Les Arcs Panoramic by féileacán
Panorama of about 5 images stuck together with Calico software. Taken from the 'mid-station' at the top of the Varet telecabine and the start of the Aguille Rouge cable car.
Needs to be seen 'a la original' size
Since the opening of the new Vanoise Express cable car in December 2003, it has become part of the Paradiski group of ski-lift connected resorts, which also includes La Plagne. The five areas - Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 - are situated over an altitude of 810 to 3225 metres, although skiing is only really possible above 1200 metres. The ski area consists of 106 runs, 54 lifts and 200 kilometres of descent. The highest peak in the resort is the Aiguille Rouge (Red Needle)
It has a reputation among the French "mega-resorts". All of them have a convenient, large and varied network of pistes. Les Arcs have the specificity of a unique "avant-garde" modernist architecture labelled as Patrimony of the 20th Century. Most of its resorts are built following this modernist architecture, with the exception of late Arc 1950 which is built following the traditional architecture in the Alps.
The ski domain provides a mixture of open runs (especially above Arc 2000) and wooded runs (around the outlying villages of Peisey and Villaroger in particular). Its terrain park has a good reputation, with green, red and black jumps and rails. It's also good for snowboarders, with few drag lifts.
The ski area of Arc 2000 and 1950 consists of a broad valley, with these two resorts at the bottom of its broader part. One of the sides of the valley is the ridge with the area's highest point, the Aiguille Rouge. The other side is a ridge to Arc 1600, 1800 and Peisey-Vallandry, which hold a wide range of runs.
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