WEsayOne of the quieter villages but unbeatable ski in/out location and easy access to nearby Plagne Centre
Set high in the magnificent Savoie French Alps, dominated by the mighty Mont Blanc, La Plagne is one of the most famous and exciting high-altitude ski areas in the world. One of the first purpose-built resorts in France, La Plagne comprises ten ski centres, each with shops, restaurants, ski schools and children's village, with direct access to the ski area. The villages are well-connected and gondolas and a bus service run between them. Skiing has taken on a new dimension with the introduction of the Vanoise Express cable car combining the two areas of Les Arcs and La Plagne on the Paradiski lift pass.
La Plagne boasts possibly the biggest single resort lift system in the world and has superb and extensive runs for all grades of skiers and boarder. Beginners can slowly find their feet on the 11 green slopes, before progressing to the more gentle blues and try their hand at a bit of off-piste before the week is up. Intermediates can clock up the miles, whilst experts can take on some truly terrifying off-piste. Paradiski is vast but its intricate network of variously graded runs mean almost all levels of skier can take themselves from one end of the resort to the other and return back to their chalet with a real sense of achievement.
Plagne Villages is one of the older of the high altitude villages and offers excellent ski and snowboarding access. Almost all the ski apartments/chalets in Plagne Villages are genuine ski in ski out. There is an easy blue run down to Plagne Centre and access back to Plagne Villages from either Plagne Centre or Plagne Bellecote is easy for skiers and snowboarders alike.
There are a few bars and restaurants nearby but more extensive nightlife in La Plagne Centre which if you don't fancy the walk can be accessed via the pedestrian friendly telebus until after midnight.
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.
- Wide array of intermediate pistes
- Brilliant off-piste
- Great nursery 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