LA PLAGNE, FRANCE
Ski Holidays in La Plagne, France
La Plagne is a purpose built resort, made up of ten different villages, each with their own style and greatness. The ski resort is set at a high altitude, ranging from 1800m up to 3250m. La Plagne is linked to Les Arcs via the impressive Vanoise Express to make up the the Paradiski area, a massive 425km ski and snowboard playground.
The 10 villages include:
|Directions of Slopes||N/E, S/W, N/W, N|
La Plagne Ski Resort
La Plagne is extensive and an ideal ski holiday destination and caters for all abilities. Children are well catered for at La Plagne, with nurseries in most of the villages, providing convenience for your ski holidays in La Plagne.
There are more than 50 restaurants to choose from in the resort, and after dinner, there are 10 night clubs where you can party the night away during your ski holidays in La Plagne. Other amenities you can enjoy during your ski holidays in La Plagne include an ice rink and outdoor heated pool at Plagne Bellecôte and ten pin bowling at Belle Plagne.
Champagny lies to the South of La Plagne and has good links into the skiing above Plagne Centre and Plagne Bellecôte. It is a traditional village and is an ideal back door resort. Les Coches (1450m) is a modern resort built in chalet style. It has a good atmosphere and benefits from its own ski school and kindergarten.
Day trips to Les Arcs are easy, especially now with the connecting gondola. For those willing to travel a little further then trips to Val d'Isere, Tignes, and the Three Valleys, all of which are covered for a day with a six-day pass.
There is a regular and free bus that runs between Bellecotte, Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800 which make access between the villages very easy. The bus runs until midnight so that holiday makers can experience the nightlift in the various villages during their stay plus gondoloas between Belle Plagne to Bellecote and Aime La Plagne to Plagne Centre stay open late too for pedestrians.
Non-skiers can still access many of the high points of La Plagne. With a pass, non-skiers can take the gondola up to the glacier as well as take the Grande Rochette cable car up at Plagne Centre to experience the views and mountain resturants and take the Telemetro cabin to Aime La Plagne.
Skiing in La Plagne
Facilities for the beginner on ski holidays in La Plagne are great, with nursery slopes adjacent to each of the villages, and easy runs between each centre. There is an excellent beginner area at Plagne Centre and ski school meet points at Belle Plagne, Plagne Centre, Aime La Plagne and Plagne 1800.
Free lifts in La Plagne for beginners
There is at least one free ski lift in each of the villages in La Plagne for beginners to find their ski-feet before purchasing a lift pass and using the main ski lifts.
There are also several drag lifts and magic carpets by nursery slopes that are also free of charge. Children aged 5 years and younger can claim a free lift pass, just enquire at the lift pass office with the child’s ID. Free lifts in La Plagne include:
- Plagne Centre - Telebaby
- Plagne Villages - Le Biquet
- Plagne Soleil - Le Solü
- Aime la Plagne - Aime la Plagne
- Plagne 1800 - Praconduit
- Belle Plagne - Croets
- Montchavin - Sucette, Plan Bois
- Les Coches - Patinoire, Le Petit Sauget
- Champagny - La Bergerie
- Montalbert - Montalbert
Ski holidays in La Plagne are perfect for intermediates with over 70% blue and red runs. There are lots of gentle blue motorway pistes in the main Plagne Centre bowl and Les Sources red run from Roche de Mio back to Belle Plagne is a favourite.
Advanced skiers on ski holidays in La Plagne will enjoy the freeride and black runs on the Plagne Bellecôte glacier, or the long tree-lined runs from Aime La Plagne past Plagne 1800.
Best ski runs in La Plagne
- 3 blue pistes off Arpette chairlift in Bellecotte – St Jacques, Dunes and Arpette
- Levasset blue piste from Roche de Mio
- Mont Blanc blue piste from L’Arpette to Vanoise Express
- Les Sources red piste from Roche de Mio
- Borseliers red piste over the back towards Champagny
- Carina and Kamikaze from La Grande Rochette and Les Verdons for experts.
Family Skiing in La Plagne
La Plagne is a glorious place for a family ski holiday. The large resort has plenty of accommodation options for all group sizes. There is so much to do within the villages and on the slopes to keep the family entertained all week long. There are many great ski schools for young or old developing skiers and snowboarders to get to grips with the basics.
Ski Chalets in La Plagne, France
Experience the ultimate in ski holdays with a ski chalet in La Plagne. Choose from Iglu Ski's selection of La Plagne chalets including chalets with hot tubs, family chalets, group chalets and many more ski chalets in La Plagne.
La Plagne Apartments
With wonderfully chosen locations and competitively-priced accommodation, our La Plagne apartments will tempt any skier with ease.
Ski Hire in La Plagne
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in La Plagne. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in La Plagne:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£79||£55|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£109||£71|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£129|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£139|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to La Plagne here
La Plagne Reviews
3 of us were booked into a one bedroom apartment in the Chalet Edelweiss. The other bed is in the lounge/kitchenette area and is a pull out from the sofa. Apartments were spotlessly clean as was all the cooking and storage spaces. The bathroom and separate toilet also spotless. The apartments are "Bijou" and it would have been good to have a draining board, but we managed okay and we were mostly eating out in any case. Apartments are no more than 50m from the bottom of the Melezes lift so literally from breakfast to the Bergerie lift is a 5 minute job. You could also order epic pain chocolate and bagette to collect from reception in the mornings from a local bakery. Also great pizza from the Bobsleigh bar just a 1 minute walk away. As is the lift pass office and sport 2000 for ski hire. All in all perfectly situated. This was our 3rd time in Plagne 1800 and usually do chalet catering, but due to Covid 19 only 3 of us were up for risking travel this time and we felt the self catered option a safer option. We had a fabulous bluebird week (bar the 2 hours stuck on the apron at Chambery, on the way in, which the whole flight got through in good humour and a few bevvies) Lyon on the way home was a much smoother operation (nicely done Crystals). Was good to knock the rust off the ski technique after 2 years of pining for the Alps. Everyone in resort was bob on. Ignore my Apres ski review as I am more of a few beers back at the chalet type. The food at the La Roche Restaurant was probably my favourite, with the Bergerie altitude restaurant a strong second. Honourable mention to the Bonnet bar in Bellecote for a solid beefburger. Roll on the next ski trip.
Apres Ski: 3/5
Unexpectantly good. Late January 2022 with no new snow but pistes well conditioned. In the lower villages there was artificial comming through but higher up they kept most of the slopes open and groomed and some left "Natur" with enough bumps for most. The off pistes were well skied. The South facing sun bowls were a treat of wide quiet blues and challenging reds. Only saw occasional lift interruptions for unknown reasons. Occasional Covid passes done very efficiently on phones. No significant queues . Restaurant / drinks queues at busy times were long but could be avoided with planning of location and timing. Skiied many resorts in many countries and La Plagne was not on my radar but had a great week and commend the resort for operation only a few days after French covid rules relaxation.
Apres Ski: 2/5