January in Les Arcs: What to do & Weather

Russian Christmas week
After the New Year celebrations, Russian Christmas week in Arc 1950. The main event is the fashion show, which features an outdoor parade with models wearing the latest winter styles, a live DJ, oysters, champagne, a laser show and fireworks. From around 6:00 p.m., it’s a pretty eclectic mix but definitely worth the detour.

Australia Day
On January 26, our friends from the Antipodes celebrate their national holiday. Australia Day has become a day to celebrate for all nationalities and it is now an institution across the Alps. You will likely see large groups of seasonal people barbecuing on the slopes and then heading to the bars afterwards.

Pierre Blanche ski mountaineering race
An event that takes advantage of both the long nights of January and the physical form of its participants: the Pierre Blanche. A convivial exploit open to all, this is an evening of ski touring of 4.6 km in total, including 2.3 km of mountain climbing (430 m of vertical drop) before skiing down again. The entrance fee includes a post-ski buffet and registration starts from 5.30 p.m. at La Coupole in Arc 1600.

Launch Pad Freestyle Competition
Launch Pad is a freestyle big air competition in the snowpark above Arc 1600 / Arc 1800. Featuring some of the best French skiers and snowboarders, including at least one big air world champion, the first day is a full-day training session, while the second includes a morning of qualifying laps, before the finals in the afternoon. With competitors flying through the air, doing gravity-defying tricks, grabs and spins, this is a must-attend event to kick off the New Year.

Electric bike challenge
If you are looking for something a little different but still downhill in snow, why not register for the E-Fatbike challenge in Arc 1950? Fatbiking is basically downhill mountain biking on bikes with massively oversized wheels. Usually takes place in the middle of the month.

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