Les Arcs 1950 is accessed from either Grenoble (217km) or Geneva (218km) airports, and you can arrive in just under two and three-quarter hours by road. This makes Les Arcs 1950 one of the longer transfers in the Alps, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. Especially not when considering what the resort has on offer.
Les Arcs 1950 is completely purpose-built. The area that it stands on — next to Les Arcs 2000 — was bought and developed by American ski giant Intrawest, and has been designed as the height of family luxury in the Alps. Their website boasts that every hotel there is rated as 5* and that the apartments available to rent are much the same. They say there are 40 restaurants and bars, and a range of boutiques and shops. Something for every taste, then.
All in all, this makes Les Arcs 1950 a bit of an all-rounder, providing you’re willing to pay for it. Arc 2000 has a reputation as a bit of a serious resort for serious skiers, but Arc 1950 has been built next to it to access the same terrain but offer a more family-friendly vibe instead.
Set below a snowy bowl with gentle terrain slopes above, it’s a great place to put a family resort, and with lots of indoor activities and facilities on offer — like their 1000m2 spa and pool complex — which features three themed cave areas, and a view of the Mont Blanc massif — it really is somewhere that you can take the family and have an amazing time.
What’s the catch? Well, five-star resorts don’t come cheap. Still, there’s expensive, and then there’s poor value for money, and Les Arcs 1950 is lots of the first and not much of the second.
Les Arc 1950 highlights: Five-star hotels and apartments, a range of shops, restaurants, and bars, along with great off-slope facilities and perfect beginner terrain make Les Arcs 1950 a dream destination for families.
Les Arc 1950 is best for: Families with the capabilities to come to Les Arc 1950. The cost involved is high, but the facilities and accommodation on option are second to none for learners and families.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Les Arcs 1950:
Les Arcs 1950’s top lift stretches to a mighty 3226m, and if that’s what concerns you the most, then you may be better off checking out our guide for Les Arcs 2000, which is the more serious ski destination of these two sister stations.
Far below that, on the sunny slopes above Arc 1950, you’ll find a lot of beginner terrain. There’s a large learner area here, as well as lots of great easy terrain perfect for those just starting off. Long and fast chairs deliver skiers and boarders to the Col De La Chal high point and offer up some great blue and red runs, as well as a freestyle zone and access to the lower Arc Stations.
For those starting out, Arc 1950 gives a good variety of runs to allow swift and smooth progression. Though the Varet gondola provides access to the peak, it also lets out onto the Vallee De L’Arc blue run, which swings all the way back down to the resort and is well worth checking out. There’s also a great blue that runs down to Villaroger that can be linked into from Col De La Chal, too.
For those looking for more challenge, head towards the Arc 2000 side of the mountain, and you won’t have to look very hard for blacks and reds.
First-time and beginner skiers: Arc 1950 is perfectly positioned to have access to the gentle bowl above the resort, and provides a lot of progression through the web of blues and manageable reds that make their home here.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will enjoy everything here and can have fun exploring both above and below. From Col De La Chal, heading down the Grand Renard red will open up everything above Arc 1600 and 1800, of which there’s a lot!
Expert skiers: Experts will have easy access to the technical terrain above Arc 2000 and will enjoy the steep blacks coming down off the peak and sweeping towards Villaroger. There’s a lot of them tucked away, so studying the piste map to find them all is essential to get the most out of this valley.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Les Arcs 1950
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Les Arcs 1950:
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What kind of ski lessons are available in Les Arcs 1950?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons Les Arcs 1950
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 1950 (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 1950
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 1950
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 1950 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 1950
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 1950. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Les Arcs 1950
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Les Arcs 1950 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!