Take a winter holiday to the attractive ski resort of La Plagne and take your pick from one of ten purpose-built villages which surround the snowy Plagne Centre. Ski holidays in La Plagne are aimed at both skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. So whatever your ski or board experience, there’s something for everyone at this French Alps resort. La Plagne has a number of wide and gentle pistes which means it’s also ideal for families.
Adventurous skiers will love La Plagne, where skiing and snowboarding holidays are made in one of the many snow parks, including the Plagne Centre, Belle Plagne, Champagny and Montchavin. At Plagne Bellecote you’ll even find a half-pipe.
If you’re considering a holiday in La Plagne, beginners can head to the gentle nursery runs, which are manned by fluent English instructors; whilst intermediates can try the Glacier de Bellecôt. Advanced skiers will want to pit themselves against the incredible near vertical drop of the Bellecôt north face.
This beautiful alpine resort is often underrated, so not as busy as other ski resorts in the Alps. You can choose from both the high and lower altitude ski resorts on your ski holiday to La Plagne, which range from 1,800 to over 3,000 metres; making it part of one of the biggest ski areas in the world. If that hasn’t impressed you enough, then you’ll be amazed to find 225 kilometres of marked pistes to enjoy, along with the 89 ski lifts to get you up and down the dramatic slopes with ease.
Beginner skiers and boarders will adore the variety of skiing and snowboarding opportunities in the resort. From calm and gentle pistes for a relaxing day on the slopes, to the numerous exciting snow parks for the younger and wilder members of your group – La Plagne is a resort packed with plenty of slopes for all abilities.
As La Plagne is designed for the more intermediate skier and snowboarder, there aren’t many black runs. However, there are a few off-pistes areas to explore, including the steep gullies beside the mountain. If you’re a bit of an expert and love weaving through the tree line, then you must be prepared for the 1,000 metre descents. The adventurers must also visit the new Funslope, which is the longest of its kind in Europe and boasts bank waves and sharp curves for freestylers.
La Plagne piste breakdown:
La Plagne snow reliability:
2.75 metre average snowfall
417 snow cannons
Season length: Mid December – Late April
Ski lift breakdown in La Plagne:
There are 109 ski and snowboard lifts in operation in La Plagne which are designed for both beginners and expert visitors. They can carry up to 129,000 skiers and/or snowboarders per hour. Opening times can vary depending on snowfall in the resort.
48 button lifts
12 cable lifts
7 ski schools in resort
18 ski hire shops in resort
Activities off the slope
If the varying types of slopes, off-piste terrain and ski and board parks have already won you over, then you’ll definitely be wowed by La Plagne’s neighbouring resorts. Ski holidays in La Plagne will always deliver, especially if you decide to venture further afield. Along with the large marked runs of the resort, there are another 425 kilometres of ski runs that link to two further popular ski resorts in France; Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry. Together, the three resorts form the huge Paradiski area, which have 128 lifts in operation but also many great evening spots for après-ski.
Spread across a vast and gentle plateau, La Plagne is not only a wonderful place to ski and board, it’s also perfect for off-piste activities like the slower paced cross-country skiing. Or if you’ve got the need for speed, then La Plagne can also deliver. Famed for the “Bob Experience” (or the bobsleigh) anyone can take a ride down this snake-like track, that’s set between the villages of Plagne 1800 and La Roche.
From glaciers to quaint little villages that make up the ski region, La Plagne has lots of other attractions to keep you occupied when you need a rest from the stunning pistes. During your ski holiday in La Plagne you could visit the open-air ice rink, the heated swimming pool, cinema, sports centre and spa. Or go big and try your hand at paragliding, skidoos and a spot of bob sleighing!
The nightlife is quite lively here, so you can choose your favourite La Plagne venue to hang out in, including cafés, bars and discos. The Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre villages are busiest and the best places for après-ski and late-night DJs, in this resort. Don’t forget to pack your camera; a walk around the resort will reveal a range of landscapes and photo opportunities - especially at night.
After a big day of skiing and snowboarding, it’s important to relax and spoil yourself away from the snow. The best mountain restaurants can be found lower down the slopes, so make sure you make a stop at Montchavin for tasty French fusion cuisine on the Les Arc side of the resort. You’ll also find a comfortable terrace to enjoy an al fresco bite under the stars.
If you happen to ski around the Champagny area, at the south side of La Plagne, then head to Le Chalet des Verdons Sud. A typical wooden chalet that prides itself on the traditional food its serves, complete with a cosy log fire.
If you’re craving something healthy, at the bottom of Montalbert you will find the charming Le Forperet, which serves superb salads, home-made soups and the local alpine favourite tartiflette. Washed down with a large beer, what more could you want after a day on the slopes?
For value for money on the mountainside, try one of the self-service restaurants, like the Austrian themed Westendorf or Tiröler Gröstl, for a well-deserved plate of pomme frites. You could also try Restaurant Le Hors Piste which is easily reached off the main slope in Belle Plagne or nip into one of the pizzerias or a boulangerie for a fresh sandwich.