grum - Member
The best riding in Les Arcs is on the numerous and scenic footpaths - go for it!
How easy is it to find decent trails in Les Arcs without a guide?
Personally, I'd say tough. I've been twice with TA in 09 & 10. We rode some excellent trails that I couldn't find again. With a good TOPO map (and maybe some gps routes shared on any mtb sites) you could hunt some of the trails out, but that makes for fractured & frustrating rides. Following a guide seamlessly from trail to trail from mountain top to valley floor is the only way to do it.
There are marked trails at Les Arcs, but 2 days would be more than enough on those when theres so much more hidden stuff out there. A good guide not only knows the trails, they will tailor the riding to your abilities, know how (and where you are) to get you off the mountain if it all goes wrong. They'll know good lunch spots and which trails ride well weather dependent. As our guides got our measure, they would take us to certain features to ride (or fall off) and harder trails to test us, which was right up our street (or trail).
After Chatel/PDS last year spent mainly in the bike parks and a couple of days so-so guided riding, we're returning to Trail Addicition, Destination X for BC guided riding.
If you've only got a week in the Alps you want to wring out every drop of good riding you can. Guided riding does that.