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It saw its first year last season and is back for 2018 with backing from none other than Jenny Jones, GB bronze Olympic medalist.

The Great British Celebration started last season and was pronounced a resounding success.

It has developed and grown but its aim remains the same according to the Mayor of Les Arcs-Bourg Saint Maurice, Michel Giraudy.

"To reassure British skiers and snowboarders, that despite the Brexit vote, they will always be welcome in the mountains, especially in the villages of Les Arcs."  

45% of the visitors to Les Arcs are British so the market is a very important one.  

During British Celebration Week the whole resort will adopt the colours of the Union Jack and host Franco-British Challenges.  

There will include football tournaments, speed skiing, street golf and a sledging competition.  

Additionally there will be DJs, a pyjama party and slope-side fondue.    

The entertainment will be both on and off the slopes and extends across all of the villages of Les Arcs.  

This year's event takes place from 24th - 30th March.  

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The event is a mirror of the so-called Dutch weeks where hundreds of people from Holland arrive in certain resorts across the French and Austrian Alps to ski, party and celebrate the mountains.

"For British week this year we're excited to welcome a very special guest who will be out and about in the resort to meet our British skiers. We haven't quite got royalty, as they are busy planning weddings, but she is snowsports royalty and we are privileged to host Jenny Jones," said the Les Arcs Tourism manager, Eric Chevalier. 

"For a nation that doesn't have mountains on its doorstep we are always impressed by the numbers from the United Kingdom that take up the sport and the quality of the British skiers and boarders we see here in resort. Most of our British guests return year on year " he continued.   

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A few lucky visitors to Les Arcs will be able to share a yoga session and lunch with Jenny before she heads off to the snow park where she will ride with some of Team Les Arcs and chat to fans and snowsports enthusiasts.  

The ski industry in this region turns over €380m to the local economy and employs 3,689 people.  

A team from PlanetSKI is planning to be in the resort for this year's event and we look forward to reporting back on all things British.  

"Les Arcs is by far our most popular resort, clients enjoy being able to ski at high altitude in Les Arcs and having the choice of exploring La Plagne as well," said the mamaging director of Erna Low, Jane Bolton.

"Much of the accommodation we feature is ski in/ski out with a range to suit all budgets. The resort has invested in some great infrastructure such as The Mille 8 which is really popular for those who wish to enjoy other activities.

"At Erna Low we know Les Arcs like the back of our hands."

Erna Low, is offering packages to the resort for the event or people can book direct.

• Erna Low offer 7 nights in ski in/out Le Village, Arc 1950 with free entertainment programme for families from £1,370.00 (sleeps 4). Departs 24 March.

More information:  

• Les Arcs Booking centre All inclusive stay from 319€* / person including your accommodation + your discounted 6 days Les Arcs Peisey Vallandry ski pass.

In option, book your ski rental from 85€. More information:

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And if you want to find out more about Les Arcs then PlanetSKI has visited the resort this winter.

Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, was in the resort last month:
Our editor, James Cove, was in Les Arcs last December ahead of Xmas as the resort opened and the snow fell:
See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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