Skiing La Plagne Paradise Network
La Plagne we think is one of the best value, high altitude ski resorts for beginners and early intermediates with gentle blues and reds in front of the higher villages allowing skiers to progress with confidence quickly. More accomplished intermediates will probably however choose to ski higher up on the more challenging runs or take the impressive Vainoisse Express to ski Les Arcs more challenging pistes (on and off-piste).
La Plagne Villages
Many skiers are surprised to find that La Plagne rather than being one large village, is actually a series of smaller villages, ten in total. The more traditional, character Tarrentaise villages are found close to the valley floor at 1,250m to 1,450m, with the more modern, purpose built villages between 1,800m and 2,100m:
- Champagny en Vanoise - 1,250m
- Montchavin - 1,250m
- Plagne Montalbert - 1,350m
- Les Coches - 1,450m)
- Plagne - 1,800m
- Plagne Bellecote - 1,930m)
- Plagne Centre - 1,970m)
- Plagne Soleil - 2,050m
- Belle Plagne - 2,050m
- Aime La Plagne - 2,100m
The higher ski resorts being purpose built are rarely more than a two or three hundred metres from the piste, and likewise lifts and ski schools. This said, they are more functional than stylish and are largely made up of large apartment blocks. Nightlife is limited with a few bars and restaurants.
Lower down, the villages offer a more traditional appeal and whilst the apes-ski is still limited, the bars and restaurants offer a warmer appeal.
Family Ski Holidays
Highly recommended in our view for family ski holidays where price is important, ski convenience and kilometres of piste count. Notwithstanding the flattering pistes that particularly well suited towards younger family members and nervous parents.
Off-Piste Skiing La Plagne
If you are a competent skier, particularly off-piste, and you've been to La Plagne or Les Arcs, then there is a good chance you will have had the pleasure of the off-piste run down into Champagny on a sunny day. Locals refer to it as the Mont de la Guerre, followed by a long lunch in this pretty ski resort. It isn't difficult, it starts out wide and then becomes pretty tree lined skiing below the middle, in the right conditions it is one of the alps most pleasurable runs. Please of course appreciate it is still off-piste however and appropriate competencies are required to ski it.
Elsewhere, the Bellicose is extremely popular and fabulous too. A little more challenging than the aforementioned, and in one or two places you will be seriously questioning anyone who suggests the off-piste isn't challenging enough in the Paradise area!
Getting Around The Resorts
There is an excellent bus system that serves all the ten ski resorts on a regular basis until late into the evening, so village hopping is not a significant issue a(check bus timetables for periodicy and late running).
La Plagne has a dedicated sledge run that thrill seekers of all ages will just love. Starting at La Plagne 1,800m, it twists and turns all the way down to La Roche below. Speeds in excess of 40mph have been claimed so its no gentle descent! La Plagne also has a childrens sledging area and there are two outdoor ice rinks as well.
La Plagne and Paradise Ski Map