02. The Resort

Les Arcs - The Host Villages

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host villages arc 1950 & 2000

For European Gay Ski Week 2019 our host resort is Les Arcs. Les Arcs is made up of five villages, which are spread across the ski area of Paradiski. Out of the five villages, Arc 1950 ‘Le Village’ and Arc 2000 are the only two which are interconnected. These two ‘pedestrian only’ villages can, from the point of view of getting around, be considered one village and they are our home for EGSW 2019.

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Everything, the shops, the restaurants and all our events,  regardless of which village they will be taking place in, are  easily within walking distance of each other and all our accommodation.

Arc 1950 ‘Le Village’ is nestled amongst the trees directly below Arc 2000 and the two villages are connected by a short pedestrian cabriolet, it takes less than two minutes to ride between the top and bottom stations. During our week the Cabriolet hours will be extended and run continuously from 07.00 through to 03.00. For the night birds amongst you, we will have a shuttle bus which runs between the two villages from 03.00 to 05.00.

The walkways of our host villages are lined with bars, cafes and eateries including Italian, Mexican, French, Savoyarde, creperie, and American restaurants. Amongst the shops you'll find everything from luxury shops selling the latest ski wear to rustic little boulangeries selling your warm morning croissants and every Thursday there is a market selling local produce under the clock tower in Arc 1950 'Le Village'.

Other facilities include  a Cinema, an Ice Rink, Ten Pin Bowling, a variety of  Wine Bars, Lounge Bars, Pubs and two Night Clubs.

A FIVE STAR RESORT

Arc 1950 Le Village is the most recent addition to Les Arcs and the newest resort in the Alps. It is a five star alpine village developed by Canadian developer Intrawest who also developed both Whistler and Mont Tremblant in Canada. The architecture of 'Le Village' is striking, it is a tranquil, calm, atmospheric place lavishly fitted out and heavily influenced by the local Alpine history and architecture.

It was completed just 7 years ago in 2012 with the opening of a 1,000 m² Deep Nature Spa. The 5 star village is completely "ski in–ski out" and the apartments have by far the highest standard and comfort level in Les Arcs, even compared to the vast majority of the French ski resorts.

The Accommodation
Arcs 2000 - EGSW Host Village

THE ULTIMATE HIGH MOUNTAIN PLAYGROUND

Arc 2000 is situated in a hollow near the bottom of the 3226m Aiguille Rouge, The number in the village name relates only loosely to its altitude. The name ‘Arc 2000’ was dreamt up in the 60s to evoke the future – the distant millennium; the altitude of the village is actually over 2100m and as such is one of the highest resorts in the Alps.

Life in Arc 2000 revolves around Place Olympic. So named as it was a central location for the 1992 Winter Olympics. The speed skiing run is still there, just above the village and open to the more adventurous amongst you.

Arc 2000 has the specificity of a unique "avant-garde" modernist architecture, futuristic large blocks with swooping roof lines labelled as "heritage of the 20th century”. In recent years there has been considerable redevelopment with many 4 and 5 star chalet style residences. Most recently with the arrival of the fabulous 5 star Taj I Mar Hotel, Arc 2000's reputation has been cemented as a ‘destination’ resort.

The Accommodation

Activities

Whether your an adrenaline junkie or down for something more relaxing, there's something to float all boats and to tickle all fancies. We've compiled a list of alternative activities for you here. If you're interested in doing any, get in touch and we'll provide more info.