European Ski Resorts A-Z

Les Arcs, France

Resort height:

 1600-2120m

 

Slopes:

 1200-3225m

  (1200-3250m Paradiski)

Pistes:

 200km

  (425km Paradiski)

 

General snow cover

 

 

4/5

Snow quality (upper)

 

4/5

Snow quality (lower)

 

3/5

Resort level snow

 

 

Arc 1950/2000

 

5/5

Arc 1800

4/5

Arc 1600

Peisey Vallandry

3.5/5

3/5

 

Powder potential

 

4/5

 

The slopes around and above Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 are very snow-sure. This is partly due to their altitude, but also because the main bowl is sheltered, shady and faces north-east. There is also quick access to the 3200m Aiguille Rouge which has a small glacier. 

 

The slopes above Arc 1600 and Arc 1800 are also fairly reliable, but face west/north-west and snow quality is more variable, particularly in spring.

 

The runs around Peisey-Vallandry are the first to deteriorate in warmer weather, but do offer lots of tree skiing – unusual for big French resorts and invaluable in poor visibility.

Where to ski in bad weather:

In poor visibility head for the trees above Peisey-Vallandry. There are also a few above Arc 1600 and 1800, but not nearly as many.

 

The skiing around Arc 2000 can be very bleak in bad weather.

Where to head in poor snow conditions:

Arc 2000 usually has the best snow, particularly in the main bowl and on the upper half of the Aiguille Rouge (the very top of which is glaciated).

Read our blog on Les Arcs' snow record

Peisey/Vallandry (Les Arcs) is one of our:

 

Top 10 weather-proof ski resorts - Europe

 

Arc 1950/Arc 2000 (Les Arcs) is one of our:

 

* Top 10 late season ski resorts - Europe

 

Top 5 late season ski resorts - France

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