The Ski Train to Les Arcs is, for many, the start to the perfect 5 star family skiing trip this winter. But there is a huge swathe of keen skiers who wont set foot in France. We have to look back 30 years to find out why a generation of skiers are missing out on the modern five star family skiing destination of Arcs 1950
“I’ve heard it is better now but…“It’s not about the skiing which has always been excellent, especially in the bigger resorts like Les Arcs (Paradiski is the biggest concentration of world-class ski resorts in the world!)“I’ve heard it’s better now but…” is a phrase the older generation, brought up catching the Club Cantabrica bus to the concrete 1960’s-built resorts, in a time after “60’s concrete” was seen as deriguer and before “60’s concrete” was seen as bauhaus chique. That time in the 80’s and 90’s when “60’s concrete” was just crap!Also it was about how the French really didn’t like to be of service to anyone, but especially the Brits!It was about how your annual skiing trip was delivered in France and how much better it was delivered in Austria, USA, Canada, Japan… “yes Japan I would go back there in a heartbeat.“
And Then Came Arcs 1950!
So at the beginning of the 21st century along came Arcs 1950. Specially built to obliterate the memories of the French ski industry of the 80’s and 90’s by offering a modern product in a friendly, yet efficient, traditional way.
In the winter Arcs 1950 is a high quality, safe, large, friendly, traditional-looking, facility-laden, ski-in ski-out resort for the whole family, at around 2000 metres with almost guaranteed snow, overlooking Mont Blanc.
In the summer Arcs 1950 is at the heart of the region’s trails for walkers, runners and mountain bike enthusiasts. You can fly over the mountains, climb up them or canoe down them.
All year round, the modern resort, built with a traditional eye, offers high quality accommodation with a real community feel to its public amenities. It is a huge step away from the concrete block accommodation solutions of the 20th century ski resort and a return to the traditional Savoie mountain villages.
Although Les Arcs is within 1hr 30 to 3h transfer of four different international airports – Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon in France and Geneva in Switzerland – each accessible from a vairiety of UK airports another great improvement is the direct ski train that takes you St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice quickly and in comfort courtesy of Eurostar. From Bourg-St. Maurice it’s a seven-minute funicular ride to Arc 1600, with free shuttle bus to the other villages.
What more do you need to know? If you are looking for a mountain destination with skiing in the winter, and a choice of routes, with excellent skiing, five star service in traditional surroundings you can now brush off your O level French, because Les Arcs 1950 is your answer!
Arcs 1950 features in package holidays or you can just as easily design you own holiday by booking luxury hotels french alps for your winter and summer holidays.