Review of La Plagne

14th January 2008 by D Thompson 

I have just come back from a week of boarding/skiing. 6/01/08 - 13/01/08

We actually stayed in Champagny on the other side of the mountain to La Plagne - which had its benefits and disadvantages.

What we saw of La Plagne was a very extensive network of blues and reds - some more challenging than others - but a lot were not very good for snowboarders as they contained large flat sections where you would have to walk for the next slope - obviously these runs can easily be avoided but something to note if you are a beginner.

The higher slopes offer some fantastic runs and there is more than enough to choose from. There was plenty of snow and there were no queues for the lifts. With so many runs close together there were a lot of opportunities to go off piste, and switch between runs, without being stuck adrift in piles of snow on your own with no one to help you!

We were told that we had hit a very quiet time, which was certainly a good thing - the busiest times are in Feb and at Easter.

The restaurants in both Champagny and La Plagne were expensive especially for what you got. 6 euros for a beer, 15 for pasta and 10 for an omelette.

The Plagne buildings are a bit of an eyesore and there doesn’t seem to be much to do for groups of people looking for nightlife - it comes across as a very family friendly resort.

Overall it offers a very good selection of runs although it can take some time to actually get from one area to another, and seems to be good on the snow front.

But it is let down by its unfriendly architecture and although we didn’t stay there I can imagine it would have been better to have one main central town, which would have encouraged a larger selection of shops and services, rather than numerous ones spread over an area.

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