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?
Not much going on.

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.

Arriving by car the only option?
Take the 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 feel claustrophobic?
Yes.

Lots of choices for acccomodations (hotels/ chalets) and do I have recommendations?
No, There 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?
Unfortunately, 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.