High altitude La Plagne is part of the giant Paradiski ski area, set in the Savoie French Alps. Ten separate bases offer a huge amount of variety in accommodation, nightlife and activity in a mix of traditional villages and purpose-built resorts. The vast ski area is linked by over 110 lifts, with massive skiable vertical and glacier skiing right at the top.
The villages can be grouped into two categories: the high, purpose built resorts, and the lower traditional villages.
Of the purpose built villages, Belle Plagne is the newest and one of the most attractive, designed to look elegant and traditional, while La Plagne Centre is the heart of the ski area and is the oldest village. While not as visually attractive it has lots going on, with lots . Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages sit high up at 2020 m, with Aime la Plagne just below at 2100 m. Plagne Bellecote is a sporty centre, with it's freestyle stadium, outdoor pool and ice skating rink. Plagne 1800 is set near a beautiful forest and offers an escape into peace and quiet.
The second group consists of the traditional vilages, where restored farmhouses add charm to Champagny en Vanoise, Les Couches, Montchavin and Plagne Montablert. Most people who have skied La Plagne return saying it's underrated - it's a beginner and intermediate paradise, with easily accessible learner areas, and miles of long wide runs.
A massive interlinking lift system whisks you from one zone to the next with ease. Make sure you check out Roche de Mio (2700m), on the way to the to the breathtaking glacier, where even inexperienced skiers can enjoy genuinely long runs home. Adventurous intermediates can ski the beautiful itinerary route to Les Bauches, and on to Les Arcs. Because more skiers tend towards the beginner - intermediate side, you can find untracked powder to the side of the pistes long after it will have been skied out at other resorts. With more than fifty restaurants and ten nightclubs to choose from, you'll never be bored after the sun goes down in La Plagne. Kids are well looked after too - with nurseries in most of the villages.
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Different Ski Abilities
Beginners: Facilities for the beginner on ski holidays in La Plagne are excellent, with nursery slopes adjacent to each of the villages, and easy runs between each centre.
Ski holidays in La Plagne are perfect for intermediates with over 70 percent of the mountain made up of blue and red runs. The run from La Grand Rochette to Champagny is a must, and there are lots of gentle blue pistes in the main La Plagne bowl as well as an interesting run from Roche de Mio back to Belle Plagne.
Whilst not an extremely black run dominated mountain, Advanced skiers will enjoy the black runs on the Plagne Bellecôte glacier, or the long tree-lined runs from Aime La Plagne past Plagne 1800. Off piste skiing in La Plagne is good, with the route to Les Arcs challenging.
La Plagne Ski Schools
Reflex Ski School
Reflex Ski School is a small, friendly independent ski school based in La Plagne. They have been established for more than 10 years and their aim is to provide high quality tuition at an affordable price. Reflex Ski School specialise in private lessons on ski, snowboard and telemark. During February half term they offer children's group lessons, with a maximum of eight children per group. At Reflex it's also possible to experience: off-piste sessions, snowshoe treks, snow bikes and snakegliss. Their team of experienced instructors all speak excellent English and are fully qualified. Their main meeting point is in Plagne Centre, and 1800 (for early morning lessons) but they can meet anywhere in La Plagne (depending on the week).
Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities
There's a wide variety of nightlife at La Plagne, depending on which village you choose to stay in. The liveliest villages are Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre, Scotties bar/restaurant is located right on the piste at the bottom of the Becoin ski lift out of Plagne Centre. It advertises great food and fantastic après ski with live bands. It is also the only place for English breakfast and Sunday roasts. Spitting Feathers is one of Plagne Bellecote's fun après ski bars offering live music, a large selection of beers, snacks and live football matches and a courtesy mini bus. La Plagne 1800 has a more relaxed scene, so chill out with a cold drink and take in the serenity.
off the mountain
To relax, try one of these: sauna and Jacuzzis, Turkish and seaweed baths, Massage, solarium, bowling, kids pony rides, open-air floodlit ice rink or the outdoor heated pool in Bellecôte. To get your heart pumping, try: squash in Plagne 1800, the health and fitness centres in Belle Plagne and Plagne centre, paragliding, skidoos, quad biking, ice tower climbing, bobsleigh, helicopter flights, ski mountaineering, dog sledding, tobogganing, pony journey, snowshoeing, paint ball, ice karting.
Chambery airport is just 1.5 hours away from la Plagne if you are travelling mid-week. At weekends it may take a little longer! Grenoble airport is 2 to 2.5 hours from la Plagne. Geneva airport is 2.5 to 3 hours away, and Lyon airport 2.5 to 3 hours.
Eurostar trains are available direct to the Alps, either daytime or overnight. The closest train station is Aime la Plagne .Sleeper/ snowtrains also leave from Paris and Calais. All trains can be booked with Rail Europe.
La Plagne is:
645 km. from Paris
400 km. from Marseille
196 km. from Lyon
149 km. from Geneva and Grenoble
100 km from Chambéry
The easiest way from Calais is to follow the A26 autoroute for Reims that passes Troyes and Dijon. South of Dijon it joins the main Paris/ Lyon autoroute, the A6, at Beaune. Lyon is by-passed by taking the A46 and A43 to Chambery. NB At the toll 15km before Lyon keep to the right-hand lane as the turn-off is 2km on the right. From Chambery follow the directions for Albertville. It's motorway from Calais to Albertville; tolls are €60-65 each way. At Albertville the motorway leads directly onto the dual carriageway to Moutiers. Follow the signs for Bourg St Maurice unless you are going to Champagny in which case initially follow the signs for Courchevel. For the high altitude villages in La Plagne and for Montalbert head towards Bourg St Maurice, turn off at Aime and follow the signs for la Plagne. For Montchavin - Les Coches continue on the road towards Bourg St Maurice, there is a turn off soon after Aime.