Seven altitude resorts and four traditional villages make up this diverse and functional destination, all stitched together with pistes and lifts like a grand game of snakes and ladders. The skiing ranges from glacial powder runs at 3250m to tree-lined cruisers, and as you’d imagine the area suits skiers who like to ramp up the miles. La Plagne alone offers 225km of runs, plenty for most people for a week. However, the double-decker Vanoise Express cable car links La Plagne to Les Arcs across a deep gorge. Together they are called Paradiski – 400 epic kilometres of zipping about.
La Plagne’s 1960s 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. The villages have small, relaxed, easier-on-the-eye centres but are quiet in the evenings. This is a land of chalets, and most people seem to stay in, although there are good restaurants in all of the villages.
La Plagne is not known for legendary nightlife, but each resort does have at least one bar, plus there are a few nightclubs. There are plenty of other sporty things to do – for a unique adrenalin rush, try the 1992 Olympic bobsleigh course.