Have a great weekend in La Plagne

Have you always wanted to explore La Plagne? Pack your bags, here’s all the info and tips you’ll need to make the absolute most of your stay. 

Getting to La Plagne

La Plagne is a multi-faceted destination. The resort is made up of no fewer than 11 villages, each one with its own personality. For restorative tranquillity, we love Belle Plagne. For the longest possible ski day, go for Plagne Bellecôte, and for a family break with children, we love the “Family Plus” labelled village of Montchavin – Les Coches.

It’s easy to get to La Plagne’s villages in winter by high-speed train, followed by one of the regular shuttlebuses that runs between Aime-La-Plagne train station and the resort. Time-wise, it takes 4 hours 45 minutes from Paris and slightly over 3 hours from Lyon. A great reason to go skiing without having to take the car!

You can also arrive by car, and we recommend that you leave your vehicle in the free car park located at “La Roche” just before you get to La Plagne 1800. The ski lifts offer quick access to the rest of the ski area. 

The ski runs you absolutely have to try!

La Plagne is known for its large, very accessible ski area. With Paradiski, you get access to 425 kilometres of runs and 18 fun zones, everything you need to fill your days! 

During your stay, we strongly recommend that you visit these 3 runs: “Mont de la Guerre”, “Etroits” and the “Funslope”.

Mont de la Guerre is a red run located on the south face above Champagny en Vanoise. Usually fairly quiet and very sunny, it offers an impressive vertical drop. The panoramic views are stunning, as are the unspoilt wild surroundings. It’s accessible via the highest point in Les Verdons. First take the Bozelet blue run before turning right to the “Le Balcon du Bozelet” snack bar. 

Reserved for good skiers only, the “Étroits” black run is Anne’s personal favourite. “Mind-blowing skiing!” Located on the edge of the ski area on a little tucked-away mountainside, you’ll see lots of birds on this secured, ungroomed “natural run”. Accessible via the Bécoin chair lift followed by the Les Crêtes button lift.  

For something more accessible, the Funslope is unmissable! With friends or family, this fun run is really entertaining and enjoyable. “Even for good skiers!” Alexis adds. Its series of jumps, whoops, banked turns and tunnels guarantees a challenge and plenty of laughs! 

Finally, Grande Rochette is La Plagne’s legendary viewing point, offering a 360° panoramic view over the Alps so you can drink it all in. The summit is accessible to everyone, via the Funiplagne lift. 

Colorado Luge: sports tobogganing!

3,2,1… Go! Awaken your inner child and get your fill of thrills on the toboggan run. The 1.5 kilometre “Colorado Canyon” gives you the chance to try a Snooc for the first time, a super fun modern twist on the paret sledge. We’re telling you, try it and you’ll love it. 

The run is open from 1.30pm to 6.30pm. You can arrive on skis and leave them there while you join the special queue for fast access to the Colorado chair lift that takes you to the top of the run! Our tip? If you want the run all to yourself, get there as soon as it opens!

To be the envy of everyone, pick up your free souvenir photo in the Paradiski Yuge app by scanning your skipass at the entrance turnstile. Ready to post on social media! 

I’m fearless! A bobsleigh descent.

Wearing a helmet, your chest level with the angle of the slope, the tension starts to mount! The only bobsleigh run in France, this site hosted the event during the Albertville Olympic Games in 1992. 

Open late afternoon after the professional training has finished, you can choose between three levels of thrills:

  • with friends on board a self-guided and self-braking Bob Raft, perfect for your first introduction to bobsleighing.
  • solo on board a Speed Luge to try and get up to 90 kilometres an hour. 
  • hand over control to a Bob Racing pro: get ready for 120 kilometres an hour and a huge adrenaline rush!

It’s a very popular activity so consider booking in advance! 

Our recommendations in La Plagne 

A good day’s skiing requires the chance to refuel. Here are two great suggestions: 

  • Le Balcon du Bozelet, a snack bar located on the Champagny sector in Vanoise. Lounging comfortably on a deckchair, switch off completely in front of the stunning view. The food is simple, gourmet fare.
  • La Pause’s terrace at the top of Les Adrets chair lift or the Montalbert gondola lift. A beautiful viewpoint, the site is equipped with a BBQ, picnic tables and benches and even smartphone charging points just in case you’ve overdone it taking photos.  

Now there’s nothing you don’t know about La Plagne! With your “Ski à la Carte” pass in your pocket, all that’s left for you to do is explore this magnificent ski area and share your info and photos using #SALC!

© Photos : Elina Sirparanta