Ski Les Arcs by Train

425 km of piste between 1250-3250m

Dotted along the Vallée de la Tarentaise are some of the most renowned resorts in the world (Les Trois Vallées with Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens; Paradiski with La Plagne and Les Arcs; and Espace Killy with Tignes and Val-d'Isère), and to an extent all of them can be reached by train, albeit with a taxi or bus transfer for the last leg - with the exception of les Arcs, which you can get to just using the railway. Although you wouldn't go to Les Arcs for traditional Alpine charm, the slopes are pretty good and the resorts not as bad as they are sometimes portrayed. Resorts, for in fact Les Arcs is really five resorts in one, with Bourg at the foot of the area then Arc 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000 above. In 2003 a cable car linked Les Arcs with La Plagne, and the result was to create one of the largest and most impressive ski areas in the world. There is pretty much something for every level of skier and snowboarder here, so make sure you put it on your list of winter sports resorts to get to before you die.

Ski Les Arcs by train

A funicular railway links Arc 1600 to Bourg St Maurice, which is a terminus both for the snow trains and for regular services from Chambery. The funicular lies a few hundred metres beyond the main railway station, next to the shunting yards.

Getting to Les Arcs by Train

The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Zweisimmen. Station adjacent to Gondola (left out of station). Note that the lift pass is good for all lifts in Gstaad Mountain Rides and on all local buses and the railway as far as Rossinière. Stations at Saanenmöser, Schönried, Saanen, Rougement and Château-d'Oex are all a few minutes walk from valley stations.

Piste Map for Les Arcs

Ski and Snowboard using the Les Arcs trail map

Larger trail map for Les Arcs

Map of Les Arcs

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Accommodation for Les Arcs and the Surrounding Area
  • Loft Mountain Hostel, Bourg St-Maurice (Hostel) Hostel five minutes from station, funicular and town centre.
    $ Tel: +33 646217161

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