A small town with a big-ass amount of NUCO respect, Les Arcs is one of the jewels of the Alps. Anyone who can come back from a powder day down in the Vallandry trees without restored faith in Santa Claus is in the wrong place, truly epic! It is a riders’ paradise and a NUCO favourite.
It may look like a picturesque traditional ski village, every inch frosted with twinkling fairy lights, but Arc 1800 goes above and beyond ‘tradition’. The village is compact, ensuring that you are never further than a short walk away from any destination, and, more importantly, it’s never further than two minutes to the first lift in the morning.
But though distance is short where it matters, on the slopes it is quite a different story. With over 400km of pisted runs and plenty more fun to be had both off-piste and in the trees, no two days of skiing in the Paradiski area are ever quite the same. If the wide pistes of Les Arc aren’t quite enough to thrill you, cruising over the water-splash hasn’t left you soaked through, and you’re still not content with the beautiful tree-lined tracks down to the villages of Peisey and Vallandry, then why not hop on Europe’s most expensive (and impressive) cable car and head over to La Plagne, where surfing through the waist-deep powder of the Bellecote glacier defies description. Be sure to catch the last cable car back to Les Arcs as the après is not to be missed.
Ski through the park and stop at L’Arpette, a restaurant with a sun terrace boasting breathtaking views of the valley, and get yourself a beer – you’ve earnt it. Then crack open the wine, eat half a wheel of cheese, dance on the tables and ski down in the dark… that’s the Les Arcs mountain meal and it is undisputed as the best in the alps. But be careful if this is your first… no other mountain meal will ever match up. If it’s dub step and hardcore drum’n’bass you’re after then be sure to catch the big nights at Bar King Mad: the seasonnaire’s favourite hangout and full of friendly faces. Or if it’s live music that gets you moving, 20 metres away you’ll find Red Hot Saloon banging out all the classics from some incredible live cover bands. After sampling all the bars (all within a 100m radius of each other) its time to hit one of Arc 1800s two renowned nightclubs to sample the cheesy European dance hits, and when you think you’re ready to drop comes the climax of the evening: end on a high with a trip to Le Kebab, the best kebab shop in the Alps and (some say) the world.
If hardcore partying’s not your style then sample one of the amazing restaurants in the village or hit the bowling alley and then get some rest for the morning – chances are, it’s going to be huge.
Located on the main square alongside the Red Hot, Barking Mad is now a well-established bar in Arc 1800. Serving good food through the day, either on the terrace or in the bar, Barking offers a nice location to relax. In the evening they are the masters of the rave up, hosting local talent to bang out the beats.
The owner of this bar just loves fancy dress, he encourages it whenever possible and never misses an opportunity to bring out his own Scottish tartan number. The bar is relatively compact but this all adds to the atmosphere and the bar staff won't let you leave without having an amazing night.
Chez Bou Bous
NUCO is a big big fan of this bar, it's extremely friendly and the staff are excellent. During the day you can relax and tuck into the well-priced menu; in the evening the staff get the party going with a fun-minded approach that really works. It's a perfect base bar for all groups staying in the Charvet side of resort.
Red Hot Saloon
This is the biggest bar in resort and also the most popular, its central location draws people in from every corner of the village. Well known for hosting live bands throughout the week, the Red Hot really know how to throw a party! It also has multiple screens for sky sports, a pool table, wifi and serves great food throughout the day.
Situated just above Arc 1800, this restaurant will serve you well throughout your stay. At lunchtime NUCO has fantastic meal deals in place and from 4-6pm the terrace is transformed to an après party with DJ and table dancing. This venue is also host to the famous Les Arcs Mountain Meal, usually the best night of the holiday by a long margin.
This second, smaller, club is located in the Charvet quarter of Arc 1800; being the less popular nightclub in resort the owners are more willing to help groups out with special prices and also let you take over for an evening.
The main nightclub in Arc 1800, APO – as it is commonly known – can be a dangerous place to enter, standard 'euro' tunes are blasted across the 3-tiered club until the last man is standing. If you have a weak bladder then get in training as there is only one toilet...
Les Arcs Accommodation
Pierre et Vacances Residences Thuria & Ruitor
The Ruitor and Thuria residences are both located in the Charmetogger area of Arc 1800, and offer close access to the nursery slopes and Transarc lift. They're also both within a couple of minutes walk from the main village centre, so closest to the shops, bars and restaurants. Rooms of 4, 5 and 6 persons are available. Bed linen is provided, towels are not.
This is the collection of residences in the Charvet quarter of Arc 1800. The buildings which fall into this category are: Belle Challes, Lauziers, Pierre Menta & Mirividi. All of the apartments are privately owned so no two rooms are the same, but they all reach a minimum standard. You can ski directly back to Charvet thus all the residences are no more than a 50m walk at the end of the day. Rooms of 4 and 5 persons are available. Bed linen is provided, towels are no