On the Mountains
Hiking: Swap your skis for some hiking boots and take to the mountains for a ramble. Choices are plentiful here with several routes and all ranging in difficulty levels. Many enjoy walking through the National Park where all the wonder of the natural world is displayed. The Tourist Office has many maps and guides, marking all of the walking trails available in the area. Be sure to pick up one so you don’t get lost!
Mountain Biking: Les Arcs is one of the best downhill mountain biking sites in Europe. The route is challenging with steep downhill sections so is best suited to those who are intermediate or advanced riders. For those that dare it, you will be rewarded with stunning views and flowing tracks into town. You can access easier routes via the Vallandry chairlift for those wanting to try it out.
Scooters: The hour drive from Les Arcs will be worth it when you can jump aboard an off-round scooter and take it for a spin. You can rent these from Arapaho Scooters, although it should be noted that the minimum age for participation is ten.
Rock Climbing: There are many spots around Vallandry to rock climb, both indoor and out. The sports centre of Plagne Bellecôte offers a large indoor climbing wall. If that’s busy, head to the centre where you will find tilting walls where you can practice. If you’re an avid rock climber, many more options are more stimulating. In Les Arcs itself, the Falaise d’Arc has 11 routes, graded from 4b-6a, and comes in between 2000 to 2050m.
For those that are not practiced or confident rock climbers, you are advised to go with professionally supervised services. For example, Via Ferrata climbing allows you to scale a mountain with the help of steps, bridges and ladders. Add to this the added security of a professional by your side (you can request guides to come with you).