Les Arcs is not one, but five separate villages four of which have been created
specifically for winter sports tourism, the first of which, Arc 1600, was built in 1968.
The artificial villages of Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000, are on the
mountainside above the traditional town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The five villages boast
425 km of ski slopes between them, spread over the two glaciers upon which the villages
are situated, and 144 ski lifts to ensure an enjoyable skiing holiday. The
Les Arcs villages each have their own unique character, Arc 1600 is noted for its
simplicity; Arc 1800 for the tranquillity afforded in a car-free village; Arc 1950
supplies up-market elegance for the urbane skier; whilst Arc 2000 offers the extreme
skiing experience one would expect from the resort's highest village.
Chamonix is the oldest Alpine resort, a town nestled in the shadow of Europe's highest
mountain, Mont. Blonc. The town is noted for a wonderful concoction of styles from baroque
churches to art deco buildings, a mixture reflected in the town's cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Chamonix's centre is now pedestrianised and after a day on the slopes there are a range of
boutiques offering all the retail therapy one could desire. In terms of skiing Chamonix
has a great deal to offer, the Brévent/Flégère region, offering south-facing
slopes and exceptional views of the Mont-Blanc chain, the Grands Montets, high altitude
north-facing slopes which dominate the village of Argentière and the Balme area, wide
open slopes at the top of the Chamonix valley, bordering on Switzerland. As with the above
resorts and in general when skiing a ski chalet France style is an ideal way to create
your own ideal holiday and many companies allow you to do exactly that by specifying
exactly what you want from your holiday.