La Plagne Ski Resort

La Plagne Ski Resort
Amongst several village options, La Plagne ski resort's best is Belle Plagne
Ski La Plagne
La Plagne is lift connected to neighbouring Les Arcs to form Paradiski.
Lift integration into the villages is first class at La Plagne ski resort
All of La Plagne's mountain villages are ski-in ski-out (pictured is Belle Plagne)
La Plagne ski lifts & terrain
La Plagne Bellecote gondola from the glacier
Off-Piste terrain north of Bellecote at La Plgne
Mountain restaurant on Roche de Mio at La Plagne
Typically long, low angle La Plagne ski terrain under the Carella chair
Piste trails off the Grande Rochette are some of La Plagne ski resort's best
North side of Grande Rochette at La Plagne
Reading the signage at La Plagne ski resort is essential to avoid geographical embarrassment!
High alpine off-piste powder below the glacier on Bellecote at La Plagne ski resort
Plagne Centre village at La Plagne ski resort in the French Alps
Champagny-en-Vanoise is one of La Plagne ski resort's best villages
Plagne Aime 2000 village juxtaposed against the French Alps - love it or hate it?
Plagne Bellecote village at La Plagne ski resort in the French Alps
La Plagne ski resort from La Grande Rochette

La Plagne Ski Resort

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Interlinked Ski Resorts

Les Arcs

    La Plagne Ski Trail Map
  • La Plagne Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,200m – 3,250m (2,250m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8 - 10m
  • Lifts (76)
    12 Gondolas / cable cars
    31 Chairs

    Paradiski – 129 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid-December to late April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 225km
    Longest run – 7+ km
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 26%
    Beginner - 59%

    Paradiski – 425km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    La Plagne
    Adult - €55
    Child - €44
    Adult over 74yr - Free
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Paradiski (incl. Les Arcs)
    Adult - €62
    Child - €50
    Adult over 74yr - Free
    Child u/5yr - Free
    Paradiski Ski Trail Map
  • Paradiski Ski Trail Map
    Les Arcs Ski Trail Map
  • Les Arcs Ski Trail Map

La Plagne Ski Resort France

La Plagne is one of several mega ski resorts in the Tarentaise valley, France. One of the most popular ski resorts in the world (based on visitor numbers), La Plagne has broad appeal for most lovers of skiing & snowboarding endless on-piste trails. Linked to Les Arcs by the 'double-decker' Vanoise Express cable car, together they form the gargantuan Paradiski area, adding to its appeal. The multitude of villages from valley to mountain should satisfy everyone’s tastes & requirements.

Pros & Cons for La Plagne Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge skiable vertical.
  • Perfect piste trails for beginners & lower intermediates.
  • Incredible views & landscapes.
  • Multitudes of ski-in ski-out accommodation options.
  • Some challenging off-piste terrain.
  • Majority of ski terrain above 2000m elevation & on a north-aspect.
  • Tree skiing & high alpine freeride options.
  • Extensive sheltered skiing & snowboarding available below the tree-line.

Cons

  • Can be incredibly busy.
  • Limited challenging on-piste terrain.
  • Many long, flat piste trails (snowboarders beware!).
  • Expensive accommodation in the upper mountain villages.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Numerous villages with no single centre for après, services & restaurants.
  • Villages vary greatly in style & location. Some of the upper mountain resort villages are quite polarising visually – one may love them, hate them or not care either way as long as the skiing is good!
  • In 2019, La Plagne was the second most visited ski area in the world, after Ski Arlberg in Austria - St Anton, Lech, Zurs & Warth Schroecken combined!

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

La Plagne is a ski area of massive proportions. Over 225km of piste trails, 2,250m of skiable vertical, 76 lifts, a longest run of over 10km and wide-ranging off-piste terrain kind of gives one the impression that the link to Les Arcs is more of a publicity stunt than a necessary extension of the ski area.

See the La Plagne ski trail map here.

The nearly 60% of on-piste trails rated as beginner give a correct impression of skiing at La Plagne, Lots & lots of low angle, long groomers, often heaving with people. The mountain is generally not friendly to snowboarders for this reason. Even the addition of a disco ski tunnel through the mountain struggled to get our juices going (although admittedly we did a bit bogey on the way through). But it is popular for a reason. Ski lifts are efficient, there are loads of villages to visit on skis (which is always fun) & there are a few cracking groomed trails with fun names like Kamikaze. Another positive in the ski area, something missing from many French ski resorts, is the numerous ski trails below the tree line allowing for safe skiing during storms & low visibility.

La Plagne does have some ‘beefy’ off-piste freeride terrain too. The alpine bowls & couloirs of Bellecôte & off the side of Roche de Mio are certainly interesting and deserving of a visit in fresh snow & safe avalanche conditions. An old clunker of a gondola gets you most of the way up to the glacier on Bellecote, adding a nostalgic touch to the ski experience!

Interlinked with Les Arcs (Paradiski)

Les Arcs is also 'interconnected' with neighbouring Les Arcs to form the mega ski resort of Paradiski, nearly doubling the ski terrain & lifts available. The term 'interconnected' is a bit of an illusion though. A double-decker cable car links the two resort areas across the valley, but it is not possible to ski to the other resort. Skiing both resorts in a day is not really an option either - simply due to the areas size.

If considering skiing Les Arcs & you have already purchased a multi-day lift pass for La Plagne, it is possible to a €20 (ish) extension/day to include it. Given the distances involved & the lack of ski trail interconnection, the more expensive Paradiski lift pass is generally a waste of money on a short-stay snow holiday!

Where is La Plagne France?

Part of the Legendary Tarentaise valley in the French Alps, La Plagne ski resort is perched high above the towns of Aime & Champagny en Vanoise. By road, the lift base at Champagny is only 19km (25min) east of the closest major town of Moûtiers. The largest resort village at Plagne Centre is 34km (1hr) east of Moutiers via a tortuous 24 hairpin bend road that is ‘white knuckle’ driving when a steady procession of oncoming buses is heading down the hill!

Gateway airports are Lyon (LYS) & Geneva (GVA) with Paris (CDG) & London in play by virtue of the train connections to Moutiers, Aime & Bourg St Maurice. Both Geneva & Lyon are around 2.5hr by road from Plagne Centre via Albertville.

Search & book train tickets to Moutiers here.

Due to the diversity of villages at La Plagne, we recommend looking at a private transfer either direct to your hotel/lodgings from the airport or from either train station at Moutiers, Bourg St Maurice or Aime. Private transfers can be incredibly efficient time-wise & cost effective if in a group of 3 or more people.

Search & book all airport transfers to Champagny or La Plagne here.

La Plagne Accommodation

The ski resort of La Plagne is an amalgam of villages spread between 2 valleys & seemingly randomly on the mountain. Choosing where to stay has no simple answer! In the north, the town of Aime is the main entry point to the ski resort by rail & road. Aime is not lift connected to the ski area. The lower villages (1250 – 1450m) of Montchavin, Montalbert & Les Coches are all lift connected to La Plagne. Each maintains a more traditional style than the upper mountain villages.

Above 1800m on the road from Aime are a nest of 7 alpine villages, each with varying shades of visually challenging architecture! All have ski-in ski-out accommodations with the beautifully integrated lift system. From the main village at Plagne Centre, there is also Plagne Villages, Plagne 1800, Plagne Soleil, Plagne Bellecote, Belle Plagne, & Plagne Aime 2000 (which is ironically at 2100m!) Choosing one will depend on your taste & the size of your wallet. In our view, the best of the villages is Belle Plagne. Its low rise, chalet style design, perfect ski-in ski-out convenience & lifts integrated directly into the village in a prime alpine location put it well ahead of the others.

Search & book all La Plagne ski accommodation here.

On the southern side of the resort, the village of Champagny en Vanoise in many ways is the best place to stay when skiing La Plagne. It holds the sunniest position in the resort and access to the ski area is via its gondola, craftily integrated into the upper village. Champagny overlooks the valley to Courchevel & is convenient to the Pralognan la Vanoise & 3 Vallees ski areas. Unlike the other ski villages at La Plagne, Champagny is best accessed from Moûtiers & Bozel, both of which can provide affordable off-mountain lodgings.

Search & book all Champagny ski accommodation here.

Ski Rentals, Lessons, Guiding & Clothing

Ski rentals are available in all the La Plagne villages with our partners at Skiset. Receive a discount when you search & book via our La Plagne Ski & Snowboard Rentals page.

The Paradiski area has a mind-bending range and number of mountain guides & ski/board instructors. If wanting to explore the long freeride descents from the Bellecôte or other less obvious zones but are unsure about your abilities; off-piste ski lessons & guiding can make all the difference. See our La Plagne Ski Lessons & Guiding page for more information.

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Review

The Powderhounds visited La Plagne in 2020 & overall were left underwhelmed. It epitomises the notion of big is not always better, but as La Plagne is one of the most popular ski resorts in the world for a reason, it will appeal to anyone wanting a French Alps mega-resort ski experience. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read the latest inciteful & droll postulations!

See how La Plagne compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near La Plagne

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 7.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,229
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Tour
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
3 - 4 Days | 3 - 4 Nights | 3 - 4 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 4.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,182
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