TRAIN TO LA PLAGNE

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.

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.

    • La Plagne's villages

      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.

    • The slopes at La Plagne

      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.

    • La Plagne for families

      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.

    • Things to do in La Plagne

      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.

    • Eating out in La Plagne

      Good mountain restaurants are dotted around the slopes. Above Montalbert, Le Fourperet has hearty Savoyard cooking and a terrace overlooking the valley,

    • Après ski in La Plagne

      La Plagne isn't reknowned for its 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.

    • Where to stay in La Plagne

      The range of accommodation makes the resort a huge draw. Plagne 1800 has the highest concentration of catered chalets.

How to get the train to La Plagne

The nearest Eurostar station is Aime La Plagne.

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