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Quicker lifts and longer runs
For the second year in a row, the most significant alterations to the landscape of Les Arcs have happened in the Vallée de l’Arc below Arc 1950. Last year, the Pre St Esprit lift was upgraded, lengthened, luxuriated with heated seats and made more accessible through the widening of the eponymous Vallée de l’Arc blue run. This year the changes are even bigger and better.
The tiny, old-school Comborciere lift has been replaced with a modern four-seat chairlift which promises to cut the time it previously took to ascend the mountain in half. Not only will this give quicker access to the original Belvédère, Malgovert and Comborciere runs but also (and this is the REAL big news) the spanking brand-new red run. That’s right, despite Paradiski already being the second largest linked ski area in the World, this season Les Arcs will have a previously un-pisted, long and uninterrupted red run to enjoy! The new slope has been named ‘Le Secret Run’ – this is probably because the new piste sweeps through a wide “hidden” valley which has hitherto been a favourite local off-pisting area.
At the top of the revamped Comborciere lift, there will be a new “connected” picnic area. Not only will it give you somewhere to pause and enjoy your packed lunch but there will be free WiFi, mobile phone charging terminals and binocular stations to take in the spectacular views.