The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 2 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 4 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

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  • Montchavin

Key facts covers:

  • La Plagne

Key facts

Resort1250 m
Slopes1250-3250 m
Lifts90
Pistes225 km
Price index105

Montchavin-Les Coches

France

Montchavin

The upside

  • Extensive intermediate slopes, plus plentiful, excellent off-piste terrain
  • Fast cable car link with Les Arcs
  • Good nursery slopes
  • High and fairly snow-sure, and with some wonderful views
  • Attractive, traditional-style villages
  • Wooded runs are useful in poor weather

The downside

  • Pistes in the main bowl don’t offer much challenge, or much vertical
  • Pistes get very crowded in places
  • Still lots of slow old chair-lifts
  • Poor snow can be a problem
  • Hardly any green runs and some blues are tricky

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News – 2017/18

The long, slow Crozats quad chair on the way to Roche de Mio and the glacier was replaced by a smart new six-seater carrying 3,600 people per hour, with new public toilets at the top. The Plan Bois beginner area above Montchavin-Les Coches has been improved, with a new moving carpet lift and a new 450m draglift which allows beginners to reach the Lac Noir gondola and Plan Bois chairlift to ride down to Les Coches.

A new gourmet restaurant seating just 35 people, Union, has opened in Plagne-Montalbert run by Michelin-starred London chef Phil Howard. Meanwhile, at the top of the hill another Michelin-starred chef is in the kitchen of 360, a new glass-walled restaurant with great views, particularly from the exceptionally spacious first-floor table-service section.

Summary

Montchavin is an attractively transformed farming hamlet of chalets and orchards, connected to the vast Paradiski domain. Getting to central La Plagne involves a series of lifts, but Montchavin’s local slopes offer pretty, sheltered runs, well endowed with snowmaking. Although quiet, the village does not lack atmosphere and is a popular family choice.

Les Coches is a little way above and shares the same local slopes. It is a sympathetically designed, quiet, modern mini-resort with a traffic-free centre and popular with families.

The cable car link with Les Arcs starts from near here and easily reached by a fast chair.

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The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 2 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 4 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Gallery

  • Montchavin

Key facts covers:

  • La Plagne

Key facts

Resort1250 m
Slopes1250-3250 m
Lifts90
Pistes225 km
Price index105