La Plagne Ski Resort

La Plagne’s snow-sure central bowl is perfect for beginners learning to ski and novices wishing to improve. For intermediates, the main appeal is the sheer size of the Paradiski area (425 kms of piste) and there is also excellent guided off-piste for experts.

Even before La Plagne linked with Les Arcs to create Paradiski, it had a big ski area. From Plagne-Montalbert in the West to the top of Bellecote in the East, and from Montchavin in the North to Champagny-en-Vanoise in the South, La Plagne always has been larger on the map than Val d’Isere and Tignes combined. No wonder it was split into 11 different villages.
And yet on the slopes, La Plagne somehow seemed smaller, and a bit second-rate: its interesting pistes were few and far between and separated by dull flat sections; the lifts were old, slow, and prone to closure; the higher villages were ugly and the lower villages isolated; and there was no buzz to the nightlife wherever you stayed. It became the resort you learnt to ski in (it's always been a great resort for beginners) but then moved on from.
Linking with Les Arcs did not solve all these problems at a stroke, but it spearheaded much needed further investment in La Plagne. New lifts were built easing some of the old bottlenecks and speeding up connections with the outlying villages which no longer felt cut off. A new piste enabled fit, confident skiers to descend 2000m from the top of Bellecote to Montchavin entirely on piste. Attractive buildings were built in the higher villages, especially Belle Plagne, Plagne 1800, Plagne Soleil and Les Coches. None of them have the nightlife of Val d’Isere, Chamonix or Meribel, but they are less expensive and have more slope-side accommodation.

These improvements made people remember that La Plagne's ski area always had its strong points. Just outside the main bowl, for instance, there has always been excellent tree skiing; and the off-piste from the top of Bellecote is superb. And the link to Les Arcs was important because it more than doubled the number of challenging runs that strong intermediates and above based in La Plagne could access. It also instilled a mindset that throughout your holiday there will always be new areas to explore - and that's the real hallmark of a genuine world-class ski resort.  

Ski & Board hire in La Plagne

There are plenty of ski rental shops in all the villages, but their prices are quite high if you simply walk into them.

ALPINRESORTS.COM works with ski hire shops in La Plagne's higher and lower villages and can secure discounts of up to 60% if you book here.

SKISET has also agreed to give discounts of up to 50% if you book online using these links, and has outlets in Plagne Centre, Bellecote, 1800, Aime, Belle Plagne, Soleil/Village, Montalbert, Les Coches, Montchavin and Champagny.

La Plagne Pros & Cons

+ Choice of a big ski area (La Plagne) or an enormous one (Paradiski)
+ Snowsure main bowl
+ Good tree skiing in bad weather
+ Pretty lower villages, convenient higher ones
+ Excellent resort for beginners
+ Excellent off-piste with a guide
- Still some lift queues
- Some ugly higher villages
- Quiet nightlife
- Only a few scattered steep pistes
- Paradiski is really two ski areas linked by one lift, rather than a truly integrated area.

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La Plagne Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionSavoie
  • Base1,250 metres
  • Peak3,250 metres
  • Vertical2,000 metres
  • Beginner67 %
  • Intermediate25 %
  • Advanced8 %
  • Total Lifts42 
  • Cable Cars
  • Gondolas
  • Surface Lifts42 

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Catered Chalet Accommodation in La Plagne

  • Chalet Anniek

    Chalet Anniek, La Plagne

    Conveniently located in located iMontalbert in La Plagne ski area, Chalet Anniek is only 150m from the nearest ski lift, piste and local ESF ski school. 

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  • GVA Transfers

    GVA Transfers

    GVA Transfers takes skiers and boarders from Geneva airport direct to their accommodation in Alpine ski resorts. 

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  • Mountain Rescue Airport Transfers

    Mountain Rescue

    Mountain Rescue operates private and door to door transfers 24 hours day 7-days a week out of Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery airports.