Guidebook

Fast and Fresh Freeriding in Les Arcs

A guide for powder hounds looking for thrills.

Description

Les Arcs, situated in the Savoie region of France, is up there as one of the most varied resorts on the planet. What it lacks in quaint mountain village charm, with its 70’s tower blocks dominating the town, it makes up for with its excellent skiing and stunning views of Mont Blanc. Most of the runs are over 2,000m, so the snow reliability is very good, and there’s heaps of seriously steep ungroomed black runs and off-piste to roam.

Les Arcs is connected to neighbouring resort La Plagne to form the gigantic Paradiski area. With a mega 425 kilometres of slopes across 3 resorts and the highest peak towering at 3250 metres, Paradiski can confidently claim itself to be a “playground with no boundaries”, especially for free-riders who have tonnes of lines to try. Here is an extensive list of routes to help you plan your adventure.

Sources
http://paradiski.com/?lang=en
https://en.lesarcs.com/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/resort-guides/france/les-arcs/

Aiguille Rouge - Le Grande Col
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Aiguille Rouge - Le Grande Col

Les Arcs
1,651 m
49 °
E
130 m
6.1 km
An incredible off-piste journey on the wild-side of the Aiguille Rouge
Difficult
Private
Beaupraz
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Beaupraz

Les Arcs
1,013 m
37 °
SW
3 m
3.7 km
Another long interesting itinerary into the deep valley separating Les Arcs from La Plagne
Difficult
Private
La Combe des Lanchettes
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La Combe des Lanchettes

Les Arcs
943 m
44 °
NE
0 m
2.8 km
One of the only authorized routes on the Aiguille Rouge
Difficult
Private
Les Cascades
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Les Cascades

Les Arcs
687 m
52 °
NW
2 m
1.7 km
One of the most exposed faces in Les Arcs
Extreme
Private
Les Couloirs de Comborcière
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Les Couloirs de Comborcière

Les Arcs
213 m
63 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
Steep north facing couloirs
Severe
Private
Aiguille Grive - Col d'Entreporte
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Aiguille Grive - Col d'Entreporte

Les Arcs
898 m
45 °
30 m
3.1 km
A wild, steep line that needs stable snow conditions and finishes outside the lift served area
Severe
Private
Carro Blanc
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Carro Blanc

Les Arcs
1,104 m
27 °
SW
24 m
7.1 km
A long, interesting route away from the ski area
Difficult
Private
Malgovert Forest
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Malgovert Forest

Les Arcs
291 m
36 °
N
0 m
0.9 km
Rolling through the open Malgovert Forest
Moderate
Private
Aiguille Grive North Couloir
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Aiguille Grive North Couloir

Les Arcs
434 m
45 °
N
0 m
0.9 km
A steep rarely skied line from the top of the Aiguille Grive
Severe
Private
Les Paravalanches
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Les Paravalanches

Les Arcs
421 m
34 °
NE
11 m
1.3 km
Easy descent that is just outside the national park
Moderate
Private
Col Du Renard
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Col Du Renard

Les Arcs
145 m
41 °
W
0 m
0.3 km
Short but sweet in bounds face
Moderate
Private
Petit Fond Blanc
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Petit Fond Blanc

Les Arcs
502 m
41 °
N
96 m
1.3 km
A mini-adventure with some steeper skiing at the start
Difficult
Private
Les Couloirs de Comborcière, the Y Couloir
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Les Couloirs de Comborcière, the Y Couloir

Les Arcs
339 m
38 °
N
0 m
0.6 km
Steep couloir with a wide runout
Difficult
Private
Back Side of Fond Blanc Bowl
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Back Side of Fond Blanc Bowl

Les Arcs
242 m
42 °
W
0 m
0.5 km
a fairly exposed and often untracked line
Difficult
Private
Petite Face Nord
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Petite Face Nord

Les Arcs
319 m
45 °
NW
0 m
0.5 km
A steep direct start to the Robert Blanc piste
Severe
Private
La Combe Ouest des Arandelieres
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La Combe Ouest des Arandelieres

Les Arcs
444 m
41 °
NW
0 m
0.8 km
Exposed Bowl on north west face
Severe
Private
Fond Blanc Bowl
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Fond Blanc Bowl

Les Arcs
258 m
38 °
SW
15 m
0.8 km
The bowl that hosted the Red Bull Linecatcher
Moderate
Private
Muguet Bowl
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Muguet Bowl

Les Arcs
529 m
38 °
NE
0 m
1.7 km
A popular wide open bowl often with great snow
Easy
Private
Aiguille Grive North-West Shoulder
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Aiguille Grive North-West Shoulder

Les Arcs
454 m
39 °
W
178 m
1.7 km
The easier way down the Aiguille Grive
Difficult
Private
Pointe du Four Couloir
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Pointe du Four Couloir

Les Arcs
480 m
40 °
NE
0 m
0.7 km
One of the narrowest and steepest in Les Arcs
Severe
Private
Grangettes Bowl
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Grangettes Bowl

Les Arcs
422 m
33 °
W
0 m
1.3 km
A hike to some great views followed by a flowing descent down a west facing bowl
Moderate
Private
Aiguille Rouge - S Couloir
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Aiguille Rouge - S Couloir

Les Arcs
731 m
46 °
E
25 m
1.3 km
A magnificent steep and committing line backside of the Aiguille Rouge
Severe
Private
Roger Blanc Couloir
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Roger Blanc Couloir

Les Arcs
408 m
42 °
N
15 m
1.1 km
A difficult and avalanche prone couloir - check before you go
Severe
Private
Aiguille Rouges - Les Grands Pentes
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Aiguille Rouges - Les Grands Pentes

Les Arcs
735 m
38 °
E
6 m
1.6 km
An amazing journey on to the wild side on the edge of the nature reserve
Difficult
Private
Aiguille Rouge - Cables
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Aiguille Rouge - Cables

Les Arcs
494 m
46 °
0 m
0.7 km
One of the big Paradiski classics remains a serious undertaking
Difficult
Private