La Plagne

Overview

La Plagne is made up of 10 villages, ranging from the not so attractive and purpose built Aime 2100 to the quaint farming village of Montchavin. All the villages are well connected by the lift system as well the main ones being linked by a free bus service. There is a cable car that enables skiers to get across to ski the resorts of Les Arcs, and so extending the ski area hugely.

The skiing is a paradise for intermediates with an amazing choice to suit all intermediate levels. One of our favourite runs is the "Tunnel" run from the top of the Roche de Mio at 2700 metres all the way down to Belle Plagne and then on to Plagne Bellecote. 

Beginners will find good nursery slopes in all area with 17 free lifts in the La Plagne ski area.There are not many Green runs but alot of the Blues are ideal for early skiers.

There are few steep black runs for more advanced expert piste skiers but the resort is great for those that want to ski off-piste.

There is good skiing up at the glacier and if the snow is not so great, there is a selection of tree lined runs in which to shelter if the light deteriorates.

The higher villages are snow-sure but those lower down like Champagny, which has a lovely sunny position, can suffer later in the season.

One diversion well worth taking in is the Bobsleigh run built for the 1992 Olympics you can choose a variety of ways down, the raft bob, the mono bob and the fastest of all the Taxi bob where you are in a real four man bob with a professional driver reaching speeds of 68mph and feeling forces of up to 3g.

Positive

  • Huge intermediate ski area
  • Cable car link to Les Arcs
  • Good nursery slopes

Negative

  • Unchallenging pistes for experts
  • Pistes can get crowded

 


Offslope/apres ski

There is a good variety of après-ski across all the villages, some more lively than others, you will find a selection of bars & restaurants and a couple of the larger villages such as Belle Plagne have a disco. There is bowling in Belle Plagne, a swimming pool in Bellecote and the ice grotto up at the glacier is well worth a visit. For the more adventurous there is the chance to parapent off the mountains or even try the Olympic bob-sleigh run.

Our View

An intermediates paradise spread across 10 villages. Skiing to suit all levels and now linked by the Vanoise Express cable car to Les Arcs offering 425 kms of pisted runs. An enormous selection of chalets, apartments and hotels from budget bed and breakfast accommodation to the luxurious all inclusive Plagne 2100  

 

 

 

At a glance

Chalets:
108
Hotel & Apartments:
29
Pistes:
225km
Resort height:
1800m
Top station:
3250m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
3 stars
Scenery:
4 stars
Resort charm:
2 stars
Nightlife:
3 stars