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
  • Latest user reviews

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    News – 2019/20

    There’s a new family-friendly ‘fun slope’. And the ESF Montalbert is supervising ‘snooc’ (basically tobogganing on a ski) runs after the lifts close.

    News – 2018/19

    You can now stay overnight up the mountain in a piste grooming machine that has been converted into a hotel room, complete with spa bath and view of Mont Blanc.

    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