Overview of La Plagne
It’s almost as if the La Plagne plateau was created for skiing. Positioned in the centre of a huge bowl, the resort and ski area are contained to the east, south and west by towering mountains which help to preserve the snow and act as a perfect suntrap.
What more could a skier ask for? Glancing at a La Plagne ski map, one may notice the liberal use of blue lines – skiing La Plagne is a dream for the cruisy blue devotee or a family or beginner ski holiday as the gentle slopes are perfect for gaining confidence or bombing around with the kids. However, any advanced skier should be aware that the resort also boasts some seriously undervalued off-piste terrain. Plus, making up half of the Paradiski area, one of the world’s largest ski areas, means the resort can offer enough kilometres to keep even the most piste-hungry skier satisfied.
La Plagne accommodation is spread across a total of 10 villages, with traditional mountain hamlets lower down and purpose-built ski stations higher up to a respectable altitude of 2100m. The original Plagne Centre is one of France’s first-ever built-for-skiing villages and what the buildings lack in charm they more than makeup for the inconvenience. La Plagne chalets and resort buildings are interconnected by tunnels and walkways – extremely practical in the cold and snow. A free bus service or late night pedestrian chairlifts ferry visitors between the resorts and although nightlife is on the quieter side in keeping with the family atmosphere, those looking for a party will find sufficient choices. There won’t be time to be blue on a La Plagne ski holiday!
Keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a La Plagne ski holiday.
3 Things We Love About La Plagne
Extensive Ski Area – La Plagne has more than enough skiing to keep most people occupied for a week on its own, let alone when you factor in the rest of the Paradiski area, including Les Arcs, which offers a total 425km of marked pistes.
Plenty of Choice of Accommodation – With 10 different villages to choose from, and a range of chalets, apartments and hotels to suit all budgets, La Plagne has something for everyone.
Family Friendly Feel – La Plagne’s easy-going air, accessible villages and great swathes of cruisy intermediate skiing make it a great choice for a family ski trip.
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Skiing and Boarding in La Plagne
Over 80% of La Plagne’s pistes are blue and red providing a lot of scope for beginners and intermediate skiers to develop. All the villages have great access to the rest of the ski area via a network of gentler novice slopes and the vast network of blue runs mean you can easily explore with a mixed-ability group.
La Plagne is an extremely entertaining ski area. Under the Arpette chair, intermediates can clock up the kilometres on some excellent rolling blues and there is also enough challenging terrain to keep stronger skiers entertained. Head over towards Vanoise to take the gondola over to Les Arcs with your group for a ‘ski-away’ day. The Carina run under the Colorado chair is great for testing your speed and if your knees need a workout, try the bumpy red Vega. Don’t forget to take a trip through the Grand Canyons, a natural halfpipe, or drop down to Champagny for a taste of off-piste skiing. For challenging reds, head for La Grande Rochette and the other runs off the back of Les Verdons.
When skiing La Plagne it’s also not always necessary to aim high – some of the most charming and picturesque pistes are the lower and more underused runs down to Montchavin and Montalbert, which offer good skiing for all amongst the trees, especially in flat light or high winds. And when the snow is good, these areas are often massively under-skied.
Advanced skiers should not be fooled by the swathes of blue on the piste map; skiing La Plagne offers several energy-sapping black runs plus a huge amount of excellent off-piste. There are big cliffs and steep powder fields under the Inversons chair, but what experts really come here for is the Bellecote glacier, featuring three of the most famous off-piste descents in the Alps, including the legendary North Face. Skiworld recommends all off-piste skiing should only be attempted with a knowledgeable mountain guide.
Of course, you could also enjoy the four freestyle parks, three boarder-cross courses plus a half-pipe and mogul run if you’ve had enough of the pistes.
Lift Passes in La Plagne
There are 3 types of lift pass on offer in La Plagne. Choose either a local area lift pass for La Plagne only which gives you access to 225km of piste or a full area pass which includes Les Arcs too – increasing your skiable terrain to 425km of runs! The third option is a local pass with a one-day upgrade for a ski-away day in Les Arcs.
Please see the ‘Activities’ tab for a wealth of non-skiing options for families. There’s plenty for families to do in La Plagne and in terms of a more peaceful setting, Belle Plagne is the most traditional and family-friendly village.