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Dancers on the bar at the Folie Douce in Les Arcs

Making up one part of the huge Paradiski ski area, Les Arcs has everything you'll need for a memorable ski holiday with your mates, colleagues or family.

Les Arcs as a ski resort is a bit of a win-win - you get a huge range of runs to keep both pros and beginners on their toes, especially if you opt for the Paradiski lift pass, and it's cheaper than the major players in the French Alps.

The resort itself was built for skiing and is split up into five main villages located at varying altitudes. Rowdier groups will want to nab accommodation in bustling Les Arcs 1800, while 1950 further up the mountain is the resort's newest addition, a winter-wonderland style resort filled with ski-in, ski-out chalets and apartments.

It couldn't be easier to reach Les Arcs too, especially if you're keen on taking a train instead of flying. Jump on the Eurostar from King's Cross to Bourg St Maurice, where you can get a cable car all the way up to resort! Nice.

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Les Arcs ski resort

As a purpose built ski resort dating back to the 1960s, Les Arcs isn't your typical alpine town. Nevertheless, the five main villages all have their own unique allure. The fact Les Arcs was designed completely with snow sports in mind means it has an abundance of ski-in, ski-out accommodation, so you'll always have instant access to the pistes.

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Les Arcs 1600

This is Les Arcs' original village and is linked to Bourg St Maurice by cable car, making it a no brainer if you're planning on arriving by train. The village is not as lively as some of the others which means it's perfect for family groups or those keen to be fresh-faced on the first lifts..

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Les Arcs 1800

Les Arcs 1800 further up the mountain is the biggest and liveliest of the resort's villages. It tends to be the most popular choice for big groups as it's home to the best of the après, with plenty of bars and restaurants that'll keep you sated and in the mood to party.

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Les Arcs 1950

This is the latest addition to Les Arcs. Designed in a 'Winter Wonderland' style that's a big hit with families or less rowdy groups, it's filled with charming, low rise chalets and is completely ski-in, ski-out.

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Les Arcs 2000

Despite its name, Les Arcs 2000 actually sits at about 2100m - great for snow conditions all season. Definitely the village for the most serious skiers looking for first lifts, and first tracks.

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Located below Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry is the closest of the five to a traditional mountain village. It's much quieter than the other villages - perfect for those searching for peace and quiet after a tiring day of skiing. What's more, it offers easy access to La Plagne via the famous double-decker Vanoise Express ski lift if you've opted for a full Paradiski pass.

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Les Arcs après

While Les Arcs isn't as well-known for après as some of the other French ski resorts, it's still got a handful of venues for groups hoping for a few epic evenings out.

There's only a couple of bars right on the pistes, including Arpette which has decent drink deals and a live DJ between 3pm and 5pm. Les Arcs has also got in on the Folie Douce action, with a new franchise of the much-loved après ski venue having opened up near the Villards gondola, just above Arc 1800, in late 2019.

If you're staying in Les Arcs 1950, George's Wine Bar is a cosy spot for a few glasses of vino or a craft beer. Les Belles Pintes is a bustling Irish pub down the street with a decent happy hour at 4pm. Just above 1950 is where you'll find Igloo Village, a hotel complex cut out into the ice which features an awesome ice bar complete with a dancefloor.

Giovanni's in Les Arcs 1800 is also a popular venue for grabbing a few pints and they often host live music nights and screen major sports matches.

Restaurants in Les Arcs

Les Arcs has an extensive restaurant scene, particularly if you're craving local Savoyard specialties.

Decent dining options in Les Arc 1800 include Le Madly where they serve up crowd pleasers like cheesy croque monsieurs and burgers for lunch before switching to sweet treats after 4pm. Chez Clarisse is another 1800 haunt where you can dunk chunks of homemade bread into mouth watering fondue or tempt your tastebuds with some decadent desserts.

For hearty meat dishes like beef bourguignon and an ace selection of European wines, book a table at Plumes et Cassolettes in 1600. Brasserie-style The Savoy cooks up similar French fare at their venue in Les Arcs 2000, while La Table des Lys is set in an attractive chalet and lauded as one of the top eateries in 1950.

Les Arcs nightlife

If you're picturing the group dancing on tables and stumbling back to your chalet at sunrise, you'll be in good hands in Les Arcs.

Most of the nightlife in Les Arcs is in livelier 1800, including ace venues like Giovanni's (which has a pool table and an enticing cocktail menu) and Le J.O (great for rock fans). Over in Les Arcs 1600, you'll discover drinking holes like L'Abreuvoir, which hosts regular themed nights and fun karaoke.

If you're staying in Les Arcs 1950, Chalet de Luigi is perfect for après ski and late night dancing. Their huge terrace, which overlooks the Marmottes piste, is an awesome place to relax with a few beers before you head indoors to listen to live music or knock back some shots in the buzzing club area.

Mountain bites

If you get the munchies while you're skiing, there are a handful of great places to grab a bite to eat right on the mountain.

Les Arcs' La Folie Douce has several eating venues within it. There's an option to satisfy every craving and match any budget, from oysters and roasted duck at La Fruitière to brilliant burgers at Le Butcher.

Not only is Le Bulle Café a great après spot (with their terrace in the middle of the slopes) but they also serve up enormous pizzas perfect for sharing. If you're skiing around 1950, Belliou La Fumeé just below the village is a hotspot for rustic French cuisine like garlicky snails and bavette.

Les Arcs for non-skiers

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If you're on a Les Arcs ski holiday with family or a couple of your mates are non-skiers, you'll find the resort has plenty to keep you busy off the slopes.

The Mille8 leisure complex in Les Arcs 1800 is a must-visit and it stays open until 8.30pm Wednesday through Friday. The aqua centre is the main attraction however be sure to try out unusual activities, like snow yoga, or test your skills on the luge course.

Outside, non-skiing adventures on offer include paragliding over the valley or snowshoeing around picturesque walking trails. You could also try out the resort's toboggan run, tackle the mountain on an ice climbing trip or have a go at ice skating at the outdoor rink in 2000.

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Ski Holidays in Les Arcs

A big advantage of Les Arcs is that most of the accommodation is ski-in, ski-out and well-connected with the neighbouring villages.

A huge proportion of the Les Arcs accommodation is self-catered and set in modern apartment blocks. If you'd prefer something more traditional though, Les Arcs chalets include catered picks which can sleep up to 18 people. Most of them are ski-in, ski-out, plus some - including Chalet Ourson in Peisey-Vallandry - come with their own hot tubs and saunas. If you're holidaying with kids in tow, an all-inclusive like Hotel Club MMV might be a better fit.

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