A bustling town in the Tarentaise Valley, Bourg St Maurice provides a different ski holiday experience from the traditional ski resort. Being the main town for the Tarentaise Valley and surrounded by ski resorts that see more than 10 million skiers visiting each winter between them, Bourg St Maurice has more than its fair share of shopping opportunities as well as a good selection of restaurants, banks, a cinema and museum.
Bourg St Maurice is probably the easiest ski village to reach from the new London St Pancras International rail terminal with a direct Eurostar high speed service likely to be quicker, as well as far more pleasant and convenient, than arriving by air. The old town is directly lift-linked by funicular railway to Les Arcs (in 7 minutes) and is just a few minutes drive from some of the world’s other leading ski areas, including La Plagne, Tignes
, Val d'Isere and La Rosiere
Numerous activities are organised in Bourg Saint Maurice and Les Arcs including paragliding, snow shoeing, horse riding, ski joring (being towed behind a horse on your skis), snowmobiling, ice climbing and, up at Arc 2000, quad biking on snow. At La Plagne there is a bobsleigh run that was built for the Albertville Winter Olympics where you can ride down in a proper bobsleigh behind a professional driver, or a self-steering raft which goes a little slower but still fast enough, which you can ride down with friends.
Families with young children have a choice of nursery options when based in Bourg St Maurice. In the town itself the Pomme D'api nursery is open Mondays to Fridays with children under 18 months accepted for mornings or afternoons only and older children for a maximum of six hours per day.
Alternatively, on the mountain, the Children’s Club, situated in La Cachette hotel at Arc 1600, welcomes children from the age of four months up to 12 years old. The club is open everyday, except Saturdays, from 8.30am to 6pm.
Funicular to Les Arcs 1600
With the mainline train station at Bourg Saintt Maurice, the funicular railway to Arc 1600 is a convenient and easy route into resort. It takes 7 minutes and runs every 20 minutes, starting at 07h30 and running until 20h00 (07h30-21h00 on Fridays and Saturdays). Free with a valid lift pass.
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Why Bourg St Maurice – Les Arcs?
Easy access to Arcs 1600 from Bourg St Maurice
Wide variety of pistes to suit every skier/snowboarder
Easy rail link from the UK
- Opening Dates
- Child Care
- Apres Ski/Eating
- Other Amenities
Funicular from Bourg St Maurice to Les Arc 1600 open from 15/12/12 - 27/04/13
Les Arcs-Bourg St Maurice has acquired the Famille Plus & Top of the French Alps label for its childcare facilities. Please view here to view more information on the Famille Plus & Top of the French Alps label.
Child day-care Arc 1600 (La Cachette)
The Children’s club, situated in La Cachette hotel, welcomes children from the age of 4 months up to 12 years old. The club is open everyday, except Saturdays, from 8.30am to 6pm.
Baby Club: for little ones from 4 months to 2 years old, indoor activities and outings.
Mini-Club: for children from 4 to 6 years old. Outings and ski discovery are organised with French Ski School instructors. The ski equipment is provided by the hotel.
Kid’s club: for the older ones from 7 to 12 years old. You will be amazed at how much progress they can make with full day ski lessons!
Please note: places are limited, and children of guests at the Cachette hotel have priority.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 70 50
La Halte-Garderie Pomme D'api in Bourg St Maurice
Open Monday-Friday, usual times:
Mon – 0830-1200 + 1315-1730
Tues - 0830-1730
Wed – 0830-1200
Thurs – 0830-1730
Fri - 0830-1730
Children under 18months – either Morning: 8H30/13H30 or Afternoon: 11H15/16H15
Children over 18 months can stay a minimum 6 hours, maximum 8 hours. Times must be specified.
Contact: 04 79 07 59 31 , 79 St Michel 73700 BOURG SAINT MAURICE
+33 (0)4 79 04 18 90
+33 (04 79 07 60 00 / +33 (0)4 79 07 60 02
Snowshoe, Paragliding, Snowmobile|
Arcs en Ciel
+33 (0)4 79 07 61 91
+33 (0)6 22 56 61 78
Contact ESF Arc 2000
+33 (0)6 12 10 32 42
+33 (0)4 79 07 43 09 / +33 (0)6 82 88 79 81
Ranch El Colorado
+33 (0)4 79 07 24 97 / +33 (0)4 79 07 06 05
Horse Riding, Ski-Joering|
The Mineral Museum, at Bourg Saint Maurice, presents from across this unique region, the ancestral activities of the crystal makers, kilns and the crystals...
Avenue Maréchal leclerc
Tel. 04 79 07 09 15
Heated indoor swimming pool
The pool of Bourg Saint Maurice welcomes you throughout the year.
A covered pool 25m, with sunroof and large bay window overlooking the greenery soothing
1 sauna (on reservation maximum 2 persons)
Remember to bring your speeds (shorts not allowed).
Nautical center, 3 avenue du Stade
Activities in Les Arcs
If you want to spend time in any of the Les Arcs village in the evening then the last shuttle buses leave Les Arcs 1800, 1950 or 2000 to go to Les Arcs 1600 (ready for the funicular journey back to Bourg St Maurice) at around 8.30pm. This gets you to the last funicular for 9pm. During the week, it maybe that funicular shuts around 8pm…in which case the last bus would be around 7.30pm.
There are many more activities, pubs and restaurants to explore in Les Arcs village so you don’t need to stay in Bourg St Maurice in the evenings if you want to try something new. Stay in your ski boots after skiing or come back on the funicular earlier on in the day, get changed and take the funicular back up and then a bus to any of Les Arcs villages.
Les Arcs Toboggan
- Ski area for children
Discover toboggans and ski areas in Les Arcs ski resort, safe areas that are specially adapted for little ones.
Rodéo Park, new high-altitude toboggan run at the top of the Col de la Chal (arrival point of the Transarc gondola lift or Arcabulle chair lift): 3,000 metres of pure fun and exhilaration. It’s more than a toboggan run … it’s mind blowing! Open Sunday to Thursday from 1pm to 4.30pm.
: between the sky and the snow
With a mini paragliding sail, skis and a feeling of total freedom, after just a few sessions you’ll experience a shot of pure adrenalin! Les Arcs is a dream place to learn speed riding. There’s a special area set aside for it and perfect runs for learners and experts alike. If you’re learning, the biggest speed riding training school in France is based in Arc 2000, offering courses ranging from taster sessions to going totally solo. You don’t need to know how to steer a sail to learn speed riding – you just need to be confident on skis!
The school provides the latest high-quality equipment. Prices: from €85 per induction session to €475€/week for an improvers course.
– a 100% natural snowsport
In Les Arcs, a big fan of horse riding and skiing devised specific equipment so that all skiers could have a go. Jacques Fillietroz, a ski patroller in Les Arcs, has “re-invented” Ski Joering. His invention, a semi-rigid harness, means you can be pulled along on your skis by a horse across all types of terrain and at all speeds in total safety. The resort of Les Arcs has turned a series of forest trails into over 20km of Ski Joering routes in a natural environment of rare beauty. From now on, Jacques Fillietroz will be spending all his time on this activity, which attracts more and more aficionados every year. In 2008, his riding centre was designated as a national training site by the French Horse riding Federation. Price: €50 for a 2-hour session.
Natural and artificial ice rinks at Arc 1800 and Arc 2000, all season skating in Les Arcs ski resort.
All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website
Bourg-Saint-Maurice Tourist Office
Bourg St Maurice tourist information
73700 BOURG SAINT MAURICETél: 0033 479 071257, email@example.com
Les Arcs Tourist Office
Tél. +33 (0)4 79 07 12 57
Monday to Friday and Sunday: 9am to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18h
Saturday: 8:30 am to 19h00
Bourg St Maurice is a town so there will be plenty of restaurants & bars to choose from.
Les Arcs /Bourg-Saint-Maurice have plenty of nightclubs across the area to keep you happy if you want go clubbing and stay out late!
+33 (0)4 79 07 77 35
L'Art des Mets
+33 (0)4 79 07 23 78
L'Auberge de la Nova
+33 (0)4 79 89 07 15
La Petite Auberge
+33 (0)4 79 07 37 firstname.lastname@example.org
+33 (0)4 79 55 31 09
Le Jardin d'Octavie
+33 (0)4 79 23 41 95
+33 (0)4 79 07 11 52
Le Refuge Alt. 810
+33 (0)4 79 07 52 54
+33 (0)4 79 07 04 03
Black and White
04 79 09 22 25
04 79 07 64 email@example.com
Café Fiore (PMU)
+33 (0)4 79 07 64 37
06 62 85 70 71
04 79 08 96 42
Chalet de Luigi
+33 (0)4 79 00 15 firstname.lastname@example.org
+33 (0)4 79 07 43 email@example.com
Distance from Calais to Bourg St Maurice: 670 miles (10-12hrs)
Take the motorway to Albertville, and then follow the dual carriageway as far as Moûtiers, a pretty little town at the foot of the mountains. Carry on along the RN 90 to Bourg-St-Maurice.
There are direct TGV trains from Paris and Lille and direct sleeper trains from most of the main cities in France. If you are coming from London, the Eurostar will take you directly to Bourg Saint Maurice, as will the Thalys train from Amsterdam and Brussels. All of the European cities lead to Bourg Saint Maurice!
is 112km from Bourg (1 ¼ hours)
Grenoble Airport is 181km from Bourg (2 hours)
Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport
is 188km from Bourg (2 hours)
Tel. +33 (0)826 800 826 Satobus Alpes www.satobus-alps.com
is 191km from Bourg (2 hours)www.gva.ch www.altibus.com
Bus transfers from Geneva Airport
Eight buses run from 01/12/12-14/04/13 (1 of these runs 24/11-20/04, another 25/11-21/04 and 2 other 08/12-23/03). Book 2 days in advance with local tourist office for return. Tickets must be reserved with www.alpski-bus.com (not pre-bookable with Peak Retreats). Transfer time 2 1/2 - 3hrs. Cost when pre-booking online is roughly €138 per adult return (cheaper prices for groups of 4 adults). Child is half adult rate (4-12yrs).
Timetable and prices 12/13
Banks, supermarket, butchers, bakers, hospital, doctors, dentist, pharmacy, hairdresser, tabac.
Directly linked to one of the world's largest ski area, Paradiski, by the 'Arc en Ciel' funicular railway, the simplest way to go skiing is to hop on the train to Arc 1600 above and begin to enjoy the 425km of terrain for absolutely all ability levels that stretch out in front of you and continue for miles right across the double-decker Vanoise Express cable car over to La Plagne.
BOURG ST MAURICE/LES ARCS SKI AREA
There is no skiing in Bourg St Maurice itself so you need to take the funicular railway from BSM to Arc 1600 which runs every 20 minutes from 7.30am daily so you can get on the slopes as early as you like. Although there’s no ski run back down to Bourg St Maurice, the funicular runs until 8pm Monday – Thursday and 9pm Friday – Sunday, so there’s no rush to get back for the last train.
(You can also get a shuttle to nearby La Rosiere
as well, see details below).
Arcs 1600 is set in the trees and with a small scale atmosphere and views across to Mont Blanc. The lift served area extends from 1660 metres to the 3226 metres Aiguille Rouge. Including la Plagne there is a total of 425 km of lift served runs spread over 10,000 hectares.
Les Arcs ski area is one of the world's largest with one of the biggest verticals and has an excellent variety of terrain. Although the vertical between the top of the Aiguille Rouge and the bottom of Les Arcs own skiing is broken by the need for a lift ascent half way down, it is possible to make a spectacular descent of over 2000m from the same point to the neighbouring village of Villaroger, the lowest point on the circuit at 1200m. The ski area takes in glacier skiing, wooded slopes and above tree-line bowls - in short, pretty well all imaginable conditions.
The terrain will suit all levels of skier with Arc 1600 based in thickly wooded terrain, surrounded by largely gentle trails through the trees, with both 1800 and 2000 located at the treeline with wide open sunny slopes above.
The Vanoise Express cable car, which departs from Peisey Vallandry
, takes 200 people at a time (120 on the lower deck, 80 on the upper one) over to La Plagne and the joint Paradiski area in just four minutes. The increasingly frequented off-piste route back from La Plagne to Les Arcs is a great excursion returning via the Nancroix forest, everyone else can take the lift back!
BOURG ST MAURICE/LES ARCS BEGINNERS
There are 'Ski tranquille' nursery-slope zones anoe each of the 3 main Les Arcs and at mid mountain above Peisey Vallandry. These quiet ski zones are specially designed and cordoned off so that you can ski in complete safety. Three of their serving lifts (one in each village) are FREE at weekends, great for your arrival wam up! And two other lifts at 1800 and Les Granges are totally free. Try the blue run (Foret) down to Vallandry; its basically a green.
Beginners Area - discover a free moving walkway for hassle-free skiing in an area specially reserved for beginner skiers (adults and children), right next to the apartment residences and the snow front in Arc 2000 – on the raised area where the Olympic Flame is located.
BOURG ST MAURICE/LES ARCS INTERMEDIATES
Intermediates, as with all 'super ski areas' can perhaps get the maximum enjoyment of all, being able to tackle most of the slopes. Most will even cope with the red down from the imposing Aiguille Rouge, the highest point of the ski area where the cable car broadcasts a recorded announcement (once you're ascending) advising that the terrain is not safe for inexperienced skiers. Paradiski has extensive intermediate slopes with big lift networks. Much of the terrain is long fast motorway cruising, although there is more variety than at many comparable resorts.
BOURG ST MAURICE/LES ARCS EXPERTS
Experts have plenty to keep them happy including extensive off-piste terrain. There are many other challenges including mogul runs like the Dou d'Homme. You can also pay a small fee to make some test runs on the famous flying kilometer course speed skiing.
BOURG ST MAURICE/LES ARCS SNOWBOARDING
Snowboarders have five snowparks, three boardercross courses and a half-pipe to enjoy.
For 2011/2012 a six-pack is to replace the slow Mont Blanc chair from Arc 1600 and a drag above, up to Les Deux Tetes.
Bourg St Maurice – Other ski resorts
From Bourg Saint Maurice, free regular shuttle service, from Bourg St Maurice to the foot of Les Ecudets chairlift (ski access for La Rosière
), passing through Séez.
Other Accommodation In: Bourg St Maurice
- Ski Hire
- Ski Passes
- Ski School
EASTER OFFER: 2 ADULTS LIFT PASSES BOUGHT = 1 CHILD PASS FREE (similar passes)
Lift Passes 12/13
Peisey/Les Arcs1 22/12-27/4
1 Peisey/Les Arcs: 200km of pistes 2 Paradiski: 425km (Peisey/Les Arcs/La Plagne/Champagny/Les Coches) 3 Paradiski Decouverte: Peisey/Les Arcs + 1 day access to Paradiski
Child (6-13yrs) & Senior (65-71yrs)*
Family pass**: 2 adults + 2 children (6-17 yrs)*
**Family pass: offer applies to people with same name, living at the same address
Family pass** Extra child (6-17 yrs)*
* Proof of age is compulsory; please bring ID when collecting lift passes
200km of pistes
: 425km of piste (Peisey/Les Arcs/La Plagne/Les Coches)
: Peisey/Les Arcs + 1 day access to Paradiski
Children under 6 and seniors over 72 receive a FREE
Note: Proof of age will be required for reduced price passes.
No photo necessary EXCEPT for FREE passes.
* Family pass: offer applies to people with same name living at same address.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
Paradiski ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 12/13
½ day - €31 children, €41 adults
Day - €38.50 children, €51 adults
Les Arcs/Peisey ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 12/13
½ day - €30 children, €39.50 adults
Day - €34.50 children, €46 adults
Please note that a booking fee of £9 per party will be charged
Ski School ESF 12/13 – lessons only
(lift pass not included, badge included for children)
SKI or SNOWBOARD
Adults + Children (5*-12)
*Snowboard from 8yrs
6 half-days Mornings
23/12-5/1: SKI 9.15-12.15 - SNOWBOARD 13.45-16.45
06/1-16/2: SKI 9.30-12.30 - SNOWBOARD 13.30-16.30
17/2-15/3: SKI Sun-Fri 9.00-12.00 OR 14.15-17.15 SNOWBOARD 14.15-17.15
17/3-13/4: SKI Sunday-Friday 9.30-12.30 SNOWBOARD 14.00-17.00
15/4-26/4: SKI Sun-Fri 9.30-12.30 - SNOWBOARD 14.00-17.00
Lessons are in Les Arcs 1600.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (18/12-2/1, 13/2-13/3 & 9/4-24/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
Bourg St Maurice individual Tuitions
(12/13 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
1-2 persons - €40
3-4 persons - €60
5+ - €75
1 hr 30:
1-2 persons - €60
3-4 persons - €90
5+ - €112.50
1-2 persons - €80
3-4 persons - €120
5+ persons - €150
Ski school Bourg St Maurice contact numbers:
Ecole du Ski Français des Arcs - 73700 Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel. 04 79 07 43 09 Fax. 04 79 07 72 58
Cross-country in Paradiski
There are also plenty of cross-country skiing routes available in Les Arcs and Peisey. The closest route departs from the funicular train departure point in Arc 1600. In Arc 1800 a loop starts from the top of the Jardin Alpin chairlift and in Arc 2000 leaves from the main area on the lower slopes.
Free of charge and open to all for all the loops 30 kilometres of maintained pistes , marked out all season long by the teams of the Société des Montagnes de l’Arc.
Water Slide in Les Arcs
A good laugh for spectators and a wealth of unforgettable memories for anyone brave enough to throw themselves down the run and across the 15 metre-long pool (50cm deep) without taking a tumble!
Boarder Cross Plan Vert in Les Arcs
A series of “oops” and banked turns on a totally dedicated route; 2 courses at different levels of difficulty for you to experience at your own pace! Piste du Plan Vert – Vallée d’Arc 2000.
Boarder Gliss and Rey Park in Les Arcs
At the top of the Peisey chair lift, you’ll find 2 courses for you to have fun on. Accessible to all levels.
Nature Runs in Les Arcs
Natural runs made safe and signposted by ski patrollers, but without any grooming to spoil the authentic atmosphere of the area. Designed for very good skiers: Varet, Crêtes, Dou de l’Homme, Lanches, Robert Blanc, Génépi, Bois de l’Ours, les Bosses, les 2 Têtes and Malgovert. Skiing in its natural state!
Piste Milka in Les Arcs
Located in Arc 1800, this little route tells you all about the mountain flora and fauna. A fun way to arrive in Arc 1800, with information panels and animal silhouettes.
Speed test - in Arc 2000
A special area for you to test your speed, located near the start of the Plagnettes chair lift, where you can test how fast you ski: timing bays with speed displayed at the finishing line (this speed test is one of the initiatives for making people aware of what constitutes dangerous behaviour on the slopes.)
An area totally dedicated to raising awareness of avalanche research and the dangers of off-piste skiing. Located at the Col de la Chal on a major busy crossing point in the ski area, the park is easy to access and there is no charge.
Snowpark in Les Arcs
Whether you're a total beginner, an experienced skier or boarder, a pro-rider or simply a spectator, head to the Apocalypse Parc in the middle of the ski area between Arc 1600 and Arc 1800.
Le Coeur d'Or
4* MGM Apartments. Sleeps 2-6
Le Coeur d’Or prestige residence is conveniently located 10 minute walk from the centre of Bourg St Maurice.