1. Les Arcs
Average March/April snow depth: 177cm
Resort height: 1950-2000m
Top lift height: 3226m
Total snowfall in 2016/17: 389cm
At the heart of the French Alps sitting high up in the Tarentaise valley with La Plagne, Tignes and Val d’Isére as its neighbours is Les Arcs – a resort made up of four villages rising from 1600m right up to 2000m. It makes up one half of the Paradiski ski area which is the fourth largest in Europe with 425km of runs. In short, you’ll have plenty of pistes to play around on.
With two glaciers in the area, Les Arcs’ Aiguille Rouge is very slightly shorter than neighbouring La Plagne’s (by 24m, but who’s counting), but still plenty high enough to guarantee excellent snow conditions at the end of the season. In fact, over 70% of the slopes in the whole ski area are over 2000m so your chances of good snow improve even more.
We feature the two highest resorts in our programme; Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 which are at (wait for it) 1950m and 2000m respectively. Their altitude makes for some pretty wonderful views and you can see Mont Blanc on most days of the season. Staying up so high also means you don’t have a long trek from resort up to the decent snow, so you actually end up having more time on the slopes.