Les Arcs offers skiers of all abilities tremendous choice, with over 200km of pistes, ranging from gentle tree-lined cruising to serious off-piste itineraries. At the heart of the skiing network is the Aguille Rouge (3226m), the starting point for much of the most challenging skiing, including the exhilarating 7km (2000m vertical) descent to the village of Le Pré. Less experienced skiers can find a variety of runs through the forest to the villages of Vallandry and Peisey. The neighbouring ski area of La Plagne is linked to Les Arcs by the new Vanoise Express cable car, the largest in the world.
The skiing area is built around four purpose-built centres. Many old villages and hamlets are accessible, with an excellent range of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.
Ski Adventures offer chalet accommodation in the small village of Les Granges near Arc 1600. The 3 chalets are at the foot of the Bois de Saule (blue), Granges (red) and Violettes (red) pistes, next to the Les Granges funiculaire station and La Millerette lift.
La Grange d'Aliceis a genuine 200 year-old 'chalet d'alpage' (a mountain house for humans and animals to live in together!) has been lovingly restored using mainly old, locally sourced materials while the new fittings and facilities are 'state of the art' and of the highest quality (such as solar-powered under-floor heating). The chalet retains a real mountain atmosphere while also being comfortable and spacious. Most of the rooms have ensuite facilities, and there is a sauna.
Les Deux Têtes was formerly a hotel/restaurant which has been converted according to their specifications into two spacious, comfortable chalets with all-ensuite rooms. Local materials have been used throughout, and each chalet has a large sitting dining area with big leather sofas and log fires. The chalets have fantastic views across the valley, and many rooms have balcony access. There is a covered car park for up to 4 vehicles, which is available free of charge to guests.
Facilities for babies and children
Ski Adventures welcome families with children and make no charges for children aged 5 and under. There are generous discounts for children aged 6 - 14 (provided they share a room with their parents). Many of the chalet bedrooms are large enough for an additional cot and/or child bed. Ski Adventures offer a Children's meal early evening, with a selection of the home-made favourites (pasta, sausages, chicken, pizza, fishcakes,etc.) with fresh vegetables, fruit, yoghurt and juices. Bottle warmers, high chairs and potties are available for toddlers and babies. Lift passes are free for children under 6. The chalets are all only about 150m from the main lift and a special ski-learning area with its own lifts.
Most types of nappies, bottled baby food, wipes etc. available in the UK can be purchased locally. If you wish, staff at Ski Adventures are happy to get your baby's supplies for when you arrive saving you space in your luggage. Simply email your request at least a week in advance. Prices are more or less the same as in the UK.
Ski Adventures can also arrange child carers to look after your children in and around the chalet. Advance booking is normally required. All their child carers are appropriately qualified and experienced, and have had recent police checks (but they may not necessarily have formal nanny qualifications). Childcare is not available on Saturdays (changeover day). Childcare costs 500 Euros for 6 full days for babies under 1 years old that require 1 to 1 care. Older babies are charged at 75 Euros per day(400 Euros per week). Half days cost 40 Euros. There are a good number of toys, games, creative play materials available, and children are taken out to play outside the chalets at least once a day (depending on weather). There are plenty of safe, fun snowy areas around the chalets for sliding, snowballs and snowmen. Baby-sitting can be arranged on the chalet staff night off - price dependent on age and number of children.