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Les Arc 1950 family ski holiday

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Sell Les Arcs 1950 to me for a family ski holiday. 2 families. Kids aged 4, 8, 10 and 12.
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@philhitch, depends what sort of skiing, ambience, activities, accommodation, eating, time of year and costs you prefer.

G’i’s a few clues.

Suggest include any ‘musts’ along with any particular definite needs if any individual in your group.

If you have a long list of ‘wants’, which are most important and which expendable if compromising different needs of about 8 people?
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@philhitch, I’d say the biggest selling point is the ambience and the convenience. The designers did a great job of designing a village that looks and works superbly. Out of your doorstep straight onto the slopes for a ski down to any one of 4 high speed, high capacity lifts that will each link you to a different part of the ski area.
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This is based on a visit 10 years ago so some things may have gotten better/others worse:

+ Looks quite nice.
+ Usual purpose built resort undergound parking/traffic free 'roads'.
+ Everything one degree of ski in/ski out or another.
+ Good connection into the lift and piste system.

- Resort restaurants were very average (not an issue is self catering though).
- Very lacking for any looking for even light apres (not an issue if you're going to be 'drinking in' though).
- Short on soul (it may have avoided the '1950s Russian forced labour camp' vibe but has a bit of a 'Disney fake' one instead).


Given the group profile you've given I'd guess you're looking at more 'ski/home/stay there' than 'ski/apres/restaurant' so it should hit the spot quite nicely.
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@philhitch, If you need someone to sell Arc1950 to you then I suggest you don't go.
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- Attractive village in a Disney kind of way
- Everything you need is a stone's throw away
- Good ski school
- Doorstep skiing
- Decent quality of accommodation built by Intrawest to Canadian standards

but

- Is expensive
- Restaurants get booked out quickly (or did when I was there)
- It is small, quiet and bijou (which might be an advantage)
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All of the above and I'd like to add:

+ expensive, but quite good value (except for parking which is a robbery!)
+ very well connected to the whole Paradiski area: only 1 lift to reach Vanoise Express and only 2 on your way back!

- if your 4 year old is an absolute beginner, I would probably reconsider. True beginner slopes are located outside Arc 2000. Getting there from 1950 includes a fair amount of faffing. If you plan to teach yourself, you should know that afair there is only one magic carpet up there which is really free for public use. And that one is mainly a bring-back for the upper parts of 2000. So there is constant traffic going through and the run is a little bit too steep and a little bit too narrow and doesn't end in an immediate flat.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
As someone with a declared interest (we own an apartment), having been there for at least 3 weeks a season for the past 17 years (this year being an exception thanks to the Great Unpleasantness), and watching MiniRoll grow from a 3yo first learning to ski, through to her time now as a devil-may-care, ubercool, piste runner, I thought I add some thoughts to the above.

Advantages: (Setting aside access to the Greatest Terrain in the World and , as above, all within a couple of lifts: and the layout, designed to give you top-notch vistas down every street)

- The apartments are pretty large by French standards, and have ample wardrobe / shelf space - but admittedly being matched now by more recent builds. Our place - 2 bedroom, sleep 4 in comfort, is 56sqm with an 18sqm balcony.
- Everywhere, and I mean everywhere, is within 100 m of your front door. Pistes are even closer, since they run through the village. When they say "ski to the shops" they mean it. This means ski school dropoffs/ pickups are so convenient, so easy, and access to home comforts straightforward if eating in the apt. is your thing. Or at any of the terrace facilities next to the pickup zones.
- 2 set of ski schools to chose from, and a range of hire shops - but with easy access to 2000 via a pedestrian lift for a wider range of options / prices - of bars, restaurants and for e.g. bowling alley.
- Free street entertainment throughout the season, for all ages, every early evening. Holiday specials and theme weeks keep it fresh for the old hands, first time visitors love it too. https://www.arc1950.com/en/winter-in-arc-1950.html
- Traffic free means its safe to let the kids roam - from about the age of 6 / 7 we were happy sending out Mini unaccompanied to get the morning croissants fresh from the bakery.
- Village supermarket (Huit a Cool is well-stocked - slight premium on prices over the valley as you might expect - but is often busy with people from 2000 coming to do their shopping there.

the downsides
- This truly is the definition of "ski in, ski out" , and anywhere else afterwards will be a letdown. Some friends we introduced to the village now won't go anywhere else
- The restaurants are not all 5* however much they'd like to think they are and charging accordingly - you will struggle to eat out more than twice in a week without feeling a little let down (although there are a couple of places I would recommend)
- It ain't the cheapest.
- It is quiet for teenagers - but that's probably not a problem looking at your OP - but should they need to get away, again, there are more lively joints in 2000
- It is coming up for 19 years old, and some of the exteriors are beginning to show their age. There is a constant stream of renovations and repairs going on, but its hard up in the mountains.
- ref the in-village nursey slopes - there are 3 in-village jardins des enfants, which suffice for the first couple of days, but after that they are usually out on the pistes - one particular area of blues served by a beginner chairlift, St Jacques (there are no greens in Les Arcs). I agree with @Tristero that the final run home from there can be a little daunting, but there is always the option of the Cabriolet lift from 2000, which many instructors use in the first few days.

Is it Disney on snow? Yeah, pretty much. Do I regret going every year? Nope. 50 weeks plus, the place kinda grows on you. Do we stay elsewhere for comparison? Yes - Tignes, Alpe D'Huez, Ischgl, in the past three years for example. Skied in multiple other resorts too - but none of them have made me regret basing ourselves in 1950.
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