Les Arcs 1800 is the most central of the Les Arcs stations and can be reached from both Geneva and Grenoble airport in similar times. Geneva is located 218km to the north and a transfer will take around two and three-quarter hours, while Grenoble is located 217km to the west and a transfer will take two and a half. As such Les Arcs 1800, like all the stations in this ski area, isn’t a quick jaunt by any means. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth making the trip.
Of the four Les Arcs stations (1600, 1800, 1950, and 2000), Les Arcs 1800 is the largest, and most developed. While each has its own distinct personality, Les Arcs 1800 offers the largest hotels, the best variety of dining and apres options, as well as the biggest selection of things to do off the slopes.
You’ll find the best range of shops here too, along with the liveliest apres scene. If you come down off the mountain to Les Arcs 1800, you’ll have no trouble finding bars pumping out music from the early afternoon. This makes Les Arcs 1800 a great place for adult groups or families looking for a more outgoing skiing experience. There’s no escaping the atmosphere here, so if this isn’t the sort of trip you’re looking for, then take a look at one of the other Les Arcs centres.
Les Arcs 1800 highlights: Access to an amazing ski area, as well as a large selection of accommodation options, restaurants, and lively bars all makes Les Arcs 1800 the party centre of the Les Arcs stations and perfect for those looking to have as much fun off the slopes as they are on.
Les Arcs 1800 is best for: Adult groups of families who like to enjoy time out of their hotel or apartment. While accommodation options are great, to come to Les Arcs 1800 and not experience the resort would be a crime.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Les Arcs 1800:
The highest peak above Les Arcs is the Aiguille Rouge at 3226m. And while none of the resorts are perfectly situated to reach it in one fell swoop (all require some skiing and lift-linking), Les Arcs 1800 has the best position to access the most of the terrain most easily.
Taking the TransArc gondolas up to the Col De La Chal high point gives you unfettered access to the entire ski area, and allows you to ski in several directions and access a good number of runs. The beginner areas above the town are fantastically managed and situated and give those learning a great introduction to the sport, while those with higher skill levels can ascend nearly a kilometre with just a single lift change, and open up the entire mountain in just a few minutes.
This makes Les Arcs 1800 the most malleable of the resorts, with the best of everything. In the trees below the Aiguille Grive peak, you’ll find a network of manageable blues. Above the ridge and treeline, you’ll find lots of challenging reds as well as a straight shot to the Varet 40 gondola which heads up to the peak. From there, you can ski back down past Les Arcs 2000, and take a long chair back up to the ridge, which will give you access to runs down to 1800. This makes the lift network very accessible, and Les Arcs 1800 perfectly placed to take advantage of it. And as an added bonus, Les Arcs 1800 is also best situated to access the slopes of Villandry, and crucially, the Vanoise express which links over to the La Plagne side of the ParadiSki area, the Bellecote peak and glacier, and the epic runs there.
Because of this, Les Arcs 1800 is the right choice for the advanced skiers wishing to take advantage of the entire ParadiSki area, as well as for those who enjoy the apres scene.
The whole ski area (excluding La Plagne) serves up more than 200km of marked pistes spread across 108 varied runs, served by 77 fast and efficient lifts.
First-time and beginner skiers: First-timers will love the easy blues above the town as well as the large learner area and the very cruisy blue down to Vallandry. Taking the Vallandry 74 or Grizzly 68 chair up from there will give you access to blues snaking back down to Les Arcs 1800, too, so there’s plenty to do without every cresting the ridge for those still finding their snow legs.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will find little out of their remit and will have fun everywhere both above and below the ridge. For those looking to discover the whole mountain, Vallandry and Les Arcs 1600 offer great slopes and snowparks, and then above the ridge, heading down to Les Arcs 2000, there are some brilliant long blues and reds to sink your teeth into before even considering the peaks — which also offer reds down to go along with their blacks.
Expert skiers: Experts will be at home in Les Arcs 1800 and can discover a few hidden blacks even below the ridgeline. A bit of a double-edged sword, Les Arcs 1800 is perfectly situated to explore the entire ParadiSki area and is the right choice if you want to take advantage of La Plagne’s terrain, too. But if you’re just sticking to the Les Arcs side of things, then Les Arcs 2000 or 1950 are a better choice as they have more direct access to the steep blacks and reds.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Les Arcs 1800
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Les Arcs 1800:
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What kind of ski lessons are available in Les Arcs 1800?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons Les Arcs 1800
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Les Arcs 1800 (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Les Arcs 1800
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Les Arcs 1800
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Les Arcs 1800 can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Les Arcs 1800
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Les Arcs 1800. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Les Arcs 1800
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Les Arcs 1800 designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!