La Plagne in France Resort Guide
In total what is billed as La Plagne is actually ten different linked centres, six at higher elevation and four lower satellites, which, with over 210kms of skiing rising from Montchavin or Champagny at 1250m right up to the Glacier de Bellecote at 3250m. With so many links the network and transport system must be good and La Plagne generally delivers. If L'Espace Killy scores with the better skiers then La Plagne is the intermediate's equivalent and there is scope to cover large areas of terrain on a regular undemanding basis, predominately on the comprehensive choice of blue runs which comprise more than half of the complement of 117 runs. Plagne Centre (1970m) and Plan Bellecote (1930m) are the main hubs, with their own satellites some of which are not attractive; others are typically anonymous large blocks, while further up there the villages tend to echo a more traditional feel. Belle Plagne (2050m) is one such centre, albeit a modern interpretaion of the Savoyard theme which is linked to Plagne Bellecote by a gondola which runs until 1 am. As its name suggests Plagne Soleil is set in a sunny central bowl with good access to the lift network linked to both Belle Plagne. The villages of Montchavin (1250m) , Les Coches (1450m) and Champagny en Vanoise (1250m) are all lower, with Champagny linked to the other side of La Grand Rochette and the Roche de Mio. Champagny nestles in a more secluded wooded setting but has direct feeds back into the Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre lift networks, with the most efficient access link perhaps being from the top gondola station over Les Verdons.
Accomodation & Après Ski
It is fairly well equipped with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, and Plagne Village, too is a more charming nucleus of smaller apartments and chalets, while Plagne Centre is overlooked by Aime La Plagne and both offer functional apartment complexes.
Try La Mine bar in 1800, orScotty's Bar in Plagne Centre at the bottom of the Stade Olympic run which has a large outdoor area and regularly draws in big crowds with DJ’s and live music taking centre stage. If you feel a little homesick, then the only place to head to is the ‘Spitting Feathers Bar’, an English pub-style bar that will leave you feeling like you have just walked into your local back home. They even play premier league football up on the big screens and other sporting events as well as having three separate happy hours every day. Perhaps the best bit about the Spitting Feathers bar is that you can grab the free minibus back to wherever you are staying in La Plagne.
|RESORT HEIGHT||1800||VERTICAL DESCENT||2000||OPENS||December-April|
|TOP STATION||3250||DRAG LIFTS||60||EXPERT RATING||7|
|BOTTOM STATION||1250||CHAIR LIFTS||36||INTERMEDIATE RATING||9|
Lift Pass Prices From
Adult One Day Pass : La Plagne - €54, Paradiski - €61
Adult Six Day Pass : La Plagne - €271, Paradiski - €310
Child One Day Pass : La Plagne - €44, Paradiski - €49
Child Six Day Pass : La Plagne - €217, Paradiski - €248
Senior Reductions available
Duo and Trio discounts available
Family and group discounts available
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