Why Les Arcs

  • Mountains
  • Snow guaranteed
  • 425km of ski slopes
  • Amazing food
  • Reasonable prices
This is so far my best snowboarding experience. Just awesome!
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Welcome to Les Arcs, located in the french alps!

The five areas—Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, and Arc 2000—are situated at an altitude spanning from 810 to 3226 metres, although skiing is mostly possible above 1200 metres. The ski area consists of 106 runs, 54 lifts, and 200 kilometres of descent.

I went to Les Arcs with a friend of mine, who actually planned the trip. I was pretty surprised how big and nice the area is and he did also an amazing choice with our accommodation.

But let’s go step by step.

Usually, people book accommodation as close as possible to the ski lift. And I get the point: You want to be the first one on the slope and enjoy the mountain for yourself before the rest arrives and it gets crowded. But this has often the disadvantage that the prices are pretty high and/or the quality is not the best. Often parking costs additional 15€ per day.

So here is how we have done it:

Our accommodation:

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It’s an amazing mountain hut, which doesn’t look very pretty from outside, but from inside it’s super luxury, comfy, stylish and super clean. But this is not the best about the accommodation. The best is that it’s made up the way Airbnb was intended to be in the first place: Be a guest at someone’s place in his home with him and enjoy each others company.

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In this Airbnb, you have your own room, not different from a normal hotel room. They have different room styles and apartments and all of them are beautiful, cosy and super clean. Also, the bathroom is amazing, big and modern with a shower and tub. Snowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France)

The owners (a young family) share their living room and dining room with you. It’s a huge space with approx. 200m² with a unique atmosphere. The fireplace, nice and comfy seating areas and the relaxing music makes you feel at home immediately. The owners and their staff do a great job of making you feel at home but also like a friend. They are always around, answer any questions, offer drinks, snacks and food (dinner). They prepare delicious french meals for you for a reasonable price (approx. 20€/person). Dining at the huge table with other guests and even the owners is a great way to enjoy your evening after an exhausting day on the slopes.Snowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France)Snowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France)

This place has also a very good Sauna area. Like the rest, it is modern and clean. You have to book the Sauna in advance for a certain time. We just wrote them a Whatsapp message when we were on the way back as there were not too many other guests.

How to get to the ski slopes

From this Airbnb you definitely need a car. It’s a 15min drive to the ski lift in Vilaroger. There are plenty of free parking spots directly at the lift. There you can also buy your ski pass, which was about 55€/pers/day.

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The ski areaSnowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France)

The ski slopes themselves are very good and well maintained. You find a huge variety of fun slopes for every skill level. But also free riding fans will have their fun as the area is huge.

The lifts are well maintained but some of them are a little bit older.

With the lifts you can go to the top peaks of the area which are at 3250m elevation. It is usually freezing cold there (in our case it was -17°C) and pretty windy but the view is amazing!Snowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France)

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES IN Les Arcs

There are different places for food and drinks. Food is the most basic and of high quality which you will find in the rest of the country. Don’t miss the ice bar on the down part of the slopes. It’s completely built out of ice and snow!

What you also shouldn’t miss out is going downhill on a specially prepared slope for sledges. This is not only for kids. In fact, it’s pretty scary, exhausting and not as easy as it might look. Be prepared for some action and adrenaline and lots of fun. My friend and I are in our mid 30’s and we couldn’t stop laughing during the whole ride and behaved like little boys even an hour after it! Snowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France)   Snowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France) Snowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France)  Snowboarding in Les Arcs (Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France)

Some advice:

  • If you have to rent equipment, rent it down in the valley. In the resorts, it’s about 30% more expensive. (But that’s the case for all ski resorts I guess)
  • If you come from outside France by car, but as much gas/diesel in your car as you can before entering France. Petrol is pretty expensive in France. (In this area in winter it’s even more expensive)
  • If you already know that you want to use the sledges to go down, buy a ski pass which includes 2 rides per day. It’s much cheaper than paying 10€ per ride and person for a single ride.

 

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Sorry for the not so good picture quality. I lost most of my actual photos from this trip so I had to use screenshots from the videos I made.

As always: You can find the whole trip documented very well in my weekly Vlogs on my channel on YouTube –> Need4Pete

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