Les Arcs in Summer: 5 Great Reasons to Visit


Les Arcs bike park is one of the leading biking areas in the world and it improves each year. It boasts 177km of marked trails from 2600m to 800m which mix enduro, DH, cross-country and freestyle. Open from 4 July to 29 August 2015, it comprises:

–  23 runs including:
>9 DH (2 green runs, 3 blue runs, 2 red runs, 2 black runs),
>5 Enduros (2 green runs, 1 blue run, 1 red run, 1 black run),
>2 Cross Country (red runs),
>7 liaisons
–  7 Practice parks
–  1 Freestyle area in Arc 1600 with 2 Northshore lines (aerial courses in the forest made up of aerial gantries),
–  1 Slopestyle, linked obstacles more or less aerial,
–  4X, natural course made up of jumps and banked corners allowing several riders to go at the same time.
New this summer:

–  1 new blue DH in Arc 1800: The Marsupilami
–  4 lifts open every Saturday from June 20 to August 29, 2015: Funicular + Cachette chairlift in Arc 1600 + Lonzagne to Peisey-Vallandry : €17/day

Don’t miss:

–  Route 66 for more than 33km Enduro from Arc 2000 to Bourg-Saint-Maurice via Villaroger, one of the longest enduro trails in the world!

–  Hit the Woodstock run in Peisey-Vallandry, blue DH with lots of banked corners in the forest, a treat for the lower levels and experienced riders alike. You’ll want to do it over and over again…

–   The “Legend” run, a blue DH opened since summer 2014: from the top of the Cachette chairlift up in Arc 1600 to Arc 1800.

–  All can enter the Les Arcs Enduro 3-day competition (100km; 12000m vertical ascent) which takes place from Saturday 27 June to Monday 29 June 2015.


Pro or novice golfer, the Golf d’Arc 1800 course is designed with something for everyone on greens with a stunning view of Mont Blanc.

The course was recalibrated in July 2011 by the golfers of the Rhône-Alpes League. It stays open all summer until the first snowfall.

Difficulty levels:

Red 124
Blue 126
Yellow 135
White 135.
2 golf courses 18 holes (PAR 70), 9 holes (PAR 27).

Length 5 560m, 18 holes par 70.


What better way to relax than to enjoy a picnic with a view? Les Arcs summer offers more than 500 km of marked hiking routes, so finding a peaceful spot shouldn’t be a problem! There are trails for the whole family, as well as routes for serious walkers. Meet marmots and mountain Ibex, get back to nature with some wildlife spotting, and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery.

Download walking route guides here.


As an internationally-renowned canoeing centre and home of 3 World Championships plus European Slalom Championships, Bourg Saint Maurice is the place for whitewater sports.

– Rafting

– Swimming in whitewater / Hydrospeed

– Canyoning – walking, swimming, abseiling in river beds, gorges and ravines

– Kayak Raft – tandem 2-seater boat

– Canoe Kayak


There’s so much going on in Les Arcs all summer, especially if you want to take part in – or be inspired by – some of the toughest endurance challenges:

2 August – Vertical Kilometre. A race over a vertical kilometre from Villaroger to the summit of the Aiguille Rouge.

26 August – On The Trail Of The Dukes Of Savoie. The 120km trail from Courmayer to Chamonix runs through Les Arcs offering a view of a true sporting challenge.

28 /29 August – Ultra Trail Mont Blanc.The legendary 170km race over 9600m of ascent passes through the resort’s spectacular setting of the Aiguille Glacier (3816m) and the Col de la Seigne (2516m).

Zoe Swiderski

EDGE Magazine (from the team behind last year's Tarentaise Source) is your guide to holidaying, working or living around Tignes, Val d'Isere, Bourg Saint Maurice, Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosiere, Peisey Vallandry & Sainte Foy. Our website www.edgemag.net is packed full of useful live information, regularly updated features and interviews with something for everyone...snow-lovers, starter snowboarders, seasoned skiers, serious apres-skiers, seasonaires and locals. Pick up a copy of our magazine from December in loads of places in each resort including bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and airport transfer vans too. For more information and to request a media pack e-mail info@edgemag.net We'd love to hear from you!

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