Les Arcs

Les Arcs does not aim to offer Savoyard charm; it was developed to be a ski resort and has been planned and designed accordingly. It is considered to be one of the first “mega-resorts” with a large network of connections to the pistes. It is made of four resorts that are named after their altitude – Arc 2000, Arc 1800, Arc 1600 and most recently Arc 1950.

The architecture of the villages is very modernist and is often labelled as ‘avant-garde’ by visitors. Since 1999 however, the Ministry of Arts and Communication for the region introduced policies with an aim of preserving the architectural and urban heritage of the resort. The latest addition to the Les Arcs village, Arc 1950, which was completed in 2008, has been built following the traditional architecture that is usually found in the Alps and with a network of streets more reminiscent of a Savoyan village rather than a large ski resort.

Arc 1600 is directly connected to the Bourg Saint Maurice TGV station, which offers a direct link from Paris to the village. The village houses a myriad of shops and hotels, as well as meeting rooms. Its easy access using the TGV makes it a popular destination for business retreats and professionals.

The villages’ streets are lined with shops, restaurants, cinemas and large hotels, but are built in a compact manner. The villages on the resort are connected via shuttle buses and modern ski lifts. One of the benefits of it being a built-for-purpose ski-resort is that the slopes are right on your doorstep. The nightlife is fairly good in Arc 1800, although generally Les Arcs is not the most exciting après-ski in the Alps.

Les Arcs 1600

Les Arcs 1600 is a small village built on top of a funicular from Bourg Saint Maurice. The station of Bourg has direct TGV access to some of Europe’s largest metropolitan centres, including Paris, London, Brussels and Amsterdam. The village has many large apartment blocks sitting at the bottom of the slopes. It has many amenities such as cinemas and a disco, and the restaurants in town really cater to a family style. Often, those visiting Les Arcs 1600 appreciate the authentic village feel, which the rest of Les Arcs is sometimes said to lack.

Les Arcs 1800

Les Arcs 1800 is the largest of the villages that make up the ski resort of Les Arcs. It is very popular with younger more experienced skiers because of its convenient ski-in ski-out set up. It is made up mostly of larger apartment blocks, and not many high rises. In recent years, the village of 1800 has started to expand up the mountain, providing some more interesting propertie. Being so close to villages like Le Chantel, the properties in Les Arcs 1800 offer the same type of amenities but at a much lower price. They are extremely well linked to the other villages and provide a great outdoor playground, in the summer as well as in the winter.

Le mot de l'expert

Architect Charlotte Perriand was a leader and major player in the development of the resort. She pushed for all the environmental considerations placed in the building of the villages, such as wide bay windows, interior fixtures and open-plan kitchens found in the villages. Her reasoning was to provide an interior architecture that was parallel to the evolution of the skiing lifestyle and sporting activities offered in the region.

Le marché immobilier - Les Arcs

Mountain tourism, whether in summer or winter, is the livelihood for Les Arcs, and the resort is a popular one in the Alps. A Les Arcs property for sale is easily found in the area and there are many different styles and prices for anyone looking to purchase a piece of mountain life. 

New and modern apartment units throughout the resorts and can sell from 190,000 in Arc 1600, but can easily increase to 750,000 in Les Arc 2000. The newest addition, Arc 1950, offers some more traditional chalet-style properties and generally has a pricier market. A two-bedroom apartment in Arc 1950 can easily reach 900,000. The properties in Les Arcs for sale are varied and suit various needs for those looking for a second home.

  • Les Arcs has been awarded the label for the town planning and architecture of Arc 1600 and Arc 1800 and the stations of the Aiguille Rouge cable car in Arc 2000.

Accès

Par Train

Les Arcs is perhaps the easiest of all resorts in the French Alps to access by train due the the funicular railway that runs from Bourg Saint Maurice up to Les Arc 1600. It essentially means that you can board a train in London or Paris and arrive at the resort with out walking more than a hundred metres or so.

Par Avion

Depending on the weather and particularly for Geneva, the traffic, the journey times from both Lyon and Geneva airports to Les Arcs are pretty much identical at around 210km, so about 2hrs 40 minutes. Chambery airport is a little closer at around 130km (2hrs by car).

3 conseils d'initiés Les Arcs

GET - a taste of local flavours straight from the source at the Beaufort cheese dairy.
DO - grab a table at the restaurant Chez Eux in Arc 2000. The restaurant is known among locals to have a fantastic atmosphere and delicious food.
SEE - the new aquatic centre, which was opened in 2015. It is worth a look if you are with your family and are looking to do something off the slopes.

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