Ski Holidays in Les Coches, France
For those looking for a traditional French village with a relaxing atmosphere, Les Coches is an ideal choice, especially during peak weeks when La Plagne often gets crowded. Les Coches (1450m) is a modern resort built in chalet style with a good selection of ski chalets. It has a good atmosphere and benefits from its own ski school and kindergarten. It is part of the Paradiski ski area which links La Plagne which is made up of ten different villages, each with its own style, ranging from the traditional at Plagne 1800 to the really modern at Aime La Plagne, and Les Arcs.
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Skiing in Les Coches
The resort is a top resort for intermediates. There are a huge variety of blue and red runs throughout the area and even 80% of la Plagne’s pistes are blue or red. Advanced skiers have a variety of off piste terrain at the Biollay sections and the glacier as well as the 2000m near vertical from the north face of the Bellecote glacier.
Les Coches has good access to more than 200km of piste. Facilities for the beginner are good, with nursery slopes adjacent to each of the villages, and easy runs between each centre. For intermediates, the run from La Grand Rochette to Champagny a particular favourite. Advanced skiers will enjoy the black runs on the Bellecôte glacier, or the long tree-lined runs from Aime La Plagne past Plagne 1800. Off piste skiing is good, with the route to Les Arcs challenging. Plagne Soleil has a dedicated park for snowboarders. Children are well catered for at La Plagne, with nurseries in most of the villages.
To get to the Vanoise Express cable car from Les Coches, it is just one lift and a blue run which makes it a much better resort compared to the high villages in La Plagne for accessing the Paradiski area.
Snow conditions in Les Coches
70% of the ski runs in the area are situated at over 2000 metres, plus it has modern artificial snow making machines.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Les Coches
Les Coches has a range of shops and restaurants as well as neighbouring Montchavin. Activities include a natural ice skating rink, showshowing, paragliding, walking trails and if you are feeling adventurous, you can try the bobsleigh track. It was built for the Winter Olympics in 1992 and you can take a ride behind a professional driver. Over in Montchavin there is the Espace Paradisio Wellbeing Centre and Pool with an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, whirlpools, massages and Aquafusion lessons. The nightlife is quieter than many of the other resort in the area, making it particularly attractive to families.
Transfer times to Les Coches
Chambery (CMF) - 1 hr 20 mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 1 hr 30 mins
Geneva (GVA) - 2 hr 10 mins
Lyon (LYS) - 2 hr 15 mins