LOCATION: The apartment is in Aiguille Grive 3 (the most spacious of the Aiguille Grive complex) and is set on a quiet woodland mountainside in Arc 1800, the liveliest, of the Les Arcs resorts. Les Arcs overlooks the railway town of Bourg-St-Maurice and is accessible via airports Chambéry, Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva.
SKI IN SKI OUT: The apartment is 4 doors in from the ski entrance opposite the normally queue-free Charmettoger chairlift.
You can literally take a few steps out to your first lift in the morning and ski home to the door later for lunch or that well earned rest.
SKI APARTMENT PHOTOS: several internal and external photos are included within this advert. 2 photos were taken from beneath the Charmettoger lift, with 1 showing 3 figures approaching the mountainside ski entrance to the building.
SKIING: the apartment offers immediate access to the main slopes of Les Arcs, with the Charmettoger lift itself serving some of the best tree skiing nearby for when it is snowing heavily, or a single ski to the Vanoise Express lift linking you to La Plagne, which together with Les Arcs make up the glorious Paradiski domain boasting 425km of pistes.
On a clear day take the nearby Transarc gondola up to the open sunny slopes of Arc 2000 and on those ‘white-out’ days ski the Vallandry tree lined slopes.
Discover glaciers, hidden 'off-piste', boarder cross for the daring or water-slide for the brave, with always an ‘energy stop’, alpine restaurant, or 'picnic rock' nearby.
For extra variety there are cross-country trails (15km), snow shoeing, sledging (with/without huskies), ski-joëring (horse-drawn) or the Ice Grotto.
SKI HIRE: Ski hire discount is available to guests of this apartment.
SKI PASS: Ski pass discount has been available to guests of this apartment in recent years.
SKI SCHOOLS/GUIDES: Booking offices face the slopes and meeting places are usually next to the lifts Transarc or Vagère, which are within 10mins ski/walking distance from the apartment. Most of the instructors speak English in addition to French, certainly you can request when you book.
NEARBY SKI RESORTS: St Foy, La Rosière, Les Trois Vallées, Val d'Isère and Tignes.
However, Paradiski is big enough to keep most skiers occupied!
FACILITIES: Ski hire shops, launderette and café/pizzaria/supermarket sit below the apartment. It is just a short walk to the Villards commercial village of restaurants, bars, music, delicatessens, supermarkets, banks, bowling alley, ski pass office and ski schools.
ACCOMMODATION: 2 floors with south-west facing balcony, well heated with plenty of continuous hot water. Extensive storage/wardrobes throughout.
Upstairs layout includes beds for 6 adults: a double bedroom; next to separate bunk bedroom; then bathroom with large bath plus shower attachment, toilet, basin and towel radiator; then separate corner sleeping area with second set of bunk beds.
Downstairs includes a comfortable convertible double sofa-bed for 2 adults, flatscreen TV, DVD player, fully equipped 'American style' kitchen overlooking the lounge and separate second WC toilet with basin. The lounge opens out onto the balcony with it's own sun bench seats and table.
French and English novels are provided, time permitting!
LAYOUT: A floor plan is included within the Photos of this advert:
1st Floor: 1st Bedroom: 1 double bed
2nd Bedroom: 2 single bunk beds
3rd Bed Area: 2 single bunk beds
Bathroom: bath, basin, shower
attachment & toilet
Ground Floor: Lounge: 1 double sofa bed
Separate WC: basin & toilet
South-west facing balcony
Skiers: ski slopes and chairlift - same floor mountainside entry/exit.
Pedestrians on arrival: main building entrance - ground floor lift to 4th floor.
Access to the building and lifts is by security computerised key fob.
Mille8 LEISURE: For nearby alternative relaxation or exercise, the new Arc 1800 Aquatic and Fitness Centre next to the Vagère chairlift offers hammams, saunas, a large indoor pool with massage jets, jacuzzis and children's play area with slides, a large summer outdoor pool, plus a gym with extensive cardio training machines.
GOLF: enthusiasts will discover the 9 and18 hole golf courses on the slope immediately above the apartment building, with the driving range nearby.
OTHER SUMMER ACTIVITIES: paragliding, tennis, horse-riding, mountain biking, scenic walking with canoeing and water rafting in the valley.
WHAT'S ON: Les Arcs own TV and radio station keeps you up to date with piste openings, weather, news and events. The friendly tourist office based in Le Charvet 1800 provides up to date information on travel and resort happenings. The weekly free entertainment guide is available throughout the resort in shops and venues.
YUGE: Paradiski's very own ski app. with suggested itineraries, tracking of you and your group, real time lift queue monitors, weather and webcams. Also usable for summer activities. Extra wifi points have been installed across the mountain to enable you to use without using up your own data.
WI-FI: Internet wi-fi is available 'pay-as-you-go' within the apartment and free in local bars.
TRAVEL & PARKING INFORMATION:
Quick Resort Location Summary: Les Arcs is in the French Alps overlooking the railway town of Bourg St Maurice.
Airports: Chambéry about 1 hour, Grenoble about 2 hours, with Lyon and Geneva around 2 1/4 hours by road to Bourg St Maurice, where you can get the funicular train up the mountain (7mins) and onward free shuttle bus to the apartment.
Car Hire: Available at all airports, bookable in advance. Eurocar operates an office in Bourg St Maurice for those wishing to hire from the airport and drop off, and/or pick-up on return. It is a short walk to the funicular train to travel up the mountain, with onward free shuttle bus to the apartment. Or, drive your hire car up the mountain to Les Arcs.
Bus transfers: Altibus, Alpski-bus, Ben's Bus, Coolbus, Satobus Alpes or Green Ride to Bourg St Maurice or Les Arcs (specify Charmettoger drop off, past Les Villards end of resort).
Train: Eurostar and the main French railways (including TGV overnight sleeper from Paris) run direct to Bourg St Maurice, which links by the funicular train to Les Arcs 1600, and onward free shuttle bus connection to Arc 1800.
Driving: For those driving without 'snow tyres', snow chains are recommended (indeed mandatory) in snowy/icy conditions on the mountain road between Bourg St Maurice and Les Arcs.
Parking: You can get away without a car in Arc 1800. Much of the resort is pedestrianised and traffic free, with cars really only used on arrival or departure, or for deliveries. But for those of you with a car there is the Charmettoger Undercover Car Park opposite the apartment, with Outside Parking within walking distance.
In winter a system of paid parking operates for the whole of Arc 1800. You collect a parking ticket as you pass through the Arc 1800 entry archway barrier, to be used throughout your stay, and on exit from the resort.
In summer, parking is free!