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LES ARCS 2017 - 2018

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The Summer is over, well according to the calendar anyway!! So it is time to start the new Les Arcs 2017 - 2018 season thread.

Here are the basic things you need to know to start planning your winter breaks.

The Les Arcs Season runs from 16 December 2017 to 28 April 2018. The La Plagne season is the same. However the Vanoise Express is scheduled to close on the 22 April 2018.

Here is the main link to the Les Arcs web page. https://en.lesarcs.com/

Here is the main link for Peisey Vallandry web page. https://en.peisey-vallandry.com/winter

Here is the main Link to the La Plagne web page. http://winter.la-plagne.com/ski.html

Ski passes with discounts are now on sale via the web page. Use this link. https://www.lesarcs-peiseyvallandry.ski/en/

For short stays you can get a discount online, but you must buy the pass before 31/10/2017.

For season passes you get a discount online as long as you buy before the 30/11/2017.

For those that only ski sometimes this might be of interest. https://www.skialacarte.fr/FrontOffice/les-arcs

For all those that like following the Webcams. https://en.lesarcs.com/webcams.html

For the weather and snow reports. http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/les-arcs-bourg-st-maurice/73700

For Ski Insurance, always good to have a local French get 'Get Off the Mountain' cover:

For short stay visitors, the Carre Neige Daily Insurance is really cheap (you can buy it with your lift pass) and does the same job as Carte Neige for season pass holders. Cost approx. 2.80 euro per day. http://carreneige.com/accueil.en.html

Even if you have other Travel Insurance. I also always get the Season Carte Neige Insurance. It makes sure you will be rescued wherever you are skiing 'On and Off piste with or without a guide' and gives some money for the local Les Arcs Ski Cub. Cost approx. 75.00 euro for season.

Online purchase: http://www2.ffs.fr/carteneige/online Further info here: http://www.ffs.fr/federation/licence-carte-neige/garanties-dassurance

Here are the details in English. https://ffs.verspieren.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/IN_carte_neige_license_2016-2017.pdf

and also further details in French https://ffs.verspieren.com/je-suis-un-licencie/garanties-dassurances/

More news to follow as the winter season approaches.

Hope this info helps with your planning for the coming winter.

You can look at photos and read other details on the Les Arcs Winter facebook page.

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

Hope to see old faces and meet new visitors this winter. If you have any questions about Les Arcs or the Paradiski area, please post your question here. If you prefer PM me on here or on the facebook page. I will always try and answer your questions, but it might not be straight away.
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Thanks.
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Countdown to first trip for new year Smile
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just saying Hi to get this on my 'personal' threads. Arriving for first trip Dec 23rd...
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@Arctic Roll, I'll raise you. Arriving 16 December.
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Can't wait for my first visit to Les Arcs this winter!
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I'm in. 2 weeks in April booked Very Happy
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I am visiting Les Arcs for the first time on 6th Jan, also my first UCPA (Action Outdoors) trip!
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I know this has been asked before but I can't remember the answer - why isn't there just a Paradiski thread?

Also, this is under "Snow Reports - weather - snow conditions" but the OP contains all sorts of non-weather and snow condition related information?

@snowcrazy, you know I appreciate everything you do - I am just feeling curious today!!
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@Layne, interesting question. I guess the only answer is this is where we have always posted the season threads as although they start off the season being more about arranging you trip and all the links you will need to help you. After the snow starts arriving the thread does tend to focus more on conditions each day and where to find the best snow.

Regarding only having a paradiksi thread. The paradiski area is very large with a clear divide. One being the Les Arcs side the other being the La Plagne side. We did once have just one thread, but the La Plagne side wanted their own. Fair enough! Sometimes when things I and others post effect both sides we post on both threads. If it is more specific to Les Arcs side it get's posted here and viz versa. Hope that all makes sense. Very Happy Very Happy


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Nigel, hope you post something about your UCPA trip. I always reommend them as I like their philosphy in the backcountry these days, but it would be good to hear first hand what you thought after you have been on your trip.
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Would like to ski again in Les Arcs, but am looking at airport transfer options to determine which airport to fly to. Last time I went, I hired a car because there were 4 of us, but this time there's only 2 so I'd like to get a cheaper option.

I know that when I ski in Morzine, I can get an Alpybus and it costs about £20 each way. Does anybody know if there are similar transfer services to Les Arcs and if so, who does them? All I can find is direct transfers which are obviously a lot more expensive.
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@Fatmanoffpiste, I have friends who have used these guys multiple times and said they were good
https://www.bensbus.co.uk/
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I'm just booking up for next Easter, staying in 1600 again. Last time here I scared the bejesus out of my wife on the drive up the hill (in my defense it was at midnight in freezing fog) , so she's very keen on the funicular this time. Is there anywhere safe/convenient/cheap to leave the rental car at the bottom of the mountain? Can you park by the funicular ?
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Can you park by the funicular

Yes, but do not expect it to be cheep.

May I suggest you stop at the funicular and drop your wife off then drive up the hill to unload the luggage and park the car. Hopefully she will be waiting for you at the funicular station. However, I must warn you that the funicular will be closed at midnight so she may have a long cold wait.
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@johnE, is overnight parking available at the funicular car park? I've never parked down there, but vaguely recall reading that the funicular car park is daytime only.
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johnE wrote:
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Can you park by the funicular

Yes, but do not expect it to be cheep.

May I suggest you stop at the funicular and drop your wife off then drive up the hill to unload the luggage and park the car. Hopefully she will be waiting for you at the funicular station. However, I must warn you that the funicular will be closed at midnight so she may have a long cold wait.


Actually, I'm planning to avoid the second part of that problem by flying out to Geneva Good Friday, and stay in a cheap place somewhere en route (any suggestions anyone?), then arrive early Saturday morning. The place I stay in will let us leave bags in the morning . Leave afternoon following Saturday for an 8 day trip.

Assuming I do drive up, is the outdoor parking still free in 1600?
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@Pejoli, I am also planning to be in Arc 1600 over Easter. We will probabbly drive overnight on the Wednesday night before good friday and stay in Les Arcs until the Saturday following Easter. As usual we have made no plans other than the vague notion. Last Easter we drove up to Tignes for a few days of variety.

Outdoor parking was still free last Easter.
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Hope to return to Peisey for a week this season - but will miss onsen though. wink
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Pejoli wrote:
I'm just booking up for next Easter, staying in 1600 again. Last time here I scared the bejesus out of my wife on the drive up the hill (in my defense it was at midnight in freezing fog) , so she's very keen on the funicular this time. Is there anywhere safe/convenient/cheap to leave the rental car at the bottom of the mountain? Can you park by the funicular ?

Surely the answer is to drop your wife at the funi and tell her you will meet her at the top!
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@Pejoli, I've stayed at this place, both summer and winter, and would recommend it as an overnight stop - 20-30 mins from Geneva.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1790465-d565825-Reviews-Hotel_Rey-Saint_Blaise_Haute_Savoie_Auvergne_Rhone_Alpes.html


Another option if you'd like to get almost the whole way there is the Autantic in Bourg itself: but I guess it depends what time your GF flight gets in.
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Pejoli wrote:
I'm just booking up for next Easter, staying in 1600 again. Last time here I scared the bejesus out of my wife on the drive up the hill (in my defense it was at midnight in freezing fog) , so she's very keen on the funicular this time. Is there anywhere safe/convenient/cheap to leave the rental car at the bottom of the mountain? Can you park by the funicular ?


Don't ever book Arc 2000 then, 1600 is the easy bit, try another 8 miles in freezing fog and heavy snow, can be mildly terrifying late at night, mid winter with no one around.
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HI snowcrazy

You mentioned a La lagne thread but I cant seem to find one. Do you know if it still exists please?

Thank you for all your assistance.
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@Pejoli, I've stayed at this place, both summer and winter, and would recommend it as an overnight stop - 20-30 mins from Geneva.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1790465-d565825-Reviews-Hotel_Rey-Saint_Blaise_Haute_Savoie_Auvergne_Rhone_Alpes.html


Another option if you'd like to get almost the whole way there is the Autantic in Bourg itself: but I guess it depends what time your GF flight gets in.


Thanks! Probably looking for something closer to Bourg, so we can get an arrival at the mountain with the minimum of early start. At the same time, my inner Scotsman is thinking something cheap and cheerful, as I'm expecting we'll just crash, and be on our way.

Planning to get an early afternoon flight as it's a free day - I'm hanging on to the dream that I could get 8 days in the apartment itself, but expect I wouldn't be able to get confirmation on that until much closer to the time. If it did come off, wouldn't want a midnight drive (for the afore-mentioned reasons!)
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@Pejoli, well in that case the Autantic may be your option - about 5 mins before Bourg on the RHS

http://www.autantic.fr/english/

Again, clean, cheap, does 1 night stands (...). Stayed there both during off seasons, and also last winter when doing the Rosiere / Arcs / Val road trip, easier to be in the valley than up in our apartment.
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HI snowcrazy

You mentioned a La lagne thread but I cant seem to find one. Do you know if it still exists please?

Thank you for all your assistance.

La Plagne 2016/2017/2018
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Got my flights sorted outside this morning (glad I made the effort to set the alarm clock!), but now I'm trying to pull the trigger on the apartment. I've been in 1600 the last couple of times and its worked out really well, but now I'm wondering about Peisey. The convenience of being near La Plagne seems nice, if we finally get round to using it, but I stayed there a few years ago, and I don't remember much in the way of restaurants etc (though I was in a chalet then, so not paying that much attention). So any views on the two :
- how do they compare these days in terms of amenities :(we're a family, so less interested in bars etc on this trip)
- with the reconfig of the lifts, how long does it now take to get over from 1600, at a 'reasonable ' pace
- any other pro/cons that might swing it one way or the other?
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@Pejoli, The trouble with giving a time to get over to Peisey from 1600 is that I always get distracted along the way. You know the scenario - cruising down towards Vallandry and the snow looks really good on such and such piste so you spend the next hour or so lapping it. I am often seduced by Cachette first thing in the morning.

Anyway from 1600 up Cachette and down all the way to the Vallandry lift. Up that and across to the Vanoise express. I would say about 45 minutes but @snowcrazy, makes this journey regularly and would give a better estimate.
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Only a light dusting after the rain, but it is enough to count as the first snow of winter! Well I think so! The sun is back again so do not expect it will last, but here is hoping for a good start to the winter.

https://www.lesarcs.com/webcams.html

In other news, still no confirmed news about the 'free days' in other resorts for season pass holders. I will try to bring you news on this as soon as possible.

The work on the new lifts around the Paradiski area are all going well, but fingers crossed. Although we want a good early start to the season, the bad weather needs to hold back to allow the work to finish.

The other building works across the area are also progressing. But I am still concerned for high season and how much more busy the main lifts will become. Time will tell!

Remember, discounted passes are on sale and for short stays need to be bought online before end of October. For season pass holders you have until the end of November. There are a few other deals also online so check out the Les Arcs web page for full details.

https://www.lesarcs-peiseyvallandry.ski/en/

More news to come as I get anything worth sharing.

For Photos and other stuff to get you in the mood for the winter, check out the Les Arcs Winter facebook page as I start to add a new photo album. Coming soon!

https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsWinter/
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@Pejoli, Just read your post. Peisey Vallandry is OK these days. A few bars and some nice places to eat. Not a great party place, but some good spots like the Mont Blanc Bar. I agree being able to go Les Arcs side or La Plagne side is a good draw to this base. But in a week how often will you go across unless you are good skiers. Most people do a day on the other side (inlcuded in the ski pass these days), but more than that depends on your ability and things like ski school pick ups.

From Arc 1600 you can get to the Vanoise in about 35 minutes if you ski ok. Quickest route is normally Cachette then Arpette Chair and straight to Vanoise Express. You can go the route John says, but it is longer, but maybe more interesting skiing. The main thing to check is lift queues during the time you are out. High season can be very busy in the morning at Arc 1600 and Vallandry if you get there when ski school are starting. Hope this all helps.
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Just one warning: Never never ever take the Route des Bauches to the Vanoise Express on the La Plagne side - you will regret that - unless your are a cross country skier!!! Twisted Evil

Some years ago my wife asked for an easy route to go back to the Vanoise Express with my daugther - quickly I and my friend had a look at the map and pointed at that easy blue called Route des Bauches.

We split up and my wife and daugther finaly reached back to our chalet - only to sware at my advice.
I and my friend had told the wife and daughter that we later that day would go back that same route.

Having reach quite exhaused the chalet my cruel wife and cruel daughter agreed NOT to telephone us, to warn us to take the course. We skatted all the way, sometimes overtaking af walking snowboarder - and when resting - the snowborder had found he could push the board overtaking us This went on and on and on and .......... Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
Twisted Evil

So never ever ever take the Route des Bauches or propoes Route des Bauches in the on the La Plange site of the Peisey Vally to anybody -espeacially your wife!


Som help from please from the locals:

Is L'Ancolie still run by the mother of David Poisson? And still as good as some years ago?
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@Hyst, I agree with you, BUT I have some very bad news! Because they have removed the higher chair connecting back to Les Coches side from the bottom of Dechoir piste. If you do this nice route or just play over that side and end up below the rope tow. If they closed the Crozat chair because of bad weather which can often happen in high winds (hope the new lift can be kept open longer), then YOU WILL HAVE TO GO BACK ON THAT LOVELY piste you have just mentioned! Ops! I think this could turn into an even bigger mistake than taking the linking lift out from Montalbert side a few years ago!

Yes to your other question, but I did hear a rumour she might be selling. Not sure if that was true!
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@snowcrazy,

Thank you very much for the additional information. (and thank you for your simpathy wink )

Hope the new owners of L'Ancolie can keep the standard she used to have.
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L'Ancolie

Just had this translated by Google - so seems open for this winter:


PRESENTATION
L'Ancolie: gourmet table, conviviality in a traditional and cozy, generous cuisine with the famous terrines of Manu Poisson and attentive service with the smiling reception of Maman Kaillou ...
For lunch: menu of the soil.
For dinner: a menu, declined à la carte, to discover our flavors.
Especially do not hesitate to entrust us your evening: we will concoct you a menu confidence. On the same price base with our small aperitif home more ..
OPENING PERIOD (S)
From Saturday 16 December 2017 to Sunday 22 April 2018

EverydayOn reservation


From:
https://www.peisey-vallandry.com/hiver/l-ancolie.html
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