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LES ARCS 2016 - 2017

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Some hardy folk out there.

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Sunday 7 May. My season is finally over, well maybe!

Thank's to all those people that I have been riding with this winter. It was great to meet up with old friends and also make some new ones. I hope you all had as great a season as I did! As always the winter came good in the end and there is still plenty of snow about higher up if skinning is your thing!

I hope all those that follow my post's have enjoyed the photos and found what I have written useful.

I am sure many will agree that the youngster's that rode with us at different times in the season have also improved a lot this winter. I look forward to seeing how far you can go in the future! Just stay safe while some of you push the limit's as I know you will! Going big is great, but remember you need to be able to land as well!

I look forward to meeting up with many of you in the summer for some fun activities and seeing you again next winter for some more excellent riding in the 'amazing snow we will get next winter!!' Finger's and toes crossed!!

For my last day although I did not manage to get back to Les Arcs for another day's skinning over the weekend, I did manage one last trip to Glacier 3000 over in Switzerland before the lifts for skiing closed today.

This is a place I would recommend for anyone that love's freeriding. They even have a Freeride festival every March.

Just like in Tignes or Val Thorens there was fresh snow up top, although not as much as I had hoped and room to put down some fresh tracks early in the day, although the whole area was well tracked by the afternoon as there are very few other ski areas still open.

Next season I hope we can make a trip over there from Les Arcs for a few days. I managed about 12,000m vertical in one day all off piste using the lifts with only one short hike and a little scramble on the rocks. Well worth the effort to drive that far.

I have posted some photos of my day in Glacier 3000 on the Les Arcs Winter facebook page. Use the link if you are interested in seeing what this area has to offer!

https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsWinter/

One final word of praise for Polaire Star ski shop at the bottom of the funicular for all there support again this winter. You have done a great job in keeping my skis going in some very challenging conditions at times this winter. Use this link if you want to book some gear for next season or get their advice. Thanks again! http://www.polairestar.com/

Hope you all have a great summer and see you next winter!

For anyone that might be coming out to Les Arcs in the summer. Check out the Les Arcs Summer facebook page for more info and up-to-date news when I get anything worth sharing. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsSummer
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Just looked at the webcams and the snow looks incredible, so much better than at the beginning of April! Saw some skiers returning to their cars parked at Arc 2000 and can imagine their run down was fantastic. Oh well, on to next season!
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@SStreet, How sad watching web cams off season Toofy Grin Was watching some guys live Sunday doing tricks and building platforms by the Savoy in 2000 Embarassed Embarassed
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For Facebook users. A glorious photo, Pre-Saint Esprit taken down. Highly recommend following 'Pisteurs Secouristes des Arcs ' on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/PSdArcs/photos/a.330725793621418.92187.323138794380118/1683893521637965/?type=3&theater
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An article on the new lift appeared in le Dauphine last week about the new lift http://www.ledauphine.com//savoie/2017/06/16/les-arcs-la-station-investie-dans-un-telesiege-chauffant

My reading of this is the lift is to go up to 2900m - about the height of the Grand Col, so does it have a bend in it or are the French newspapers as bad as the British with numbers?

The discussion beneath the article suggests that heated seats are regarded as a complete waste of money - I agree (but then I haven't got piles)
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Heated seats are a nice to have - have a pull down screen thing can be really useful.

Good to see them using my cash to invest in the lifts of course!
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@johnE, from Pre-Saint Esprit all the way up to 2900 metres? That must be either a mistake or an exceptionally long lift...
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@Arctic Roll, It now looks as if we will be in Les Arcs in early Agust. Nothing booked yet. See you there.
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The proposed red run down Comborciere looks as if it may be interestin as well A new piste Smile
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johnE wrote:
The proposed red run down Comborciere looks as if it may be interestin as well A new piste Smile

Mmmm, less off piste Sad
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The trouble is I cannot see where it would go. Down the other valley? with as you say a loss of off piste and a significant avalanche risk. Or weave through the existing piste, which interestingly is not a natur piste.

They are definately trying to make that side of the resort busier. Sad
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I guess if they are going to increase car park usage at Pre, then they need a dual route back from the 1600/1800 valley for Red skiers for end-of-day -not just the Valley de L'Arc. From a selfish (skiing) perspective, this is a shame though...
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PS @johnE, learcsnet.com has the top station at a sightly more believable 2294 !
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
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I guess if they are going to increase car park usage at Pre, then they need a dual route back from the 1600/1800 valley for Red skiers for end-of-day -not just the Valley de L'Arc. From a selfish (skiing) perspective, this is a shame though...


Then they will need another way to get to the ridge. Mugen is frequently closed due to avalanche risk and from a personal point of view ugrading Clocheret will spoil a beutiful piste as well . I think the idea is to utilise Cascades more.
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My reading of this is the lift is to go up to 2900m

Apologies, I did indeed get this wong. The lift in 3km (or 2900m) long
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@johnE,
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Then they will need another way to get to the ridge.


I was looking at the relief map of the area - it may be possible to terraform a red to skiers' left of Combourciere through some of the Malgovert forest: say from the 'elbow' in the top half of the Mont Blanc which overlooks Malgovert, cut across the existing Malgovert piste, and then - environmentalists willing- bring it back around to Pre St Esprit through the woods. That would then give access from Mont Blanc lift. (The MTB track to 1600 there does run the other way, so you'd have to exit close to the base of the existing Combouciere piste.)

But it is speculation! I'm sure it will be interesting when it happens.

PS - I was scratching my head for a while on your post: a couple of years ago, Cascades was renamed to 'Vallee de l'Arc (2)' - presumably so they can claim a long blue from the very top - but the snowmaking there will make a big difference. Of course with the extra beds going in just below 1950, there will be more people there anyway...
I agree it would be a shame to upgrade Clocheret, as it keeps those 3 pistes (Clapet, Clocheret and Muguet) very much for those 'in the know'!

In fact that whole end of the resort served by the 4 lifts Mont Blanc, Clocheret, Combouciere and Pre St Esprit has been nicely under-utilised - a throwback if you will. Sadly I think those days are about to end, and it will join the rest of the "Mega-resort" package. Crying or Very sad But as previously on this thread, probably necessarily so, to spread out the extra beds being put into the resort.
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PS - I was scratching my head for a while on your post: a couple of years ago, Cascades was renamed to 'Vallee de l'Arc (2)'

OH! I think even some Les Arcs literature calls it Cascades still. I haven't really looked at the piste map recently but does the Vallee de l' Arc start on the Grand Col? or the top of the Varet?

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presumably so they can claim a long blue from the very top


They could also rename that set of routes from the col de la chal to Vallandry and give it a single long red designation.

Out of curiosity was is the piste from the Col du Chal down to the Col du grand reynard marked as red then becomes blue below that. It appears that there is no way for begineners to get to this blue piste. Have I missed something?

I like your idea of a route through the Malgavert forest. It would be beautiful. Have nice views and be north facing what is there not to like - and surely fits into Macron's vision of reducing "bad government"
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Vallee does indeed start at the top of Varet: via bottom of Grand Col; re-join(actually, more rejoined by) Arondlieres; cross over at the bottom of Arcabulle;and down past Bois D'Lours to Pre St Esprit.

You used to be able to get to Dents de Peigne blue from the Grand Reynard chair , but since that's gone, you are right, the only route is Grand Reynard red from the Transarc. Of course, it isn't really red until you've gone through the col, back into the 1800 valley, it's just a wide track to the top of Dents (And you can only get to Plan Vert blue that way too).
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