Les Arcs 1950, France
I first have to explain the setting. There are four separate
resorts around the mountain and they're named after how high
up the mountain (in meters) they're located. It goes like this;
Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. Les Arcs 1950 was
built from scratch and opened in 2007. The other three were built
in the 1970's or 1980's and haven't aged well at all. Think of
a huge fancy chalet-style condo complex with all parking underground
and a car free village-like atmosphere
on the ground floor level and
that's what you have in Les Arcs 1950. I like it! Everything
is NEW. I love that fact that every business (including restaurants)
you enter sports a 'no smoking" sign. If I were a skier
this place would be fantastic in the winter! However, it's summertime
and my outdoor and entertainment options are very limited. Multiple
ski lifts seem to cris-cross the
exterior of the complex and in the winter that closeness would
be fantastic for skiers.The view cycling to the valley
floor isn't bad.
Is this place
hopping or is it dead in the summer?
Is there a lake and/or golf course in town?
No, but over in Les Arcs 1800 there's an 18 and nine
hole (par 2) golf course.
car the only option?
train to Bourg St. Maurice (where the train line dead ends),
then take the funicular (next to train station) up the mountain
to ski resort Les Arcs 1600. Then, there's a free shuttle (it
only operates part of the summer) that takes 20 minutes to reach
Les Arcs 1950.
Does the place
Lots of choices
for acccomodations (hotels/ chalets) and do I have recommendations?
are (I believe) only two hotel choices. I stayed at the four
star Radisson SAS Les Arcs 1950 and
absolutely give it the two thumbs up!
Could I spend
a whole summer here or would I get bored?
I think three days would be my limit. It takes five minutes to
walk the village grounds. It takes about 10 minutes to walk up
the hill to Les Arcs 2000 but, the place is dead in the summer
and it's ugly as the buildings (with glass, wood and ski run-shaped
roofs and right angles) haven't aged well. The mountain sides
rise up so abruptly that hiking, walking and cycling options
are zilch. This would be a great place in the summer if your
idea of perfection would be sitting on the balcony and soaking
up the day reading a good book.