La Plagne is a world class winter ski resort, offering you everything!
About the resort
La Plagne is a world-renown winter sports resort located in the French Alps in the Tarentaise valley. La Plagne comprises 10 different villages sector from 1250m to 3250m: Plagne Aime 2000, Plagne Centre, Plagne Villages, Plagne 1800, Plagne Bellecôte, Belle Plagne, Plagne Soleil, Montalbert, Montchavin and Les Coches and Champagny-en-Vanoise. Each village has their own unique style and you cannot escape the beautiful surrounding area of the National Vanoise Park and the magnificent views across the valley to the Mont Blanc.
About the ski area
The skiing and snowboarding in La Plagne is huge with 225km of marked pistes. It is linked to Les Arcs by the Vanoise Express, a double-decker cable car that can carry 200 people across the valley in 5 minutes. There’s another 200km of pisted runs in Les Arc too. The two resorts as a whole form what is known as Paradiski, one of the worlds biggest ski areas.
Getting around the resort
All the La Plagne altitude villages (Plagne Aime 2000, Plagne Centre, Plagne Villages, Plagne 1800, Plagne Bellecôte, Belle Plagne, Plagne Soleil) are connected by either a free bus service or pedestrian cable cars. A regular bus service goes every 15 minutes from Plagne Centre, through 1800 and to Bellecôte, then back again to Plagne Centre. Aime 2000 is linked to Plagne Centre via an indoor cable car called the Telemetro. Belle Plagne is linked to Bellecôte via the Bellecôte Telecabine. Plagne Centre is linked to Plagne Village by the Telebus, and there is a regular bus service every 10 minutes from Plagne Village to Plagne Soleil.
There are many activities you can do in La Plagne. There are the obvious ones such as skiing, snowboarding, telemarking, cross-country skiing, however you can also go snowshoeing, walking, ice skating, paragliding, sledging, swimming and bowling. If you are looking for some adrenaline then you need to try our the Superluge Derby which is a 6km nighttime sledging track from Aime 2000 to La Roche. You can also experience hurtling down a zip wire from Aime 2000 to Plagne Centre or why not have a go at husky sledging? You may or may not know that in 1992 La Plagne welcomed the winter Olympic Games with the creation of a 1800m long bobsleigh, luge and skeleton run from Plagne 1800 to La Roche. Today you are able to experience the bob raft, speed luge and bob racing for yourself.
Summer in La Plagne can be as relaxing or active as you want! La Plagne is starting to really redevelop itself as a high-class mountain biking resort. There are many tracked and un-tracked routes to choose from. Plus there is the opportunity to rent electric mountain bikes throughout. This has defiantly made mountain biking more accessible to everyone. You can go walking and there is a via ferrata at the Roche de Mio too. Other activities you can do include paragliding, climbing, swimming, horse riding, tennis, volleyball and mini golf. It’s great for children too as around the resort there are dedicated areas with inflatable bouncy castles and trampolines. Down in the valley you can take advantage of the Isère river and the fantastic range water sports offered. You can go white water rafting, hydrospeeding or canoeing. You can also go swinging in the trees or for something more off-the-beaten-track, why not try canyoning?
There’s a wide selection of restaurants in La Plagne to choose from ranging from takeaway pizza, typical french cuisine, a full on Savoyard fondue or raclette or even an amazing meet feast with a steak tartare or a tournedos rossini. Some of our favourite restaurant recommendations are below:
- Dominos Pizza - eat in or take away pizza
- La Refuge - Savoyard dinning in a nice environment
- Le Farçon - a simple typically French menu
- Chez Marie - a crêperie including typical Savoyard dishes
- Croq’ Neige - fast food, burgers, panini’s, pizzas, simple salads
- Petit Chaperon Rouge - Savoyard with a slightly luxurious twist
- Grizzli - French style menu with lots of meat and typical Savoyard dishes
- Au Coin du Feu - French and savoyard dinning
- Hotel Restaurant Carlina - a la carte French dinning in a luxury environment
- Face Nord - typical Savoyard and a la carte menu
- Chalet de La Roche - French and Italian dinning with great homemade pasta
- Chalet des Colosses - traditional French food including Savoyard specialities and Indian cuisine
On the slopes
- Les Inversens - simple snack food with a great view of the Mont Blanc
- Chalet de la Grande Rochette - traditional French cuisine at 2500 meters with beautiful panoramic views
Bars & nightlife
La Plagne has many bars where you can go out for either a few quite drinks, enjoy après-ski live music or party the night away. Below are some of our favourites:
- Igloo Igloo - live music, cocktails in an igloo
- Luna Bar - newly refurbished, live music in a great environment
- Scotty’s - English bar with live sports and live music
- Vins & 1 - a great little tapas bar
- La Mine - après-ski in a genuine mine with live music
- Bobsleigh Pub - après-ski, live sports, happy hours
- La Tete Inn - happy hours, live music
- Le Cheyenne - small and cosy
- Le Saloon - the only night club in La Plagne open until 5am
- Spitting Feathers - typical British pub
On the slopes
- Chauffe Marcel - après-ski party bar with live DJs and snack food
Below are some important dates for the La Plagne diary this season:
- 16 - The resort opens
- 17 - Yeti Race in Plagne Centre - choose from either a 10km or 20km race up and down mountains and in the snow.
- 17-22 - Etoiles du sport - French sports personalities come to La Plagne and take part in competitions and races.
- 25 - Xmas day
- 31 - Pompom Rouge - New Years party in Bellecôte
- 11 - ice climbing championships in Champany
- 22 - Born to be show in Plagne Centre
- 28 - Ski touring event Rando by Night
- 31 - Super Slalom with Julien Lizeroux
- 11-19 - Sublicimes
- 28 - Resort closes
Other big sporting and cultural events include: Motor sports day (Jun), 6000D running (Jul), Grand Bec alpine trail (Aug), Mountain bike raid Trans-Savoie (Aug).
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