Ski La Plagne: there really is something for everybody. One of the most common comments about La Plagne is how under rated the skiing is.
Ski range 1250m to 3250m.
Marked pistes: 225km (Paradiski 425km).
Ski lifts: 89 (Paradiski 143).
Snow cannons: 359 (Paradiski 626).
Snow parks: Plagne Centre; Belle Plagne; Champagny and Montchavin – Les Coches.
Half-pipe: Plagne Bellecote.
La Plagne Interactive Piste Map
Ski La Plagne – Beginners:
The best villages for beginners are Belle Plagne, Plagne Centre, Aime la Plagne and Plagne 1800. Rapid progress can be made on the pistes nearby. There are plenty of restaurants where you will be able to rest and meet with more experienced skiing friends.
Favourite runs for beginners include “Golf” near Aime la Plagne (there is a chairlift to take you back down to Plagne 1800); “Ramy” above Plagne Centre and “Trieuse” that takes you to Plagne Bellecote . Towards the end of the first week it is likely that you would get up to the Roche de Mio (2700m); perhaps using “Carella” or “Les Inversens” to ski down.
There are special deals for lift passes and ski school available in Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800. Oxygene in Plagne Centre and ESF in Plagne 1800 are probably the best taking all things into consideration.
Ski La Plagne – Intermediates:
La Plagne is rightly known as an Intermediates Paradise. There is a massive selection of blue and red runs available throughout La Plagne. If that is not enough it joins up with Les Arcs via the Vanoise Express. One of the great things when you ski la Plagne is that it is difficult to get on to the most challenging black runs by mistake. There are huge wide-open motorway pistes high up above the tree line as well as beautiful tree-lined runs lower down. If you are not going to ski school you might consider staying with a tour operator that offers ski hosting, such as Mark Warner.
Ski La Plagne – Advanced:
Advanced on-piste: there is limited on-piste skiing available for the genuine advanced skier. There are 17 runs labelled as black, some of these are often closed and others used to be red. Disappointingly the seriously challenging black Bellecote and Le Rochu runs from the Glacier no longer feature. With the Vanoise Express it is well worth getting a Paradiski pass: as an advanced on piste skier the skiing in Les Arcs is more interesting.
Off piste: La Plagne is even more under-rated when it comes to the off piste. This is even truer now that the old black Bellecote and Le Rochu runs from the Glacier have been closed. Actually they were always more enjoyable when closed than open. Thankfully, La Plagne does not attract the ski bums and other powder fans: the fresh snow is left for those in the know! You can usually still find powder days after a fresh snowfall and with no climbing!. La Plagne’s best known off piste is awesome Face Nord be Bellecote departing from 3200m and arriving at 1500m at the entrance to the Vanoise National Park, returning via the Vanoise Express. A guide is always recommended.
Ski the powder, winter 2012 with Oxygene ski school in la Plagne:
Ski Passes: all the latest prices to ski La Plagne and Paradiski.
Ski Schools: a list and guide to all the ski schools of La Plagne.
Ski Runs: a guide to every run in the resort.
Ski Hire: links to get you the best deals for ski hire in La Plagne COMING SOON.