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La Plagne

La Plagne Ski Resort Guide

La Plagne, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length225km
Highest Lift3,250m
Resort Height2,100m
 Nearest AirportsAnnecy and Geneva
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La Plagne

Perhaps the largest ski area in the world, La Plagne unites ten different villages, and really can offer 'something for everyone'. La Plagne is lift-linked to nearby Les Arcs by the spectacular Vanoise Express.


The French ski resort of La Plagne is in the French Alps at an altitude of 2,100m, with 225km of marked runs.

La Plagne is part of the Paradiski area with access to 425km of downhill skiing, with 475 marked pistes, served by a total of 141 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in La Plagne itself (225km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Paradiski ski resorts of Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry.

La Plagne comprises the villages of Aime La Plagne, Belle Plagne, Plagne 1800, Plagne Bellecôte, Plagne Centre, Plagne Montalbert, Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in La Plagne?

The next notable snow forecast is 10cm, expected on 29 September, with around 16cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

La Plagne Ski Area

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Paradiski Ski Area

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La Plagne Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,250m
Resort Altitude (La Plagne)2,100m
Lowest Piste1,250m
Max Vertical2,000m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for La Plagne
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La Plagne Overview

La Plagne is possibly the largest ski resort in the world - depending on how you do your sums. In fact it is made up of ten separate bases, a mixture of traditional villages and ultra-modern purpose-designed centres. There is pretty well everything here - a vast ski and snowboarding area, inter-linked by over 110 lifts. Indeed the resort has pioneered the installation of high capacity chairs and has many modern six seater high-speed detachable chairs (capacity 3000 skiers per hour each).

There is a huge skiable vertical, again one of the biggest in the world, accessing some of the highest skiing that there is - with snowsure glacier skiing at the top. Oh and it was an Olympic venue in 1992. Not surprising then that the resort came top overall in a computer assessment of 3000 ski resorts world-wide, albeit by a French ski magazine!

The ten different bases are divided up in to six purpose - built and four traditional, offering the ubiquitous 'something for everyone'. The oldest resort, Plagne centre, is located high up at 1970 metres, but newer developments such as Aime la Plagne are still higher up at 2100m.

Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil, both at 2050 metres, are made of smaller, strategically placed buildings whilst Plagne Bellecôte has a sporty, fun emphasis, housing the resort's Freestyle stadium, a skating rink and outdoor pool. Belle Plagne is the newest and most attractive of the modern villages, its theme is 'elegance and tradition'. Finally Plagne 1800 has comfortable chalets and the peace and quiet of the neighbouring forest.

Below these six are four old villages which existed long before skiing, but have now come under the wing of La Plagne. Plagne Montalbert (1350m), Montchavin (1250m), Les Coches above it (1450m) and Champagny en Vanoise (1250m) now consist of renovated farmhouses in the original hamlets and newer developments in keeping with the traditional architecture.

La Plagne is also famous for offering additional on-slope activities including the popular Olympic bob-sleigh run available for recreational use.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in La Plagne is 15km long and the most difficult run is the 'Le Rochu'.


The slopes of La Plagne offer something to suit all tastes. There are wide motorway pistes, short sharp blacks and terrain that varies from glacier to powder snowfields and forest. All in all the 225km (140 miles) is one of the largest ski areas anywhere and the 2000m top-to-bottom vertical is pretty vast also. If that's not enough for you tickets purchased for six days or more also valid for a day each in other top Savoie Alps ski areas such as the Espace Killy and Trois Vallées. The Paradiski link by the spectacular Vanoise Express double-decker cable car to Les Arcs across the valley, more or less doubles the skiing available. Indeed Paradiski is one of the world's biggest ski areas.

All of the skiing above the altitude villages is above the tree-line with lower descents on trails cut through the forests down to Plagne Montalbert and Montchavin Les Coches. The runs down to Champagny are over the back of the snowbowl. The vast majority of the skiing appeals to recreational skiers, more than the 'die-hard' variety who will find a more limited number of blacks than at some of the other top resorts. For most skiers out to enjoy their annual skiing week though, La Plagne can't be bettered.

Experts will be happy anyway, especially if they sign up with one of the ski schools to tackle the under-rated off-piste or attempt the near-2000m vertical down from the north face of the Bellecôte glacier, one of the world's longest off-piste runs. Beginners also have some good nursery slopes, a huge choice of tuition deals and a free surface lift by every village of La Plagne.

La Plagne's commitment to winter sports has long been evident with its own Club des Sports established in 1962 to encourage domestic talent. Famous Club members include Eric Labourex, five times Freestyle World Cup circuit winner) and most recently Jean Luc Crétier, winner of the Men's downhill at the Nagano Olympics. There are no less than 11 different Ecole de Ski Français operations in business from the different villages. Each offers a wide variety of tuition options but also individual schools have unique ideas. The ESF in Montchavin for example has a guided off-piste 'Ski total' course whilst Plagne Bellecôte's school has carving-ski courses.

At Aime la Plagne the 'Modern stages' package introduces students to the different modern methods of sliding as well as offering advice on improving technique and powder skiing. Apart from the ESF there are other schools, such as Oxygène operating out of Plagne Centre, or Eric Laboureix's 'El Pro' school. Evolution 2, based in Montchavin limits class sizes to 8 participants.

Finally cross-country skiers have about 90km (57 miles) of trails to enjoy.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


La Plagne's snowboarding keeps getting better with ever more parks and ever better high speed chair lifts to get to them. There are plenty of wide open cruising runs and the ski schools can show you the best of the powder fields. There is also a Boarder Cross course. Terrain parks are located at Belle Plagne, Montchavin and Champagny with a half pipe in Bellecote.

Location and Map

Where is La Plagne?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Paradiski, Savoie.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to La Plagne is Annecy, 148 minutes drive away.

Geneva and Turin Caselle airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 109 ski lifts are able to uplift 129,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 50km of ski runs, with 359 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is La Plagne open?

 Open from : 18 December 2021.

 Closes : 24 April 2022.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

La Plagne Piste Map
La Plagne

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in La Plagne, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the La Plagne Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about La Plagne

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Aprés Ski

There are many late night bars and video bars with karaoke and some live music for night owls, each with their own atmosphere. In Plagne 1800 the Bar Etoile and Couleur Café are popular and Bar La Nice the most famous, whilst in Plagne Centre the No Blem Café, which sometimes has live music, is the place to be after dark. The Matafan Bar in Belle Plagne has a rustic French ambience and the Lincoln Pub in Plagne Soleil is another good choice. These are of course just a few of the many and various nightclubs to choose from later in the evening.

La Plagne