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La Plagne Skiing France

Ski Stats

Green Runs: 8%

Blue Runs: 54%

Red Runs: 26%

Black Runs: 12%

Artificial: 359 snow guns

Cross Country: 80 km of cross country trails

Vast complex of cruising and off-piste, dotted with many villages - some prettier than others.

Aime La Plagne, like some Alpine Battlestar Galactica, or a huge cruise liner bobbing in a snowy sea, dominates the central skiing landscape along with Plagne Centre. They are surrounded by a wonderful panorama of mountain peaks and phenomenal amounts of skiing, the vast majority of it ideal for intermediates plus acres of easy accessible off-piste, much of it gladed, which helps visibility on overcast days.

La Plagne, which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2011, is one of the most-visited ski areas in the world - even more so since the Vanoise Express cable car linked it with neighbouring Les Arcs in 2003. Having extended its empire to 10 different villages, La Plagnes decision to send a tentacle across the valley between Montchavin and Peisey Vallandry (an outpost of Les Arcs) formed what is arguably the third biggest ski domaine in the world: Paradiski.

La Plagnes biggest attraction for intermediate skiers anxious to cruise till they drop are the seemingly endless, wide open motorway pistes. The resort has an extraordinary number of red runs something in excess of 100.

La Plagne was the earliest of the so-called third generation French ski resorts. As the years went by, more satellite villages were added, and the initial space-age architecture was softened with neo-rustic particularly Belle Plagne, Plagne 1800, Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil. Three more of La Plagnes outlying but linked villages are genuinely traditional, which also helps soften the ambience.

La Plagne has every conceivable permutation of piste and off-piste, from exhilarating descents on the huge, sweeping glacier at Bellecote at 3,000 metres (9844 feet) , to delightful cruising down quiet, meandering , larch-lined avenues to the charming villages of Montchavin-Coches, Champagny-en-Vanoise and Montalbert. If you do the Bellecote glacier run to Les Arcs, you can choose from several routes down but make sure you take a guide. While the main Canadian Couloir descent is relatively easy, other routes verge on the suicidal. Once you are down in Peisey Nancroix, on the outskirts of Les Arcs, you can make a few runs on that side of the valley before returning via the Vanoise Express.Or you could celebrate at the gourmet Restaurant lAncolie in Nancroix, one of the finest in the region

The huge telepherique which forms the mile-and-a-quarter link between the villages of Montchavin and Peisey Vallandry can take up to 200 people. Though not quite as extensive as La Plagne, Les Arcs itself offers a wealth of skiing with some exceptional off-piste opportunities, particularly at the back of the resort into the Isere Valley. Between them the combined resorts boast more than 260 miles of marked runs served by some 175 lifts, three glaciers, and two peaks over 10,000 feet (3050 metres). Theres skiing all the way from Villaroger in the Isere Valley to Champagny-en-Vanoise on the doorstep of the Vanoise National Park, a distance of 21km.

Ski Schools

The ESF offers nurseries in all of the La Plagne stations and then there are other creche facilities available. You do need to check the facilities in your specific station as you will not want to have to trek to another station at the beginning and end of the day.

Some Recommended Kindergartens:

Name:

ESF

Telephone:

(+33) 0479 07 83 54

Fax:

(+33) 0479 07 82 04

Email:

esf-la-plagne-centre@wanadoo.fr

Website:

www.esf-plagne.com

Info:

The ESF offers nurseries in most of the villages - From 18 months or 2 years

Name:

Les P'tits Bonnets

Telephone:

(+33) 0479 09 00 83

Fax:

Email:

bienvenue@la-plagne.com

Website:

None available

Info:

Ages 10 weeks-3yrs

Name:

Garderie Marie Christine

Telephone:

(+33) 0479 09 11 81

Fax:

Email:

bienvenue@la-plagne.com

Website:

None available

Info:

Ages 2-6yrs

Ski Kindergartens

Ski Passes

La Plagne passes covers all lifts in La Plagne areas, individual village-area and half-day passes, Paradiski extension. Paradiski Decouverte passes covers all lifts in La Plagne areas with one day in Paradiski. Paradiski Passes covers all lifts in Les Arcs area and La Plagne area. Family reductions. The Paradiski ski pass is a personalized ski pass rechargeable on the net whenever you want: the service that every skier has been waiting for is finally available!

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