La Plagne – France
A group of linked resorts with terrain and accommodation for every taste, La Plagne forms a part of the massive Paradiski area, is easily accessed by snow train from London and is made up of seven altitude resorts and four traditional villages.
La Plagne is a diverse and functional ski and snowboard destination in the Northern French Alps. It comprises seven main 'resorts', with excellent slope access as well as four traditional villages in the surrounding valleys. The skiing ranges from glacial powder runs to tree-lined cruisers. The area also boasts a halfpipe and snowpark for the freestylers in your group. The piste skiing is most suited to intermediates that want to cover lots of ground. La Plagne alone offers 225km of runs, which can be plenty for a week, particularly if you've never been here before. If you choose to ski the full Paradiski area, that increases to over 400km, and on top of that, there is some excellent off-piste.
The 1960s purpose built developments have an odd urban feel with shops and restaurants accessed via 'commercial galleries', but they do have the advantage of being truly ski in and out. Many of the more recently built accommodation has been designed with a more tasteful and traditional feel. If you are willing to trade some convenience for a more authentic village atmosphere, Champagny-en-Vanoise is a great option, and probably a fair bit cheaper.
You won't get bored
Off the slopes, La Plagne is not known for legendary nightlife, but there are plenty of other things to do, and each resort does have at least one bar, if not several. Try the 80kms of cross-country ski trails either on skis or snowshoes, paraglide around the peaks on a tandem flight, or for a unique adrenalin rush, try the 1992 Olympic bobsleigh course. See our “Things to do” section for more info.
Gravity defying Vanoise Express
The double-decker Vanoise Express cable car links La Plagne to Les Arcs, ensuring a vast domain of skiing and snowboarding for everyone. The cable car is quite a feat of engineering: 2km long, transporting 200 people at a go and only taking four minutes to do it!
Where's the catch?
A downside of this popular area is the busy school holidays, when it pays to avoid certain bottlenecks, where lift queues can be long. There are also some fairly flat sections within the ski area which, without careful route planning, can prove quite frustrating for snowboarders. La Plagne is a family favourite and spread out into a number of resorts so it lacks the party ambience of some other resorts. If you can get past these minor niggles, La Plagne might turn out to be a favourite that you return to again and again.
- Brave the Olympic bobsleigh
- Have fun on the slopes at night with a sledge ride.
- If you fancy a bit of high-adrenaline sight-seeing, try paragliding
- Blow the budget with a 'slap-up' lunch at La Roche de Mio - amazing views but they do come at a price.
- Ice climbing is a new venture for La Plagne, great fun.
La Plagne videos
Mad Dog Ski takes the train to Paradiski to show us how it is done. Check out the video for full details of her adventure and judge for yourself. Find out more about La Plagne here.
La Plagne blogs
Posted by Matt Lumb on 26th March 2015
I’m a fan of a well-deserved day off during a week of skiing. There’s a lie-in to be had, raclette and tartiflette to eat and bière and vin chaud to gulp down (soft drinks are available too). But if you did want to do something more constructive than that, what have you got?
Posted by Tim Wilson on 19th April 2012
As the ski season draws to a close we expect sunny days and slushy snow. This year that came and went and now it's back to winter conditions. Tuesday was the only day this week where the weather was supposed to clear. Alarms were set and at 9am, a peek outside was met with dense fog. I was all but ready to go back to sleep when a friend called with promises of blue skies in the forecast for later on.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1250 m - 2050 m|
|Highest lift||3250 m|
|Lowest lift||1250 m|
|km of piste||425|
|Number of lifts||172|
|Nearest airport||Lyon St Exupéry|
|Lift pass price||€241/ 6 days|
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