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Welcome to

La Plagne

With 225km of pisted runs, La Plagne more than contributes its fair share to Paradiski. And although it has plenty of scary stuff – reds & blacks, some nice off-piste itineraries and steep couloirs – it is largely an intermediate’s utopia with countless wide & gentle green runs and cruisey blues. Europe’s longest boardercross circuit is also in La Plagne.

Eleven villages make up “La Plagne” and The Ski Company offers accommodation in Belle Plagne which is situated at an altitude of 2050m. It is a pretty, traffic-free village with a nightlife that has made it into one of the (two) hubs of the whole resort.

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Skier's Guide

The Vanoise Express – France’s first ever double-decker cable car – provides the link from Montchavin (La Plagne) to Peisey Nacroix (Les Arcs) which created the ski area known as Paradiski. The area is made up of 17 villages and 425km of linked pistes between 1250m and 3417m. As such, it is fair to say that Paradiski can cater for all abilities! Whether it be the long, tree-lined blue runs into Les Arcs 1600, the family friendly ski-in ski-out village of Les Arc 1950 or the adrenaline fuelled off-piste Mecca that is the Bellecôte glacier, there are hundreds of features within this ski area that keeps its many visitors returning year on year.

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Getting to

La Plagne

Flying is the best way to cover off the largest part of your journey to La Plagne. There are a few options when it comes to your destination airport; which are considered below:

  • Chambery: 118km, 1h 34m
  • Lyon: 195km, 2h 14m
  • Grenoble: 199km, 2h 15m
  • Geneva (recommended): 199km, 2h 21m

Geneva is the recommended option because there is a greater volume and a great flexibility of ground transportation options onto La Plagne from Geneva Airport.

Taking the train is another option, the Eurostar glides through France directly from London St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice in a little over eight hours and, from there, it’s 27km on to La Plagne.

Drivers will find the roads through France faster and emptier than those in the UK and this is largely down to them being toll roads…so there is a price to pay! With passage through the Eurotunnel + petrol + tolls, you should expect the journey to cost around £175 each way. Total journey time from London is about eleven-and-a-half hours…90 minutes to Dover, 30 minutes in the tunnel and nine-and-a-half hours from Calais to La Plagne.

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Food and Drink at

La Plagne

If you are driving, it is recommended that you stop at the supermarket in Moutiers or Albertville as they are significantly larger and cheaper than those in resort. But if, in your rush to see that sign for La Plagne, you feel that the purse strings are loosening, there are plenty of shops in Belle Plagne – including three mini-supermarkets and a boulangerie – that will happily exchange money (and occasionally a few hours hard labour) for a mixture of carbs, protein, fats, fruit & veg – collectively known as “food”. We can also organise for your daily bread (and pastries) to be brought to your apartment!

If you decide to throw caution to the wind (or if you have just had one too many drinks at apres to trust yourself with chopping the carrots), you can head out and eat at one of the many good restaurants in Belle Plagne. The use of the word “good” is very deliberate…the majority of the restaurants are neither bad but nor are they great.

No doubt, you’ll come across Le Matafan whether because it is one of the best or because it markets itself well. My family likes it well enough. It serves French food, or food as it is called over there. The wife had fondue and loved it but, then again, I reckon I could cut up bread & cold meat and serve it with a pot of melted cheese…and my debut on Masterchef is some years away! La Fabrique is similar to Le Matafan and Le K2 is good for big groups, as well as those L’Alpage is good for families.

For the foodies, La Face Nord offers a great traditional Savoyard breakfast and has a gourmet dinner menu and Le Carlina restaurant at the four-star Hotel Carlina has a lovely south-facing terrace on which you can enjoy inventive contemporary dishes made from local ingredients including lettuce served in a glass jar!

On the sauce? Although La Plagne is not renowned for its apres scene, Belle Plagne is the most happening of the villages that make up the resort. There are many good bars with happy hours and live music and one nightclub to keep you oiled ‘til 4am!

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Non-Ski Activities at

La Plagne

The usual proliferation of non-ski activities exist in La Plagne: dog-sledding, paragliding, horse-drawn sleighs, snow-shoeing, ski-dooing etc. but there are some activities that are unique (or kinda unique) to this one ski resort and so should very much be on the bucket list!

Did you know, for example, that the bobsleigh (and luge and skeleton) track for the 1992 Olympics is in La Plagne? And did you know that you could experience with a professional driver reaching speeds of up to 100 kph whilst your face turns in on itself due to the 3.5G of force. Now you do know that, your excuse for not doing it has gone!

And then on the relatively unique side of things, you can spend the evening dining in an igloo. Or you can even spend the night in one. Check out the Igloo Village in Le Dou du Praz above Plagne Villages. Also, one of the Ski Schools runs a night (every Wednesday) where you can take dinner in a mountain restaurant and then ski down under the moonlight (with a head torch and accompanied by a guide!)

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La Plagne Statistics

The Slopes

Total Runs

425km

Longest Run

7km

Skier Summit

3225m

Number of Parks

5

Skiable Terrain (Acres)

12000

Average Annual Snowfall

21ft

Vertical Drop

6250ft

Terrain Breakdown

Hard

13%

Easy

57%

Medium

30%

Weather

Min Average
Winter Temp

-2C (28.4F)

Max Average
Winter Temp

3C (37.4F)

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