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...