La Plagne Ski Holidays
France

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La Plagne sits within France’s expansive Paradiski area, over the valley from Les Arcs. Exactly like its neighbour, la Plagne is made up of a number of different satellite villages which include rustic hamlets, ski in/out villages and purpose-built apartment blocks. Pistes run up to an impressive 3,250 metres, with typically strong snow coverage from December right through to April.

There are 9 villages in total, all at different altitudes: Champagny-en-Vanoise (1,250 m), Montchavin (1,250 m), Montalbert (1,350 m), Les Coches (1,450 m), Plagne 1800 (1,800 m), Plagne Bellecôte (1,930 m), Plagne Centre (1,970 m), Plagne Villages (2,050 m), Belle Plagne (2,050 m), Plagne Soleil (2,050 m) and Aime-La Plagne (2,100 m). Across the villages, the spectacular settings offer beautiful panoramas of the surrounding landscapes and towering peaks.

The broadest range of chalet accommodation is perhaps found in Plagne 1800, and the largest area is Plagne Centre. A little known fact is that La Plagne is among the world’s most visited ski resorts, with more bed spaces being occupied each year than anywhere else!

Easy ski access makes it a pleasantly beginner-friendly resort too, and learners and young children are well looked after in La Plagne. There are many good quality ski schools offering well priced lessons, as well as extensive nursery slopes. It’s an absolute haven for intermediate skiers keen to cover a broad range of terrain and push themselves on their skis. Around 85% of the resort’s 230 kilometres of groomed terrain is graded as blue or red, and the famous Vanoise Express gondola whisks la Plagne to les Arcs in a matter of minutes. With this key link, expert skiers can tuck in the miles and enjoy some of the region’s finest off-piste terrain. Steeper slopes can be found up on the glacier and the Roche de Mio, which heads down towards Belle Plagne.

Because of the high altitude, snow cover in the higher altitude villages is superb from the very beginning of the season to the end, but it can get quite patchy lower down in the latter spring weeks. People looking for an end of season trip are well advised to head up to either Plagne 1800 or Plagne Centre.

The accommodation options in La Plagne are pleasantly diverse, with self-catered apartments, catered ski chalets and hotels dotted across the numerous villages. The majority of the accommodation is 3* and 4* standard, and locations are generally very good. As with the neighbouring resort of Les Arcs, La Plagne doesn’t have a great deal in the way of luxury chalet accommodation, but there are a few high-end chalet companies offering high quality 5* chalets for visitors looking for something extra special.

Getting to La Plagne is very straightforward, with Chambéry Airport 1.5 hours away and Geneva Airport 2.5 hours. Visitors can choose from a broad range of packaged chalet deals (which include all flights and airport transfers) alongside a good number of independently run properties, allowing for travel to be arranged separately. There are many airport transfer companies offering good value rates, and the train station in Aime La Plagne and Bourg St Maurice brings visitors to within a 40-50 minute taxi ride up the hill.
La Plagne is a very fragmented resort and, as such, there’s no one spot where all the best bars and clubs can be found. But pretty much all of the villages have at least a few pubs and bars worth a visit for a drink after a hard day’s skiing. Of all the various satellite villages, Plagne Centre and Belle Plagne are the liveliest spots for après ski drinking and partying.

Venues such as Spitting Feathers, la Mine Bar, Scotty's Bar, Ancolie, Le Code bar, Switch Bar, Rhumerie Bar, Igloo Igloo, Fort Colorado, La Bowling Bar, Les Rochers Bar, Monica's Pub, Vins & Un, Cosy Bar, Skeleton Bar, Saloon, Camp de Base Cafe, Tourmente Bar, Pub Le Roxor, Le Cheyenne Cafe, Le Last One, Tete Inn, Luna bar and Bobsleigh Bar are popular options, with regular happy hours and DJs spinning into the wee hours.
With the villages set apart and linked by busses and chairlifts, La Plagne isn’t a particularly strong resort choice for groups with non-skiers. But, like most Alpine destinations, there remains a decent range of activities and sporting pursuits to engage in.

Cross Country skiing is popular, and the Olympic bobsleigh track offers high-velocity adventure for brave souls looking for top-speed thrills! There’s a public gym and fitness centre at the main sports centre in La Plagne, and spa and wellness facilities such as Carlina Spa, Balcons Spa, Cinq Mondes Spa, Bellecote Spa and Araucaria Spa.

Bobsleigh

Macot-la-Plagne

Aime

La Plagne

+33 4 49 08 82 23

Wellness spa

Aime

La Plagne

+33 4 79 55 62 93

Helicopter tours

ABOVE LA PLAGNE CENTRE

La Plagne

+44 779 664 0841

La Plagne is a sizeable ski resort and so, as you might expect, there’s a great range of restaurants and eateries to choose from. With staples such as pasta and pizza dishes alongside Savoyard specialities like fondue, raclette and pierrade, visitors are really spoiled for choice.

Good for Couples

Le Montana

Aime 2000

La Plagne

+ 33 4 79 09 78 46

Good for Couples

Hotel Carlina

Hôtel Carlina

Belle Plagne

La Plagne

+ 33 4 79 09 78 46

Good for Couples

La Refuge

Plagne Centre

Macot-la-Plagne Aime

La Plagne

+33 4 79 09 00 13

Good for Family

Le Grizzli

La Plagne

+33 4 79 09 07 62

Good for Family

La Cantine

Plagne 1800

La Plagne

+33 4 79 09 27 91

Good for Friends

Monica's

Route de la Plagne

Macot-la-Plagne Aime

La Plagne

+33 4 79 09 21 21

Good for Friends

Bar La Mine

Plagne 1800

Macot-la-Plagne Aime

La Plagne

+33 4 79 09 24 89

Good for Friends

Au Coin du Feu

La Plagne Soleil

Macot-la-Plagne Aime

La Plagne

+33 4 79 24 54 70

Families visiting La Plagne and considering their childcare requirements have an excellent range of resources to look inti. Perhaps first and foremost, the resort is home to accommodation with in-house childcare services available as add-ons to the holiday — the Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines in Belle Plagne.

Here, flights, transfers, half-board food, accommodation plus extensive childcare options (including ski lessons) can all be all rolled into one tidy package. The location is excellent for ski access, and parents can book as much or as little of the childcare services as their budget or requirements dictate.

Alternatively, there are a number of independent childcare companies in operation around La Plagne. Examples include t4Nannies, Alpine Childcare and Zealous Care. The ESF also run a broad range of childcare programmes as well.

Ski chalets in La Plagne


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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1970m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    10km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3250m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    144

  • TOTAL PISTE

    425km



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