The Complete La Plagne Guide

La Plagne is one of those resorts which people come back to year after year – when you’ve visited once you’ll find yourself wanting to return time and time again. Looking at the resort it’s easy to understand why. This La Plagne Guide will show you why you should consider it for your next holiday.

La Plagne offers an expansive ski area, being a part of the Paradiski area. It has a reasonable amount of après options, and while it may not suit the party hard crowd, it’s easy to enjoy your evenings in this relaxed resort. With the laid-back atmosphere comes laid-back prices – La Plagne is partly loved because of the great value it offers visitors.

While the scale of the resort, with its 6 main villages, might put some people off, you are far from isolated to one area. The resort offers a free shuttle bus service, so as long as you stay in one of the main villages, you have the freedom to experience the different personalities of each village.

La Plagne guide to skiing

The Skiing in La Plagne Guide
Paradiski Piste Map
  • Access to 2 glaciers ensuring you can ski on better snow, later in the season
  • Easy access to the Paradiski area, with 425km of pistes
  • 70% of the pistes are above 2000m, perfect if you want a snow-sure resort
  • The longest boardercross in Europe for the adrenaline junkies
  • A good range of different slopes, with enough for everyone from beginners to advanced skiers

La Plagne guide to off the slope activities

While La Plagne is most visited for its ski area, there is so much on offer once the lifts shut. There’s something for everyone, from adrenaline junkies, to families, to couples. This is just a selection, and you can see our full guide on our website.

BobsleighArguably La Plagne’s most well-known attraction, this Olympic Bobsleigh in Plagne 1800 will take you to speeds you could only previously imagine. Whether you want to go in a group, alone, or with a professional driver, they offer something for all tastes. If you want an unforgettable experience and something with which to wow your friends, make sure to check it out.

The Activities in La Plagne Guide
The Activities in La Plagne Guide

Le Forperet FarmThis is the best place in La Plagne for a chilled out activity for families. You truly feel like you are in the mountains, as the farm is found in the little village of Montalbert. Both a farm and a restaurant, they offer pony rides, and the chance to learn how Savoyard cheese is made. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, feast in their traditional restaurant, and indulge in some Fondue.

Over the Moon If romance is what you are looking for, there is no better place in the resort than this experience that will make you feel ‘over the moon’! While piste bashers aren’t traditionally romantic, this one has been transformed and parked at 2000m. Once you’ve arrived in your private transfer, you have a cosy cabin for two, complete with a spa bath, complimentary breakfast, and panoramic windows to make you feel like you are sleeping under the stars. This is truly the ultimate romantic experience!

The Après Ski in La Plagne

La Plagne is perfect for après ski if you like cosy little bars, packed with character and ambiance, where the owners will know you by name by the end of the week. Here are some of our favourites, and we have a full list on our website.

Scotty’sThink après ski in La Plagne, think Scotty’s. This piste-side bar in La Plagne Centre is the most well-known in resort. You can find live music every weekday, a filling range of food, and events on all the time. Packed with people dancing in their boots, head down here for a drink after your day skiing.

La MineLocated in La Plagne 1800, this English style pub might make you think you were back home, if not for the relaxed alpine atmosphere. They offer live music and sports game screenings too. Conveniently located right by the bus stop, why not stop by here before heading back to your hotel for dinner.

The Apres Ski in La Plagne Guide
The Apres Ski in La Plagne Guide

The Rhumerie Hidden away in the smaller village of Aime 2000, this bar will still deliver a memorable night. Famed for their range of rum flavours, you can have a dance to live music and mingle with the locals.

Spitting FeathersThis British-style pub excels in food as much as après. Tim and Anna offer curry, and fish and chip nights, as well as a range of drinks. What they do best is atmosphere, you’ll feel right and home, and feel free to ask any questions about the ski area.

Bowling BarA little unconventional, but this bar is next to a bowling alley in Belle Plagne, complete with pool tables. Perfect if you want to unwind while the kids enjoy some activities, or as a starting point for a bar crawl.

Conclusion

La Plagne is the perfect choice for people who want quality skiing, a range of things to do off the slopes, and all for a reasonable price. It is known for being particularly good with families, and people describe feeling like they grew up in resort!

  • For stronger skiers, make sure to take advantage of the huge ski area
  • As long as you are brave enough, check out the Bobsleigh Run
  • For a truly alpine experience, you have to pay a visit to the Forperet Farm
  • Make the most of the friendly atmosphere in the bars and pubs in the evenings

We would be happy to talk through the different options both in La Plagne and other resorts, just give us a call: 020 7801 1080

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.