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“It's ok for a French ski resort, but misses authenticity”
Review of Les Arcs

Les Arcs
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Les Arcs ski resort is an atypical resort that faces Mont Blanc and overlooks the Upper Tarentaise Valley. This openness provides a 360° panorama. Its South-Easterly orientation is synonymous with sunshine and breathtaking sunsets over the surrounding summits. An area where renowned athletes can perform, this playground with its unequalled variety can guarantee you some wonderful memories! Its 4 high altitude, car-free and "ski-to-the-door" villages (Arc 2000, Arc 1950, Arc 1800 & Arc 1600)all enjoy their own style, which you can discover at will... An integral part of Paradiski, the 2nd largest inter-linked ski area in the world, more than 70% of Les Arcs' pistes are above 2000m, a variety of situations that can provide "all-weather" skiing for abilities on "pistes Natur'" and forest slopes...and fun zones! Let us know what you think about the resort to even further enhance the quality of your welcome, your information and your guidance inside the resort.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Sydney, Australia
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“It's ok for a French ski resort, but misses authenticity”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Compared to other European ski resorts, Les Arcs is a heavily commercialised resort with lots of modern built accom. It misses the quaint authenticity of European chalets entirely and is not a pretty place to be. Try Les Arcs 1950 for the only authentic looking area, though unrealistically expensive.

Visited February 2013
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Trstenik, Croatia
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“Best ski resort”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Having just spent 5 days in mid-January based at Arc 1950, I am reliably informed by my partner and those with whom she skied that Les Arcs is the best skiing anywhere in the Alps.

'Best' is defined as;

* ski in/ski out from the hotels and able to ski through the village
* a massive selection of pistes, right up to >3200m, with plenty of choice of colour, length and incline
* plenty of opportunity to ski off-piste
* easy access to the pistes via well-serviced lifts, with plenty of chair and bubble lifts and without long queues
* a welcoming attitude; kids, boarders, skiers - everyone gets along and has a great time
* fantastic scenery
* value for money in terms of value-for-money for the lift pass cost.

She only took a pass for Les Arcs and didn't sample the even wider choice offered by taking the Vanoise Express.

With plenty of snow and no shortage of pistes, it made for a pretty incredible and very amazing ski break.

Highly recommended.

Visited January 2013
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Oxfordshire
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“Lots of snow!”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We have just spent a week at the Jardin de la Cascade in Arcs 1950. The skiing is excellent and over a vast area. The restaurants in the village are expensive but the Spa shop, if you are self-catering is pretty good. However, if you can shop on the way up in Bourg St Maurice this would be cheaper. The navette service between the various resorts is very good as is the funicular if you want to go down to town. Our apartment was through an exchange with Club Intrawest and was a l-bedroom. Not very big but sufficient for a couple, it would have been a bit cramped for 4. The kitchen has a microwave and hob, dishwasher and fridge. There were only large pans and a smaller one would have been useful as would a few more kitchen utensils such as a fish slice for getting fried eggs out of the frying pan! The apartment was very warm and the welcome pack and soap products very good. This village is truly ski in and ski out.

Visited February 2013
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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“Les Arc 1800 ski hoiday”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

First European ski holiday in 5 years but if we were to return to resort would seriously consider 1800 for our stay.
Les Arc 1800 is a good base for the the resort and ski area.
Can't comment on ski school as we didn't take lessons.
The run off at the end of day can become very busy so either end early or stay on mountain late to avoid mad rush
Good runs are the red under Le Derby which is Belette or the Arolles run at 1600. The blue tracks can become very congested at times.
The on slope food options can be limited, with many not having much indoor space. as a non French speaker it can be difficult at times to communicate.
One thing we did find was that the light went very flat at about 2 pm each day we were there.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Ski, ski and more ski.”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

We were fortunate enough to have powder days, blue skys and even icy days but with the vast varied terrain there was always somewhere new to explore. A Great little ski area with a variety of terrain, ideal for the intermediate skier/ boarder.

Visited February 2013
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