If you ski here in La Plagne, your ability won't overly matter as you'll enjoy your winter holiday whether you're skiing or snowboarding. This is all thanks to the Paradiski ski area - one of the largest in the world with 225kms of pistes. Read on....
La Plagne offers 10 mainly purpose-built villages clustered around the valley town of Aime. As part of the world class Paradiski you'll find a cable-car link to Les Arcs offering over 225km of piste spread across 134 slopes. Skiing and snowboarding in France really is this good. There are good links via Chambéry or Grenoble.
On the Slopes
High in the Savoie French Alps, ski holidays in La Plagne ski resort offer you access to the Bellecôte Glacier, with guaranteed snow throughout the season. This area has a reputation as being a dream destination for intermediates, with plenty of long, cruising runs, but more advanced skiers will enjoy a wealth of off-piste, ranging from 60º slopes on the north face of the Bellecote glacier through to delightful tree-lined runs that characterise the edges of the Paradiski area.
If you Ski La Plagne you are also in the ski region of Paradiski .
Off the Slopes
In the higher villages, much of the accommodation offers the convenience of doorstep skiing, and you'll also find a range of great restaurants on your doorstep - over 50 at the last count. La Plagne comes with every type of food and every price range catered for, you'll always find something to suit you. The La Plagne ski resort après-ski is good, with 10 night clubs open till late. Other activities include an ice rink and outdoor heated pool, ten pin bowling and even electronic golf at Belle Plagne. For additional activities, there's all the usual winter sports as well as an Olympic bobsleigh track.
Who's it Best For?
La Plagne is great for intermediates but as you are linked to the huge Paradiski ski area there really is something here for everyone. Good for families with so much ski in ski out convenience and great if you want to ski off piste.
La Plagne isn't really one place, it comprises 6 high altitude resorts: Aime la Plagne, Belle Plagne, Plagne Villages, Plagne Bellecote, Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800. Plagne Centre as the name suggests sits at the heart of all the action and here you will find all the shops, bars and accommodation that you are looking for. But each area has its own slightly different character so check around for what is right for you.
We work with a number of leading ski operators so you can get the best deal Whether you are looking for an all inclusive package deal to La Plagne or you want to organise an independent holiday we can help. We have chalets and apartments in La Plagne if that is more your bag alongside more budget style packages.
Why Holiday in la Plagne?
1. Great for intermediates and experts
2. Access to the Paradiski, one of the largest ski areas in the world
3. Some of the best off piste you will find anywhere
4. Good ski area for families
Is la Plagne Right For You?
If you are convinced that La Plagne is right for you then check out our holiday search to La Plagne. If however you still need some help please check out our La Plagne tailormade ski holidays service to help you.
Chalets are a great option for a ski holiday. For many they are what ski holidays are all about, the mountains, the tradition and of course a lovely wood burning stove. They are great for families and large groups and many now come to suit most budgets from those luxury chalets at the top end complete with chef and hot tub to more basic budget offerings.
It is essential to get your chalet choice right. There is nothing worse than turning up in resort to find that the chalet you were dreaming of is not in the right location and isn't at all what you were hoping for.
Where Should I Look for a Ski Chalet in La Plagne?
All of the villages that make up la Plagne, except Aime La Plagne have chalets so you have an enormous choice! Luxury chalets are not in abundance here, this is not Val d'Isere! But head for La Plagne 1800 where you will find more luxury chalets. Nearly all the chalets in La Plagne are ski in ski out or if they aren't then they wont be far away from the slopes and lifts.
La Plagne Centre is where you will find more budget style chalets although if you are on a tight budget you may well do better to look for an apartment. For families check out La Plagne 1800, Belle Plagne or even Montalbert, if you aren't adverse to being that bit further out.
Apartments are a great alternative to ski chalets. They are often in great central locations and may work out a cheaper option to a chalet or hotel. Some apartments can also match the luxury of chalets as they come catered with private chef and some apartment blocks have the same facilities as good hotels with spas and saunas.
La Plagne has a large number of apartments to suit most budgets. For those on a really tight budget check out La Plagne Centre. These apartments go back to the 1960's so they aren't that pretty but they sure are cheap. They are also a great choice if nightlife is important to you as you will be right in the centre of it all.
For more modern apartments head for Belle Plagne where you will find more attractive wood clad affairs. Also, check out apartments in chalets which combine the benefits of both. The area best for these is La Plagne 1800. The architecture here is also more like a traditional ski village so no high rise apartments.
Why Stay in an Apartment?
In summary don't discount apartments for your ski holiday.They can work out cheaper and can also offer you a lot of the benefits of a chalet. Also, for large groups and families travelling together they allow you to be together in the same apartment complex but also have more space and independence than you would have in a chalet. This way you may still be speaking to each other at the end of the ski holiday!
Hotels are a great choice for a ski holiday. Many are centrally located and you have no worries about where to eat! In addition, many hotels now will pick you up from your chosen airport and also return you there which removes all worries about transfers. In addition if you are travelling with children many provide great value family rooms, entertainment and even babysitting services.
In La Plagne the majority of the accommodation is apartment or chalet based. There are hotels but there aren't many of them so booking early is essential.,The main benefit though is that they tend to offer good ski in ski out or at least be close to lifts for ease of access to all the slopes.
What Type of Hotels are Available Here?
If it's a luxury hotel you are looking for then you might be disappointed. There are no 5*hotels in La Plagne. But there are some good 4*offerings. Check out the Club Med Hotel in La Plagne 2100 which also has a good spa. La Plagne does have a good range of 3* hotels at good prices, Mark Warner will be good to check out here.
If you are on a really tight budget it can be good to stay a little bit away from the main resort in one of the surrounding villages where you will pay less for your accommodation. There is also the UCPA hotel which isn't luxury but is great value for the price. Check out Mark Warner again if you are looking for accommodation for a family.
Organising your ski transfers before you leave home is pretty essential. It is often cheaper and also much less stressful than trying to organise transport when you have just landed complete with all your skis and luggage.
The best airport for La Plagne is Chambery which is about 2 hours away. But it can close due to bad weather and not all airlines fly there. Other airports to consider are Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva. The later certainly has the best choice of flights and airlines.
Driving to La Plagne
Hiring a car can work out a good option if you can fill it and share the cost! Also if you are travelling with children it does give you the flexibility to stop whenever you need to. Do remember if you opt to drive to La Plagne then you must comply with French laws, they are not the same as the UK. For example you are legally required to have a fluorescent jacket and warning triangle. Check out all French legislation before you start your journey.
Booking a Private Minibus
This is often the most cost effective way to get to La Plagne particularly if there is a group of you and you can all share the cost. On average it will cost about 50 Euros to get to La Plagne from Geneva airport, that is for a one way shared transfer. You will pay a similar amount from Chambery airport. Do book however before you leave home as you will get a better deal.
FEATURED SKI TRANSFERS
Check out La Plagne ski schools with GoSki.co.uk and get yourself booked in for your winter holiday. With a range of deals available on ski lessons and snowboard lessons, if you book early you'll get the benefit of private, group, beginner or advanced ski lessons, with maximum availability.
La Plagne ski schools
For La Plagne ski schools that offer skiing lessons and snowboarding lessons for all, let GoSKi.co.uk show you how simple it is to book online. If you want to improve your technique let the professional instructors help from the la Plagne ski school listings below.
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