50 YEARS OF LES ARCS: Robert Blanc, founder of the resort (1933-1980)

Thursday, 8 November 2018


After ignoring the Tarentaise for what seemed like absolutely ages, the Tour de France returns this coming summer for the second year in a row.  This time it will be right at the end of the race, and it could be Tarentaise tarmac that determines who wins.

Following on from Geraint Thomas' victory in La Rosiere, the Tour will be visiting Tignes for a stage finish on 26th July, having first claimed the 2,700m Col de l''Iseran (from the Maurienne side).  The tour last visited Tignes in 2007 when the stage was won by the soon-to-be-disgraced Michael Rasmussen - more here.

And then the next day - the last one before Paris - the Tour will start at Albertville, pass through the pastoral delight that is the Beaufortain and then drop into Bourg St Maurice en route to the long drawn out final climb to the summit finish at Tignes.

In Bourg the best place to watch may be by the roundabout at foot of the Cormet de Roselend.

Full route details here.

Thursday, 13 September 2018


Across the valley, La Rosiere is getting ready for this year's big opening: the unveiling of the new extension to its ski area.

The runs on the French side just above the resort are already great fun, with brilliant views towards Tignes and down to Bourg Saint Maurice.  But it's not that big an area.   This is all about to change, with a €15m investment going into giving the resort 5 new red pistes, plus another off-piste zone. The top of the skiing rises to 2,800m and - usually for La Rosiere - some of it faces north.

To get to La Rosiere from Les Arcs, drive to the Les Ecudets lift just above Seez, rather than wear yourself out driving all the way.  And you get a super long run home through the trees as a bonus. There's also a bus which picks up from the funicular at Bourg - ask in the Arc 1800 tourist office for a leaflet.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

LES ARCS at 50

This summer's big event is the visit of the Tour de France to La Rosiere and Bourg Saint Maurice.

Looking further ahead, here's the latest gossip on what's coming up, courtesy of the "3A" proprietors' association:

1. Les Arcs at 50.  A year's celebrations are planned, including a new art installation by the swimming pool at Arc 1800, various "animations" during the school holidays and a special music festival next summer.  Plus a new book coming out about Charlotte Perriand and the architecture of Les Arcs.

2. Arc 1600 will see the renovation of La Coupole, improvement to mobile phone reception and of course the opening of the blot-on-the-landscape Club Med on (15th Dec).  The end of free parking in the resort is on the horizon, it seems.

3. The ancient Comborciere lift is on its way out, although eyebrows are being raised as it is being replaced by a second-hand installation.  There are also concerns about the impact on the environment in this beautiful and remote valley - both of the new lift and the red run which is being created to save intermediate skiers from the embarrassment of stumbling down the black run...

Dismantling the Comborciere lift, June 2018
Photo: @PisteursArcs