Resort guide to Plagne 1800 - France

Family orientated ski resort with large gentle ski area and great value accommodation

Plagne 1800 resort guide - a general overview

Situated 200 vertical metres below Plagne Centre lies the pretty, chalet resort of Plagne 1800. With nearly 30 catered chalets in Plagne 1800 there is a strong British following. The apres ski scene is fairly lively, there is also a bowling alley and tubing for the children in the evenings. There is now a good lift connection to Plagne Centre where the best ski schools are located so getting children to their lessons on time is not an issue. There is, however, an ESF ski school meeting point in Plagne 1800 making the drop-off process far more convenient.

Plagne 1800 is ideal for families and those that are happy to enjoy a great ski area but can do without the glamour and glitz of the neighbour super-station ski resorts of Val d'Isere, Courchevel and Meribel. There are lots of catered chalets in Plagne 1800 to choose from which means there is a property to suit almost any size of party. However, all of these chalet properties are aimed at a budget conscious market.

Resort stats


1,800m - 3,250m

Level of skiing

Snow sure
Ski area


Charm factor
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value


  • Slopes to please skiers & snowboarders from complete beginners through to offpiste experts.
  • Very family friendly - good ski schools & lots of apres ski activities!
  • Mountain restaurants with great views and reasonable prices.
  • High in altitude and snow sure, especially the Bellecote Glacier.
  • Linked to Les Arcs by the fantastic Vanoise Express cable car that crosses the valley.


  • There are some flat spots for Snowboarders but route planning means these can be avoided.
  • Nightlife action is actually not bad but limited to only a couple of venues.
  • Resort buses that are reliable but don't run often or late, miss the last one & you need a taxi.

La Plagne (1800) Resort Restaurants

In Plagne 1800, the Petit Chaperon Rouge is great and you can combine it with a sleigh ride for a romantic evening. Also the Loup Blanc is good if you want a tasty steak.

La Plagne (1800) Mountain Restaurants

Mountain Restaurants in La Plagne are generally good value for money and many have fantastic views of the Vanoise National Park or the Tarentaise Valley, and only get really busy during Peak weeks. For stunning views across the valley to Courchevel, the Rossa on the Champagny side is the best option, you can even nap in the deck chairs! In bad weather head for the lower tree lined runs that lead down to Les Coches & Montchavin, and try the Chez Pat du Sauget. The Arpette is a good value restaurant in the main part of the piste and is easy to get to for most levels of skiers.

La Plagne (1800) Apres Ski

The Mine is the focal point for apres ski and nightlife in Plagne 1800.

La Plagne (1800) Nightlife

See above.

La Plagne (1800) Resort Map

  • Funicular Funicular
  • Cable car Cable Car
  • Gondola Gondola
  • Chair lift Chair lift
  • Drag lift Drag lift
  • Map marker Property
Tourist info

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