WEsayFantastic ski convenience and limitless choices for all levels of skier.An appealing town centre for a purpose built resort and a good lively nightlife.
La Plagne 1800 chalets
Offering fantastic views across the valley, with a building code that ensures high-rise edifices will never spoil its rustic charm, this former mining village is a great location for family holidays. The extensive lift system, which enables visitors access to the wide network of graded runs and off-piste skiing to be found in the area, is one of the reasons that this high altitude resort has remained so popular with winter sports fans from around the world. The presence of several excellent schools, with qualified instructors that are experienced in teaching skiers of all levels is another reason for visiting.
A wide choice
When it comes to affordable accommodation, holidaymakers that head for this village are spoilt for choice, with plenty of inexpensive options in the main section. There are also a number of luxury units in the wooded area available for those that fancy splashing out and spoiling themselves. For an exciting skiing holiday French Alps villages have much to offer European groups and this one is among the prettiest destinations on our books. If you have always wanted to stay somewhere that offers a blend of alpine beauty and first-class facilities, it could be just what you have been looking for.
Whilst it would be fair to say that this is not the ideal destination for those that like to party until dawn after a day’s fun on the slopes, there are plenty of entertainment options in the area that will satisfy most visitors. The village itself is home to a popular bar called La Mine, which plays host to live bands on a regular basis and is popular with many holidaymakers. For more bars and a selection of decent restaurants, free bus transfers that drop passengers in Plagne Centre are laid on for guests at catered chalets in La Plagne.
New for 2016/17
A new 6-seater chair lift, Les Envers, is being constructed out of the valley between Le Fornelet, the low peak above Montalbert, and Plagne Aime 2000, further improving access from Montalbert to the central resort areas. This is more or less in the same place as the Coqs chair, removed some years ago. Presumably the lift co has realised that sending everyone down the tricky blue run to La Roche wasn t such a great idea after all. The runs on the glacier will no longer be groomed, increasing the area s appeal for adventurous skiers (and meaning these slopes can be opened more quickly after a dump). A family fun run will open at the top of the St Jacues blue piste, in the Bellecôte sector. Chauffe Marcel will open slopeside above 1800 sounds a bit like a Folie Douce ( best sound system in the Alps ). A steeper than usual zipline will open, descending from Plagne Aime 2000 to Plagne Centre; special braking system at the bottom it says here! Work will commence on a major development of Plagne Aime 2000, to include a 5-star hotel and an aqua-leisure centre.
New for 2015/16
A 10-person gondola replaced the two old lifts out of Montalbert, out on a limb at the western extremity of the ski area, greatly speeding access to Plagne Centre and the rest of the area.
New for 2014/15
The chairlift out of Bellecôte for Plagne Centre was replaced by an eight-pack of huge carrying capacity. The Arnica run down the Colorado chair at Centre was adapted to suit novices (but is still blue). The cable car between Centre and Aime was renovated.
New for 2013/14
The inadequate double chair at Les Bauches was replaced using the hardware of the Coqs quad chair that linked Montalbert to Plagne-Centre. You now get to Centre via the lower La Roche chair, which has been upgraded to a six-pack. The two long black runs from the glacier, closed some years back, have been reopened. A long new toboggan run was created at Bellecôte, down the Arpette chairlift.
New for 2012/13
The Biolley sector was upgraded, with a six-pack replacing the Becoin chair, the Biolley chair and three drags. The pistes have been modified in front of Plagne-Centre and the slalom stadium, and a new beginner zone has been created. The bottom station of the Colorado lift was lowered to make it easier to access. The Traversee double chair, which accesses the red run on the glacier area, was replaced by a quad.
- Extensive and varied intermediate pistes
- Superb off-piste
- Great beginner slopes
- High and reasonably snow-sure
- Extensive choice of resort villages
- Wooded runs of lower satellite resorts are great in poor weather Cable car link to Les Arcs