La Plagne

Les Arcs - Snow boarding
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A paradise for intermediates, La Plagne is made up of 11 separate villages, all accessing the vast 425km Paradiski area. The resort is hugely popular with French and British families, but the epic ski terrain and range of accommodation make it attractive to a wide clientele.

With four different slope-side villages, Les Arcs makes a great base from which to explore the huge 425km Paradiski area.

The sheer variety of skiing and scale of the slopes in La Plagne makes this a brilliant destination and a popular resort for a wide variety of skiers and snowboarders.

Carving your way around the slopes, you can take in some breathtaking scenery, such as the panoramic views from Roche de Mio and La Grande Rochette.

Families are drawn here by the amount of ski-in/ski-out accommodation with access to quality beginner and intermediate slopes – but there's plenty for advanced skiers too.

 

 

Villages

La  plagne - village
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La Plagne's 11 villages vary a great deal in terms of style, vibe and accommodation, so choose a base that is right for you.

Lower down, Montchavin and Montalbert have the most Savoyard charm; up at a lofty 2050m, Belle Plagne and Plagne Soleil give you quick access to the higher-altitude slopes.

Meanwhile Plagne 1800 has plenty of catered chalet accommodation; and purpose-built Plagne Centre, though not pretty, has the largest range of facilities and things to do.

The slopes

La plagne slopes - village
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A glance at the piste map will be enough to get your excitement going: La Plagne's own terrain is extensive, and the slopes are linked, via the impressive Vanoise Express gondola, to neighbouring Peisey-Vallandry and Les Arcs – giving a total of 425km to explore.

The ride from Roche de Mio to Champagny has some rollercoaster runs such as Source sand Levasset, while above the La Plagne bowl there are gentle blue runs fanning out for beginners to build confidence on.

Families

La plagne family Arcs - village

La Plagne prides itself on being a family favourite, and the location and convenience of much of the accommodation makes it very suitable.

Most of the villages have their own nursery slopes, and the interlinking blue runs give lots of options for steady progression. There's a lot more here than the skiing, of course. Champagny has dog sledding for children, while the 1.5km toboggan run at Colorado Park in Plagne centre will thrill kids too.

At Easter the resort hosts the Sublicimes festival, with face painting, live music, igloos and a tantalising array of activities that children of all ages will love.

Non-ski activities

If you want to turn the adrenaline up a notch, try the famous Olympic bobsleigh run, one of only seven in Europe, where you'll hurtle at up to 130km down the 1.5km track. There is also a 16-section zip-line cascade, ice climbing, dog sledding, airboarding and fatbiking.

Eating

Good mountain restaurants are dotted around the slopes. Above Montalbert, Le Fourperet has heart Savoyard cooking and a terrace overlooking the valley, while La Rossay at Champagny has some of the regions most dramatic mountain views. For snowy days, Chalet de L'Arpette has cosy fur-lined seats and decadent hot chocolate.

Apres ski and nightlife

La plagne  - apres ski
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La Plagne isn't reknowned for it's nightlife, but you'll still find plenty of bars to head to for a sociable drink – or dancing.

Chauffe Marcel is the most recent slopeside party spot, DJs playing to the terrace from 3pm.

In Plagne 1800, pub-style La Mine bar is the place to head; over in Plagne Centre, Scotty's bar is always popular and in Plagne Bellecotte, Spitting Feathers has a retro feel and welcome ambience.

Accommodation

The range of accommodation makes the resort a huge draw. Plagne 1800 has the highest concentration of catered chalets. In Plagne centre, the 4-star Aracuria hotel is uber-convenient, and 4-star Hotel Cocoon in Plagne 1800 one of the cutest. You'll also find a choice of high-quality self-catered residences, such as Sun Valley in Plagne Soleil.

Transfers

From Aime La Plagne station

  • By bus: around 30 - 50 minutes; Adults 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)
  • By taxi: around 20 - 40 minutes; about 50 - 90€ for an 8-seater taxi

From Bourg St Maurice station

  • By taxi: around 20 - 40 minutes; about 50 - 90€ for an 8-seater taxi