In The Spotlight: Les Arcs Panorama

Quick facts on Les Arcs Panorama

If you love panoramic views to go with your ski-ing then Les Arcs Paradiski offers unbeatable vistas. From veteran fanatics to beginners to families with children, there’s an amazing variety of slopes to try out and every convenience to make your experience as smooth as the well groomed slopes – just check out the hi-tech ski chairs.

One of the original French ‘mega-resorts, Les Arcs has kept up with the times to offer the best of modern and traditional, providing a holiday that will suit every visitor.

Les Arcs Panorama Fast Facts

Domain altitude: 1750m
Lowest slope: 1200m
Highest lift: 3226m
Lifts: 49
Runs: 246

  • Green: 12 (5%)
  • Blue: 132 (54%)
  • Red: 65 (26%)
  • Black: 37 (15%)

We Love

  • The amazing views
  • Ski-ing all day without passing the same place twice
  • Everything revolves around the skier

The Downsides

  • Deciding where to ski
  • It’s a little tricky to get there
  • Some inferior local restaurants

Getting There

Chambery is the closest airport for those flying to the resort at only 1h 50 mins
away. You’ll be able to get a transfer by taxi or minibus at a good price.

After that, Grenoble Airport is only 2h 30 mins away, but only available in winter.

Another option is the super speedy TGV trains from Paris or Lyon and then transfer to one of the ‘snow trains’ that operate throughout ski season. Buses from Chambery airport to Bourg St Maurice and Landry run four times a day on Saturdays and Sundays.

See our resort in Les Arcs Panorama

The Domain

The Les Arcs landscape is dotted with little bits of history including fascinating churches and chapels. It’s possible to combine your skiing experience with a visit to villages where life has changed little in the past 500 years. At the heart of the Savoy region, you’ll also be surrounded by a forest and mountain dreamscape where time seems to standstill.

The first Les Arc resort can trace its history back to 1600 close to the valley town of Bourg St Maurice. Take the funicular train to explore the traffic-free charms of this birthplace and open up a treasure trove of interesting discoveries.

A number of different Arcs have been built in the past century. 1600, 1950 and 2000 are small but particularly good for families. Arc 1800 features many of the newer buildings in the area and are a good choice for those who prefer modern surroundings. However, all Arcs offer a great selection of restaurants and places to enjoy a touch of apres ski.

Everything is connected and the villages are often ski-in, ski-out meaning you can explore the region at leisure and find a perfect place to sit and enjoy the daunting landscape.

The Ski Area

What would you do with 425 km of slopes? Well, explore the area of course! Paradiski truly is a skier’s paradise and accessible to visitors of any age and skill level. For the kids and beginners, there are many blue slopes that offer a gentle introduction to the sport.

The hardened skier will be able to challenge themselves with the 115 red and black slopes of Paradiski, many of which are above 2000m altitude. Even on the lower regions, good skiing is guaranteed thanks to an artillery of snow guns to keep the powder coming.

You’ll be able to maximise your time on the slopes thanks to the recent introduction of high performance lifts that carry more people more quickly and can be connected to an app on your phone that tells you when they’re about to arrive.

There are three main areas to play in: Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne. They’re linked by one of the largest cable cars in Europe meaning you can choose a different location every day of your holiday.

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