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Les Arcs

Les Arcs

Bourg Saint Maurice - Rhone Alps, France

Snowboard, Ski

You’ll find this station in the French Savoy, in the Bourg Saint Maurice region, by Mont Blanc in the heart of the Alps. Les Arcs unites Bourg Saint Maurice with the four resorts; Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 which together along with La Plagne and Peisey - Vallandry form the Paradiski Área. In the early sixties Robert Blanc, a local ski instructor and mountain guide began his dream of developing his hometown, the popular tourist town Bourg St. Maurice, into a modern resort with the help of Roger Godino, a developer in mountain tourism. In the late sixties Arc 1600 was successfully opened. The other resorts were later developed with three main concepts in mind. The first was to respect the natural beauty of the land, the second was to conserve the existing mountain chalets and the third was to use local materials. Arc 1800 was opened in 1975, followed by Arc 2000 in 1979. The newest of the resorts, Arc 1950, which was opened in 2003 has a more modern feel, steering away from the original sixties design protocols and architecture. That same year saw the opening of the Vanoise Express, the cable car which links the resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne providing a massive skiable terrain.

Les Arcs alone has around 200 km of pistes ranging from 1.200 m at the base to 3.226 m at the Aiguille Rouge summit. The Paradiski area enjoys 425 km of pistes, which are mainly intermediate and advanced runs, and a summit of 3.250 m.  The ski area varies between the lower wooded slopes at Arc 1600, tree lined bowls and long fast runs on the wider sunnier slopes of Arc 1800 and Arc 2000. You can cruise the legendary 7 km long black from the top of the Aiguille Rouge, one of the world’s longest runs with the largest vertical drop, or challenge yourself on the steep Couloir S. Mogul lovers have options such as the Dou d’Homme mogul field and freeriders can enjoy the increasingly popular off piste run from La Plagne to Les Arcs. There are also many good routes above Arc 1600 and tree lined trails around the Peisey zone. 

Les Arcs has a huge freestyle history. There are numerous natural jumps around the whole resort along with various snowparks. It's very boarder friendly and has always been a pioneering spot since the sport was first introduced to European instructors there by the American Winterstick Team in the early eighties. The instructor Régis Rolland continued to snowboard and was so interested in the sport that two years later, along with fellow snowboarder Alain Garnard and a French filmmaker, they filmed one of the first modern snow sport films 'The Apocalypse Snow' in Les Arcs.

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The snowpark gets its name from the film. The extensive Apocalypse Park, by the Clair-Blanc lift offers a variety of elements for different levels such as tables, hips, a funbox, pyramid and jumps. There is also a boardercross course alongside the Plan Vert run with two routes at Arc 2000. The Rey Park, which can be accessed from the top of the Peisey chairlift is smaller and has two lines, one advanced and one beginner, and a second boardercross course. Of course if you have a Paradiski lift pass, you can also access the snowparks and half pipes in La Plagne. The Red Bull Line Catcher and the Winter X Games are celebrated there every year as well as the Robert Blanc Derby which is celebrated in his honour every February.

Conditions

The season begins during the first week in December and depending on the snow conditions, stays open until the first week of April. The ideal time to visit is during January and February when the station usually has the best snow coverage, however, most of the runs are above 2000 m so if you go later in the season you can stay higher up the mountain and, although a lot are west facing, there are a couple of long north facing runs which tend to keep their snow well.
Characteristics
  • Vertical Drop
    6.647 ft
  • Terrain
    264,08 Mi
  • Longest Run
    4.3496 mi
  • Runs
    107
  • SnowPark
    Yes
  • Summit
    10.584 ft
  • Lifts
    132
  • Base
    3.937 ft

Difficulty level of the pistes

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