Ask the critics and they’ll tell you that much of Les Arcs is nothing more than a giant concrete zit on the face of the Alps. It hasn’t got a reputation for being the prettiest place on Earth, but if you ask us it’s best to completely ignore these kinds of opinions from short-sighted visitors for two good reasons:
Firstly, since when did a place have to look pretty to be a Mecca for snowboarding? And secondly, you’ll probably find that at least half the folk that warn you against Les Arcs have never even been there, so feel free to write them off entirely!
We love Les Arcs for a million and one reasons, though we’d be hard-pressed to find any more prevalent than the region’s amazing opportunities for snowboarding. There are five places to choose from in Les Arcs – those being 1600, 1800, 1950, 2000 and Bourg-St-Maurice. Don’t be fooled for a minute into thinking that they’re all the same or even remotely similar – they’re totally different and will make a huge difference to your stay. For example, 1800 is the party capital of the place, 2000 is in the middle of nowhere but makes the perfect place for off-piste boarding and 1600 is the main centre for accommodation and the like.
Boarding opportunities are simply brilliant across Les Arcs, though some of the snow parks here are arguably among the best in the French Alps… period.
The main snow park in Les Arcs is the one famously designed by Regis Rolland back in 1981 – as in the guy also responsible for the snowboard brand ‘A’. It’s a brilliant place for anyone looking to try their luck on a world-class half pipe and a set of seriously challenging jumps, though at the same time the freeride terrain all around the park is not to be missed out on either. It may be 30 years old at least, but the Regis Rolland snow park is right up there with the best in the world.
Also not to miss out on is the Apocalypse snow park, which you have to love even for its name alone. To be honest this is really the only place you’ll ever need to head if you’re confident your boarding skills are already a cut above the average. What’s on offer at the Apocalypse Snow Park is an array of jumps that vary from blue to black, some amazing rails to try your luck on and a brilliantly scary gap jump. And just like its counterpart mentioned above, the freeriding opportunities all around the park are also as good as they get.
Oh and by the way, there’s also an airbag permanently set up at the Peisey-Vallandry rails park too, so it’s the ideal place to try out a few completely OTT tricks without risking breaking your neck…always a bonus!
So really you need to ask yourself – even if Les Arcs is a bit of a concrete jungle, what does it matter when you’ve got access to such amazing boarding opportunities right in front of you?