La Plagne Ski Resort
With 24,700 acres (10,000 hectares) of terrain and a 6560 mile (2000 meter) vertical drop, La Plagne is the most popular ski resort in the world – not bad for a destination created as a measure to stop the surrounding region’s demise. At the time in the late 1950s, local mining and agricultural industries had virtually slowed to a halt and young people were deserting the region en masse looking elsewhere for work. The area’s governing bodies got together to come up with a rescue plan which arrived in the form of a ski destination, and on the day before Christmas, 1961, La Plagne opened with two drag lifts and four slopes.
The rescue plan was a success from the start, La Plagne an immediate hit with skiers. Within a few years it was hosting competitions and feted by celebrities. Nowadays, La Plagne, located in the Tarantaise Valley in the Savoie region, attracts a heady 2.5 million visitors each year. What’s more, it is linked with its neighbouring resort Les Arc and Peisey-Vallandry creating a formidable partnership that sits under the Paradiski banner.
La Plagne comprises of 11 villages, varying in style from functional, purpose built resorts to charming, traditional villages. Plagne Centre has the highest concentration of shops and bars with more nightlife than is to be found in some of the other villages. It is functional, rather than a pretty resort much like Plagne Bellecôte and Plagne Aime 2000. The villages of Plagne 1800, and Belle Plagne offer practical, ski in ski out accommodations though slight more aesthetically pleasing.
Plagne Soleil and Plagne Village are smaller and more modern though pleasant resorts. Montchevan is lower in altude and offers an authentic alpine experience whilst Lec Coches is slightly higher and has more ski in ski out accommodation. Being below the treeline, they have a very different feel to the higher resorts and have traffic free centres. They also offer good access to the link with Les Arcs.
Montalbert is a smaller village and further away from the main resorts however now has good links to the main bowl. Champagny is on the other side of the mountain and is at a relatively low altitude. It has a south facing aspect, and also is a fairly short car ride away from the Three Valleys and Couchevel.
As for the skiing, it seemingly goes on forever: there are 128 runs, 140 miles (225 km) of slopes, 95 lifts, 50 miles (80 km) of runs open for night skiing and an abundance of snow, about 20 feet (6 meters) each winter. The season generally runs from the first or second week of December through to the end of April. Beginner and intermediate runs make up almost 60% of terrain, while 26% is for the advanced and 15% for the experts. One of the more unique and thrilling activities in La Plagne is the 4920 foot (1500 meter) Olympic bobsleigh run with 19 bends. Options for descent include a single-set speed luge and a four seat, self-braking and driving bob raft.
La Plagne Snow Report
La Plagne 15-Day Forecast
La Plagne Accommodation, Lodging & Hotel Options
Accommodation, lifts, lessons and package deals will launch in 2019 for the 2019/20 season.
La Plagne Statistics
|Skiable Terrain||425 km, 35,558 acres|
|Vertical||2050 m (6,725 ft)|
|Top Elevation||3250 m (10,662 ft)|
|Base Elevation||1200 m (3937 ft)|
|Average Snowfall||5.2 m (206 in / 17 feet)|
|Winter lifts Total||131|
|Gondolas Trams||Cable Cars 5, Funicular 1. Gondolas 16|
|Longest Run||16 km (10 mi)|
How to Get to La Plagne
Flying To La Plagne
Chambery – 1hr 30 mins
Grenoble – 2hr 30 mins
Lyon – 2 hr 30 mins
Geneva 2hr 30 mins
Trains To La Plagne
The villages of La Plagne are is 20-45 minutes by road Aime station.
International trains connect Aime to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport or from Paris-Gare-de-Lyon on the TGV service, which takes around 4-5 hours.
Driving To La Plagne
In winter the road from Aime to La Plagne is windy and conditions can be hard to drive in.