Les Arcs is one of the most famous French ski resorts. Located near the town of Burg-Saint-Maurice near the Mont Blanc massif and the capital of the 1992 Winter Olympics – Alberville attracts skiers with wonderfully prepared routes, fairy-tale views of snow-capped Alpine peaks and a good base. Although the surroundings are a great place for summer mountain tourism, the vast majority of tourists come here in winter to indulge in white madness.
Les Arcs – video guide to the ski resort
See how to get to Les Arcs, Les Arcs maps and get a taste of the ski life. The video also includes travel and skiing tips to help you make the most of your trip to Les Arcs and Peisey & Vallandry.
Les Arcs – the weather throughout the year
The ski station of Les Arcs is situated in the French Alps at an altitude of approximately 800 to over 3,220 meters above sea level. It is located on the border between the influences of the Mediterranean and the temperate climate. In addition, high altitudes make the climate more harsh here than at the foot of the mountains. The annual rainfall amounts are also relatively high, reaching even 4,000 millimeters. It is associated with a large number of days with rainfall. In a month, it is about 1/3 of its duration. The influence of the Mediterranean climate is particularly evident in winter, when temperatures remain relatively high despite high altitudes. And although they allow the snow cover to persist, the frost does not prevent skiing. Additionally, the snow cover above 2,500 meters is maintained throughout the year.
Les Arcs – average temperature and rainfall for the year
Les Arcs has very good climatic conditions for winter and summer mountain hiking. Long-lasting snow cover, mild frosts in winter and mild and relatively sunny weather in summer make it one of the best places in France for skiing and mountain hiking. The average summer temperatures here are around 20 degrees Celsius, while in winter they range from 1 to 4 degrees. the biggest leap in temperature is between September and October, when temperatures drop by around 10 degrees. On the other hand, rainfall remains relatively even throughout the year and covers about 1/3 of each month. The tables show the distribution of average temperatures and rainfall days throughout the year.
The average temperature in Les Arcs throughout the year – in degrees Celsius
Number of rainfall days in each month in Les Arcs.
Les Arcs – guides and maps
When going to the French Alps, it is good to take a map and a guide with you. In the case of the Les Arcs area, it is good to use the car maps of France and the map published by the Michellin Rhone Alpes Publishing House in the scale 1: 200,000. It allows you to get to know these areas in detail. If, in turn, we plan mountain trips, we should use the detailed French maps of individual massifs and mountain ranges. Information on Les Arcs can be found in the general guides to France. Michellin has also published a Green Guide to the French Alps. however, it is only available in English. The Snowmole Guide to Les Arcs Paradiski has also been published in English.