Bourg St Maurice
A bustling town in the Tarentaise Valley, Bourg St Maurice provides a different ski holiday experience from the traditional 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 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 seven minutes) and is just a few minutes’ drive from some of the world’s other leading ski areas, including La Plagne, Tignes, Val d’Isère and La Rosière.
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’s 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.
Funicular to Les Arcs 1600
With the mainline train station at Bourg Saint Maurice, the funicular railway to Arc 1600 is a convenient and easy route into resort. It takes seven minutes and runs every 20 minutes, starting at 07h30 and running until 20h00 (07h30-21h00 on Fridays and Saturdays). It’s free with a valid lift pass.
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Why Bourg St Maurice – Les Arcs?
- There’s easy access to Arc 1600
- There’s a wide variety of pistes to suit every skier/snowboarder
- It’s an easy rail link from the UK
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Bourg St Maurice ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 236
- Green slopes: 11
- Blue slopes: 123
- Red slopes: 37