All the equipment, no idea
For the novice skier or snowboarder, it can seem expensive to find the right clothes before you arrive, and there aren’t many places that rent clothes in the resort, so borrow what you can, check out the online sales and discounts. At a minimum, make sure that you have a helmet, goggles, gloves and technical ski socks in addition to your pants and jacket. Plus, a lightweight backpack is always handy for carrying water, sunscreen, and an extra layer.
Get on the bus
Plan your route from your accommodation to the beginner slopes and use the resort’s well-serviced public transport system to get around until you’re used to carrying skis and poles like the pros.
Les Arcs has a lot of soft terrain, with each area having a number of easy slopes, with areas designated for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The two villages closest to La Plagne, Peisey and Vallandry, each have an excellent beginner’s area located over 2000m. This makes them popular with learners while being right in the middle of Paradiski.
Located next to the Mille 8 complex in the heart of Arc 1800, it is one of the most fun areas to learn about the profession of snow. The “beginners” slope specially created for the Villards winds through the forest in front of a giant xylophone (play it with your ski poles), an outdoor barbecue, various wooden cabins and even a video wall! At the top, the short Cube track offers an area with a very gentle slope for learning the basics. This compact space is complemented by a “traveler” conveyor belt which, for skiers and snowboarders alike, is the easiest type of lift to use.
The play areas
Firmly favored by snowboarders, Les Arcs has the Apocalypse Snow Park, which might test your beginner skills too far, but still worth a visit to watch the others try their hand. The Mille 8 area (mentioned above) is accessible by the Villards gondola, which you must board while carrying your equipment. With this particular lift, it is also open late and the piste is illuminated by spotlights for evening skiing fun. Overall, this is a great area for people returning to skiing after an absence; they can spend a morning “making their mark” in the mildness of the Cube domain, going on to practice small descents on the Villards slope before finally setting off on the real blue slopes of the Arc 1800 domain. plus, if you get a little cold or tired, the Mille 8 spa is right next door.
It’s easy to stick to proven trails, but since every village on the mountain has easy access to dedicated beginner areas, allowing you to focus on improving your skills (while enjoying the scenery), it would be a shame to stay in the same place all week. With slow lifts and a helpful staff responsive to the needs of the novice skier and snowboarder, you can really get around easily and make the most of your time in the mountains.