La Plagne is part of the huge Paradiski area that comprises both La Plagne and Les Arcs. The two resorts are connected by the impressively speedy Vanoise Express gondola. 70% of la Plagne ski area is above 2000m high which guarantee a high-level experience on the snow.
La Plagne ski resort
La Plagne sounds like one resort but actually resort is split into 11 stations that give you an opportunity to ski a number of quaint unspoilt traditional French villages like Les Coches, Montalbert, Champagny, Montchavin and some purpose built resorts at higher altitude which include the five main stations at the upper most part of the area, high and snow sure which include Plagne Centre, Bellecote, Belle Plagne, Plagne 1800, Plagne Aime, Plagne 2100 and finally Plagne Soleil.
The liveliest of these villages is Bella Plagne, built in a forested area and proving there is much more than just skiing in La Plagne. Belle Plagne has various shops, excellent restaurants and fun après-ski bars. For many visitors, Belle Plagne is the most appealing village in the region. From the Plagne Centre the Funiplagne takes you to the top of the Grande Rochette in only four minutes and nearly all of the accommodations when skiing in La Plagne allow you to ski-in and ski-out, directly to and from your doorstep.
Plagne Soleil, in contrast to Bella Plagne, is a very peaceful village with great views over the mountains and the villages of Plagne Village below. Aside from the apartments and hotels there is a supermarket, a ski shop, a ski school and a restaurant with a bar.
Plagne 1800 is where most of the catered chalets are located. It’s just below Plagne centre connected by a chair lift. In the evening it’s a “good” walk via the road to Plagne centre, when the ski lifts run buses connect directly to Plagne centre. There are a couple of bars such Les Mines that offer live music in the evening.
The village of Aime 2000 is at the highest altitude of all the villages as it sits at the top of the mountain. When skiing in La Plagne a visit here will be rewarded with stunning views of Mont Blanc. From Aime 2000 you can access the piste directly or jump in a lift that takes you even higher up the mountain.
For families with children, Plagne Montalbert has proven very popular in recent years. The village is located at an altitude of 1375 meters on the other side of the mountain. It is a welcoming, simple village with a small centre and a few restaurants.
Les Coches is a small village located at 1450m next to Montchavin so is ideally placed to give access to the connection to Les Arcs. Here you can enjoy skiing through the trees on predominantly blue and red pistes.
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 ski area
La Plagne ski area’s includes 225km of alpine ski slopes (from 1250m to 3250m of altitude) and 95 ski-lifts. Since 2003, the resort is linked to Les Arcs & Peisey-Vallandry’s ski area and the three of them constitute the Paradiski area: 425km of slopes.
Over 80% of La Plagne’s pistes are blue and red providing a lot of scope for beginners and intermediate skiers to develop. It has 70 per cent of slopes above 2000m, its top lift is on a glacier at a giddy 3,250m. Its pistes stretch right down to 1250m.
La Plagne off-piste
At 3,250m, the Glacier de la Chiaupe allows for some long, tree-lined red and blue runs, as well as lots of off-pisting. The Bellecôte Glacier, at 3,417m, is un-groomed, so it offers a real challenge to experts. Or head over to Les Arcs and head up to the Glacier du Varet, with its long, more challenging slopes.
La Plagne snowpark
Snowboarders and freestyle skiers have boarder-cross and other dedicated facilities, the highest-profile of which is the state-of-the-art 7cube Snowpark located above Plagne Centre. On the slopes above Plagne Bellecôte (with draglift access) are both mini half-pipe and boardercross areas, while there’s another large snowpark on the Montchavin/Les Coches side of le Dos Rond. And Champagny doesn’t miss out, having a well-equipped snowpark/freestyle area beside the Rossa chairlift.
La Plagne apres-ski
Plagne-Centre and Belle-Plagne are the liveliest resort villages, but nightlife is generally very low-key at the other villages and there are few off-slope attractions. When the resort is busy it certainly can be lively, but après here is nowhere near as raucous as in the likes of Val d’Isère or Les Deux Alpes. In Belle Plagne, the Tete Inn and the Cheyenne are the main bars whilst Scotty’s is popular in Plagne Centre.