Beginners In Les Arcs
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Mar-2012
Carters999
Hi all = we are a group of 7 completely mixed abilities with two complete beginners thinking about Les Arcs for New Years 2012. Reading all the info, I like the look of Vallandry but can anyone tell me what facilities there are for complete beginners. Also, we have one not too confident intermediate - how difficult is it to get back to Vallendry from up the mountain - it looks like there are lots of blues, but can anyone tell me how difficult they are. Any info would be great. Many than ks.
Mar-2012
Bedrock barney
The blues coming down to Vallandry are generally through trees. The runs are narrow in places but also quite gentle.

There are some really wide blue pistes above Arc 1800. Plenty of space to work on the technique.

Aiguille Rouge is fun from 3,226m if you fancy a black run!

Mar-2012
Stewart Dowling
Carters999 wrote:Hi all = we are a group of 7 completely mixed abilities with two complete beginners thinking about Les Arcs for New Years 2012. Reading all the info, I like the look of Vallandry but can anyone tell me what facilities there are for complete beginners. Also, we have one not too confident intermediate - how difficult is it to get back to Vallendry from up the mountain - it looks like there are lots of blues, but can anyone tell me how difficult they are. Any info would be great. Many than ks.


You will have no problem what so ever.
Fantastic place to learn.
Stay in Arc 1950 or 2000 if you can and the beginners will get the bug.
Mar-2012
Bedrock barney
The short sections of piste back down into Arc 1950 are a bit tricky. Lots of traffic and slippery bumpy slopes. Arc 2000 is easier for beginners and then you can hop then onto the short cabin down to 1950.
Mar-2012
OldAndy
Isn't the area above 1800 a better bet for the novice/beginner?
Mar-2012
Bedrock barney
OldAndy wrote:Isn't the area above 1800 a better bet for the novice/beginner?


Agreed. That's where I would head to if I was a beginner. Vallandry also ok but obviously further down the mountain for early season.
Mar-2012
OldAndy
OK - so the Carters .....

Valandry is not a bad choice but somewhere central in 1800 may be a better bet for the beginners and novice skiers especially as you are planning a trip pretty early in the season.

Mar-2012
Carters999
Well guys - thank you so much! Most of what you say confirms my now very lengthy research!! 1800 does look better for beginners but nice accommodation seems a bit sparse (or maybe I just havent found it yet, will keep digging). Agree the height of Villandry may be an issue early on - so maybe its 1950 or 1800 - thanks so much for your help. Nothing like a bit of first hand knowledge in helping to make the decision. Happy skiing!

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