Les Arcs is a brilliant ski resort for skiers and boarders of all abilities. The slopes offer a great variety and some of the longest descents in the Alps. Les Arc is a high altitude ski resort with sunny west facing slopes and panoramic views of the French and Italian Alps. It is a hugely varied ski area with something for everyone. There is an excellent area of woodland runs great cruising pistes and some hard core, steep descents for advanced skiers and boarders.
Our catered ski chalet La Laiterie is in the centre of Paradiski in the family friendly village of Peisey Nancroix, a picturesque working village with lots of traditional buildings and a true village atmosphere - and yet just a short distance away from the lifts. It will only take you 5 minutes to walk to the lift and in minutes you will be transported into the centre of the whole Paradiski area.
La Laiterie is a restored Alpine farm building that has been renovated to the highest standards using reclaimed timbers and local stone giving the chalet great character. There is an open-plan living and dining area with a large fireplace; 8 bedrooms, 6 of which are fully en-suite and two of which share a bathroom/toilet. The chalet sleeps up to 16 people, has a sauna room and ski boot heaters.
The Skiing in Les Arcs
Les Arcs is one half of the vast region now known as Paradiski. Les Arcs alone has over 200km of piste and 60 lifts together with many great mountain restaurants. Overall there is 425km of skiing in the whole of the Paradiski area with the magnificent Vanoise Express linking Les Arcs to La Plagne.
The resort is made up of a number of villages, each with its own character. The more traditional ones being the likes of Villaroger, Peisey, Plan Peisey, Vallandry, Nancroix and Landry. There are then four purpose built villages of Arc 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000.
Peisey Nancroix is a working Alpine village with a few traditional bars, a small supermarket, ski hire shop, post office and a largely uncrowded lift that will take you up Plan Peisey.The locals in Nancroix have always been very welcoming and you will find a genuine family atmosphere that is often missing in some larger resorts. For more variety you can head to Vallandry, about 10 minutes away which has a greater range of bars and a club.
The village map is below and our chalet is at location 9 with the lifts at location 39
Things to do
Just 15 minutes away by bus is substantial cross country centre. You can try out classic or free style on one of the many loops available. There is a small flat loop for finding your feet, right up to a km undulating black loop. You can hire equipment at the centre whilst buying your pass, and half a day is more than enough! If you're struggling to find your Nordic legs, you can even get a lesson from an ESF instructor. Finish off your session with a well deserved vin chaud in one of the alpine bars close by.
If you want to celebrate a special occasion, or just enjoy the beautiful national park, you can climb aboard a horse drawn cart or dog sled. Both options are available at the cross country ski centre.
Everyday ESF offer the chance to explore a different area of the mountain with a guide. If the thought of walking peacefully through the trees without sinking or skiing into them, appeals, then snowshoeing is for you!
In the Peisey Nancroix area there are a number of sign posted walks that you can do from the chalet door, most of them ending in the discovery of a beautiful chapel.
If you buy a pedestrian lift pass, then the mountain is your oyster, as most lifts take pedestrians up and down. You can even make your way to the highest point in resort (the aguille rouge) for fantastic views.
1. L'Alpage. This is the bar/tabac, but they also serve food. You are very much eating in a bar, but large families often enjoy the informality of it. Food is basic such as lasagne, burger and steaks and they can usually do a cheese fondu on request. Simple but friendly.
2. Le Bachal. This restaurant is attached to the hotel in the village, so is often fully booked for their guests in peak weeks. It is a pretty standard mountain restaurant with all the savoyards specialities that you expect (fondu, raclette, crozets) as well as salads, steak, duck and chicken. They also do pizza, which can be eaten in the restaurant or as take away.
There is a much wider selection of restaurants up in Plan Peisey / Vallandry, accessible by the bus (usually 6.45 up and 11.15 back). For the bus timetable please visit this website.
Our system is updated during each night in the winter months but to check availability please contact us as follows:
email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone us on 0151 625 1921 and we will be able to answer any questions that you may have for example check availability, suggest suitable alternatives if applicable and answer any further questions you may have.
For self catered chalets there is a non refundable deposit of 25% of the accommodation costs. For catered chalets the deposit you will have to pay is £150 per person. This can be done online or over the phone with a credit/debit card; we also accept UK cheques and bank transfers although your holiday is not guranteed until these have been received. We do not accept cash. If booking within 8 weeks of departure then the full amount is payable immediately.
3. Terms and conditions:
You should carefully read the terms and conditions, which constitute part of the booking and they are available here in English here in French and here in German
We will send you a confirmation invoice by email only.
Please pay the balance at least 8 weeks before departure.
Unfortunately due to high costs if paying by credit card there will be an additional charge of 2% and for American Express its 3%, all other methods are free of charge.
There are four airports within easy reach of our resorts - Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon (approximately 2.5 hours) and Chambery (approximately 1.5 hours). Please note that journey times will be much longer on peak weeks.
All can be reached by a number of airlines such as Easyjet, BA, Swiss, Flybe, Jet2.com, and Ryanair
Onward Travel from the Airports
We are pleased to be able to offer a transfer service, this is complimentary for our catered chalets and for our self-catered apartments we offer a very comptetive rate.
Car hire is often a cheap way of getting to the resort if there are only a small number of you.Its an easy drive from all of the airports being largely being motorway.
If arranging car hire yourself and you are arriving at Geneva airport hire the car on the Swiss side of the airport as this is much easier and the cars will have the motorway pass already in the window and all cars in Switzerland must have mandatory snow tyres fitted unlike in France and usually come equiped with snow chains as well. If arriving at other airports ensure that you pre-booked snow chains.
Please note that whilst traveling in the Alps snow chains are mandatory from December to April and you can be fined and denied access to the mountains if you do not have them.
You can reach our resorts by bus Geneva airports. Pre-booking of the buses is advised (but is essential during the busy periods), please see the following web sites for more information and on line bookings: www.alpski-bus.com and www.altibus.com.
Driving from the UK
Our are approximately 600 miles from Calais, which is about a nine hour drive (at peak times this may be much longer). It's an easy drive, being largely motorways, but you might well want to take your time and enjoy the French countryside too. Please allow approximately £100 for all motorway tolls.
To get across the English Channel there are plenty of ferry services, plus the Eurotunnel. If you want to take a more leisurely drive down to La Plagne, there are ample opportunities to stop off in scenic and interesting tourist spots. There are a number of hotel chains that you can book with including Premier Classe and the Accor Hotels Group. Their web sites are in English, often include local tourist information, and offer on line booking facilities
Train from the UK/France
You can travel directly via Eurostar or on the combined and cheaper Eurostar and TGV services directly from Paris and arrive in Bourg St Maurice for our Les Arcs chalets.
You can get a taxi from Bourg, and taxis can be obtained at the train station.