La Plagne ski resort is one of the world’s most popular ski resorts and for good reason. La Plagne ski holidays truly have something for everyone. Vast and varied, its skiable area is 100km² with altitudes ranging from 1250m to a towering 3250m. As well as 134 groomed slopes, La Plagne ski resort also has fantastic off-piste skiing on the north face of Bellecôte. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, it’s part of Paradiski and is connected to neighbouring Les Arcs by The Vanoise Express - one of the world’s fastest gondolas.
La Plagne has 12 ski resorts and base villages, each with their own characteristics. The lowest altitude is Plagne 1800, which has charming wooden buildings and a vibrant nightlife, whilst the highest is Belle Plagne, a breathtaking 2,100m above sea level. This large, family-friendly ski resort is one of the most popular places to stay, with easy access to the beginner and children’s ski areas as well as excellent views across the mountains.
If you enjoy big, bustling ski resorts, look for accommodation in Plagne Centre - the heart of La Plagne. If you prefer your ski resorts more tranquil try Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil. They are both small and peaceful and sit at a high altitude among a number of blue runs, so it’s easy to ski down into Plagne Centre. The villages of Montchavin and Les Coches are perfect for those looking for a child-friendly atmosphere.
When it comes to choosing which area to stay in, you will be provided with a varied choice of options to suit different needs. There is a vast variety of accommodation at this ski resort.
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Resort Altitude: 1,800m
Resort Skiing: 3,250m
Total Ski Area: 425km
Blue Runs: 170km
Red Runs: 166km
Black Runs: 89km
Cross Country: 80km
Travel date 02/02/2019
Booked by: Steve Graham
Travel date 31/03/2019
Booked by: Mark Fotheringham
Travel date 14/02/2020
Booked by: Nicola James
Travel date 09/04/2022
Booked by: Tom Power
La Plagne ski resort is part of the large Paradiski ski area in the Tarentaise valley. Connected to Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry, Paradiski is home to over 425km of skiable terrain, making it the third largest ski area in the world. There are also 80km of cross-country skiing trails for those who prefer an uphill ascent.
There's terrain to suit all abilities, with plenty of blues for beginners, a large number of reds for intermediates and a handful of blacks. La Plagne ski resort has a fantastic mix of piste and off-piste; from great descents on the huge glacier at Bellecote to cruising quiet avenues to the charming villages of Montchavin-Coches, Champagny-en-Vanoise and Montalbert. Real off-piste hunters can also find some good freeride here, although you may need to acquire a guide for some of the more challenging territory.
Beginner snowboarders will have a good time here with 12 lifts that are completely free for beginners. Freestyle boarders should head to Capella snowpark; a terrain park over 900m long filled with boxes, rails and kickers. Freeriders will want to get a guide and head over to the bowls, although prepare for some walking as there are many flats between the off-piste areas.
With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.
We’ve partnered with SkiBro, New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all ability levels.
Click here to book your ski lessons with our recommended suppliers. If you’re traveling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.
ESF offer many creche and nursery options for younger children ranging from 18 months to 5 years old. There is also Little Chicks Childcare in Belle Plagne, Les P'tits Bonnets, Garderie Marie Christine and private nannies in the resort who can offer additional services such as evening babysitting.
There is a huge range of restaurants from pizzerias to traditional Savoyard. Le Matafan, located in the centre of La Plagne ski resort, serves traditional Savoyard food and is highly recommended for grilled meats. La Ferme is a small, cosy restaurant decorated in typical Alpine chalet style, based in the Galerie Commercial. Le Refuge has great ambience and plenty of character in a rustic setting. If you’re looking for a cosy mountain restaurant then we recommend Le Chalet des Colosses, which serves up hearty Alpine lunches.
La Plagne Centre and Belle Plagne are the liveliest of the villages. La Tête plays live music every day from 5-7pm. If you are looking for a lively après scene, Scotty’s Bar is popular in the evening. Located in the heart of Plagne 1800, Bar La Mine is a great spot for après featuring live bands and a large outdoor terrace. For those looking for to stay out late, the nightclub Saloon in Belle-Plagne has live DJs who play until 5am.
The slightly gentler gradient of La Plagne in comparison to some other ski resorts means that there are numerous trails which can be walked during the season, offering beautiful scenery. Non-skiers are able to access the mountain restaurants with relative ease and are therefore able to meet up with skiers at lunchtime. The Olympic bobsleigh is a good evening activity and you can go in the real four-man bob, or choose the special driverless taxi raft.