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 4 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

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

Key facts covers:

  • La Plagne only

Key facts

Resort1800-2100 m
Slopes1250-3250 m
Lifts90
Pistes225 km
Price index110

La Plagne

France

Belle Plagne and villages

The upside

  • Extensive and varied intermediate pistes, plus excellent off-piste
  • Good nursery slopes
  • High and fairly snow-sure
  • Wide choice of resort villages: ~high or low, convenient or cute
  • Wooded runs of lower satellite resorts are great in poor weather
  • Cable car link to Les Arcs

The downside

  • Lift system still needs investment
  • Pistes get very crowded in places
  • Few challenging pistes
  • Lower villages can have poor snow, especially sunny Champagny
  • Brutal architecture in some villages
  • No long green runs
  • Upscale accommodation still rare
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    News – 2017/18

    The long, slow Crozats quad chair on the Montchavin side of L’Arpette 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

    A new 6-seater chair lift, Les Envers, opened from 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 (at 1500m) wasn’t such a good idea after all.

    The runs on the glacier are no longer 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 Jacues blue piste, in the Bellecôte sector; it has features such as tunnels, jumps, raised bends and bridges. Chauffe Marcel opened on the slopes above 1800 – sounds a bit like a Folie Douce, with DJs ‘playing electro and pop’ from 3pm.

    A steeper than usual zipline opened, descending from Plagne Aime 2000 to Plagne Centre; it is 600m long, you reach speeds of up to 90 kph and there’s a “special braking system at the bottom”.

    Summary

    La Plagne is an intermediate’s paradise, even if you don’t use the link to Les Arcs. For experts, it has huge areas of off-piste that don’t get skied out too quickly – and note that from this season all the runs on the glacier area are now left ungroomed.

    The lift network has gradually improved over recent years and now seems to cause problems for our readers only at the real peaks of the season. Bigger problems these days are the number of slow chairlifts in some sectors, and the serious overcrowding on some pistes.

    There’s a wide choice of places to stay away from the central units; Montchavin and Champagny, in diametrically opposite locations, both get their own web pages. Montalbert, another fringe location, has become much more attractive thanks to recent lift investment.

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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 4 out of 5
    • Restaurants 4 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 4 out of 5

    The resort

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

    Key facts covers:

    • La Plagne only

    Key facts

    Resort1800-2100 m
    Slopes1250-3250 m
    Lifts90
    Pistes225 km
    Price index110