A guide to Skiing in La Plagne, France

With the ski season almost upon us once more I thought I’d tell you about one of my favourite places to ski in the Savoie French Alps. La Pagne is a high altitude ski resort that is actually made up of 10 villages and towns. You’ve pretty much got every time of setting here from the very typically french traditional style right up to very fashionable continental modern experience. There’s something for everyone here. So here’s a quick guide to making the most of La Plagne in France.

Ski and Snowboarding paradise.

With over 400km of runs here there’s literally something for everyone. The french alps get very reliable snowfall so you’re pretty much guaranteed a long and enjoyable season here. The ski resorts were purpose built so cater well for families with kids of all ages. One of the best areas is Champagny en Vanoise just to the South of the main La Plagne resort and is your gateway to some excellent skiing at  the Plagne Centre and Plagne Bellecôte resorts. In fact the area is so accessible its easy to get resorts like Les Arcs in France. If you’re willing to put the effort in and have the time you can also get to Val d’Isere and even the Three Valleys resorts from here. A 6 day pass usually includes these resorts so there’s a massive amount of skiing on offer here. One of my favourites is Les Coches at around 1400 metre altitude. Its a very modern resort with beautiful chalets, perfect for an unforgettable ski holiday on the french alps.

Belle Plagne map

Something for everyone

I personally love to ski while my wife prefers snowboarding, thankfully La Plagne is perfect for us both and all levels too. If you’re a beginner then you’ll be glad to hear there’s great nursery slopes in all 10 villages as well as some very easy runs to get you started. They’re easily accessible so you can put all your energy into ski school. For Intermediates you’ll find an impressive number of blue and red runs here. I actually think the blue runs are a little too easy in places and mainly serve as arteries for the red and black runs. They can get pretty busy so if you can stick to the red runs as much as possible. Belle Plagne is probably the best for intermediates especially with the Roche de Mio run that ends here.

Belle Plagne red runs

For the expert skiers out there you should definitely head to the awesome runs at the Plagne Bellecôte glacier where you’ll be tested to the max. There’s also some very scenic runs from Aime La Plagne heading to Plagne 1800. If off-piste is more your thing then the challenging run to Les Arcs is worth a try.

Snowboarders are in for a real treat too as there’s a dedicated snowboarding park at Plagne Soleil. Catch some air, learn some new tricks and meet other snowboarders here, all without us pesky skiers cramping your style!

Plagne Soleil snowboarding park

Best deals this winter

You can fly from Gatwick to Geneva for the best deals on skiing this season. Prices for 7 nights in January are around £478 – £558 per person. Prices really do depend on which resort fits you best and the time of year too. Some of the best deals at the moment are for Plagne Soleil so perfect for both snowboarders and skiers. I highly recommend a longer stay if possible as the area is so well connected its worth making the extra effort to explore the beautiful french alps and all its awesome ski resorts!

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