Les arcs this weekend
just back actually. stayed in a chalet in Vallandry, in our group of 6, 2 had been 3 times before and one has guide-level-knowledge so we were able to do a lot of the unmarked tracks in the area of which there are about 400km of and they are a lot better than the marked “Bike Parc” trails.
Sure, you can have a lot of fun on Black8 and the Crashette (aka Cachette) but for me the best trails were the Lacs trail, la Varda ridge and the Mont Jolet ride although I crapped myself walking along a ridge with a 40 lbs bullet on my back with 1000’s of ft of probably-death-fall on each side. It brought us to Moutiers which required a SNCF train ride to Boug St-Maurice and then a quick ride up the funicular to get home on time. Still to do a lot of the trails on the La Plagne side although we did do the trail locally known as “Premier League” and one of the ones that follows the chair down – both excellent and different in character than the Vallandry/Arcs rides.
if you haven’t, should should get a guide for the day – people like Ben Jones MTB Adventures and TrailAddiction have or can recommend “guides” (although, they’re not really guides in the sense of French employment rules or something)
TAKE SPARES and dual ply tyres.
I broke a jockey wheel (?), a BB and set brake pads on fire.Posted 4 years agofoxyriderMember
Went there 3 weeks ago – Fab! http://mydogtagadventures.com/les-arcs-mountain-biking-trip-summer-2013Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@nthornton – I did Destination X Arcehes-Beaufort last year with TA , really excellent. However, whilst on the map Les Arcs is “close” it’s not particularly accessible. You could drive over there on your day off but we were too knackered and just had day in the sun and a swim.Posted 4 years agoblandMember
Have a look here for the link to the over thread which has some stuff on. Ill be honest, its not an easy place to navigate and we were fortunate to ride with Doug who is a map reading god and has excellent knowledge of the place.
My best suggestion is to buy a map and scour the walkers trails from arcs 1600, 1800, vallandry and try ride them all. You will need to suss out the roads in the resorts to find the starting points and it will be trial and error at times but pretty much all of what is marked up on the IGN map is ace. My map is misleading now to someone who doesnt own it as there is a lot of stuff on that needs removing. Send me a decent pic of the map like what i have on the google pic in the other thread and ill draw some pointer on for you.
Yes it was a sweeping statement but he was an arrogant **** twice to the groupPosted 4 years agohaineyMember
I would highly recommend getting a guide, the best being from TrailAddiction. Apart from Bike Village, they were the first company to be based out there and pain stakingly mapped out and named all the trails you are quoting. In fact I would highly recommend a whole holiday with them as the chalets, food and assistance they give is first class.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Only contact I had with a TA guide was a chap helping a fallen rider, one of his group had bust his shoulder on a descent. All seemed to be being dealt with calmly and professionally.
For guiding, Stevo from White Rooms posted up contact details the other details for Yvan Bonin, a former WR guide. He was “my” guide for most of the week and he was absolutely first class. Ever so slightly gnomic, and very french, but ace.Posted 4 years agomr plowMember
Black 8 is a bit meh. Double Header is a better complete trail imo.
Funny option to black 8 is to go under the water pipe and then dive left down the steep chutes
It is all good out there imo, different strokes for different folks. La Plagne had a couple of nice ones in it too, as does the lower part of Rosiere.Posted 4 years ago
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