This place is aimed at those who just want to ski or board and want to keep the cost of everything else down. The rooms are basic, 4 man shared and cosy. Think along the lines of nice hostel. There are lockable cupboards. The showers are individual but in a communal area. The food, as for every UCPA, is very good. Self serve, canteen style. Clear your own stuff at the end and wipe your own table down. You also need to clean your own room at the end of the stay, strip your bed and bring fresh bedding from the linen store.
I've stayed here 3 times, you'll find it tough to venture out past 11pm when the buses stop but the vibrant bar and disco make up for it. There's a mix of nationalities, keeping things interesting. There's good stretching classes every evening and one of the weirdest cabaret's I've ever seen!
The instructors are top drawer. Let's face, that's why we're here. The food, the bed, the shower, they're just necessary evils along the way of smashing out as much boarding as possible on the 7 day pass they issue you. From beginner to expert, they'll teach you, coach you and guide you. Our guide found us fresh untouched powder when it hadn't snowed for 3.5 days!
It's easy to get here too. I've eurostar'd it from London to Bourg St Maurice (then 20min mountain train from bottom of mountain and 3 stops on the free bus). Time it to get there early Sat morn and you can dump your stuff and ski/board before you even check in that evening. (Just buy a 1 day pass to see you through the sat, it'll cover you for the mountain train too) You get 8 days skiing, doing it this way.
I've also got the train from Geneva airport, also very easy, just be aware there might only be a few services.
I'm going to fill the star rating in based on what you pay (i.e. very cheap considering what you get).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The UCPA center Les Arcs 1600 is located 1 750m altitude, it is ranked 2 comfort , this comfort quality label is a simple comfort center. Accommodation and health have been renovated to better satisfy you . Located in the heart of the forest, it has 500 seats with room for 4 people with sinks, toilets and showers on each floor. A 120-seater cabin is reserved to 13-15 during school holidays . ... more less