La Plagne is a snow sure resort set high in the French Alps within the alpine valley of the Tarentaise region, and ski holidays here are extremely popular. It is widely considered to be in one of the Top French ski resorts. La Plagne is linked with Les Arcs within the massive Paradiski area; with 425 km of piste it is the 3rd largest ski area in France and with most of the slopes at over 2000m and it glacier skiing in both Les Arcs and La Plagne, it really is a fantastic ski holiday destination.
It was established in 1961 and consists of 11 villages: Plagne Centre, Aime-La Plagne, Champagny-en-Vanoise, Plagne Villages, Montchavin, Plagne Bellecôte, Les Coches, Montalbert, Plagne 1800, Plagne Soleil and Belle Plagne. Each of these villages are self-contained ski centres, with their own shops restaurants and bars. However, most of these villages are very close to each other and overlook one another. All the villages are serviced by an efficient and regular bus service that runs late into the night, and some are even linked by a late night gondola service.
The resort also uncommonly offers an Olympic bobsleigh and luge built for the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics, which is 1700m long with 8-16% gradients, with bobsleighs regularly reaching up to 134 kmph. It is possible to have a go with up to 3 friends in a ‘taxi bob’ behind a professional diver which are very popular during the winter ski season. We have a wide choice of winter La Plagne ski holiday packages to choose from where you can fly from your local regional airport.
The La Plagne and Les Arcs ski resorts, are linked by the Vanoise Express, a 200 man double decker cable car built in 2003 that only takes 4 minutes to reach the other resort. This cable car allows access to both the Aiguille Rouge glacier in Les Arcs and the Bellecôte glacier in La Plagne, with guaranteed snow.
The 11 villages that make up this ski resort all have their own style and feel. La Plagne 1800 is made up of ski accommodation that is in a traditional style and is probably the liveliest of all the villages. Situated just above this resort is Plagne Centre where much of the accommodation is close to the slopes. From this resort there is a cable car that runs late into the night to the ultra modern Aime La Plagne. Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil are located just above Plagne Centre, and here most of the ski accommodation is "ski in ski out", perfect for your winter ski holiday.
Just round the corner is Belle Plagne, which is just above Plagne Bellecôte and linked by a late night gondola service and most of the ski holiday accommodation is also "ski in ski out".
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La Plagne and Les Arcs link up to form the massive Paradiski area, which is the 3rd biggest in France. With 425 km of piste there really is something for everyone. With the highest peak the Bellecôte Glacier at 3250m there’s guaranteed snow all season long.
With nursery slopes in each ski centre and easy wide runs between each village, La Plagne is the perfect destination for first time beginner skiers and children. This includes villages like Belle Plagne and Les Coches that are more traditional villages with their own ski schools with many ski in, ski out properties.
This resort is an intermediate skier’s paradise, with 70 blue and 32 red runs allowing over 70% of all the runs to be a perfect playground for intermediate skiers. The longest run being a huge 15km. A few popular runs include those from the La Grande Rochette to Champagny and the Roche de Mio back to Belle Plagne.
For expert skiers this French ski resort has plenty of black pistes off the Plagne Bellecote glacier and many tree lined ski runs from Aime La Plagne, as well as many tricky off piste routes near Plagne 1800.
There’s some phenomenal terrain in this resort including great bowls from the tops of Roche de Mio and La Grande Rochette. From Aime La Plagne there are some fantastic off-piste tree routes to Le Fornelet. There are also some amazing routes from the north facing slopes from the Bellecote glacier dropping 2km into Nancroix a true classic alpine descent.
Whether you are an expert or new to snowboarding, La Plagne is a fantastic destination for anyone who want to improve their skills and cover large distances on different types of terrain, thanks to its large number of wide intermediate pistes. There is also a snow park in Plagne Soleil and plenty of off piste opportunities through the trees. In the snow park there’s a great selection of rails, kickers, a half pipe and an air bag to practice on.
Although not as well known for its après ski as some of the other French ski resorts, there are still many bars to explore in La Plagne. La Mine in Plagne 1800 has a great vibe and rather unusual décor, with old fashioned mine carts as tables.
In Plagne Centre there is Scotty’s, which is an après ski hotspot that attracts many skiers for a drink after a hard day on the slopes. Up in Belle Plagne there is the Salon Bar where it is possible to order some good beers. The 11 villages that make up La Plagne are all easy interlinked by a regular and efficient bus service or late night gondola.
La Plagne has some fantastic mountain restaurants on offer that are spread across the La Plagne ski area. Close to Plagne Centre is the Mère-Grand, which is easily accessed from the slopes or by foot and serves traditional specialties and tasty snacks
In the Paradiski one of the highest restaurants is the Le Chalet de la Grande Rochette, which is located at the top of the Funiplagne Grande Rochette. This restaurant is at 2505m for some fantastic views, and is a must do during your ski holiday.
Apart from the fabulous skiing and Olympic bobsleigh, La Plagne has over 50 different restaurants to chose from, with food ranging from pizzas to fondues and other local specialties. There are weekly excursions to Tignes and the 3 valleys. English films are shown regularly in Plagne Centre and Plagne Bellecôte. There are also saunas, Jacuzzis, Turkish and seaweed baths and health spas for those who are tired and need a massage or just want to relax. There is also a heated outdoor pool and ice rink in Plagne Bellecôte as well as electronic golf and ten-pin bowling in Belle Plagne.