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

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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Hi! Sorry but I’m very biased! I’ve been…

paulgammage 17 Jul 2011 

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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.

News – 2016/17

All the news is from central La Plagne, or beyond. A new 6-seater chair lift, Les Envers, was built out of the valley between Le Fornelet, the low peak above Montalbert, and Plagne Aime 2000, further improving access from Montalbert to the central resort areas. This is more or less in the same place as the Coqs chair, removed some years ago. Presumably the lift co realised that sending everyone down the tricky blue run to La Roche wasn’t such a good idea after all. The runs on the glacier will no longer be groomed, increasing the area’s appeal for adventurous skiers (and meaning these slopes can be opened more quickly after a dump). A family fun run opened at the top of the St Jacques blue piste, in the Bellecôte sector. A steeper than usual zipline opened, descending from Plagne Aime 2000 to Plagne Centre; “special braking system at the bottom” it says here! Work started on a major development of Plagne Aime 2000, to include a 5-star hotel and an aqua-leisure centre.

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