La Plagne – more than just a family ski resort

La Plagne Centre at night
La Plagne Centre at night

Located in the heart of the Paradiski area, there is access to 425km of piste – most of which is located at over 1,800m. Having spent a season working in a luxury ski chalet in Plagne Centre, I can vouch for the quality and variety of the skiing and that it is ideal for all skiing abilities. La Plagne is so much more than just a good family ski resort.

Due to its reputation as a beginner resort, the off piste in La Plagne is seriously underrated and this means that it doesn’t get tracked out nearly as quickly as it does in more advanced resorts. The north face of the Bellecote Glacier is a real highlight and offers 14 main routes to try out. To really get the most out of the off piste in La Plagne we recommend hiring a guide for all of the top spots and less of the hiking.

Some serious off piste in La Plagne

If you’re looking to really test your stamina, why not try to ski the entire length of the Paradiski area in one day? Start your day at Montalbert 1350 and ski all the way to the far side of Les Arcs until you reach the quaint hamlet of Villaroger and then back again. You’ll no doubt be absolutely  exhausted after this adventure and in serious need of a hearty dinner back at your chalet in La Plagne.

La Plagne also has an extensive and well maintained park that is split into
three levels with a variety of jumps, rails, tables and an air bag. If that’s
not enough for you there are also three boarder-cross courses within the La
Plagne ski area. The resort is also the home of Kevin Rolland, winner of back-to-back gold medals at the Winter X Games in the Super-Pipe.

La Plagne, home of Kevin Rolland
Kevin Rolland, Winter X Games gold medal winner

OK, so once the lifts close, what else is there to do in La Plagne? Well, lots! Here are a few activities to keep you entertained. Just in case you haven’t had enough adrenalin, La Plagne boasts its very own bobsled track which was built for the 1992 Winter Olympics. It really is a fantastic opportunity to re-enact ‘Cool Runnings’! There are a number of different options ranging from the Bob-Raft that reaches speeds of 80 kilometres per hour, to the Taxi-Bob that is driven by a professional and reaches speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour. Certainly not for the fainthearted!

The Olympic Bobsleigh track, La Plagne
The Olympic Bobsleigh track, La Plagne

Still craving more excitement? Try para-ponting from the top of the Grande Rochette lift. It is the perfect way to take in the views of Mount Blanc and spy out some more off piste potential. I did exactly that and I can highly recommend it, even if it is just for the fun take off. Running off the edge of a mountain attached to a giant parachute is such a surreal experience.

Me para-pointing from the top of the Grande Rochette – what a view!
Me para-ponting from the top of the Grande Rochette – what a view!

La Plagne is not exactly renowned for its extensive après scene, however, a good night out can most definitely still be possible. In La Plagne Centre, try Scotty’s or The Mouth, which both have live music nights and a fun a vibrant bar atmosphere. Wednesdays and Fridays in Scotty’s are particularly fun with great bands playing a variety of classic covers as well as plenty of dancing on the tables.

There are also some more quirky bars such as Igloo Igloo with its all white icy themed interior and igloo booths. Similarly. Bar La Mine in 1800 offers an interesting interior with a mine cart track running through the middle. This is also a popular venue for live music.

The quirky interior of Bar La Mine in La Plagne 1800
The quirky interior of Bar La Mine in La Plagne 1800

Regardless of your budget, there are a wide range of hotels and chalets in La Plagne. The resort really does have something for everyone (I’m a massive fan!) so if you would like to find out more about ski chalets or hotels in Plagne Centre, please do contact the office on +44 (0)20 7801 1080.