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LES ARCS 2017 - 2018

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The never ending Winter, its dumping again..........................
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Looks perfectly skiable from the Bois de L'Ours / or Arpette lifts today.

We're there in 8 weeks for the walking and the MTB. May have to get the rock-hoppers out of the cave.
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@Arctic Roll, mental isn’t it. Better now than it was January 2017.
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The Summer is arriving and some news to share so time to kick off this summer thread again. Today there is blue sky and warm temperatures again with only a few high clouds.

However there is still loads of snow around so anyone that likes snowshoeing or hiking and still even ski touring. Les Arcs and the Vanoise National Park is the place to go at Half Term this year. You can even do some mountain biking on the lower trails that are clear of snow (even on the snow is fun!) and some Transfer Bus companies can arrange up lifts for you around the area until the chair lifts open again in July. The river is also flowing so plenty of fun to be had White Water Rafting, Kayaking or many other activities. The play lake should also be good in the warm weather. For those that want to see something special, take a drive up to the Petit Saint Bernard Pass and see how they have made the road through the high snow walls. Quite a sight, but hurry as it will all start to melt very fast now.

For those like me that need to take it easy right now. You can just rest by the pool in the sun or have a gentle stroll around the lake or along the path by the river in the valley. Visit the waterfalls and the valley of Ice. Many mountain Refuges are starting to open now so there are plenty of places to hike.

I hope to see some of you in the coming months. Enjoy the summer.

The other news! They have just started to dismantle the Comborciere Chair. All being well this work should be finished by the start of next winter. They still do not have permission for the new blue/red piste down from the top into the Vallee d'Arc, but everything is hoped to be sorted out by December. Watch this space for more news.

Over on the La Plagne side of the Vanoise Express they have also started work on replacing the Inversens Chair. It will be interesting to see if it reduces the crazy queues we had at times this season in Bellecote La Plagne when trying to get to the top of the Roche de Mio. They plan to have this new chair ready by December.

Last winter gave us an amazing amount of snow. For those coming out in the summer. The north facing slopes should still have snow in many places. This should not spoil our fun and in fact if you have a sledge handy. It could be amazing!

Enjoy!
(To see photos go to Les Arcs Summer facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsSummer/ The Photos and plans are from earlier Les Arcs report, not done by me.)
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@snowcrazy, Very rarely used Comborciere as it was too slow but run from the top to Mont Blanc is just a narrowish/flat run, thinking of whats it like for boarders? Huge plus heading down there and straight to Mont Blanc.
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For those that want to see something special, take a drive up to the Petit Saint Bernard Pass and see how they have made the road through the high snow walls. Quite a sight, but hurry as it will all start to melt very fast now.


Any photos @snowcrazy? We're not out until the TDF comes through.
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@Arctic Roll, https://www.facebook.com/meteoalpes/videos/2157245554302184/
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@thefatcontroller, wow. Want to go. Now.


As for @snowcrazy photos - I can see that from the diagrams that the proposed (if approved) Loup doesn't link up with Mont Blanc lift, which is a bit of a shame / missed opportunity imo. (Tree huggers notwithstanding, I get that.)

It does mean Combouciere will help move people more efficiently (and as a valid alternate to L'Ours) from Vallee de l'Arc to 1600, but not vice versa: Loup isn't accessible other than by using the new lift.

Maybe they could put in a wee drag from Mont Blanc lift to Combourciere top station?! wink Or re-purpose 200m of the old chair Laughing snowHead
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A discussion about the new lift is on the http://www.leforumdeparadiski.fr/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=4479 website where it is reported to be the old tsd Portelette from Val Thorens. The route of the proposed new red piste seems to follow the valley parallel to the comborciere combe (combe du muguet) so it should be accessible from the top of the Clocheret lift. Judging by the contours it will be a fairly steep red if they do not put some zig zags in that bit not marked red on the proposal map. I have always had the feeling that this combe is fairly avalanche prone since Muguet is ofeten closed due to avalanch risk and there is a rather steep slope just above it.

I've spent many a happy hour on the old conborciere lift. I quite liked it and the cheerful lifties at the bottom.
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@johnE, with their reggae and pungent smell of suspicious 'herbs'.
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Long day on conference calls so web cam watching in order. Noticed a JCB working from Mont Blanc back up towards Comborciere. I assume construction traffic will have to use this route, is there a clear path through that avoids the mogul run?
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Safe for work. The top of Comborciere dismantled. Worth following the pisteurs on FB, they provide some great photos.


https://www.facebook.com/PSdArcs/photos/a.790058974354762.1073741833.323138794380118/2086991457994834/?type=3&theater
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Lots of work going on around the top of Mont Blanc, assume they are preparing for lorries to head up to the top of Comborciere. Reality is it is a quite a short window to put in a lift over a summer, especially one this high where late now kept access clsoed for later than I imagine they thought it would.

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You know it makes sense.
Well, 18 / 19 really, but season dates and lift passes announced:

see

https://www.lesarcsnet.com/news/les-arcs-announce-winter-201819-lift-pass-prices-les-arcs-(var)-716717

for details

Season runs:

15th Dec. – 27th April. The Vanoise Express opens 22nd Dec. but appears to stay open to end of season.

Not sure that the quoted pass prices are correct – currently showing as €169 for a 6 day Adult Arcs price (buy now! but I suspect they mean €269…), €305 for Paradiski
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Work on Comborciere. It is safe for work and you don't need to be a Facebook member to see.

https://www.facebook.com/LaMatinaleLesArcs/photos/pcb.1846812908673358/1846812832006699/?type=3&theater

Looks like it will be right beside Pre Saint not down that flat section which is a pain on a board.

The photos also show work at the bottom of Marmotte, anyone know whats going on there?
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