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La Plagne & Champagny
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  Resort Information
Season Nov-Early May
Nearest Airport Chambery,Geneva and Grenoble
Ski Area 425km (Paridiski Pass)
Ski Lifts 35
Ski Runs 67
Longest Run 9km
Resort Height 1800m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 4 / 5
Families 4.5 / 5
Nightlife 3 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 3.5 / 5

La Plagne Ski Resort

La Plagne is located in the Tarentaise Valley, in the Northern Alps and is part of the Vanoise National Park. The overall ski resort of La Plagne consists of six purpose built high altitude ski-in/ski-out villages: Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village (2050m), Belle Plagne (2050m), Aime la Plagne (2100m), Plagne Centre (1970m), Plagne Bellecôte (1930m) and Plagne 1800 (1800m) - all superbly linked by pistes and a free bus service, as well as 4 villages of Les Coches,Montchavin,Montalbert and Champagny. Apart from the fantastic skiing and snowboarding of well over 400m of pistes, stretching to the Paradiski ski domain (3 resorts: La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry), with nearly 100 restaurants to be found throughout the different villages of La Plagne, you can be sure of a wide choice of dining options.

La Plagne overall is a very active ski resort, with loads of exciting winter activities to try. Plagne 1800 is the lowest of the La Plagne villages, at 1800m, so the altitude is slightly lower here which may suit some better. This former lead mining village is located in a beautiful forest setting, offering you peace and tranquillity. Plagne 1800 is a pretty village with chocolate-box buildings and a relaxed atmosphere, away from the more lively La Plagne villages further up the mountain. In fact Plagne 1800 is probably better suited to those wishing to reside somewhere a bit more scenic and calm after an exciting day on the slopes of La Plagne and Paradiski.

The nightlife is limited in Plagne 1800 (though generally you dont go to La Plagne for nightlife)but the free resort shuttle bus easily and conveniently takes you to and from the other La Plagne villages until gone midnight. Even during the day, we would recommend that you take a few trips to explore the other surrounding villages of La Plagne, as they are all slightly different and have so much to offer. The main village with the most shops, services, bars and restaurants is Plagne Centre, which is currently going through a significant "refurb".

The Skiing/Boarding

With much of La Plagne above tree-level, there is an abundance of wide-open motorway pistes throughout the main bowl. Plagne Centre is the crossroads of the La Plagne ski area. Directly below Plagne Centre you have Plagne 1800, which is spread across a steep hillside. Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village and Aime-la-Plagne are slightly higher up – just short lift rides from Plagne Centre. Past Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village, over a low ride is Plagne Bellecôte and just above that is Belle Plagne. On the southern edge of the main bowl you will find rural Champagny. On the northern edge are Monchavin and Les Coches. And finally on the western edge, past Aime-La Plagne, is up and coming Montalbert. Check out the La Plagne piste map and hopefully all of this will become a little more apparent.

Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village, Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800 form the centre of the resort and offer numerous gondolas and lifts. The start of the Olympic Bobsleigh track is just below Plagne 1800. Just above Plagne Village you will find quite a few green and blue runs that drop you back into Plagne Bellecôte. Alternatively you can head up to Les Verdons (2500m) or Grande Rochette (2505m) or head over the otherside of the mountain towards Champagny. From Belle Plagne it’s a run down to Plagne Bellecôte then take a chairlift to L’Arpette then a long blue decent to the Vanoise Express cable car. The gondola that runs from Plagne Bellecôte to Roche de Mio stops in Belle Plagne, giving you easy access to the Glacier de Bellecôte at 3200m - offering you some red runs, a couple of blues further down and loads of brilliant off-piste. From the top of that Roche de Mio lift – half-way down the mountain – you can either head back down to the resort or turn right and you will find yourself at the top of the Montchavin Les Coches runs. From Aime-La Plagne and Plagne Villages you take a chair lift to Plagne Bellecôte then a chair lift to L’Arpette and then a long blue decent to the chair lift. From Aime 2000 you can head down towards Montalbert which is one of the lowest parts of the resort, or take a red run which leads into a blue down to the bottom of the Olympic Bobsleigh Track just below Plagne 1800.

There are beautiful forest runs down to Montchavin, Les Coches, Champagny and Montalbert. The pretty and more Savoyarde natural village of Champagny can be found at 1250m and offers a gondola and 4 lifts taking you to the central part of La Plagne, a selection of blue and red runs, off-piste, cross-country (in Champagny en Haut), freestyle area, snowpark zone, slalom area and some mountain restaurants. In Montchavin & Les Coches there are 6 lifts, lots of blue and red runs, mini freestyle areas and cross-country trails. You will find quite a few mountain restaurants here, ideal for a pit-stop to take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. This is also where the Vanoise Express cable car departs from, linking you across to Peisey-Vallandry and Les Arcs. Montalbert & Longefoy can be found amongst the trees at 1200m and have 4 ski lifts, lots of blue runs, a little freestyle area and loads of cross-country trails. Handy tip: head here if the weather is particularly bad as the trees offer great protection.

 

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