With 2.5 million days of ski lift tickets bought in a single season, La Plagne is one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. A French ski area on the alpine valley of Tarentaise in the Savoy region, La Plagne, together with nearby resorts Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry, makes up the vast ski area of Paradiski, the 2nd largest ski area in the world!
La Plagne is an intermediate and expert paradise, with a hugely diverse ski area, spread over 140 miles of pistes.
For experts, it has huge areas of off-piste that don’t get skied out too quickly – an impressive feat given that La Plagne is recognized as the world’s most visited ski resort. This is before you consider the links to Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry via the impressive Vanoise Express to make up the Paradiski area, a massive 264 miles ski and snowboard area, served by no less than 128 lifts.
The lift network has gradually improved over recent years, increasing the efficiency of access to the expansive ski area, with overcrowding no only an issue in peak weeks. With more than 70% of the terrain sitting above 6,560ft, La Plagne also offers extraordinarily reliable snow coverage.
La Plagne consists of no fewer than 11 separate ‘villages’.
Each is a self-sufficient mini-resort, though they vary widely in character, with a massive variety of accommodation to suit every need. They divide into two groups: seven units purpose-built at altitude in a broad bowl, on or above the treeline; and four real villages, adapted and expanded for skiing, at lower altitude on the fringes of the area. The diversity of these villages also means there will always be options suitable for families. The only drawback of this separate village layout is the resort lacks some cohesion that you would expect for a more unified resort.
As one of the resorts hosting events for the 1992 Albertville Olympics, La Plagne also hosts a bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track.
A cable car from Montchavin links to Les Arcs via Peisey-Vallandry. Day trips by car to Val d’Isere-Tignes or the Trois Vallees resorts are possible.