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Sadly this will be my first and last trip to Les Arcs; the whole place is overloaded and overcapacity - they've built huge new hotels and apartment blocks which have made the place like a busy motorway - it's all about high volume which means the pistes are skied out quickly and there are large queues at the lifts and if you have lunch on the pistes everywhere is very crowded and not such great food either. There is little on piste respect - probably because of the overcrowding - but if you are skiing off piste in which case you'll have a good time if the snow is OK. I've never written a negative review about anywhere before but someone has to say something about this place and the overdevelopment/overcapacity ... Full Review
easy to get to from the UK, no...
extremely overcrowded, everywh...
2 years ago
A Anon
We have skied here for many years and this will be the last. For the first week of March there is plenty of snow, but the piste preparation is unusually poor. Very little grooming is taking place with the result that many runs have many moguls so people are not skiing them making the other runs very crowded. The new 900 bed Club Med hotel at Arc 1600 has totally overloaded the lift system and we have experienced worse lift queues this week than in any previous first week of March. Les Arcs has been a great place for us for many years, but it is time for us to move on.... Full Review
Easy resort with a good variet...
Inadequate lift infrastructure...
3 years ago
Geoff's iPad
This is the first time I have skied here with the family and found it very user friendly. Plenty of things to see and do on the pistes. Timed runs, moguls, play parks and sledge runs. Good lift system. Plenty of places to eat and drink on the piste and back in the villages.... Full Review
Arc 1800 is in the heart of th...
Would recommend for families.
3 years ago
anonymous
Good range of slopes, however not very Many for beginners and the blacks for the more advanced riders arent groomed daily so become very uncomfortable to ski. However with the overall size of the avalibile terrain to ski on, definitely value for money. ... Full Review
4 years ago
anonymous
Good range of slopes, however not very Many for beginners and the blacks for the more advanced riders arent groomed daily so become very uncomfortable to ski. However with the overall size of the avalibile terrain to ski on, definitely value for money. ... Full Review
5 years ago
anonymous
spent a great three days good levels of snow following the recent snow fall... Full Review
6 years ago
Peter Tooke
Useful information for travelling from Bourg St Maurice to various local places. On my visit there was no snow on the roads travelled. I cannot stress: buy the IGN contour map 3532 ET it shows all the lifts, except Val d'Isere and Tignes. By train Bourg St Maurice to Moutiers:- Buy tickets but check monitors...You could be travelling by bus and not the train! Bourg St Maurice to St Foy Tarenteise by bus:- I waited for the 8-10am bus, nothing at 8-05, so confirmed with the Val d'Isere bus driver that he is to stop at St Foy 'village', this bus also leaves at 8-10am. and goes via St Foy 'village', (obviously best your skis are easy to get to when getting off the bus!) When you are dropped off, their should be a free bus waiting for you, this takes approx. 15 minutes to get you to the St Foy skiing area (Bon Conseil). Now I wanted to get the 2-00pm Belle Savoie bus back to B St M. The free bus leaves the ski area at 1-35pm. tell the driver to stop at St Foy 'village' before he deviates up to La Masure (this detour he does only on the return), otherwise you will miss the 2-00pm bus. You will have to walk 200 or so metres to where you got off the B St M bus, so make a note of the hotel/restaurant area where you were dropped off.Useful information for travelling from Bourg St Maurice to various local places. ... Full Review
B St M is a good base
None that I can think of
9 years ago
Jim
Had a great weeks skiing, accommodation was fab, the usual Intrawest build and comfort standards where we stayed at Le Village 1950. The resort is split between the varying levels, 1600/1800/1950/2000 and its easy to ski between them. 1950 and 2000 is joined by a funicular which operates quite late. There are quite a few restaurants and a couple of bars, quite pricey but thats to be expected for a nice resort, there is a Spar on site too that does most of the necessities. If you are driving there are some supermarkets on the road up in Saint Bourg Maurice. The biggest let down for us was that we went as a family of 3 and our 3 1/2 yr old was booked into spirit 1950 ski school club, the club ran between 0930 and 1145. The club usually started at around 0940 where they walked up the village and skied a bit back down again then the group of 10 had 2 runs on the magic carpet then they went in for at least 30 min break to the caribou club (daycare centre) when they came out again they had another 2 runs by the magic carpet before finishing at 1130. One of us hung around as our child was a bit upset being left the first day but ended up helping as when the kids went down the run the one helper at the bottom wasnt able to catch all the kids, there was no run off so they would have ended up down the slope in the trees....quite a funny thought to some, but not when you can see your own kid about to disappear!! There was one instructor from the school and one daycare centre staff, not enough to control the group when on the slope. The instructor did not interact with the children, 'just the usual 'hands on the knees' and 'skis like a pizza wedge'. When we tried to escape we watched from a distance and our child was really upset and the instructor just looked at her and then walked away leaving her sobbing, quite a look on his face when we reappeared! So your probably getting the gist here, fab accommodation, rubbish ski school for young children, i cant comment for the older children and adults, it may be great but was just really disappointed with the overall experience for our child, as she had a great time in a private lesson the year before in Flaine. For the same price as ski school she could have had 4 hour long private lessons at ESF at Les Arcs 2000. Its really easy access up to 2000 so dont worry about getting up there. On up side the skiing is excellent, the area has a great variety of terrain and its easy to link between the resorts and across to La Plagne if you like. ... Full Review
Comfort, skiing, lifts, cleanl...
Price of eating, poor in resor...
12 years ago
This was my first visit to France. Went with group my choice would have been Austria or Italy. We arrived about 6 hours late due to weather conditions. Things could only get better, and they did the moment we opened the to our apartment The quality was more than we could have hoped for, it was home from home. Wi Fi, bathrobes, slippers and plenty of living space (unlike most apartments in France) We had a 2 bedroom apartment in the SAS Raddison could not find a fault with the accommodation. ( Get WiFi code of each phone, ipad, Lap Top) Our plan was to eat out every night but due to the price, lack of choice and poor reviews we decided to cater for ourselves. This was a first for our part but due to the high quality of the apartments it became part of our apres ski. We would go to the 2 pubs for the happy hour then back to the apartment for diner and drinks. Drinks were 8 euro a pint ( 4 euro in happy hour) The ski area is vast and has something to suit everybody. The lift system was very impressive with little or no queueing. The only slight negative was the runs back to the village could get busy and a bit icy bar from that the skiing was 10 out of 10. We will defiantly go back.... Full Review
Quality of accommodation, Lift...
Price, Poor choice of eat out
12 years ago
Set in the Tarentaise valley with Val d'Isere and Tignes at the far end, arriving at Bourg-St-Maurice rail station from London on the TGV 'Snowtrain' allows the fastest transfer/access to Les Arcs via the Funicular Cable Car to Arc1600, from which free bus transfers take you to the other three villages of Arc1800, 1950 & 2000. The Paradiski area of over 400 km of pistes offers something for everyone, though you can just do a 3 Euro lift ride on the Chantel if you're a beginner .... but for the intermediates this resort really excels as the Transarc lift from Arc1800 gives you access to the Aiguille Rouge peak at 3226m and an awesome 2000m vertical drop down to Villaroger via 7 km of red runs through the trees that is one of the best most leg-burning scorchers you could hope to find .... with the promise of a cold pint of Leffe beer at the end .... go for it! ... Full Review
Really convenient ski-in-out a...
Euro exchange rate not great, ...
13 years ago
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