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Sunday, 21 April 2013


Updated 8 December 2013

A quick internet guide to the history of Les Arcs:

External inks:

The Reve des Bergers (aka "Shepherds' Dream) - Claudie Blanc's book about her father Robert and the Les Arcs story.  May take a bit of finding, but available in resort

The Espace Arcadien site has loads of history, including detailed guides covering the installation (and removal) of the various ski lifts

long essay on the history, which will challenge your French

The culture pages of the official Les Arcs site

The English and French language Wikipedia pages

From this blog:

The timeline of Les Arcs

The architecture of Charlotte Pierrand and team (Part 1)

The architecture (Part 2)

The old ski area, which included lifts from Bourg St Maurice itself

Changes to the Les Arcs ski area, 2002-2012

Interview with Claudie Blanc about her book (see above)

Tour de France 1996, including the beginning of the end for Miguel Indurain

Tour de France 2009, with Lance Armstrong et al spending the night in Arc 1950

The now departed Chasseurs Alpins army division.  (They still keep a ski training base in Tignes Les Brevieres)

The Vanoise Express, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year

Looking back at Peisey-Vallandry from the Vanoise Express
documentary which traces the history of Les Arcs (also taking in the Tignes dam)

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