50 years of Les Arcs – with even more on offer for active families

Mountain biking in the mountains in Les Arcs, France
A mountain biker's dream holiday in summer at Les Arcs, French Alps

This summer the French Alpine resort of Les Arcscontinues to celebrate its 50thanniversary with yet more activities and events added for families and children, as well as for outdoor enthusiasts and bikers.


50 years agoLes Arcs was created with the aim of offering holidaymakers just as much excitement in the summer as in the winter. When it was built, the resort’s architecture considered how the winter elements could be used or integrated during the summer season, meaning multi activity holidays were offered from when the resort first opened, an innovative move at the time.


Families and childrenhave always been at the heart of summer activities in Les Arcs, and it is now the multi-activity HERO passthat makes a holiday in Les Arcs easy and varied. The HERO pass was brought in three years ago, resulting in a 51% increase in activity over the past three years. For adults and children alike the pass gives access to a multitude of activities – from trail running to circus skills and from mountain biking to archery and mini golf. The HERO pass costs from 37 euro a week or 4.10 euro for one activity.


For 2019, there are even more highlights for children and familiesincluding a new bike pump track and new mountain karts:


NEW! Pump Track: Bourg Saint Maurice

Bourg Saint Maurice is continuing its commitment to urban sports by adding a new pump track in a 2000m zone, complementing the existing 650m skate park.


NEW! Mountain Karts: Les Arcs 

Les Arcs has two new Mountain Kart courses opening this summer – offering safe thrills for those 8 years and upwards. Not motorised, with hydraulic brakes and low-pressure tyres, they are expected to be a real hit with everyone – even when it rains.


NEW! Trotti-Race: Arc 1950 

Arc 1950 will offer an original new activity this summer – a relay race round a circuit on environmentally-friendly scooters. Great fun for all the family (from 7 years old). Organised every other week.


Hero Game: Les Arcs 

Hero Game is an activity for the whole family. The principle is a parent-child team sets off on a fun obstacle course and help each other get past the different challenges. A great success last summer!


The Family Trail: Arc 1950

Wednesday 28thAugust will see parents and children (minimum 5 years old) race hand in hand round a course that takes them around the village of Arc 1950. Entry is free and everyone gets a medal and refreshments.


Les Arcs has loved cycling for 50 years and continues to offer some of the best mountain biking and outdoor adventures in the Alps. Biking and other sporty highlights include:


Les Arcs Bike Park – a limitless playground 

Les Arcs Bike Park is one of the biggest MTB areas in the Alps, with 12 lifts open for bikers, offering a play area with infinite possibilities.


E-Mountain Biking 

Les Arcs is welcoming e-bikers, with the resort offering trails suitable for e-bikers including one of the world’s longest Enduro trails – Route 66. Which starts in Arc 2000 and ends in Bourg Saint Maurice.


Road Cycling 

A plethora of world class rides start from Bourg Saint Maurice, plus for the more leisurely cyclist there is the ‘Voie Verte’ cycle path connecting Bourg Saint Maurice and Aime. 2019 also sees Bourg Saint Maurice welcome both a stage of the Tour de France and the Etape du Tour, a replication of a Tour de France stage for thousands of amateur riders


Trail Running 

With many trail running options, Les Arcs also hosts several big trail running races, including the Vertical K2 Villaroger-Les Arcs, the only French stage of the European K2 Cup.


White Water 

Hydrospeeding down river rapids in the French Alps

White water rafting, kayaking and hydrospeeed continues to be one of the most popular sports in the Tarentaise with Bourg Saint Maurice basin a world-renowed site for the sport.



Aside from sport and the outdoors, Les Arcs and Bourg Saint Maurice continue to offer cultural, agricultural and well being highlightsfor visitors. This summer there will be even more on offer to celebrate Les Arcs’ 50thanniversary:


An Exceptional Day – 31st July 

To celebrate the 50thanniversary of Les Arcs, there is busy day of concerts and performances.


46thEdition of Les Arcs Music Festival Academy – 17thJuly – 2ndAugust 

‘Hungarian music through the centuries’ is the theme of the 46thedition of the Festival during which more than 40 free concerts will be given by 60 internationally renowned musicians.


Renovation of La Coupole – Les Arcs’ concert hall 

La Coupole was built in Arc 1600 when the resort was born. It is one of the more emblematic buildings in Les Arcs and the interlacing structure inspired the resort’s logo. It is getting a facelift, with the new look being celebrated on 16thJuly.


The Mountain Agriculture Show in Bourg Saint Maurice – 18th& 19thAugust 

Over a hundred exhibitors, fun workshops for the family, games, music and local products make up the huge Mountain Agriculture Show.


Nama Springs exotic bath house

Nama Springs will be open for its first summer – offering a spa inspired by a Japanese Onsen.



More details about all the summer activities and events for 2019 are available on www.lesarcs.com. The lifts will be open from 6thJuly to 31stAugust 2019.

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