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Your summer adventure in the mountains
Sport, relaxation and a great time awaits you in the Tarentaise.


Enjoy everything the mountains have to offer and discover the hidden gems of the Tarentaise in summertime. This year we are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Les Arcs with loads of events organised by the town of Bourg Saint Maurice!

Activities

The ski resort is known for its snow-covered peaks, skiing, snowboarding and sledging but that’s only half of it! The mountain transforms completely in summer; as the snow melts away it flows into the thawing rivers and lakes and reveals beautifully green landscapes. Fill your week with hikes in the Vanoise National Park, a game on our 18-hole golf course, the tree-top adventure course, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, climbing, mountain biking and much more. Les Arcs in summertime has everything you need to delight and entertain the whole family. Want to mix sport and nature? Whether on land, in the water or in the air, you’re in for an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Alps. Since the arrival of white water sports in France, Arc Aventures have been developing these activities on the rapids of the Isere River. The town plays host to such events as the French National Slalom Cup final that will take place this year on the 6 th and 7 th of July. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, come and share the adventure with friends and family by trying our white-water rafting, kayak- rafting and hydro-speed swimming. The Isère is the river to be on as it is the only one ensuring great conditions for water sports all season long and is renowned for being one of the most beautiful white water courses in France.

Want to get high? Try paragliding! During your breath-taking flight, you will soar over the Tarentaise valley with a 360° view of Bourg-Saint-Maurice and its surrounding peaks, glaciers, streams and pastures.

Why not opt for Arc Aventure’s ‘canopy’ experience with our Tree-top Adventure course! The Mont Blanc Treetop Adventure Course boasts zip wires, balancing beams, monkey bridges, robe swings and loads more. It’s a great time for adults and children and, as its name might suggest, you can enjoy a lovely view of Mont Blanc as you go round!

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This year Les Arcs is introducing two new Mountain Karting tracks. The eco-friendly vehicles are built without engines and equipped with hydraulic brakes to guarantee a thrilling time while respecting our local flora and fauna.

Down in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, the town has just added a new Pumptrack to the skate park next to the marshes which includes a track for intermediate levels and experts but also a smaller loop for the little ones. This investment has greatly improved the already existing skate-park much to the joy of the young (and not so young) local skaters.
The Bourg-Saint-Maurice Aquatic Centre is also sprucing up their facilities this year by adding a new outdoor children’s play area. Adults can still go along and enjoy their aqua aerobics and circuit training. For more information, visit the Les Arcs website.

Lastly, our beloved funicular, in service since 1989 between Bourg St Maurice and Les Arcs, has had a makeover! It has been completely modernised with panoramic windows for an amazing visual experience and the speed and ergonomics have also been improved. We love our new futuristic funicular!

If seaside holidays have the sun, the beach and the rowdy holiday atmosphere on their side, the mountain has even more to offer being calm, active and enriching all at the same time. It is a wonderful place to renew the spirit, the morale and the health with its natural scenery, pure air, rich landscapes and huge range of activities and sports. Come on up to to relax, recharge and recover before the next school year.

We will be waiting for you this summer in the Haute-Tarentaise!

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Top activities to try in Les Arcs
A family resort brimming with charm and adventure, Les Arcs has a lot to offer when it comes to holiday activities. Whether you love riding or would rather discover the mountain on foot, we have something for everyone.

For the gliders:
Let’s start with the classics, good old ski and snowboard lessons. For children or adults, beginners or experts, in a group or solo with an instructor, by the week or by the hour; everything is possible.


How about some cross-country skiing? Get back to nature on 70km of country slopes and discover the peace and tranquillity of the Pont Baudin area.


Want adrenalin and thrills? Why not try off-piste skiing? For several years, we have worked towards the democratisation of these sports so they can remain respectful to the wildlife and to the mountain itself. The feeling when you arrive at a summit is unique and each descent is like a well-earned reward for your hard work. For another extraordinary experience, try heli-skiing. Remember: nature is your playground!


If you love snow-covered peaks and long walks in the heart of the mountain to find amazing wildlife and some much-needed tranquillity, snowshoeing will be perfect for you.


Doing sport in the mountains can very beneficial for the body. For one thing, the physical activity allows your body to release lots of endorphins: the hormone of happiness and relaxation. As many of the sports require you to focus on balance, the core muscles get a great workout. Add to that the vitamin D from all the sun and the red blood cells produced just by being at high altitudes and you’ve got a veritable youth serum!


Feel free to visit our winter activities pages for more information: https://www.arc-aventures.com/hiver





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Enter the world of Balto and become a dog-sled driver yourself! In a magical setting, you will see what it’s like to be in perfect unison with your pack. It’s wonderfully surreal experience from another time.


After 5pm, the slopes are closed and the evening activities can start:


Night skiing: the Mille8 sector over Arc 1800 stays lit after sunset so that the skiing and snowboarding can continue into the night.


When you’re in the mood for a twilight adventure, nothing beats the view of the sunset during a snowshoe hike rounded off with an evening aperitif.


Night ski touring is a great activity to try as it promises a sensation of absolute silence and a chance to explore the senses other than sight. Arc Aventures offers initiations for ski touring every Tuesday evening that includes a guide and the equipment hire.
Bonus: Choose a night with a full moon to get the most out of the experience.


For something even more exhilarating, take off with an instructor and paraglide over the resort. With the spectacular views across the valley and the feeling of weightlessness, you’ll think you’re dreaming!


Don’t forget our seminars: in addition to the ones mentioned above, we have extra activities in store for the seminars. Biathlons, team-building exercises, Yoonering, sledging, tree climbing, outdoor game retreats and dinner in our yurts are some of the original experiences we offer to create and strengthen ties between your teams. Share some unforgettable moments away from the everyday grind.


 


To consult the Groups and Seminars catalogue, click here: https://www.arc-aventures.com/seminaires


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Arc 2000, berceau des nouvelles glisses
By Claudie Blanc-Eberhart

In 1980, Arc 2000 had to find its place among the other ski resorts that were already filling with international superstars and create its own identity. Alain Gaimard, a mountain guide, having just been named Technical Director, had a dream to expand and develop the youngest of the Les Arcs villages. Being one of the largest resorts, it had huge potential for winter sports just waiting to be explored. In this new resort full of possibilities, Alain began testing…he tried monoskiing for two winters (hardly known in France at the time) and brought boards back from America. The Aiguille Rouge became the test lab and playground for snow sports enthusiasts.


 


When the experiments were over, he began getting his friends together for a new project, the likes of which had never been imagined in the Alps: a ski film. The film was ‘Ski Espace’; filmed in 1982 with a few talented young instructors from the resort: Régis Rolland, James Blanc, Jean-Yves Perry, Pierrot Beguin, Lino Ortuno, Jean-Michel Zucchi and Claudie Blanc. It was an instant hit and took the ski-world by storm. The instructors were completely at ease on monoskis as well as snowboards, an unheard-of concept. The only ones who came close were Alain Revel and Philippe Lecadre who monoskied at the Grands Montets in Chamonix and were described as being more like professional dancers than athletes. Both joined the team in Arc 2000 and the group was completed with the additions of Alain Didierjean and William Arnaud. Finally they could to begin filming the Apocalyse Snow saga. These were three short films shot between 1983 and 1985 that followed the story of Régis Rolland ‘the snowboard genius’ and his rider girlfriend as they race around the world hotly pursued by an evil band of monoskiers intent on stealing ‘the secret of the glide’. The film was effortlessly brilliant without taking itself too seriously, a revelation for the whole industry. It featured breath-taking scenery, staggering technical ability, crazy stunts, fearless heroes, evil villains, catastrophic summersaults, helicopters, avalanches, thrills, chills and loads of fun…a legend was born.


 


Last in the line was the very beautiful Canon Surf with Régis Rolland and Jean Nerva which rounded of the filming adventure in 1986.


 


Running the show behind the scenes of these films were Patrice Aubertel, Patrice Lafond, Laurent Chevallier who are also renowned for their exploits on the slopes of Les Arcs, Haute-Tarentaise, North America and Japan.


 


The films were shown throughout France and have been seen by every ski-fanatic. The films’ went way beyond the promotion of Arc 2000 and became a catalyst for innovation in skiing and snowboarding. The new movement had begun. Towards the end of the 80’s more than 20,000 snowboard and monoski enthusiasts were invading the resorts and the industry quickly jumped on the trend. Techniques were honed, methods were developed by the ESF and competitions sought a federal framework to follow, a whole new market had been created. Skiers were now far from being the only kings of the slopes.


 


Let's just say it, Arc 2000 and Apocalypse Team were at the heart of the monoski and snowboard movement with their films that enchanted the public and professionals alike. Their influence can still be felt here in France and around the world.


 


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By Alain Gaimard 


Mountain guide, Arc 2000’s first technical director in 1980 and co-creator of the film trilogy: Ski Espace, Apocalypse Snow and Canon Surf.


  


During the shooting of the five films that went on for five years, the Apocalypse team learned a lot. We grew together. The experience we gained from 1983 to 1987, from Ski Espace to Canon Surf with the three Apocalypse Snow films in the middle, changed everyone’s outlook. I was no exception. It was the constant discovery that motivated the team and enriched the experiences of the individuals. We progressed in our techniques while filming scenes that were often very difficult and sometimes even dangerous. The dedication of the group is what allowed us to succeed in filming the more challenging parts. We were also exploring the world of cinema which was completely foreign to us. We played around with different monoski and snowboard techniques to make original films. We created as a team, always pushing ourselves to keep innovating. We experimented with different ways of filming to best show off the technical side of the sports and came up with new techniques to create more interesting scenes. We wanted to show another side of skiing. Through the hard times of filming and the excitement and passion of creating something new, we were joined together by a fierce friendship. It was a wonderful time.


 


 


 


Apocalypse Snow, Ed. EPA Sports – 1986 

From the Apocalypse Snow team


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Les Arcs, The winter of 2018/2019


Les Arcs is getting ready for an extra special winter this year as we are celebrating its 50th anniversary! Now is the perfect time to discover (or rediscover) this magical place. It has 425km of slopes of all levels, four villages, optimal snowfall due to the slopes at over 2000m alt. and a tourist population that grows each year (+1.1% between the winter of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018). Les Arcs is the place to be!


 


The very first hotel opened in Arc 1600 in 1968 and the resort has been expanding and developing ever since. This year, to celebrate the 50 year mark, Les Arcs is offering a free day lift pass for all those with birthdays during the season: between the 15th December 2018 and the 27th April 2019.


 


Come and see what Les Arcs has in store for you.





New this winter


Firstly, the Comborcière chair lift has been replaced. With the new faster and more comfortable lift you will be at the summit before you know it. At the top you can take a moment to admire the view of the Mont Blanc at the new ultra modern picnic zone with its photo spot, Wi-Fi connection and charging points.


The Arc 1600 area has grown this year with the addition of a new red slope. The Aiguille Rouge, the highest point in Les Arcs, boasts a 35-metre footbridge that allows skiers and pedestrians to admire the entire valley from a vantage point of over 3200m.


 


We have upped our accommodation game with the new Club Med in Arc 1600 and that’s not all, as the Ridge and Edenarc chalets will be added soon.


 


Finally, from December 2019, our beloved funicular will be getting a major remodel. The cars will be more modern and the windows much larger and more open to give you the best view of the valley during each 7-minute journey.






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Events


As every year, the European Film Festival is timed perfectly to coincide with the first week of the season. This cultural event runs until the 22nd December and is honoured by some big names from the French cinema scene such as Romain Duris, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Charlotte Le Bon and many more. For all information and the schedule: https://lesarcs-filmfest.com/fr


 


Cultural, sporting and culinary events, this is Les Arcs at its best.


 


26th December: 50 years of Les Arcs opening night


 


10th January: La Pierre Blanche night ski race


 


25th to 27th January: The Big Up and Down, one of the highlights of the season. Follow this link for more information: https://www.lesarcs.com/big-up-down.html


 


16th February to 11th March: 50 years of Les Arcs Ski Show


 


22nd March: Star Trail


 


30th March to 27th April: The Springtime of Skiing


 


The season is off to a great start, the snow is laying thick and fast and the locals are ready to welcome you. For more information about the current winter season, our events and to get your lift pass, go to https://www.lesarcs.com!

To book your ski lessons, click here : https://www.arc-aventures.com/hiver



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"ETADE DU TOUR" & "TOUR DE FRANCE" EVENT July 21st & 27th
Sunday July 21st, White water activities will take place in the afternoon / No canyoning. Saturday July 27th, No white water & canyoning activities
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