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Resort Guide

La Plagne is one of the largest single resort areas in France and caters especially well for beginners and intermediates. There are a few smaller areas that link all the villages of La Plagne to each other, to ensure maximum skiing time. Plagne Centre, Aime Le Centre, Plagne 1800, Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil areas provide a wide variety of blues and reds, ideal for the beginner or intermediate skier as well as being a good start for those looking to rediscover their ski legs.

Complete beginners will also find the nursery slopes here, roped off to stop other skiers rushing through. The Belle Plagne and Plagne Bellecote area provides more reds for a bit more of a challenge and also has access up to the Bellecote Glacier via a cable car that goes up  one side of the mountain then heads downwards to the bottom of the glacier’s skiable area. This area is worth going to for the beautiful views alone, but also has a few blue and red runs, along with a couple of blacks (conditions permitting). The amazing “North face of the Bellecote” off-piste run can also be accessed from here, although this should only be skied with a professional qualified guide. The Champagny area of La Plagne (accessible on a La Plagne local ski pass) is accessed from the top of the Grande Rochette cable car and provides an extra little treat to the main La Plagne ski area. Particularly enjoyable in the afternoon when the sun shines directly on it, this is another area which predominantly features blues and reds and also links up to the back of the Belle Plagne and Plagne Bellecote area. For the less energetic skier, there are also a number of lovely mountain restaurants with terraces that allow you to make the most of the sunshine. 

For beginners

There is a nursery slope adjacent to each village that makes up the resort of La Plagne but the main nursery slopes our guests use are situated at the very top of the resort in La Plagne Centre. One slope complete with button lift is directly opposite our apartments (perfect for nervous parents to spy on their little ones!), the other is just to the left of the Grand Rochette bubble  a few steps away from the Summit View. Ski schools use these runs to start novices off on their skiing adventure before progressing on to the Vega and Ramy runs back into resort.

Snow parks

Snow park (Belle Plagne) is split into 2 parts; one small and one big. The ‘small’ park for beginners has bumps, boxes and small rails. The ‘big’ park has 3 levels with larger bumps, boxes and rails. There is also a big air bag to try out moves in complete safety and a ‘chill zone’ to relax in.

Off Piste

La Plagne has a very good reputation for off piste skiing. The resort is spread over a large area, much of which is not touched by lift systems resulting in more powder, that doesn't get tracked nearly as quickly as some other more 'macho' resorts. Both the Bellecote and Biolley areas offer some rather challenging off-piste skiing.  It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.

Cross Country Skiing

Cross country skiing is very popular in La Plagne with over 80km of specialised marked tracks available (many of which are free of charge). 22km of those pistes are in the award winning area of Champagny-le-Haut Nordic; a ski area to the south side of the resort. For those that want to explore even further there is also 44km of piste in the Peisey-Nancroix area in Vallee de Bellecote between La Plagne and Les Arcs. You will need to have a car to access these and you do need to purchase a pass but it’s an area highly recommended to investigate. In terms of tuition, Oxygene , our ski school partner can offer one-on-one or group lessons.

In La Plagne we provide our ski hire from Oxygene, we have been working with them since our arrival in resort. Their shop is in the same building as our chalets, so once you’re settled in your chalet host will take you downstairs to collect your equipment. You can go down in your slippers if you wish. We are confident you’ll get the very best of service from Bertrand, Manu and the team. 

We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand. This is key to ensure the team at Oxygene know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible.

Ski rental equipment descriptions and categories vary from resort to resort, and even from shop to shop. To make this easier we describe ski equipment as bronze, silver, gold or platinum. We would advise you book the following according to your experience and ski ability;

Bronze – for complete beginners  Silver – for intermediate level (blues and easy reds) Gold – for intermediate/advanced level (reds and easy blacks) Platinum – for advanced/expert level

Prices for the 2015/16 season, as a guide, are shown below.  PLUS as VIP SKI guests you will also get;

  • Free delivery and collection (once fitted in the shop your equipment will be delivered to the ski locker room, and collected from there at the end of the week)
  • Free helmet for children ski packs (saving 9€)
  • Free insurance covering theft, breakage with no excess (saving 9€)

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates. 

Please note: For 2 Jan departures, we can provide 5-day ski hire. Please call for more information

Adult Bronze Cost
Skis only £55
Boots only £37
Skis & boots £91
Adult Silver  
Skis only £76
Boots only £37
Skis & boots £112
Snowboard only £69
Snowboard &boots £105
Adult Gold  
Skis only £98
Boots only £37
Skis & boots £134
Adult Platinum  
Skis only £119
Boots only £37
Skis & boots £155
Child Bronze (3-6 years)  
Skis only £37
Boots only £22
Skis & boots (incl helmet) £71
Child Silver (7-12 years)  
Skis only £37
Boots only £22
Skis & boots (incl helmet) £71
Snowboard & boots (incl helmet) £71
 
Adult or child helmet hire £13

Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down!

Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to your chalet before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift. Prices detailed are for the 2016/17 season.

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates

6 day - Paradiski
Adult 13-64 years - £269
Adult 65-74 years - £215
Child 5-12 years - £215
Family of 4 - £860
Family additional child - £215

6 day - La Plagne only

Adult 14-64 years - £234
Adult 65-71 years - £187
Child 6-13 years - £187
Family of 4 - £748
Family additional child - £187

Adult or child Carre Neige = £16

Please note: For 2 Jan departures, we can provide 5-day lift passes. Please call for more information

There are several ski school providers in La Plagne, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. We have listed a few of our recommended suppliers below, and highlighted those we pre-book on your behalf.

Oxygene ski school +33(0)4 79 09 03 99

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

Our childrens ski school La Plagne, is run in partnership with award-winning Oxygene who are a highly respected and professionally run ski school, with a refreshingly forward thinking and innovative attitude. Oxygene understand the importance of their role in your holiday and share our own ethos of total satisfaction. We work tirelessly with them to create a relaxed environment for our children to learn or improve, without barrier of language and at times that suit our guests. All the instructors selected for our ski school have been hand-picked for their fluency in English, particular affinity and experience with children and friendly, encouraging manner.

In addition to our dedicated VIP SKI child lessons, Oxygene provide group ski & snowboard classes for adults and children of all abilities. They also provide Off-piste courses and tailor-made private lessons. All with small group sizes of no more than 6-10 per class. 

Click here to see prices of our Oxygene Childrens ski school lessons

ESF +33(0)4 79 09 00 40

ESF are a local branch of the French Ski School and provide private and group ski & snowboard lessons, for children, teens and adults. ESF are unique in offering Kindergarten ski school for children from the age of 3 years. Lessons are available for beginners or advanced abilities and you will find all their instructors are not only highly competent but extremely friendly to ensure you enjoy your lessons.

La Plagne plays host to a variety of activities and snow sports during the winter months. Whether you’re looking for something relaxing such as a massage or beauty treatment, or the adrenaline buzz of speeding up and down the pistes on a snowmobile there’s plenty to keep you occupied. We’ve listed details of the most popular activities below.

(Please note there are numerous choices of companies for all options so please speak to your Chalet Host once in resort for further details. With all extreme sporting activities please ensure you check your own insurance policy to see if you are covered to take part.)

Snowmobile/Skidoo

Once the ski runs have closed for the day, try your hand at driving these 500cc two-seater motorbikes built specially for the snow. With the rear wheel replaced by a caterpillar track for momentum and the front wheel swapped for a pair of skis for steering, these snowmobiles are incredibly quick. After some expert instruction you will soon be out on an open country trail enjoying the buzz and adrenalin rush of being in control of a snow scooter. 

Bobsleigh

La Plagne is lucky enough to boast the only bobsleigh track in the French Alps. Built for the 1992 Winter Olympics, it remains host to international contests but also allows the general public to have a go! Shoot down the 1507 metre long track at speeds of up to 80km/h, making the 125 metre drop in altitude last less than two minutes!  You can choose between the ‘mono-bob’, the 4-man ‘bob-raft’ or the 4-man ‘taxi-bob’ in which three of you get in a bob with a professional driver for a much quicker and more thrilling experience where you see exactly how it is done! Whichever one is for you, don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity! 

Paragliding

Want to try something new? Tired of having your feet firmly on the ground? For the ultimate exhilaration, experience the silence and taste the freedom of flying in perfect safety. Paragliding can be experienced in numerous interesting and beautiful places worldwide but it truly has to be said none more beautiful than the Alps.

Indoor Climbing Wall

Situated in the sports centre in Plagne Centre, the hall boasts 3 different walls, with varying degrees of difficulty and inclines, allowing both beginners and experienced climbers to challenge themselves. 

Swimming Pool

Photo of Swimming Pool

The outdoor pool is heated to 29°C

The swimming pool in La Plagne is outdoor but it is heated to 29°C, allowing a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains as you swim! It is located in Plagne Bellecote and open every day. Buses go between Plagne Centre and Plagne Bellecote every half an hour. Please note that for hygiene reasons men must wear tight shorts (e.g. speedos) 

Ice Skating

This ice rink is on the roof for the multi-storey carpark offering a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, with Mont Blanc visible on a clear day. There is a special area roped off for beginners as well as ice hockey equipment available for more confident skaters. The ice rink is open to everyone over the age of 3yrs. Don’t forget to stop in the café for a delicious hot chocolate before you leave!

Bowling

The bowling alley in La Plagne has three 10-pin bowling lanes, open daily from 2pm to 2am.

Cinema

The cinema is located in Plagne Bellecote. You can see films in French and English in the evenings and it will normally open for a 2.30pm showing in bad weather. For exact details for the week, please collect a leaflet from the Tourist Office or ask your Chalet Host. Films that are in English are marked VOST.

Walking & snow shoeing

Snow-shoeing is a great way to see the mountains. You can truly find yourself in another world, with nothing but the sound of a marmotte scurrying in the undergrowth and maybe a mountain spring trickling by. Perhaps the best way to enjoy this breath taking natural environment is to sign up for a guided trek with professional guides/instructors. They take you to the most remote spots to see the best of alpine scenery and wildlife, well away from the crowds. Ask for the “walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing map ” at the Tourist Office and the ski-lift sales desks or ask you chalet host for more details.

Massage and Beauty Therapists

Pamper Off Piste offer a full mobile massage service to all our guests. For maximum convenience, qualified therapists will visit you in the privacy of your own chalet bedroom and offer a range of massage options. Appointments can be made at times to suit you. Whatever your needs, the highly trained masseurs have a treatment to soothe aching limbs and replenish energy levels, leaving you looking and feeling your very best and therefore helping you to get the most from your precious week’s holiday. The service also offers facials, body treatments, waxing and manicures. For a full range of treatments and prices please ask your Chalet Host.

We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars in La Plagne. Don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them!

Scotty’s - This English run bar / restaurant serves a variety of snack-type meals and is a firm favourite with the resort staff. It is on the piste just next to the Jean- Luc Cretier slalom stadium.

Igloo Bar - A slightly louder bar once the music gets going, the combination of DJs and live music generally prefers a mixture of rock, hip-hop and indie music.

Luna Bar - In Plagne Centre, again a popular bar with resort staff and locals. They show all the football matches.

La Mine Bar - A short bus ride away in 1800, this bar keeps alive la Plagne’s heritage with mine memorabilia adorning the walls. There is live music for both après-ski and later in the evening on most nights and a pub quiz on Monday nights.

Once you’re on the slopes, you probably won’t feel like going back to your chalet to have lunch! There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch, either on the mountain or in the village.

Many of the lunch time restaurants also offer dinner in the evening. As your chalet host will have one night off in the week, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to sample the local cuisine.

In busy periods don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host to make a reservation to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Below we’ve listed a few of the many restaurants in La Plagne.

Mountain restaurants; 

Le Petit Chaperon Rouge - This old-style chalet has been converted into a comfortable restaurant with a separate bar and provides delicious Savoyard specialities in a rustic setting. It is situated just above the start of the 1800 chair lift in Plagne 1800.

Chalet de Colosses - Situated in Plagne Bellecote just above the half-pipe this restaurant serves up a variety of dishes and some not always typical of the mountains — their curry comes highly recommended.

Matafan - One of the first restaurants to open in Belle Plagne — this restaurant can be accessed by the piste just underneath the mid-station of the Roche de Mio cable car and serves anything from snacks to full meals, including local specialities. It also boasts a large terrace on which to enjoy the sunnier days.

Le Chaudron - Located in the middle of Plagne Centre next to Summit View. Renowned for grilled specialities cooked over an open fire in the middle of the dining room.

Village restaurants;

La Grolle - Offering excellent French cuisine and located just below our chalets, with excellent access from the piste. Your guaranteed large portions, good quality food and a nice atmosphere.

Le Refuge - The oldest restaurant in the resort and a great dining experience. Warm and welcoming, with a roaring fire and low lighting makes for a lovely atmosphere. You'll get a good service here with a wide menu selection and excellent food.

l'Arlequin - Situated in Aime 2000 but is well worth the short ride up in the Centre-Aime cable car. After winding down a circular staircase you will have the chance to sample a variety of different dishes, including pizza, tagliatelli, foie gras or any of the normal specialities in addition to some more unusual house specialities.

Brasserie de la Cloche - This restaurant is located in Belle Plagne, but it is worth the bus and cable car trip.  It offers a warm, convivial atmosphere, friendly staff and good quality food not to mention great service and traditional French decor. We recommend the entrecote.

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