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Related Regions: Paradiski, Northern Alps, France, Savoie, Europe, Tarentaise

La Plagne Overview

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Open
Season Start/End: 16/12/2017 - 28/04/2018
Altitude
:
1250m - 3250m
Pistes
:
7%|52%| 26%| 15%
Lifts
:
95
Lift Tickets
:
from €34.00 to €52.00
Complete list of skipass prices
La Plagne Centre, France.
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La Plagne is a beautiful place – a plateau surrounded by the great snow covered alpine peaks. You have to say this first because it has a reputation for ugly buildings. True the earlier buildings are what you might call architecturally challenged, if you are not a fan of Le Corbusier and his disciples. But the scenery is wonderful - on the edge of and even in the glorious Parc régionale de la Vanoise where you may see ibex, chamois, golden eagles bearded vultures.

Much of the early part of the resort was built on the principle of the ‘the most people on the least land’ to preserve the ski area, with inevitable architectural consequences. Even so it is ironic that the most controversial building, the giant ‘paquebot’ at Aime La Plagne, built in 1969, has the highest client fidelity score.

La Plagne, made up of six high-altitude resorts, which are linked from 8am to midnight, and four further down the mountain. And certain villages are very attractive, particularly that of Belle Plagne, developed later.

La Plagne is big, the biggest ski resort in the world both by number of days of ski lift passes bought in a season- 2.5 million and by the number of beds – 53,509. It has the biggest ski lift in the world, the Vanoise Express linking it with adjoining Les Arcs. Together they make up most ofFrancesthird biggest ski area Paradiski. This means a lot of people but at the same time it means great facilities. It is a world-class winter sports resort and thousands of people have wonderful winter holidays there and keep coming back.

It is not, by any measure, super smart. There are no five-star hotels and no plans for any and no Michelin-star restaurants. There is no nightclub where you will are likely to bump into Beckham or Beyoncé but there are still dozens of good restaurants and bars. There is now a strong move to expand the higher end accommodation and protect the environment. Hard to believe that 50 years ago there was nothing here except cows and a lead mine where most of the miners died by the time they reached their mid-fifties.

La Plagne Centre, France.
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There is an amazing number of things to do in La Plagne. Here is a selection of the more entertaining activities worth knowing about.

Bobsleigh track

The star of the off-piste activities in La Plagne is undoubtedly France’s only international bobsleigh track on which you can have a go on your own in a mono bob reaching speeds of up to 90kph for €105 or try the real thing in the taxi bob 110 kph for €110, driven by a professional driver with three passengers. The minimum age is 16 for the mono bob or 18 for the taxi bob.

Glacier walking

There is an ice cave with ice carvings at the top of the Belle Côte glacier and you can put on crampons and go for a hike on the other glaciers – with a guide if you are prudent.

Dog sleds

You can go for a ride on a horse drawn sleigh or a dog sled. If you want to you can drive the dog sled shouting “mush” as long as you promise not to let go and let the doggies run off not to be seen again until doggie tea-time. A lot harder work than it looks especially as you have to push up hill. The guide drives a sledge in front of you. As long as you stay on the track all should be well.

Ice climbing

A round of the Ice Climbing World Cup is held at the Champagny village artificial 22m high frozen waterfall. If you are over 10 years old you can have a go as well. Genuine frozen waterfalls are available at Champagny Le Haut Valley.

Ice karting

Ice karting is possible aver the age of 10 every Thursday night and there are facilities for quad biking. Snowmobiles are available from Belle Plagne (El Pro), Plagne Centre and Plagne Bellecôte at about € 90 an hour.

Winter walking

There are many specially prepared walking trails linking the various villages. These beautiful pathways are a wonderful tranquil way of exploring the valley in peace and quiet. For safety wear gripper treads and take ski sticks. The tourist offices provide a special map and there are discounts on the cable cars and ski lifts for pedestrians.

Mont de la Guerre Derby

Each year at the end of January there is the Mont de la Guerre Derby organised by the Champagny Ski Club. There are five categories: Alpine, Telemark, Snowboard, Monoski and Handiski. All you have to do is be over 16, pay €35, sign the application form agreeing not to sue the organisers if you break your neck and you are entered for a great fun race with 50 or 60 others. Competitors start off in groups of four regardless of speciality. The piste is ‘challenging’. The entry fee covers you for insurance for the day so that’s alright. Ends with a ‘buffet convivial’ – magic.

Altitude

  • 3250m
    Summit
  • 2000m
    Vertical Drop
  • 1250m
    Base

Lifts

  • 11
  • 0
  • 6
  • 26
  • 10
  • 7
  • 14
  • 21
  • 95
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    7%

  • Intermediate Runs

    52%

  • Advanced Runs

    26%

  • Expert Runs

    15%

  • Runs

    128

  • KM Pistes

    225 km

  • Terrain Parks

    1

  • KM Night Skiing

    80 km


  • Longest Run

    6 km

  • Skiable Terrain

    10000 ha

  • Snow Making

    133 ha

  • KM Snow Making

    35 km


Important Dates

  • Projected Opening Ski Season: 16/12/2017
  • Days Open Last Year: 136
  • Projected Closing Ski Season: 28/04/2018
  • Projected Days Open: 138
  • Years Open: 57
  • Average Snowfall: 524cm

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La Plagne Reviews

  • Joanne Evans

    • 5
    11th February 2018

    Full review

      A great resort that is really inclusive, including being a centre for Antenne Handicap - accessible skiing. Most accommodation offers ski in,...
     
  • anonymous

    • 5
    7th February 2018

    Full review

      An amazing place to ski and is great value. The nightlife is non existent but that works for us. Easy to get...
     
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