lift – a J-bar – replaced the chair serving the terrain park.
At Arc 2000, a rope tow was installed on the flat area below the Arcabulle chairlift and a covered moving carpet was added to the nursery slopes.