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About Les Arcs
Les Arcs is a modern, purpose built resort with four different sections: 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000. The numbers correspond roughly to the altitudes, but not entirely, Les Arcs 2000 was supposed to be a futuristic name - it’s actually around 2100 meters above sea level. The higher resorts are probably your safest bet if your idea of the best places to stay in Les Arcs involves ski-in ski-out facilities.
1600 and 1800 start roughly on the treeline, on a steep section of mountain overlooking the town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Les Arcs 1600 was built first, at the top of a funicular railway which starts in Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Whereas 1800 is newer and larger, and probably one of the best places to stay in Les Arcs if you’re looking for great value.
1950 and 2000 are on the far side of the mountain, at the bottom of a great snowy bowl. Futuristic 2000 has around a half dozen large linked apartment blocks and a few blocks of chalet style accommodation. 1950 is newer, it opened in 2003, and is a more traditional looking ski resort.
The whole area has a good variety of runs, both on and off piste, with some exciting wooded runs and some very challenging skiing. There’s also a cable car linking you to La Plagne, and you’re close enough to Val d’Isère and Tignes to consider popping over for the day.
Just don't forget that the French Alps are extremely busy during the peak winter dates - Feb half-term and New Year especially. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Les Arcs, get organised and book well ahead.
For a chalet stay
- Mineral Lodge is a lovely little chalet in the Vanoise Valley, just below Les Arcs. It has just five rooms, but everything you need to enjoy either a summer or winter break. They’ll do you a packed lunch and dinner by arrangement, and they’ll also help you sort out your bike and ski hire.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Les Arcs for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Les Arcs, widen the net to include Val d'Isere or the Three Valleys, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
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Mineral Lodge 5 rooms from £135Les Arcs (Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise)
A lovely little chalet in the Vanoise Valley. Just five rooms, packed lunches, dinner by arrangement, ski and bike hire too. Contemporary rooms have light wood and lots of natural light. Perfect for the great mountain outdoors, and ideal for couples and families.Active Holiday - Set in the Vanoise National Park there's plenty of outdoor pursuits.Skiing - In the winter only.Views - Great views from hotelBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet