La Plagne Ski Resort Guide

Ideally situated in the Paradiski Area, and thanks to the 2003 addition of the Vanoise Express, La Plagne provides access to an expansive ski resort linked with Les Arcs. This vast resort offers an array of runs for all levels of skiers and boarders with over 225kms of pistes in La Plagne alone and 425kms within the entire Paradiski area.

La Plagne is one of France’s most popular resorts with families and friend groups alike. With 11 different villages making up La Plagne itself, you can find the perfect place for your holiday – be it high altitude ski-in, ski-out accommodation or traditional mountain village charm.

And no matter what you’re looking for, La Plange has something to offer for all ski abilities. A large portion of La Plagne’s ski area is a beginner’s playground and it’s well known for being a beginner-friendly resort. There are a number of open green and blue slopes situated on a rolling plateau high above the tree line. The wide, well-groomed pistes across the resort leave much space for beginners to practice their turns on. And it’s also a great place for intermediates and families looking for wide open slopes. However, that said, there is also large off-piste areas, steep couloirs, and steep descents. And with the Vanoise Express linking the resort up to Les Arcs and the rest of the Paradiski’s 425kms of pistes, there’s plenty to keep you busy!

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La Plagne Resort Information

La Plagne Key Facts

  • Part of the Paradiski
  • 225km of pistes across La Plagne
  • Links to Les Arcs via the Vanoise Express
  • Large off-piste area
  • Terrain park
  • La Plagne’s pistes by colour: 9 green, 73 blue, 34 red, 19 black

La Plagne & The Paradiski Piste Map

Les Arcs and The Paradiski Piste Map

Click on the image to download a high res piste map of La Plagne and the wider Paradiski area

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Best Ski Runs in La Plagne – our pick of the bunch.

Part of the Paradiski area with a large amount of accessible ski area, it’s easy to see the appeal of La Plagne. A large portion of La Plagne’s ski area is a beginner’s playground and there are plenty of reasons why it’s known as a beginner-friendly resort. There are a number of open green and blue slopes situated on a rolling plateau high above the tree line. The wide, well-groomed pistes across the resort leave much space for beginners to practice their turns on.

For Beginners:

  • Beginner Areas – There are separate areas in Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800, Plagne Soleil, Aime 2000 and Plagne Bellecote; Montachavin, Les Coches, and Montalbert.
  • Magic Carpets – You will find ‘Zone Debutant’ in each village which all have magic carpets for those just learning to ski.
  • La Plagne is a great place to learn, with 18 free lifts in the whole area – each village has at least one.

For Intermediates:

  • Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre – These higher spots offer a wide range of terrain and a number of easy blue slopes.
  • Grande Rochelle – We love skiing this area where there’s a great mix of blues and reds, all of them are wide and lovely runs.

For Advanced:

  • Inversens in Roche de Mio – Where you’ll find the best snow in all weather conditions.
  • Montchavin and Montalbert Trees – The best place to head when it’s bad weather.
  • The Glacier – For those who want a challenge and steeper terrain.
  • The north face of Bellecote – For the more experienced, take on this splendid challenge with usually excellent snow at the top.

La Plagne Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurant options in La Plagne, with something for every budget.

Whether you’re looking for some super cheese-filled French fare, or need a family-friendly restaurant, you can find something for you in La Plagne.

Best Cheap Eats

  • La Cantine – In the heart of Plagne 1800, they have one of the best pizzas in town, Tapas & Guacamole Nachos, Photo & Art exhibitions, good Music & friendly people.
  • Chalet de Inversens – Reached when skiing down from Roche de Mio, this place has an amazing view and as it’s self-service, is very reasonably priced for a slopeside restaurant.
  • La Vache Rouge – Lovely food, if you want something traditional or pizza.
  • Croq’ Neige – If you want to have a bit of a break on the sun with nice coffee and even nicer hot chocolate, Croq Neige in Plagne Centre is a place to go.

Mid Range

  • Le Refuge – Situated in Plagne Centre, this a Savoyard atmosphere, and if you order their grilled meat specialty you can even cook your own dinner under the hot copper hoods!
  • La Mine – (In Plagne 1800) This traditional English Pub in the heart of Plagne 1800 has a great terrace if the weather is nice enough to dine outside.
  • Le Chalet des Colosses – There’s an old-fashioned red phone box outside, so you’ll know you’re in the right place. Serving international cuisines that will satisfy your curry cravings.
  • Le Forperet – Great mountain refuge feel, with a panoramic view of Mont Blanc from their terrace. Also, a great spot to bring the kids. What more could you want?

Fine Dining

  • La Face Nord – A restaurant in Belle Plagne with a gastro French menu with a lovely ambiance and really friendly people.
  • Le Carlina – Also in Belle Plagne, this place offers a gourmet menu in the restaurant within the 4* Hotel. Pasta, meats, salads and a daily menu.
  • Chalet de la Roche – Head here for amazing mountaintop hand-made pasta from the Italian Head Chef.
  • Chalet du Friolin – Perfect if you need some sustenance during an off-piste adventure in the Montchavin area. Just make sure you don’t stay too late and miss the lifts back home.

La Plagne Après & Nightlife

  • Bar La Mine in Plagne 1800is a traditional English pub – but with a mining theme, complete with lamps and old mining tools on display that were used in the village many moons ago. It has a great terrace, there are DJs and regular live music, as well as live sports on TV.
  • Scotty’s Bar – This friendly, British-run bar sits at the base of the Stade Olympic run in Plagne Centre. Regular music, dancing, and multiple happy hours keep this place popular throughout the afternoon. It’s also a great place to grab a quick snack at any time of day, with burgers and sharing platters coming highly recommended.
  • Le Saloon – Pub and club in Belle Plagne has an American theme and is the resort’s late-night disco – in fact, it’s the only venue La Plagne has to offer that comes close to a club.
  • Luna Bar – A Savoyard style pub and bar, serving a host of spirits, wines, and beers. Perfect for an après ski drink and with theme evenings and a large dance floor you can dance the night away. It is open daily throughout the winter season.

A bit of history

The La Plagne ski resort was created in 1961 and started small with just two drag lifts and four slopes. Before the resort days, La Plagne 1800 was originally a lead mining village and they found silver within the mines. Which is why the La Mine Bar in Plagne 1800 has a plethora mining themed artefacts and decor. After mining was no longer a sufficient way to support the people, young people were moving away to bigger cities, and thus the resort was a well welcomed new industry.

Michel Besançon designed the resort with the goal of it being a pedestrian resort, where residences were ski in-ski out and shops and restaurants were directly linked to the mountain

La Plagne also hosted the bobsleigh event of the 1992 Albertville winter Olympics. It now has the only olympic bobsleigh piste in France and it is still used for world and European events. You can even try it out for yourself!

In 2003, La Plagne joined with Les Arcs to create the Paradiski area, with a connecting double-decker cable car linking the two resorts.

La Plagne Village Map

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La Plagne FAQ’s

How can I get to resort?

Airport Transfers

If you’re arriving by air then you’ll probably fly into either Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva.

There are buses from the airport but you will need to change at Moutiers and they’re not cheap so if there is a few of you it often cheaper to share a transfer.

The train is the cheapest option from the airports but again this will involve several changes and the trains are somewhat infrequent.

Drive

It’s about a 9hr drive once in France to reach La Plagne. The benefits of driving are no luggage restrictions and the option of an extra day skiing during a week’s holiday but the tolls can be quite pricey on the motorways so something to consider.

Train

The Eurostar offers overnight trains direct from London St Pancras to Moutiers (about 30mins from La Plagne, at the foot of the mountain). If you don’t mind overnight travel, and can sleep on trains (or are willing to forego sleep) then this can be one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to reach the Alps. Plus, no extra charge for ski carriage. You just need to be able to carry all you can bring…..

Where can I stay in resort?

Here’s a list of our favourite tour operators in resort:

Alpine Elements
Catered ski chalets at sensible prices in La Plagne.

Ski Weekends
Weekend trip specialists.

Ski Hiver
Luxury catered ski chalets with excellent service.

And some of the agents with whom you can book stays in La Plagne:

Alpenglow Ski
A specialist chalet agent with a wide range of catered chalets to suit all budgets.

My Chalet Finder
A website specialising in self-catering chalets and apartments across the world’s top ski resorts.

SNO
Ski deals and cheap holidays with the biggest tour operators in La Plagne.

How can I get around resort?

La Plagne is easy to get around with a free bus service between the various villages.

Plagne Bellecote then offers a loop bus service, heading to Plagne Centre then to Plagne 1800. Between Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil there is both a bus service and the telebus, depending on the time of day.  From Belle Plagne to Plagne Bellecote there is no bus service, but a cable car that runs from 08:00 until 01:45.

What is the snow like? La Plagne webcams

Webcams can be found on the official La Plagne website.

Where can I find more information about La Plagne?

La-Plagne.com
The official website of the local tourist board.

See La Plagne
A useful website with information about the best places to ski, eat and drink.

Where can I get my ski or snowboard equipment?

There are a number of ski hire shops around La Plagne depending on what village you are staying in.

We recommend Ski Set, with shops at all levels. You can also get an online discount booking with them via this link.

Alternatively, Elpro Skimium has shops in both Plagne 1800 and Plagne Bellecote.

What non-skiing activities are available in La Plagne?

Bobsleigh Experience

For adrenalin-packed action give the Olympic bobsleigh a go – the only bobsleigh in Europe. It’s not for the faint-hearted though as you whizz down between 80-130km an hour! The Bobsleigh in La Plagne offers 3 different experiences with prices starting from 79€. This activity is for the adrenaline junkies and health and height restrictions apply. It’s a truly unique experience that is completely exclusive to La Plagne.

Sledging on the Colorado

A piste in Plagne Centre has been especially designated to sledging, from 1.30pm till 6.30pm, try some extreme sledging. The Colorado has a minimum height restriction of 1m40 and is not for the faint hearted. It’s best to wear ski gear, as you can get and cold very quickly and it’s included with your ski pass.

Paragliding flights

If you fancy the feeling of flying and being the closest a human can be to flying then paragliding is for you. Up on the top of the Grande Rochette in Plagne Centre, Paridifly offers tandem paragliding flights, this offers sensational views over Mont Blanc and the Three Valleys. They will also film your flight for a small supplementary fee. It’s well worth the money and a fantastic experience for the young and not so young!

Sleigh Ride with Husky dogs

A must for all animal lovers, you wil find Sledge rides pulled by husky dogs, leaving from Plagne Villages and heading up on the Dou Du Praz.

Outdoor Heated Swimming

Plagne Bellecote has a newly renovated outdoor heated swimming pool, the Magic Pool, where you can swim with the snow on the poolside. There is also a spa area with a sauna, spa and steam room.

Visit the Ice Grotto

If you fancy visiting a real ice grotto, then this for you. Weather and lift opening permitting on the Glacier in Plagne Bellecote there is a real Ice grotto. Access is via the Cable Car from Plagne Bellcote to the Roche de Mio then followed by another cable car ride to the Glacier.

Skidoo / Snowmobile Rides

Snow Panthers offer s Skidoo rides from Plagne Centre. The hour-long session takes you up into the mountains after the pistes have closed to experience the fantastic views and sunset tours in the springtime. It’s a great activity if you love the mountains and motor sports.

What about childcare?

We recommend T4 Nannies for childcare in La Plagne:

T4 Nannies
T4 offers a private nanny service in Val d’Isere, Tignes, Meribel, Courchevel, La Tania, La Plagne and La Rosiere. They hand pick nannies who share the belief that undivided attention, fun and getting involved are the key ingredients to a happy family holiday.

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