Hotels in Bourg Saint Maurice - Les Arcs
A trip full of variety in Les Arcs
Les Arcs is a winter sports resort located in Savoy that offers a great location with many advantages: it overlooks the Haute-Tarentaise valley, it is sunny and, thanks to its altitude, well-covered with snow during the winter. With a skiing area of around 200km, Les Arcs offers a large variety of slopes for all levels. The skiing area is also linked to those at Peissey-Vallandry and La Plagne by the Vanoise Express cable car. Labelled Paradiski, this grand complex is made up of over 420 km of pistes. For a completely comfortable apartment stay in Arcs, head to the Radisson Blu Resort Arc 1950. With its luxury accommodation and numerous services, the Radisson Blu Resort lets you make the most of the natural environment in an idyllic setting. The apartments ‘on skis’ give you direct access to the pistes, and they are located in the Arc 1950 village, which is entirely pedestrianised. In the summer, Les Arcs offer a large choice of activities to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Alps in all their serenity: walks, downhill cycling, rafting, or horse riding, there is something for all ages.
The Radisson Blu Resort in Les Arcs is ideally located to let you make the most of your stay in both summer and winter. The concept ‘ski at the door’ allows you to join the pistes directly during your winter stay. On the return to your hotel, you can relax in the spa, hammam, or the swimming pool and then dine at the pub Le 1950 with its pleasant atmosphere. During the summer months, children and adults can enjoy nature to the full with the many walks and sporting activities on offer in Les Arcs. A babysitting service is also offered at the hotel, allowing you to spend a day of peaceful walking whilst the children are looked after.
Unspoilt nature and a vast ski area
The resort is made up of four different villages: Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. As a result, Les Arcs offers around 200 km of pistes for all levels, and more than 420 km of pistes in the heart of the big Paradiski. The highest point is L’Aiguille Rouge - the red needle - which reaches 3,226 metres: it is accessible by the cable car from Arcs 2000 and it is one of the must-see locations for a trip to Les Arcs. The area also contains lots of snow parks and luxury leisure spaces, as well as four slalom ski arenas. In the summer, the main ski lifts remain open (on a modified timetable) as well as the cable car to L’Aiguille Rouge (three days a week in summer).
Access to services in Les Arcs
Les Arcs resort is located around twenty minutes by car from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, in the Tarentaise valley. Bourg-Saint-Maurice is after Moûtiers on the RN90, which is accessible by a fast route along the A430. By train, you take the TGV until the Bourg-Saint-Maurice Station. A funicular connects it to Arc 1600 in just 7 minutes and from Arc 1600, the free shuttles take you to the other stations. Locally, you will find all the essential services: supermarkets, post office, restaurants, bars etc.
A modern yet genuine resort
Les Arcs resort was started in the sixties, with the development of Arc Pierre Blanche, which later became Arc 1600. In the seventies, two of the other incorporated villages were completed: Arc 1800 and Arc 2000, the latter being the highest (2000 m). The idea was to preserve the existing alpine chalets and to use local materials to maintain an authentic character. These principles were carried over to the construction of Arc 1950, the most modern village, which opened in 2003, built with traditional architecture and entirely pedestrianised.
Les Arcs offers a wide choice of dining establishments, spread out over the different resort villages. By walking over to Arc 1950, you will have access to around thirty businesses, of which the majority are restaurants and bars: you can also sample local specialities here, whether it be the fondue Savoyarde, raclette, crozets, pâté carrées made from buckwheat flour, or diots, little sausages often cooked in white wine. The Radisson Blu Hotel Resort Arc 1950 has a bar which serves regional dishes in a traditional Parisian style. The resort village Arc 1800 is made up of a large range of restaurants, bars, and shops, with a total of over 130 businesses at your disposal. There’s no better treat after a good day spent in the fresh air.
Events and entertainment in Les Arcs
All year round, Les Arcs offers a variety of entertainment for youngsters and adults alike. Two main festivals take place every year. In winter the Cinema Festival brings the resort to life at the beginning of December. Created in 2009 and devoted to independent European cinema, it quickly became unmissable for anyone wanting to explore the diversity offered within the creation of cinematography. In summer, the classical music festival entices you to Les Arcs with a series of concerts (mostly free) that brings together talented youngsters in a lively atmosphere. Lots of sporting entertainment is organised both winter and summer: an introduction to slacklining, ping pong tournaments, mountain biking competitions, etc. Don’t forget the weekly markets that allow you to sample the best of regional products!
Nightlife in Les Arcs
The best of the nightlife in Les Arcs is concentrated in Arc 1800, the largest of the village resorts. Here there are lots of restaurants and small cafes where the atmosphere remains animated until late into the night during the busy season. Bars and pubs offer a variety of draught beer; there are also several repeat broadcasts of sporting events, and some offer live music, perfect to listen to whilst sipping a drink. The Place Les Villards of Arc 1800 is an ideal location for a great evening with friends. Since the development of Arc 1950, new bars and pubs have been opened, as well as a club.
A dream playground for skiers and snowboarders
With over 400km of pistes, the Paradiski area is one of the Alps’ major ski areas. It stretches over 1,200 metres from its lowest point up to 3,500 metres and offers a large choice of pistes, from the easiest (green) to the most difficult, reserved for experienced skiers (red and black). If you’re starting out on skis or snowboard, you can improve your skills at your own pace on the green pistes, and you can use fixed and rewinding ski lifts, a more secure mechanical ascent for beginners. For experienced skiers and snowboarders in search of a challenge, make your way to the black pistes of Ours, Fond Blanc or Muguet. Ten pistes called “NATUR’ complete the scene: these wild ski tracks are all marked by the guides. Reserved for experienced skiers, the pistes NATUR offer an unbeatable skiing experience in the wilds of nature.
The ski lifts
With more than 50 ski lifts on Les Arcs’ ski area, both beginners and experienced skiers are catered for. The collection is made up of around thirty ski chairs, 16 ski tows, 6 gondola lifts and 3 cable cars. The Vanoise Express cable car is particularly notable because it’s the biggest in the world. It connects Les Arcs to La Plagne resort in 5 minutes, to constitute the large Paradiski area. The cable car to Aiguille Rouge is also unmissable as it offers a superb panorama of the valley and the surrounding summits. What’s more, the funicular Les Arcs Express connects the village Arc 1960 to Bourg-Saint-Maurice in just 7 minutes, which lets you reach the resort from the valley easily: this is especially practical for a skiing day trip. Again in Arc 1960, the cable car of Snow Parc will let you try out freestyling.
Travel between the winter resorts
A whole network of free shuttle buses is in place to connect the different resort villages in winter. You can also travel easily between Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 without spending any money. The shuttles normally operate between 7.30 am and 9.30 pm, with a shuttle every twenty minutes. The Arc 1950 resort is entirely pedestrianised; you can gain access to cars and buses via an underground car park that serves the resort.
The biggest town close to Les Arcs makes for a great day trip, which is especially pleasant in the summer. In July you can go to the Edelweiss Festival, which gathers folk groups from all over the world. Here, you will also have the opportunity to go canoeing on the River Isère: Bourg-Saint-Maurice has also welcomed the World Championships three times. It is possible to go paragliding thanks to the many clubs and schools that offer tandem flights, inductions and lessons for learners wanting to experience their first flights.
Walks from Peisey-Nancroix
Peisey-Nancroix is a resort area connected with Les Arcs, and it offers some lovely scenic walks. For a two hour walk, you can head to the Entreport Pass then, to carry on further, you can continue to the Aiguille Grive, which provides a spectacular panorama, but is also quite physically demanding. For a gentler walk, join Pont Baudin through the Pracompuet and Chenarie hamlets, or head to the Notre-Dame-Des-Vernettes chapel from Plan-Peisey; this sunny path makes for an easy excursion that takes roughly 1 ½ hours.
The Vanoise Massif
A jewel of the Alps, the Vanoise Massif is a dream playground for walkers and climbers, both beginners and experts alike, during a trip to Vanoise in the summer. This park of over 53,000 hectares is also an important site for the protection of the region’s fauna and flora, and ibex are a common sight. To make the most of this exceptional natural space, you can stay for one or more nights in a mountain refuge. Amongst the must-sees, highlights are the Fond d’Aussois, Mont Pourri and Dent Parrachée refuges.
Easily accessible in 5 minutes from Les Arcs thanks to the cable car, La Plagne is a pleasant ski resort for a day trip in the summer. With its 11 resort villages and elegant character, it includes numerous businesses to catering for every need. The resort is also equipped for bowling, tennis and squash, or for climbing and paragliding clubs. Every year in July, La Plagne welcomes the ‘Course des Géants’ a trail run of over 110 km, with 6,000 m of vertical gain.