Les Granges : Les Arcs 1600

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Situated just below Les Arcs 1600 and conveniently provided with it’s own stop on the funiculaire connecting Bourg st Maurice with Les Arcs 1600, is the small and beautiful village of Les Granges. It has wonderful views out over the Tarentaise valley and is surrounded by extensive flower meadows and orchards meandering around the village houses. In winter these provide a magical and safe playground for tobogganing, snowballs and snowman building. It is a perfect location for groups looking for tranquillity and family friendly surroundings, yet with extremely easy access straight onto the slopes.

The chalet is ski in ski out, with direct access to an easy and pretty blue run passing the door. There are actually three runs (two reds and a blue ) down from Les Arcs 1600 to Les Granges, which remain open for most of the season. Even should they close it is easy to catch the funiculaire up to Les Arcs 1600 which is only 150 me from the chalet. This stops at request at les Granges every 20 minutes from 7.30 in the morning and hourly after 16.00h. It is only a couple of minutes up to Les Arcs and from here you have direct access to the whole of the Paradiski with over 425km of pistes for all abilities and with 70% over 2000m and reassuringly snowsure.

Snow view from top of skilift

There are no restaurants or bars in the village – nothing except beautiful nature and a chapel dedicated to St Blaise, the patron saint of barbers! However,  apres ski and a wide choice of restaurants, shops & supermarkets are available at Les Arcs itself or down in the traditional town of Bourg St Maurice. Heading down to Bourg st Maurice the funiculaire is hourly in the morning and then increasing to every 20 minutes towards the end of the day when you want to return from a day on the pistes. The funiculaire continues from les Granges until about 7 to 7.30 in the evening and after that time you will need to take a taxi or drive. Both Bourg and les Arcs are an easy drive and there is plenty of free parking in the village – a real bonus in the Les Arcs area.

The village was part of the original ski area preceding Les Arcs – Courbaton 1750 with several lifts and pistes starting at les Granges and reaching the top of the Deux Tetes mountain – which is now the summit of the Mont Blanc chairlift. Two chairlifts were first built in 1961 from the Pont de Montrigon (near the bottom funicular station) to Les Granges, and from there to Courbaton. There were six or seven pistes in all, including a rouge that descended back to Bourg (still skiable today). Locals tell us that it also still possible to ski down the old 'World Cup' red piste, one of the real gems of Courbaton 1750 and starting on the right of the Mont Blanc piste, a few hundred meters below the site of the old Mont Blanc lift. Whilst it is undoubtably a bit overgrown, the route is surprisingly clear. You have to cross the road twice (the piste was abandoned when the Arc 2000 road was built) before you reach Courbaton. Here you bear left beside the village and you can see the remains of the large WW1 batterie built to repel any possible Italian invasion. The 'Coupe de Monde' then descends gently through the meadows around Orgière, before reaching Les Granges. A memory from the old Courbaton 1750.