Arc 1950 is a beautiful mountain village in the French Alps. It was built just 13 years ago, making it one of the newest villages in the Alps! It sits in the heart of the vast Les Arcs ski area and links to the Paradiski region (which includes La Plagne) by the enormous Vanoise Express double decker cable car.
Arc 1950 is one of the most welcoming mountain resorts. Car free, it offers families with young skiers the safest of environments. All cars park ‘under’ the village in designated car parks making it completely ski-in-ski-out with no need to worry about traffic.
The skiing area is vast — over 425 km of slopes –- and rises up to the Aguille Rouge at 3226m. Take the newly decorated cable car up to this peak for 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and over to Mont Blanc. Experience the new footbridge and skiers can ski all the way down to Villaroger at 1200m– a 2000m descent. Ride the cable car over to La Plagne; one ski day in La Plagne is included in 6-day lift passes, a great fun and adventurous day out. An upgraded chair lift below Arc 1950, Comborciere offers a faster connection to Arc 1600 for this coming season and also provides access to the new ‘secret run’ down the hidden valley which connects back to Arc 1950.
What makes Arc 1950 stand out is its extensive programme of activities every week of the season, winter and summer. The calendar of events will keep everyone entertained no matter what age. The season starts with the 10th anniversary of The Les Arcs Film Festival and includes Freestyle week, Open Week, where Arc 1950 hosts European Gay Ski Week for the first time, Russian week and more. During each of these themed weeks a nightly entertainment programme is in place which includes night sledging and skiing, a huge firework display and so much more. It really is a unique village to choose for your ski holiday.
Snow-sure: As its name implies, Arc 1950 sits over 1950 metres above sea level so it offers a snowsure ski holiday whether you visit over early season pre Christmas, February half term, or later in the Spring. The skiing reaches up to 3250m in height with the full mix of glacier skiing, forest runs for shelter, groomed runs and fun parks and with a closing date towards the end of April, it’s a great choice for an Easter ski holiday.
Where to stay? Arc 1950 is made up of a series of 5* residences, each with its own character and all positioned to have easy access to the village centre, to the slopes and to the views of Mont Blanc. New flexible arrivals mean you can stay any length of time and avoid the peak day rush. Every Residence has its own outdoor pool and wellness area and the Prince des Cimes Residence also has a large heated indoor pool. The Residences are grouped around a small village centre so nothing is ever too far away from your base. There is a selection of restaurants, cafes, shops selling local produce, clothes stores including Fusalp as well as a small supermarket, bakery, several gift shops and so on.
Spa: Relax in the separate 1000m2 Deep Nature Spa – children are welcome at set times during the week or indulge in a massage ‘a deux’ in one of the treatment rooms, many with glass windows looking out across the valley to Mont Blanc.
What else can I do there?
If you have any energy left after a day on the slopes, you can try ski-joering; dog sledding; wild skidoo outings; helicopter rides; toboggan rides or try speed riding!
Everyone is looked after in Arc 1950: The P’tit Cariboo club takes children from 9 months to 3 years, The Cariboo Club from 3-13 years and Spirit Ski School offers lessons for children at every ski level. Every residence can help with cots, high chairs, baby mats, buggies and booking babysitters. Teens can take part in Back Country courses, junior freeride and racing camps and big air competitions. Non skiers can access the highest peaks on foot, enjoy the Village ambiance and meet and greet family and friends when they have a stop for lunch.
How to access Arc 1950: By plane and transfer from Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble or Lyon airports or fill the car and head down from Calais for an easy ski drive break.