Les Arcs 1600 was the first area of the Les Arcs resorts to be built in 1968 and is referred to as “Arc Pierre Blanche”. The lowest of the three resort areas, les Arcs 1600 has a direct link to Bourg St Maurice Train Station by the funicular railway “Arc en Ciel”. The journey time from Bourg St Maurice is approximately 7 minutes.
Les Arcs 1600 now has over 30 shops, meeting rooms and hotels to offer to its international client base. As with all the Les Arcs resorts it is very ski in/ski out orientated.
The ski area
Les Arcs 1600, with the other resorts of Les Arcs 1800, 1950 & 2000, makes up a major part of the Paradiski area which also includes la Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry resorts. This large area offers around 435 kms of pistes.
There is of course something for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, from complete beginners to off-piste powder seekers.
At Les Arcs 1600 there is an ESF ski school for beginners and plenty of blue runs that lead back to the accommodation.
The area also has a huge black run from the Aiguille Rouge at 3326m down to the hamlet of Villaroger. At over 7km and with a descent of 2000m this run is a serious test of stamina. It’s best explored at the beginning of the day for a clearer run on fresh legs.
Where to stay
Hotel La Cachette ***
The Hotel La Cachette stands in the heart of the resort and at the foot of the slopes and ski lifts. Its unique Baby Club welcomes children aged over 4 months throughout the season. The hotel has 85 rooms on 4 floors, all fitted with television, telephone and hairdryer.
Chalet Hotel Béguin ***
Just above the main resort, this Chalet Hotel has 16 bedrooms and 5 apartments for 4-10 people. It has a traditional wood and stone build with great views.
Paradiski is going yuge!
Because clients all have different and specific needs during their stay, Paradiski is launching YUGE, an ecosystem of facilities comprising of an app, a web site and numerous facilities in the ski area.
The Paradiski YUGE app will support skiers and enable them to enjoy the best of the ski area without interrupting their skiing or spoiling their surroundings.
The Paradiski Experience in your pocket!
A free IOS and Android app for everyone will be available from respective App Stores from December 2015. It will offer:
Memories to share – Using the photo and video facilities on the pistes, skiers can check-out their skiing and retrieve their memories direct on the app.
Queues in real time – With the setting up of queue monitors, it is now possible to find out waiting times at the lifts.
An extended connection – WIFI terminals have been installed at various strategic points. French and foreign skiers can stay in touch wherever they are in the ski area.
The app enables you to follow and share all that you do during your holiday.
See where you’ve skied and look at the photos and videos you have taken in the ski area. Find the number of pistes by level, kilometres and vertical descent covered. Follow your children’s activities and retrace their steps. Challenge yourself and win fun badges as prizes for your performance.
The piste map is always in your pocket to help you get your bearings and miss nothing. Show your location in real time and find your friends. Plan a route suited to your skiing ability. It will also find nearby points of interest.
Every day, the app suggests an activity programme suited to the user’s interests and where they are staying. See the recommended routes in the area by level of ability. Find a nearby shop. Organise your skiing and après-ski activities and events. It also welcomes new Paradiskiers with a suitable introduction to the ski area.
These are just some of the new features available with YUGE as the resorts are firmly looking into the future needs of ever more connected holiday makers.
How to get there
Les Arcs 1600 is within easy reach from Geneva, Chambery, Lyon and Grenoble airports. Shuttle Direct offers a great selection of transfer options, from each airport, to suit all group sizes and budgets.