La Plagne consists of six high altitude resorts (linked by a free public transport service), with terrain to suit everyone, and four village resorts with access to the entire ski area.
Snow conditions permitting, La Plagne usually opens around mid-December until the end of April and the whole Paradiski area opens from just before Christmas until the mid/end of April (depending on snow coverage).
La Plagne boasts an artificial ice tower, a 900m snowpark and it's the only resort in France with an Olympic Bobsleigh track. La Plagne has a total of 128 pistes and is a great place for intermediate skiers; with 9 green pistes, 67 blue pistes, 33 red pistes and 19 black pistes, plus there's around 80km of cross-country skiing a half pipe and a toboggan run. These are accessed by a network of 94 lifts (see the piste maps).
Belle Plagne & Plagne Bellecote
From either of these two villages, Belle Plagne & Plagne Bellecote, you can get access to the highest part of resort via the Bellecote gondola, up to the glacier at 3,417m. From here there are a handful of red runs, a couple of blues lower down, and access to lots of off-piste skiing. Midway down the mountain is the top of the Roche de Mio lift which gives you access either directly back down to resort, or you can take the skiers right and end up at the top of the runs in Les Coches & Montchavin.
Montchavin & Les Coches
From the area of Montchavin & Les Coches you'll find access to the Vanoise Express, the large gondola that links across to Peisey & Les Arcs. There are 6 other lifts here linking lots of blue and red pistes, cross country trails and a few mini freestyle areas. There are lots of restaurants dotted about on the mountain where you can take a breather and enjoy the views.
Plagne Soleil, Plagne Village, Plagne Centre & Plagne 1800
This cluster of villages (Plagne Soleil, Plagne Village, Plagne Centre & Plagne 1800) forms the centre of resort, with numerous lifts and gondolas and just below Plagne 1800 is where you'll find the start of the Olympic bobsleigh track. There are a fair few green pistes and blue pistes just above Plagne Village that drop you back into Plagne Bellecote, or you can head up to Les Verdons at 2,500m or the Grande Rochette at 2,505m. Alternatively, drop over the other side of these mountains into Champagny.
The village of Champagny sits at 1,250m and has its own gondola and 4 other lifts linking back up to the central part of La Plagne. Off-piste fans might like to try some of the tree lines on this side, or if you prefer the piste then there are a choice of blue and red runs, plus a slalom area, snowpark zone and freestyle areas. Cross-country skiers can head over to Champagny en Haut where you can take a break at one of the restaurants there.
Aime La Plagne or Aime 2000 stands out with its angular buildings jutting out of the ridgeline at 2,000m. You can circumnavigate Aime 2000 on a red run and then join the blue piste down to the bottom of the Bobsleigh track below Plagne 1800. Alternatively, head on down the mountain to one of the lowest parts of resort in Montalbert.
Montalbert & Longefoy
These two villages lie at around 1,200m elevation, with 4 ski lifts, lots of cross country itineraries, lots of blue pistes and a small freestyle area. There are lots of trees down here which makes it a good place to be on bad weather days. In 2015 the main Montalbert ski lift was updated, changing it from a chairlift to a bubble-lift, making it much quicker and more comfortable.
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