- Easy access to variety of ski areas
- Pistes to suit all skiing/snowboarding abilities - take the funicular to Arc 1600 to start skiing
- Direct rail links from the UK
Bourg Saint Maurice Information
Bourg Saint-Maurice is the main town in the Tarentaise Valley and is surrounded by numerous ski resorts that together attract more than 10 million skiers each year. If you are looking for a slightly different ski holiday experience to a traditional resort, then this lively and active town is the one for you.
Those who enjoy skiing as well as soaking up the surroundings will be in their element. As well as lots of amenities including restaurants, bars, a cinema and museum, Bourg-Saint-Maurice offers access to the vast Paradiski ski area as well as La Rosière and Val d'Isère.
As well as great amenities in the town, Bourg-Saint-Maurice is also exceptionally easy to get to. Visitors can take the direct high-speed Eurostar service from London St Pancras. As well as being quick and convenient, travellers also find this trip a pleasant experience and a part of their holiday.
LES ARCS SKI AREA
Bourg Saint-Maurice is directly linked by the 'Arc-en-ciel' funicular railway to Arc 1600 and is only a few minutes’ drive from some of the world's other leading ski areas, including La Plagne, Tignes, Val d'Isère and La Rosière.
The funicular railway from the town reaches Arc 1600 in only 7 minutes and runs every 20 minutes from 07:30. Although there is no ski run back to Bourg Saint-Maurice the funicular usually runs until 20:00 Mon - Thurs and 21:00 Fri - Sun, so no need to rush back.
From Arc 1600 you can explore the 425km of terrain that is one of the world's largest ski area.
Les Arcs is part of the large ‘Paradiski’ ski area and is the 2nd largest connected skiing area in the world. Paradiski has excellent facilities and with its huge variation in altitude (1200m-3250m) and with over 70% of the area being above 2000m, there is a multitude of different types of scenery and piste to explore. This impressive lift-linked ski area is formed of 18 ski resorts (the first 7 below in Les Arcs and the other 11 in La Plagne):
- Arc 1600
- Arc 1800
- Arc 1950
- Arc 2000
- Peisey Vallandry
- Bourg St Maurice
- Plagne Montalbert
- Plagne Bellecote
- Les Coches
- Champagny en Vanoise
- Belle Plagne
- Plagne 1800
- Plagne Soleil
- Aime la Plagne
- Plagne Centre
- Plagne Villages
Les Arcs offers experts some tough descents beneath the Aiguille Rouge. For intermediates, the greatest concentration of blue and red runs are above Arc 1800 and lead down to the villages of Peisey-Vallandry. There are nursery slopes close to all of the Les Arcs villages, but some of the best green runs can be found in La Plagne. La Plagne has a further 225km of pistes - access via the Vanoise Express double-decker cable car (world’s largest cable car) which is in the village of Peisey-Vallandry. This takes you across to Montchavin (La Plagne).
Arc 1600 is south-west facing and offers numerous tree-lined slopes down to the villages below resort level. This ski area holds its own snow well but is also well served by snow cannons, meaning skiing back to the village is not a problem. The Mont Blanc chairlift in Arc 1600 has been replaced by a new, bigger and faster chairlift. The new detachable lift provides direct access to the ‘Les Deux Têtes’ area. The old ‘Les 2 Têtes’ and ‘Pierre Blanche’ ski lifts, which the new lift replaces, have been removed. This new lift service is designed to improve skier-flow around Les Arcs and make it easier for people to get from Arc 1600 to Arc 1800 and Arc 2000. There is also a 2-minute gondola (Cabriolet) to take you between Arc 1950 and Arc 2000, which is free.
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry only - 200km of pistes, 53 lifts (1 funicular, 2 cable car, 2 bucket lifts, 4 gondola, 27 chairlifts, 13 draglifts, 4 moving carpets), 128 slopes:
Green slopes: 3
Blue slopes: 63
Red slopes: 45
Black slopes: 17
575 snow cannons
LES ARCS SKIING
LES ARCS BEGINNERS
Across Les Arcs, there are ‘ski tranquille’ beginner zones including on the treeline area above Peisey-Vallandry (look out for these on the piste map). You'll be pleased to know there are around 10 free beginner lifts in Arc 1800, Arc 2000 and Villaroger. Unfortunately none currently in Arc 1600 but this may change with the new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama.
Paradiski doesn't actually have many 'green' runs (only 12) but they use some of the blue runs like greens as they are gentle enough to be greens, e.g 'Forêt' down to Vallandry is labelled as ‘a beginner’s dream’. In all sectors there are long, wide blue runs to move on to. Much of the Arc 2000 bowl is also great progression territory.
LES ARCS INTERMEDIATES
Intermediates are sure to love the blue and red runs in Les Arcs, and there's plenty of them! One particular strength of the area (mainly above 1600/1800) is that most main routes have easy and more difficult alternatives, making it good for mixed-ability groups.
The fantastic 'Malgovert' run into Arc 1600 is often quiet and is accessible from the top of the Comborciere chairlift however its a Natur' run, so ungroomed, so best suited to more confident skiers.
The long run into Villaroger is apparently very rewarding and worth a try.
LES ARCS EXPERTS
Paradiski has a pretty decent number of black slopes for experts (with just over half in Les Arcs and 4 in Arc 1600 itself), many being ungroomed Natur' runs which is a plus or minus depending on your level!
If you want to try the impressive and demanding longest run in the world, then head to the top of the Aiguille Rouge cable car in Arc 2000. Here you will find the Aiguille Rouge black run which is 16km long!
For the mogul lovers out there, head to the top of the Comboriciere and Ours black runs. They are steep and demanding and are accessible via the Arc 1800 lifts.
LES ARCS OFF-PISTE
Les Arcs deserves its very good reputation for fantastic off-piste skiing. The powder is excellent, due to the resort being spread over a large area, a lot of which is not touched by lift systems. Arc 2000 offers truly amazing off-piste possibilities.
The main off-piste area is the Aiguille Rouge glacier (in Arc 2000), where you have the longest run in the resort at 7km, with a 2100m vertical drop! The most popular runs can be found on the north face with an immense area of off-piste skiing in the direction of Villaroger.
For novices, from the top of the Dos Rond there is a gentle off-piste slope that follows the Les Bauches blue. There is also an eay route from Col de la Chal down towards Nancroix.
LES ARCS SNOWBOARDERS
Les Arcs is a hot spot and firm favourite with snowboarders, where many of the Pros choose to come. Les Arcs offers brilliant freeriding including steeps, trees, gullies, natural jobs and hits. Arc 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry offer the best wide-open rolling slopes for beginners and intermediates.
LES ARCS SNOWPARKS
You will find Les Arcs' Apocalypse Parc (snowpark named after Regis Rolland for the cult film 'Apocalypse Snow') between Arcs 1600 and Arc 1800 and is served by a snowboarder-friendly J-bar lift. For years now this has been one of the most advanced parks in the French Alps and is on a par with the main park at Avoriaz which is highly rated. If you're after snowcross runs, you will find them below Col de la Chal at Arc 2000 or above Plan-Peisey.
From Arc 1600, take the Cachettes chairlift then join the Belvédère piste to reach the SnowPark chairlift.
From Arc 1800, take the Vagère chairlift and follow the Arpette.
From Arc 2000, you have to go downhill to Arc 1950 to catch the Bois de l’Ours chairlift then go back down on the other side towards Arc 1600. You then have a choice of several pistes of different levels to get to the Snowpark.
LES ARCS CROSS-COUNTRY
The ski area of Les Arcs/Peisey Vallandry has 55km of cross-country trails (131km in La Plagne also).
In Arc 1600 there is a loop starting at Courbaton, the top of the funicular.
In Arc 1800 a trail starts from the top of the Jardin Alpin chairlift.
In Arc 2000 the trail begins near the ESF 2000 ski school office.
Each trail is free to use and is approximately 5km in length.
However, for the best of the best cross-country skiing you need to be further down the valley in the Peisey-Nancroix Nordic area (Peisey-Vallandry), at the entrance of the Vanoise National Park – 44km of well kept and marked trails await you. There are also paths here for walkers, snowshoe trails and toboggan runs. You do have to purchase a pass to use these trails, but the good thing is that any profit they make purely goes into the daily upkeep of these beautiful trails.
LES ARCS IN BAD WEATHER
If the weather turns bad, the clouds creep in and the snow falls heavy it can be hard to know where to ski. Avoid the high and open glaciers at all costs. The trick is to head for the tree-lined slopes as they provide definition when the slopes and the sky merge into one and everything seems white! Head to the lower resorts of Arc 1600, Arc 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry.
From the top of the Chantel and Les Villards chairlifts, you can take some long blue slopes through the trees from Arc 1800 to Arc 1600. La Plagne Montalbert is another safe beat with gentle blues that cut through the trees and as you will be lower here you may even completely miss the high cloud causing the bad weather. There are also plenty of trees to be found in Vallandry, Plan Peisey and Montchavin/Les Coches.
Bourg Saint Maurice Ski Verhuur
We hebben Sport 2000 geselecteerd, om zeker te weten dat alleen de hoogste standaard materiaal en service geleverd wordt voor alle ski niveau's. Meer informatie over Ski Verhuur hier.
We have a conveniently located hire shop in Bourg Saint Maurice for all your ski and snowboard equipment needs. Our hire shop is located 200m from Le Coeur d'Or, within the Super U shopping area (just off of Route des Arcs). We offer competitive prices and special offers are also available. Pre-booking your equipment hire will allow you to save precious skiing time once in the resort and means you can budget for your ski holiday, knowing that it is already book and paid for.
Bourg Saint Maurice Skipassen
You have the choice to purchase a ski pass which covers the whole ski area or the smaller local ski area. We suggest that you purchase the larger area lift pass, unless a complete beginner, as shown in our table below.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Les Arcs at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort):
If you're learning to ski, there are a couple of lift pass offers where you can buy 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 trips on the lifts, so you don't have to spend money on a ski pass for the whole week. This applies to the Combettes chair lift in 1600, the Dahu chairlift in 1800, the Saint Jacques chairlift in 2000 and the Parchey lift in Peisey Vallandry.
Paradiski ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
Day - €48 children, €60 adults
Les Arcs ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €34 children, €43 adults
Day - €42 children, €52 adults
Bourg Saint Maurice Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 3.5 years to 12 years, in BSM, with Ski Collection. Children 3.5-4.5 years will go into Piou Piou lessons.
Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged.
BSM Private Lessons (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuition can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Ski Collection cannot pre-book these.
From €45 for 1 hour for 1-2 pers
From €60 for 1 hour for 3 pers
From €75 for 1 hour for 4 pers
From €90 for 1 hour for 5 pers
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
ESF Arc 1600 - Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Tel: 00 33 4 79 07 43 09
Child Daycare Arc 1600 (La Cachette)
The Children’s club, situated in La Cachette hotel, welcomes children from the age of 4 months to 12 years. The club is open everyday, except Saturdays, from 08:30-18:00.
Baby Club: for little ones from 4 months to 2 years old, indoor activities and outings.
Mini-Club: for children from 4 to 6 years old. Outings and ski discovery are organised with French Ski School instructors. The ski equipment is provided by the hotel.
Kid’s club: for the older ones from 7 to 12 years old. You will be amazed at how much progress they can make with full day ski lessons!
Please note: places are limited, and children of guests at the Cachette hotel have priority.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 70 50
La Halte-Garderie Pomme D'api in Bourg St Maurice
Open Monday-Friday. Usual times as follows:
Mon – 08:30-12:00, 13:15-17:30
Tues - 08:30-17:30
Wed – 08:30-12:00
Thurs – 08:30-17:30
Fri - 08:30-17:30
Children under 18 months: either Morning 08:30-13:30 or Afternoon 11:15-16:15
Children over 18 months: can stay a minimum 6 hours, maximum 8 hours. Times must be specified.
Contact: +33 (0)4 79 07 59 31
79 St Michel
Bourg Saint Maurice
Lots of various activities can be enjoyed in Bourg Saint-Maurice and Les Arcs such as paragliding, snow shoeing, horse riding, ski joering (being towed on your skis by a horse!), snowmobiling, ice climbing and at Arc 2000 even quad biking on snow can be experienced. La Plagne offers the famous bobsleigh run that was built for the Albertville Winter Olympics - for the dare-devils, you can even ride down the run in a proper bobsleigh behind a professional driver...or for the slightly less adventurous, you can ride down with friends in a self steering raft which goes a little slower....but still fast enough!
Activity Contact Details
|Paragliding||Alerion||+33 (0)4 79 04 18 90|
|Snowshoe, Paragliding & Snowmobile
||+33 (0)4 79 07 60 00 or
+33 (0)4 79 07 60 02
|Paragliding||Arcs en Ciel||+33 (0)4 79 07 61 91|
||+33 (0)6 22 56 61 78
Contact ESF Arc 2000
|Paragliding||Darentasia||+33 (0)6 12 10 32 42|
|| Marie-Odile Liothaud
||+33 (0)4 79 07 42 09 or
+33 (0)6 82 88 79 81
|Dog sledge||Arctik Aventures||+33 (0)6 16 03 24 01|
|Horse Riding, Ski-Joering
|| Ranch El Colorado
||+33 (0)4 79 07 24 97 or
+33 (0)4 79 07 06 05
Avenue Maréchal Leclerc
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 09 15
Further information about activities in Bourg-St-Maurice can be obtained from the tourist office:
Office de Tourisme,
105 Place de la Gare
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 12 57
Les Arcs Resort News and Events 2018/19
- Les Arcs celebrates 50 years in 2018 - France's first purpose build ski resort opened in 1968 - Les Arcs is a world of possibilities and they will be celebrating our 50th birthday throughout the winter and summer with events and celebrations of everything that has made Les Arcs what it is today
- Aiguille Rouge - a great view from the summit of Les Arcs. This year, the Aiguille Rouge footbridge has been built so that everyone can admire the exceptional beauty. Accessible to pedestrians and children as well as skiers, the bridge is 35m long.People can come down in the Aiguille Rouge cable car or ski down one of Europe’s longest run (7 kilometres long with a 2,000-metre vertical descent).
- Lift improvements - after the upgrading of Pré Saint Esprit chair and the widening of the Vallée de l’Arc run last year, Comborcière chairlift is being replaced this winter to make it easier to get to Arc 1600 from the bottom of the Vallée de l’Arc. At the top, a connected picnic area
- New slope - A new run will allow skiers to discover an unknown side of the Arc 2000 sector
- Les Arcs European Film Festival - 15th-22nd December 2018 - Les Arcs welcome the 10th edition of the European Film Festival
- Celebrate a White Christmas in Les Arcs - 25th December 2018
- New Years Eve - parties in all the villages of Les Arcs to celebrate New Year's Eve - 29th December 2018 - In Arc 2000, gather at the Place Olympique from 17:30 to see a dance show, fire jugglers, a torchlit descent of the pistes and a firework display, including free mulled wine and hot chocolate. Arc 1950 will also be getting in on the act. The Place de l'Horloge will come alive with fireworks and a street party with a DJ and a saxophonist from 21:00 to 01:00. In Arc 1800 and Arc 1600, head to the Front de Neige from 18:00 for a torchlit descent and fireworks.
- Freeride week - 28th January-3rd February 2019 - Arc 1950 Le Village will be playing host to freeriders from all over the world to give them the chance to try out the best spots in the les Arcs ski area. There will be various levels of competition on the bill: 1 Junior FWQ event, 2 FWQ 2*races and 1 FWQ 4* event (the only French 4* event amongst the 12 world contests). The week will be an opportunity to discover freeride skiing in all its guises. On the programme will be: film screenings, awareness of and introduction to mountain rescue, freeride courses for children and adults, etc.
- The Great British Celebration - 30th March-6th April 2019 - During this week of festivities, the whole resort of Les Arcs will honored British citizens. Enjoy the special events provided on the slopes as skiing competition, sledding and after skiing time with concerts and others friendly moments to share
- Spring skiing - 30th March-27th April 2019 - Original gatherings and festivities for all to end the winter in style and to enjoy snow-riding in the radiant end-of-season sunshine … Welcome to les Arcs Spring Final! More than just skiing, there are entertainments in the resort and the ski area, fun and relaxation are waiting for you.
Check out the Tourist Office website to find out more about what is going on in Les Arcs: www.lesarcs.com
Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
A good selection of approximately 20 restaurants and bars can be found in Bourg Saint-Maurice. Here is a selection:
'The Tsablo' Restaurant in the centre of town serving French regional cuisine. Set menus available.
34 Grande Rue
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 23 78
'La Ruelle' Combining Savoyard and Italian influences, the chef at La Ruelle enjoys using fresh produce and imported authentic Italian ingredients. The decor represents an alley, as if diners are eating on an Italian back-street. Take-away pizza available.
208 Grande Rue
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 55 31 09
'Restaurant Le Savoyard' A friendly, family atmosphere awaits diners at this centrally located restaurant serving traditional Savoyard cuisine.
180 Grande Rue
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 04 03
'L'Arssiban' A gourmet restaurant serving fresh cuisine. Sun terrace.
253 Avenue Antoine Borrel
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 77 35
'Le Bistrot Alpin' Brasserie serving bistro cuisine on the town hall square. The winter speciality is seafood.
46 Place Marcel Gaimard
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 59 85
'Black and White' Classy and cosy lounge style bar. Open Tuesday - Sunday 14:00-02:00 (Closed on Mondays).
22 Avenue du Stade
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 22 25.
'@ Bazoom Rider's Cafe' Self-described as 'a marriage of culture and well-being', it's a cafe/bar with regular live music, food, cocktails, WiFi, screens for sports and takeaway pizzas - it really is a bit of everything (it even has an art gallery)!
47 Avenue de la Gare
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 77 18.
Bourg Saint-Maurice offers plenty of shopping...150 shops to be precise! They include a supermarket, butchers, bakers, banks, hairdresser, pharmacy, doctors, dentist and a hospital.
Open daily throughout the winter season, 08:15-19:30 except Sundays.
Route des Arcs
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 92 96
Open daily 08:00-19:30
Route des Arcs Le Mollard
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 02 50
Open 7 days. 08:30 -12:30 and 15:00-19:30. Sunday 08:30-12:30 and 16:00-19:00.
74 Rue Capitaine Desserteaux
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 22 09 42
Fire 18, Police 17, Medical 15 (or 112 for all from mobiles).
11 Av. de la Gare
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 04 18
Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79
Getting to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France
From Calais: 670 miles, approximately 9 hrs.
Take the motorway to Albertville, and then follow the dual carriageway as far as Moûtiers, a pretty little town at the foot of the mountains. Carry on along the RN 90 to Bourg-St-Maurice.
Chambéry: 70 miles, approximately 1hr 15
Grenoble: 113 miles, approximately 2hrs
Private taxi transfers from airports to Bourg Saint Maurice are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Probably the easiest ski village to reach from the new London St Pancras International rail terminal with a direct Eurostar high speed service. There are also TGV trains from Paris and Lille and direct sleeper trains from most of the main cities in France.
Bourg St Maurice parking:
In Bourg Saint Maurice, as well as parking in the town, you will find 4 car parks for which there is a charge including a 1 covered. You can also find parking with Le Coeur d'Or residence (payable).
Funicular car park:
At the foot of the bottom station of the Funicular, from this 500-space car park you can reach les Arcs in 7 minutes!
Half-day (under 5 consecutive hours between 8.00 a.m. and 8.30 p.m.) from 2€
Full day (more than 5 consecutive hours between 8.00 a.m. and 8.30 p.m.) from 3€
Paradiski resort season dates
Les Arcs/Peisey ski area is open: Saturday 16/12/17 - 28/04/18 (Saturday)
Paradiski (to access La Plagne) links are open: 23/12/17 - 13/04/18