Skiing up to 3,250 metres
Family Ski Les Arcs 2000
High altitude skiing with guaranteed snow on the extensive snow-sure slopes of the fabulous Paradiski area
Les Arcs, high above the Tarentaise valley, is the descriptive name for four purpose built ski resorts at the ascending heights of 1600m, 1,800m, 1,950m, and 2,000m.
The doorstep skiing of Arc 2000 is a major plus for skiing families. The whole family can put their skis on practically outside their front door and be off on the slopes together. Our family ski chalets are all situated in the best of the four – Arc 2000 at the foot of the Aiguille Rouge, in a secluded snow-sure bowl close to the guaranteed snow of the Glacier du Varet.
Les Arc 2000 offers virtually doorstep skiing with unparalleled views of Mont Blanc and its surrounding peaks. The ski area of Les Arcs and its connected villages of Vallandry and Peisey-Les Arcs include some of the smoothest and longest runs in the French Alps, as well as some of the most exciting.
The innovation of the “Vanoise Express” cable-car has connected Les Arcs with the further 200kms of wonderful skiing at neighbouring La Plagne, adding yet another exciting dimension to this simply superb family ski holiday area.
“The Esprit child care staff were outstanding – enthusiastic, affectionate with children and willing to go the ‘extra mile’ to help.”
Les Arcs 2000, December 2009
Five mornings a week, children in Esprit Sprite classes and Spritelet Snow Clubbers are met at the meeting point by our staff (and/or the ski school instructors) and taken to the appropriate slopes for their lessons or to the resort’s Snow Club for morning fun.
At the end of the morning lesson or Snow Club, children joining Supervised Lunch, afternoon Snow Club or with afternoon Sprite sessions will be collected and returned to Chalets McKinley, Chalet Machu Picchu or Chalet Olympus for lunch. Nursery children also eat lunch in these chalets.
The Snow Club is based in Chalet de L’Ours with outings for their specific snow fun activities. All children in afternoon Sprites or Spritelets will be taken to and collected from their session by our staff and will join the Snow Club children for the remainder of the afternoon, before being returned to their ‘home’ chalet for high tea.
We ask that Nursery children are delivered to the Nursery by their parents. Nursery children must be collected by their parents at 5pm and accompanied at high tea, whilst all other children will be supervised by our staff through high tea until 6pm.
Cocoa Club runs in the Snow Club room in Chalet de L’Ours from 7.30pm until 10pm on six nights a week and is available to all children aged 6-12 years. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children.
See our Esprit Classic Child Care page for more details
Ski range from 1,200 – 3,250m
Les Arcs pioneered and champions the “Ski Evolutif” teaching method, where beginners start on very short skis but ski parallel and progress to longer skis as their technique and confidence improves. There are 24 nursery slopes with some at each resort height and by the end of a week beginners should be able to tackle the longer blue runs down from Arc 2000 to Pré St Esprit.
This is a fantastic area for intermediates, – especially now with the new link to La Plagne. Les Arcs alone has 200km of superbly maintained pistes to enjoy, which has been more than doubled with the new link to La Plagne, and the ride on the sensational Vanoise Express cable-car across the valley is an experience in itself! Les Arcs also particularly suits mixed ability groups as many of the runs have alternative routes, so easier or more challenging runs can be selected from and to the same spot.
There is much to test the expert skier in Les Arcs, across the incredible 625kms of this sensational high-altitude ski area. The Aiguille Rouge 7km run to Villaroger involves a spectacular vertical drop of 2000m, and challenging moguls develop on several black runs, guaranteed to test even the most experienced skier.
Hiring a guide will ensure you make the most of the extensive off-piste terrain to be explored. The steepest and deepest powder can be found below the Aiguille Rouge, and on its East Face the most challenging couloirs can be skied, with permission from the National Park.
Les Arcs is a snowboarder’s paradise, with a superb fun-park and half-pipe complementing the resort’s natural terrain. Specialist snowboard schools offer excellent tuition and the well groomed pistes are ideal for perfecting technique. Experienced boarders will also welcome the link with La Plagne.
Although not a wild resort for après ski, Les Arcs does offer cheerful, friendly bars and cafés for the obligatory vin chaud at the end of skiing. There are several trendy discos and some hotels and bars have occasional live music.
- Ice skating rink
- Floodlit skiing
- Saunas and solarium
- Snow biking
- Climbing wall
- Sleigh rides
- Helicopter rides
- Ice grotto
- Amusement arcade
- Internet Café
- Ski-oriented shops and boutiques
- ATM facilities
This refers to the snow on the *Varet and Bellecôte Glaciers
See booking Conditions - Section 16. e
We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively before the season starts, to ensure that Esprit guests will enjoy every meal with us.