Les Arcs is made up of seven primarily purpose-built villages which are each very different. For the most part they lack the charm of a traditional alpine village, although Les Arcs 1950 is the exception to that, and they are jam-packed with reasonably priced self-catering apartments meaning it’s possible to have a fairly cheap ski break here.
Les Arcs 1950 is a very special resort. It is set out as a classic village where you can easily ski in and out of the hotels, but it is also completely car free. Ingeniously there’s a massive car park underneath Les Arcs 1950 meaning you can park up and forget about the cars. And when you’re visiting with children it’s wonderful not to have to worry about cars coming around the corner.
The village is a little way from the other resorts and all the better for it, as it feels somewhat exclusive and filled with families all enjoying great skiing and a really social village atmosphere.
On check in day – Saturday – they bring out the inflatables so that the children can play while the adults check in, and they stay all day so you can have a chance to enjoy them in the early evening too –
Les Arcs 1950, France: Getting there
We flew into Geneva and then took the fantastic ‘4 Friends Transfer‘ couriers who picked us up and dropped us off and helped us out when our plans suddenly changed. We can’t recommend them highly enough. Their service was seamless and was a brilliant way to get to a resort which was new to us.
You can also take the Eurostar to Bourg-St-Maurice and then get a ride up to Les Arcs 1950, using the local shuttle bus services.
If you drive you can park your car in the underground car park underneath the resort for a charge.
Les Arcs 1950: What to do with children
There are numerous activities both on and off the snow for children. Here are some of them –
This is probably why you’re considering a trip to Les Arcs and the skiing here is great. With easy access to the slopes across all the resorts, there’s excellent skiing for all levels of experience and whole Paradiski area regularly is awarded top marks for variety of ski and the layout and lots of good snow reliability. One great element of staying in Les Arcs 1950 is that you can buy a lift pass to give you access to the 425km of Paradiski slopes.
For kids the ski school, Spirit offers lessons for all the ages and all levels of skier. Our oldest two children took beginner skiing lessons here for two mornings and whilst it felt a little chaotic at the beginning they really enjoyed it. There are 10 children per instructor and whilst it wasn’t the most fun experience in terms of activities, games etc it was very functional and they quickly picked up the basic skills they needed in order to progress.
Find out more at the Spirit Ski School website.
You can buy or rent sledges from a number of shops in Les Arcs 1950 but it’s also worth asking at your hotel as ours had some that had been left by previous guests that we could borrow. It was great to pull the children through the resort in the sledges and they loved it! Once the ski runs close they’re a great spot to take the sledges out for some fun!
Many hotels in Les Arcs 1950 have other facilities including saunas and swimming pools which are free to use during the day. Our hotel had great sauna facilities and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool which was popular with families and was really wonderful to swim outside when it was snowing!
There’s also a spa in Les Arcs 1950 which we didn’t get to use this time but which offers packages for the whole family.
There’s a really lovely village atmosphere to Les Arcs 1950 and everyday you will find there are activities designed to bring the whole village together (such as free mulled wine, or live music) while you toboggan on the lower slopes around the village once the skiing has finished for the day.
It’s also really easy to get down to Les Arcs 1800 from 1950 – we took the free shuttle bus down one afternoon (you have to change at 1600) and had a great time in Mille8. Mille8 is an area with lots of different activities including swimming, finding a massive snow ball and tobogganing down a fast and fun route free from skiers – it’s a brilliant area for activities. Find out more on our review of Mille8 coming soon.
Les Arcs 1950: Where to eat –
Brasserie Le 1950
We had a great meal at Brasserie Le 1950 which is set in to the Radisson Hotel in Les Arcs 1950. They are happy to adapt the menu meaning I had a great risotto without the French sausage and the children enjoyed big dishes of pasta and vegetables. It’s an ideal spot for a more formal meal in a traditional French restaurant.
Meli’s Snacks is one of the most affordable restaurants in Les Arcs 1950 and serves up frites (€3), crepes (€2.50) and burgers. Seats are outside on wooden tables.
There’s a great little supermarket in the centre that is really well priced and has everything you need for a self-catering break here.
There’s also a lovely little patisserie which we may have frequented daily!
Les Arcs 1950: Where to stay –
Pierre & Vacances Premier Residence Le Village
We loved this hotel with its spacious self-catering apartments and on site swimming pools. Pierre & Vacance’s Premier Residence Le Village is the perfect ski home from home. Find out more at our review of Pierre & Vacances Premier Residence Le Village here.
Les Arcs 1950: Costs –
Here are some of the costs around town for various activities, services and products to give you an idea.
Kid’s ski hire (skis, helmet & boots) – €9 per half day
Kid’s ski lessons – €109 a week for a morning of ski lessons or €49 for a single morning
In the shop:
6 eggs €3.69
large bag crisps – €2.15
medium ready to cook pizza – €4.35
In the restaurants:
Sugar crepe – €2.50 (Meli’s Snack)
Croissant – €0.95 (bakery)
Pizza – €12 (Nonna’s Pizzeria)
Read more about our snowy trip to Les Arcs here or watch our video below to see how we got on!:
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