Things to do in Les Arcs

Off Piste Guided Skiing & Touring

From December to February off piste guided skiing and touring is a truly beautiful way to experience the mountain in winter; away from other people. Make your way up, skinning, and enjoy an unforgettable downhill run. Beginners and experts can choose from different itinerary’s to suit.  Guides des Arcs also offers ice climbing.  Guides Des Arcs Website

Spas and Beauty Treatments

Les Sources de Marie, Les Arcs 1950

Heated indoor pool, a sauna, steam room, massage therapy and beauty treatments.  Deep Nature Spa is at Les Sources de Marie in Les Arcs 1950. Two treatment rooms, which includes a double. Herbal tea provided.

Open from mid-December to the end of April every day from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Call +33 4 79 04 34 34, email alpagesdechantel@deepnature.fr or visit the website for more information.

Le Golf Les Arcs

Three star hotel in Arc 1800 offers 3 restaurants and a Deep Nature Spa. Sauna, steam room, relaxation room, indoor relaxation pool and whirlpool alongside algotherm treatments such as massages, body treatments and facials.  Conventional treatments and the “Premier Spa” for children from 6 to 15. Advisable to book. Open every day from 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 8pm, in winter.

Phone +33 4 79 41 43 41, email : legolf@deepnature.fr or visit Le Golf Les Arcs website

Heli-Skiing or Pleasure Flights

Heli Mountains based in Les Arcs 2000 offers pleasure flights or heli-skiing in and around the area.  Helicopter drops with a Mountain Guide.  Heli-skiing finishes with lunch in a typical local restaurant.  www.helimountains.com

Go Bowling in Les Arcs 1800!

For a bit of night time entertainment or aprés ski; there is a bowling centre in L’Arc 1800 where a bar and snacks are also on hand.  Open throughout the winter season December to April.

Les Arcs 2000 Igloo Village

The Igloo Village in Arc 2000 is the biggest in France.

Inside the Igloo Village is an ice sculpture gallery, bars, a restaurant and a dance floor.

Enjoy a break from skiing at one of the ice bars open from 10.00 to 16.30.  Have a coffee on the terrace whilst soaking up the sun or venture into the giant igloo to enjoy the indoor bar where the chairs are carved in ice.

The restaurant opens between 19:00 to 20:30 and is reservation only.  Begin your evening with a glass of mulled wine followed by a delicious Savoyard meal of fondue.

You can even spend the night at the ice hotel, on a bed of ice in a giant igloo.  Rooms can sleep 2 or 4 people.   Sleep in snug sleeping bags at 2000 metres above sea level!

The ice cave gallery contains ice animals, mermaids and other sea creatures carved out of the walls, open from from 10.00 to 16.30.  Adults: 5 euros, Children – 12 years: 4 euros, Children – 6 years: free.

Pedestrians can get to the Igloo Village by taking a brisk snowshoe walk.

Find out more www.village-igloo.fr

Tobogganing

Toboganning is great fun for children and adults alike!  Paradiski has a 4 toboggan runs.

The toboggan run in the Rodéo Park at Arc 2000 is 3km, and you can speed down it all day until the runs close.

Mille8

Mille8 is a new area in Arc 1800 which will open until 7.30pm every day, 8.30pm on Thursdays.

There is a toboggan run, an illuminated and themed discovery trail in the forest, a freestyle snow park, a beginners area and a secure children’s play area. Inside the Aquafun Centre will be a pool, bubbling massage beds, whirlpools, cascades, caves, water games area for children, a wellness centre and a fitness centre.

Walkers and skiers will both be able to access Mille8 via a new 8-person cable car (Télécabine des Villards) from Arc 1800.  Entry to the ski area is included in all ski passes.  Yay!

Bars and Restaurants

There are plenty of bars and restaurants available to you in Les Arcs 2000, Les Arcs 1950, Les Arcs 1950, Les Arcs 1600 and Villa Roger alike. We have listed some on our blog post “Paradiski Restaurants” to help you choose!

Snow Shoeing

If you like hiking, you will love snow-shoeing!   Hire some snow shoes from many of the ski hire/sports shops around the area.   Take a guided tour for a full or half day with a local guide, off the beaten track to discover the forests and animals of the area.

Evolution2 offers guided snow showing and more www.evolution2-lesarcs.com

 

This page is written for information only.  1st Lifts cannot be liable to any disappointments or wrong prices.

 

 

 

6 Winter Things to do in Paradiski…

(…apart from Skiing & Snowboarding)

Igloo Villages

Paradiski’s Arc 2000

The Igloo Village in Paradiski’s Arc 2000 is the biggest in France.

Inside the Igloo Village is an ice sculpture gallery, bars, a restaurant and a dance floor.

Enjoy a break from skiing at one of the ice bars open from 10.00 to 16.30.  Have a coffee on the terrace whilst soaking up the sun or venture into the giant igloo to enjoy the indoor bar where the chairs are carved in ice.

The restaurant opens between 19:00 to 20:30 and is reservation only.  Begin your evening with a glass of mulled wine followed by a delicious Savoyard meal of fondue.

You can even spend the night at the ice hotel, on a bed of ice in a giant igloo.  Rooms can sleep 2 or 4 people.   Sleep in snug sleeping bags at 2000 metres above sea level!

The ice cave gallery contains ice animals, mermaids and other sea creatures carved out of the walls, open from from 10.00 to 16.30.  Adults: 5 euros, Children – 12 years: 4 euros, Children – 6 years: free.

Pedestrians can get to the Igloo Village by taking a brisk snowshoe walk.

Find out more www.village-igloo.fr

Paradiski’s Plagne Soleil

A second Igloo Village is situated in Plagne Soleil where you can simply go for dinner in the restaurant that seats 50, or stay over night too.

After a drink around the fire, you will be served a Savoyard fondue accompanied by mountain charcuterie inside the igloo.  “Grandmothers” famous red wine, dessert and a nightcap is all included.  17.00 to 22:30.

If you stay over night you have the choice of a bed of ice or the hot igloo; a heated panoramic structure with a wood stove and double bed.  Either way you will be delighted with the view of the valley and Mont Blanc, and a beautiful morning sun rise.

For more information visit  www.blacksheep-igloo.com

The Bobsleigh

The 1.5km of the Olympic Bobsleigh run is situated in La Plagne and there are three ways you can hurl yourself down it;

The Bob-Raft is equipped with an auto guide control and automatic brakes and is ideal for families.  It can take 4 people. The Bob-Raft goes around 70-80km!

In the Speed-Luge you can go up to 90km/h.  You will be by yourself, in an almost lying position inside the luge, which is well padded and has autoguide control.

Or you can go with a professional pilot, sitting behind them in the luge with up to two other passangers.  With a professional you can reach up to 120km/h.

Prices (per person, per run): Bob-Raft €41 ; Speed-Luge €107 ; Bob-Racing €115

Vist la-plagne.com for more information or call +33 (0)4 79 09 12 73.

Ice Climbing

From mid December to mid March there are introductory course to glacier climbing on the Champagny ice tower. The ice tower is 22m high and is made of three sections with inclines adapted to different abilities; from the beginner to pro.  Wearing a harness you will use ice axes and crampons (provided) to climb up pure ice in a bid to reach the tower summit.

You can drive to the ice tower, it is situated in the valley of Champagny le Haut at 1500m altitude.  1st Lifts will be happy to take you if we are free, just contact us!

You must be 10 years old or more do the ice climbing.  Courses run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17:30.  Please check that the tower is open; it may be closed in adverse weather conditions.

Rates: €38 per person for 2 hours.

For more information visit champagny.com or phone +33 (0)4 79 55 06 55.

Speed Riding/Flying

Speed riding (also known Parapente) is when you ski/snowboard off the mountain with a parachute.  You then literally fly around the area checking out the views of Paradiski and beyond.  You land back on the snow, using your skis/board- hence the reason you should be a good skier/snowboarder.

For more information visit www.speedriding-school.com or +33 (0)6 19 51 39 34

Tobogganing

Toboganning is great fun for children and adults alike!  Paradiski has a 4 toboggan runs.

The toboggan run in the Rodéo Park at Arc 2000 is 3km, and you can speed down it all day until the runs close.

There are two areas in La Plagne –  Colorado Park (1.5km) and Eldorado Park (2.9km).

In Mille8 there is a toboggan run with lights and music.

Mille8

Mille8 is a new area in Paradiski open every day this winter at Les Arcs 1800 until 7.30pm, 8.30pm on Thursdays.

There is a toboggan run, an illuminated and themed discovery trail in the forest, a freestyle snow park, a beginners area and a secure children’s play area. Inside the Aquafun Centre will be a pool, bubbling massage beds, whirlpools, cascades, caves, water games area for children, a wellness centre and a fitness centre.

Walkers and skiers will both be able to access Mille8 via a new 8-person cable car (Télécabine des Villards) from Arc 1800.  Entry to the ski area is included in all ski passes.  Yay!

 

This page is written for information only.  1st Lifts cannot be liable to any disappointments or wrong prices.

Get Fit for Your Winter Ski/Snowboard Holiday

We all should have done it – started to get fit for our winter holiday way before now. We have 1 month until the first lifts open in the Alps and we are in training! Hobbling around the ski resort after 2 days of skiing, and not enjoying the rest of your week, is NOT COOL!

Stay strong and injury free by training your body before you come on your ski holiday. 1st Lifts brings to you some suggestions on the areas of your body you should be working, and some exercises to help you. You’ll be good for the snow in no time!

Start gently with one set of 10 to 20 reps of the exercises, then gradually increase to two or three sets as your strength improves.  Rest every third day (you can do serious injury without rest).   More experienced exercisers can rest one day a week, but will know to take a de-training week.  Drink water during exercise.

I am not a fitness instructor, please get expert advice.

Quadriceps

Your quads are probably the most used muscles in both skiing and snowboarding. Your quads include the 4 big muscles in your thigh, oh you know them! These muscles hold you in position as you ski and provide protection for your knees. Good exercises for the quadriceps are squats and lunges.   Squats and lunges will also help the secondary muscles around your knees.  I don’t have to explain what squats and lunges are do I?

Hamstrings and Glutes

Your hamstrings are the muscles in the back of your thigh, which, along with the quads, allow you to bend your leg at the knee.  And we all know where glutes are right?  Yup, in your arse.

People who get hamstring strain often have stronger quads than hamstrings (or they haven’t warmed up properly).

Snowboarders often build a lot of strength in their quads and forget the hamstrings.  When riding, the hamstrings are used when the hip joint is extended during toe-side turns in both legs.  This movement is not a full extension amongst the majority of snowboarders therefore the muscles in the hamstrings under develop.

Downhill skiers typically lean forward from the hips, holding their bodies in a flexed position.  This requires great strength from your hamstrings and glutes because they help to stabilise your body.

Some of the following exercises will help the glutes and the hamstrings prepare for your ski holiday:

Deadlifts and one leg dead lifts

The deadlift is a weight training exercise in which a loaded (or unloaded in some cases) barbell is lifted off the ground to the hips, then lowered back to the ground.  Ask your gym instructor to help you with this.

Step ups

A really easy one, where ever you live.  If you don’t have a step take a run to the park and do them there.

Hamstring rolls

If you have a swiss ball or there is one at your gym hamstring rolls are great.  This is the one where you lie face up with your arms pressed into the floor by your sides, knees bent, heels on top of the ball. Now lift your hips up off the floor and, keeping your hips high, slowly extend your legs and roll the ball away from your body (don’t lock your knees). Bend your knees and curl the ball back into your body so you are at the start position.

Inner and Outer Thighs

In a skier your inner thighs work hard to keep your skis together. Your outer thighs keep your body stable and help you steer.

Some great exercises for skiers are side lunges, Swiss-ball squeezes for the inner thigh or sliding side lunges using disks.

If you are a member of a gym try inner and outer pushes on the abductor and adductor machines.  However, you can do some at home:

Adductor (inside thigh)

Lie on the floor on your left side with your body straight and rest your head on your outstretched left arm. Cross your right leg over your left and place your right foot on the floor so that you can lift your lower (left) leg. Raise your left leg by lifting your foot 8 to 12 inches off the floor. Slowly lower your foot back to the floor and repeat before rolling over and changing sides.

Abductor (outside thigh)

Lie on the floor on your left side with your body straight and rest your head on your outstretched left arm. Bend your left leg so that your left foot is somewhere close to your right knee. Lift your foot right foot 12 inches off the ground. Slowly lower your foot back to the floor and repeat before rolling over and changing sides.

Scissors

Be careful with this one as it can put strain on your back.

Lie on your back with your legs extended in front of you and your arms on the floor at your sides. Make sure your lower back is flat on the floor by pulling your abdominal muscles in.  Lift your legs off of the floor to 45 degrees, feet pointing straight toward the ceiling. Open and close your legs in a scissor-like motion. Do half with right leg crossing over the left and then repeat with the left leg crossing over the right.

You can make these exercises harder by wearing ankle weights.

Cushion squeeze

You can use a cushion for this one, or an exercise ball.  Lie on your back with your legs bent, feet flat on the floor and cushion between your knees.  Press your knees together and squeeze the cushion really hard for about 5 seconds. Relax then do it again.

Shin and Calves

Because your knees are bent as you ski, your calves help you stay upright so you don’t fall over (your boots help too).

Snowboarders tend not to use the muscle in the shin (tibialis anterior), therefore not much strength is developed. The calf (or gastrocnemius) gets a lot of use (yes you’ve felt it) and becomes very strong. This imbalance can cause unstable ankles, which commonly develop into ankle injuries.  Good exercises for snowboarders and skiers alike are:

Calf Raises

We’ve all done calf raises before (haven’t we?).  You can stand in front of a chair for stability, with your feet hip width apart.   Now just raise your heels so that only the ball of your foot is off the floor.  You can do this on the edge of a step if you are confident, with dumb bells or one foot at a time.

Toe Raises

These strengthen the muscles surrounding the front and sides of the shin bone, helping to reinforce it. Start by sitting with both feet flat on the floor. Your heels will stay on the ground whilst you lift the rest of your foot up as much as possible –  you should be pointing your toes at the sky. Hold for a moment, then slowly return your foot to the starting position.

Abs and Back

As both skiers and snowboarders are in a flexed, bent over position, your back has to work really hard to hold your body in that position.  You can protect your spine from injury by having a strong core. Work these muscles with the following exercises:

Bicycle crunch

This is the one where lie on your back like you are going to do a sit up.  With your knees bent your hands will rest softly on your temples, elbows out.  Now bring your left elbow up (keeping that hand on your temple, your head and shoulders will rise as well) and your right knee up to meet in the middle, twisting as you go.

V-ups

The one we all love to hate.  Lie on your back, bring your legs up and your arms up to meet in the middle above your head.  Now slowly lower your legs and your body back on to the floor.

Back Extensions

Lie on your front, legs straight, tops of your feet flat on the floor.  Your hands will rest softly on your temples, elbows out.  Now raise your head and chest off the floor, hold and then come down.

Dumb Bell Rows

This is where you have one knee and one hand (same side) on the weight bench.   With a dumbbell in the other hand (palm facing your torso),  keep your back straight, keep your head up and the weight should hang directly in front of you as your arm hangs.  Keep the torso stationary, lift the dumbbell to your side, keep the elbow close to the body, squeeze the back muscles and hold. Slowly lower the weight again to the starting position.

If you are the member of a gym you can also do lat pulls.

Arms

Along with your back, arms help push off with your poles while stabilizing your shoulder joints.  Snowboarders use their arms when setting off from the floor and to move in the right direction.

Don’t forget your biceps and triceps!  Simple exercises for your arms include bi-cep dips (which you can simply do on a chair) and press-ups.

Warm Up and Warm Down!

You are way more likely to come home with a ski injury if you have not warmed up before skiing and warmed down after skiing.  Those people you see actually stretching; the ones you’ve laughed at?  That is now you.  Stretching and a little jog before and after will help you to keep going the whole week.

 

PLEASE NOTE: None of the information on this page is provided by a doctor or sports expert.   The information is here as a guide and 1st Lifts is not liable for any injuries or unfortunate activities that may arise from this information.  Please ask your gym instructor or an expert to help you.

You ski and snowboard in the Alps at your own risk.