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 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 was a bigger area on the map than Val D’Isere and Tignes combined. And it offered a choice of 11 different villages in which you could stay.
Yet La Plagne always felt second-best compared to the top French ski resorts: the few challenging pistes were spread out and separated by long flat sections; the lifts were older, slower, and more prone to closure; the higher villages were uglier and the lower villages more cut off; and there was no buzz to the nightlife wherever you stayed. It became the resort you learnt to ski in (the nursery slopes are excellent and free) 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. A new connecting 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 a higher percentage of convenient slope-side accommodation.

And 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 famous for a good reason. And then, of course, there is the link to Les Arcs itself. Built in 2003, the Vanoise Express more than doubled the on-piste challenges available to strong intermediates and above based in La Plagne. It also instils a mindset of knowing there are always new runs to explore - and that's the real hallmark of a genuine world-class ski resort.  

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.

La Plagne Rating

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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 

5 Day Snow & Weather Forecast

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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.