Altitude: 1250 Meters

La Plagne in short

  • Great ski resort for beginners and children
  • Great ski runs through the forest
  • Good cross-country ski options

La Plagne lies at the very heart of the Paradiski area, right across from the breathtaking Mont Blanc. Between them, La Plagne and Les Arcs offer a snow sports paradise with a linked ski area of around 425km of ski slopes. Paradiski is huge and amazing in its diversity, offering the possibility to discover a wide range of different atmospheres and ski resorts. You can go from snowparks (a choice of boardercross and boardergliss) to glaciers, forest skiing or off-piste in one day. Close to Chambéry Airport and with its own stop on the Eurostar ski train, La Plagne is one of the easiest ski resorts to reach from Britain.

La Plagne is actually made up of 11 different villages including Champagny en Vanoise, Belle Plagne and Montchavin Les Coches, which each give access to the entire ski area of Paradiski. The largest apartment complexes are located in the centre at Aime, in the heart of the ski area. On the entertainment side, the après-ski atmosphere is assured with a superb choice of nightclubs, bowling alleys, concerts, parties and plenty of happy hours in La Plagne There are around 50 restaurants to choose from too... For those who prefer smaller hotels or apartments, La Plagne 1800 is a more appropriate destination. The steady increase in the number of accommodation options in La Plagne is proof of the fact that this area seems able to accommodate an infinite number of ski and snowboard enthusiasts without ever seeming overcrowded.

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La Plagne 1800 is a small village with a few bars, restaurants and ski rental shops. We stayed at the Residence Edelweiss and had a lovely time!

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One of France's largest ski areas

The whimsically named Paradiski is one of the largest ski areas in the Alps, with more than 400km of slopes distributed between La Plagne and Les Arcs. The ski areas of the two resorts were linked in the 2003-04 ski season with the construction of the Vanoise Express double-decker cable car. Today, Paradiski offers multiple options for any level of skier or snowboarder, from gruelling steeps to easy beginner slopes; high-altitude glacier skiing to skiing through the trees. For the 2019-20 ski season, La Plagne is upgrading the Bellecôte gondola to the eponymous glacier. While La Plagne is best known as an intermediate skier's paradise, the ski area has plenty of challenging terrain to offer in the off-piste department, with fantastic routes off the Bellecôte glacier that are best accessed with a local guide. La Plagne claims to have Europe's longest boardercross funslope, and freestylers can enjoy a 90m halfpipe when snow conditions are good.

Ski holidays with the family

La Plagne carries the Label Famille Plus, which designates it as a good ski resort for family ski holidays. Some of the villages of La Plagne are better-suited than others for a ski holiday with the kids. If you don't fancy a long, rushed trip back to your hotel at lunchtime, then you're best off staying in a centrally located village like Plagne Village, Centre or Aime. Each of the villages in La Plagne are equipped with their own ski school, crèche and dedicated children's skiing area. Kids will enjoy having a splash about in the recently renovated pool in Belle Plagne, while parents relax at the spa.

Lively après-ski by French standards

La Plagne has been more enthusiastic than most other French ski resorts about adopting a lively après-ski scene like you would find in Austria. You'll find several cosy bars and pubs in the Paradiski ski area and the linked villages. Le Saloon in Belle Plagne is a good bet for a party, as are Spitting Feathers and Le Cosy Bar in Bellecôte.

Off the slopes in La Plagne

The various villages that make up La Plagne have plenty to keep you busy off the slopes as well. Go ice climbing in Champagny en Vanoise, ice skating in Montchavin Les Coches or take a ride on the bobsleigh track, a legacy to the 1992 Winter Olympics which were partially hosted at La Plagne. There are several dozen kilometres of prepared cross-country skiing trails in the vicinity of La Plagne, as well as hiking routes from which you can admire the views of Mont Blanc. For a romantic ski holiday with your loved one, La Plagne offers the unique opportunity to spend a night in a piste basher under the stars.

 Apres-ski & entertainment La Plagne

Restaurants 110 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 34 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 5 Concert hall
Cinema 4  

 Ski school and ski lessons La Plagne

No. of ski schools 17Private ski lessons € 40
No. of ski instructors 550Ski lessonsYes, price on request
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiingYes, price on request

 Book ski schools in La Plagne online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 5 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 2 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 3 Offers available

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 Facilities La Plagne

No. of hotels 13 Supermarkets 10
Total no. of hotel beds 2048 Banks
Total no. of beds 49500

 Tourist information for La Plagne

Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne
0033 - 0479 - 090201

 Distances from La Plagne

Railway station
Aime approx. 18 km by bus
Lyon approx. 196 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 50 km 45 minuten by car

 La Plagne for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children
Merry-go-round -

  Leisure & sports activities La Plagne

Public saunaFootpaths 85 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descent -
Public solarium Indoor ice rink
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court - Toboggan run
Squash court -

Ski blog about La Plagne

2 September 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

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26 May 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

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11 April 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

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10 January 2019 by Danielle in 'Live from the slopes''

Winter is finally in full swing and many of us are looking forward to our first ski holidays of the season. Ah, to experience that feeling of fresh snow under your boots, to breathe in the wonderful mountain air and carve your first tracks through the virgin snow! We decided to kick off our season in the French Alps, exploring the huge Paradiski linked ski area, and it didn't disappoint!... More ›

Ski area

Total slopes 425 (km)
Blue slopes 170 km
Red slopes 166 km
Black slopes 89 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (71 )
Drag lifts 30
Chair lifts 31
Gondola lifts 10
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