Skiing in Les Arcs.

Skiing Les Arcs.

With an enormous 264 miles of pistes to explore, together with La Plagne which is now linked to Les Arcs by the Vanoise Express Cable Car, Les Arcs has enough terrain to keep most people occupied for the entire season, let alone a week or fortnight. So what does it mean for the average skier? As ever, it depends on your level of expertise. Although Les Arcs itself doesn’t exactly lack challenging terrain, intermediates and experts will certainly enjoy the sheer amount of ground they’ll now be able to cover in the wider area.

Beginners Skiing Les Arcs.

For beginners, the comfy chair-lifts and easy nursery slopes found each of the three main Arcs and above Peisey-Vallandry, will be of more relevance than access to the wider ski area.

Valle de l’Arc.

This long, meandering run from the summit of Col de la Chal down to the Arcs 1950/Arcs 2000 base area might only be a blue but it is great fun for confident skiers of any standard.

Peisey and Vallandry tree runs.

One of the real strengths of Les Arcs is the great tree coverage, especially lower down towards Plan Peisey and Vallandry. Chairs 61, 68 and 74 all have easy-to-navigate tree runs even when the light is bad. Intermediates and experts will love them.

Aiguille Rouge.

This is the place for the most serious off-piste routes in the resort, especially the backcountry itineraries down to Villaroger. A guide and full avalanche equipment are necessary.

Chair 69.

If the steeps of Aiguille Rouge are too terrifying, Chair 69 is a nice, gentle introduction to off-piste in Les Arcs. It is popular with the locals and you can pick your route down as you take the lift up.

Piste du Grand Col.

The Grand Col lift goes up to 2,832m, and the two runs underneath it often end up bumpy and full of moguls heaven for hillock-loving experts.

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