A guide to winter family fun in Les Arcs

Adults and children in the snow

Heading to Les Arcs with the family but unsure of what to do? Have no fear, we have gathered 7 of the best activities in the French Alps so that you can get out in nature and enjoy life.

What better place to spend quality time with your family than the majestic French Alps? It has much more to offer than just stunning vistas and crispy-fresh mountain air. If you’re traveling with kids, then the mountain village of Arc 1950 is the best spot to enjoy life. Read on to learn what fun-filled family activities you can’t miss out on when in Les Arcs.

1. Practice your skiing skills

Man skiing at AIM Ski School in Les Arcs, France

The French Alps, and Les Arcs in particular, is known as a skier’s paradise. Right outside our Radisson Blu Resort, Arc 1950 there is a seemingly never-ending world of slopes waiting for your visit and it is the perfect place for beginners and experienced skiers, both young and old. Arcs-In-Motion Snowsports School have got you covered, no matter your skill level. They have their very own children’s lessons, where the young ones can slide on down the nursery slopes or explore the forest with tree runs. AIM Ski School ensures that the kids will learn something new while having heaps of fun in the snow. Could it get any better?


Just returned from an amazing week in Les Arcs with 3 happy children - each one a different ability but each one having improved dramatically. As the kids explained - it was great fun but we also learnt masses - what more do you want? Highly recommend. -beccaworsley, TripAdvisor



2. Go dashing through the snow

Famous Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen once said “Give me some snow and some dogs, you can keep the rest” and after a ride with the magnificent Alaskan Huskys at Paradisled you’re sure to understand why. Here, you can join in on different rides while you relax in the sled and watch the dogs pull the sledge. They also have a sled ride for children under 5 years, where only one dog pulls the sledge while kept in a leash. Or how about a night ride, with twinkling stars above as you and your family enjoy each other’s company?

3. Enjoy the village

Arc 1950 looks like it was designed by Disney themselves but that isn’t the only thing that makes it a perfect destination for families travelling with children. The entire village is pedestrianized, so there are no cars in the streets. So hop on your skis or toboggan and make your way around. The village is complete with a variety of small shops, such as Cascade Sucrée which is guaranteed to bring out the child in anyone. Sweets, treats and ice cream are just some of the many delights found inside. Buy some sweets and enjoy them the following day in the slopes, or later in the evening in front of the fireplace. Now that’s an activity the entire family can get behind.
PS: they even have a window out into the street so you don’t have to take your skis off!

4. Let the kids love life at their very own club

Who knows, the kids might need a break from their pesky parents to go out and enjoy life on their own. Fortunately they can do just that at Cariboo’s Club! Here, kids from 3 to 13 can combine sports and activities with fun and play. Join in on igloo building, snowshoeing around town, snowball battles, snow golf and many, many more activities that all ensure heaps of fun throughout the day. There are both half-day and full-week programs available.

5. Get your fill of thrill with a toboggan run

Fortunately, skiing is not the only fun activity to be had in the snow. Rodeo Park at Arc 2000, only a short cable-car ride away, has 3 km’s of tracks that await your speedy arrival. Swoosh down the slope of banked turns, complete with both fast and sliding sections, and you are guaranteed a fill of thrill. How about a nighttime toboggan run down the hill? Sign us up!

6. Enjoy a splash of water

Whenever you need some time off from the slopes, going for a swim at La Piscine is a day well spent. At this 3800 m2 aquatic center, both young and old can expect to have nothing short of heaps of fun. Located in Arc 1800 it is only a short ride away with the vernacular. This watery paradise features a separate play area for small kids, complete with water games, mini stream and more. If you’re feeling tired from skiing then the saunas, hammans and relaxation room is the perfect fit. Are you ready to jump in yet?

7. Rounds of fun at the skating rink

Apart from heaps of snow, what can you expect to find in the high mountains when it gets really cold? Ice of course! And the best way to enjoy it is by stepping into the ice rink in Arc 2000. Get your skates on and venture into the natural open-air skating rink with your family, and rest assured that you will have a good time. If you left your skates at home then have no fear, they can be hired on the spot.


In summary, Les Arcs and the French Alps have heaps of activities for the entire family during winter. So pack your bags and make your way over, all the picturesque village is missing is you. See you there!

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