Fishing In La Plagne?

Lac Du Carroley La Plagne

Lac Du Carroley – Crozats lift on the far left and still a bit of snow!

La Plagne is one of the best ski resorts in the world with over 400km of piste,  some amazing off piste and a down to earth feel that makes it very beginner friendly. But did you know that it also has a thriving summer business with lots of mountain biking and many other summer sports.

I have done a fair bit of sea fishing back in the UK and having heard that the lakes and rivers here are great for trout fishing I decided to give it a go this year. After getting the permit (from a local ski hire shop) and purchasing some inexpensive spinning kit from Decathlon I made plans to get out and give it a go.

Clear waters and beautiful scenery

Clear waters and beautiful scenery

The local river was the obvious first spot as it is just a 10 minute walk away. This to my surprise was actually quite productive and although a bit on the small side I managed to catch a couple of rainbow trout.

After this initial success I decided to head to one of the lakes in La Plagne which is actually just above Les Coches. The scenery in summer here is absolutely stunning and being quite remote I did not see a soul for the whole afternoon. Peaceful and tranquil are perfect words to describe it! Again to my surprise I was able to get a couple of small trout and although not record breaking were a lot of fun on lightweight gear.

Peaceful and tranquil - Carroley lift in the backround

Peaceful and Tranquil with the Carroley lift in the background, a favourite off piste route in the winter!

I then decided to try one of the larger lakes a bit further afield near Tignes. I had heard there were a fair number of larger fish there as the conditions are ideal for the larger lake brown trout. Again the scenery was worth the effort of getting to the lake and this time there were a few other people fishing there, a good sign I thought!

After an hour or so of spinning the lake I had not had any luck and was just about to move on when my luck change and I had a bite from what felt like a big fish! Nerves were kicking in and it took a little while to get it to the edge but it finally came out and I think I can honestly say it was one of the best fights I have had from a fish and great fun.

Just below the Lac De Sassiere Tignes a little fishing spot know to locals!

Just below the lac de Sassiere Tignes a little fishing spot know to locals!

From my experiences so far I think I can say that there definitely is fishing in La Plagne and the surrounding area and it is very good!!

Well worth the trip - might become a regular spot!

Well worth the trip – might become a regular spot!

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Update On The New Montalbert Lift

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Work has been moving at a furious pace for the new lift which will greatly improve the access in and out of Montalbert. After some false starts due to conservation issues and some changes to the original plans, the new … Continue reading

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Free Lift Passes!

Christmas in the snow

Christmas in the snow

Not only have we got a free holiday competition starting this month but we are also launching our lift pass offers for the 2015/16 season.

Christmas and Easter are great times to get away with the family and so to help you along we are offering a free child lift pass for every two adult ones bought.

Book now for Christmas (20th-27th December) or Easter (3rd-10th or 10th-17th April) and for every two adult Paradiski passes that you book, you’ll receive one child Paradiski pass free of charge.

Please see here for more details.

If you would like a few tips or pointers on organising a Christmas ski holiday have a look at our previous blog Christmas Holiday Tips

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Free Skiing Holiday!

P1060357They say nothing in life is free but sometimes if you get lucky you really can get something for free.

Once again this year we are giving away a holiday for two lucky people in one of our beautiful catered chalets and all you have to do to be in with a chance is join our newsletter. We will be drawing the lucky winner randomly from our list of subscribers on 1st October. The Holiday will include all the usual excellent fully catered services that our guests have come to expect.

For more information and to enter please see here

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Try something new in the sun take 2

With the stunning weather at the moment, not freezing on the lifts and not flying around to keep the blood moving, having the lovely tempreture a blue skys that give you the freedom of taking your time leisurely enjoying the day I have been experimenting with some new things.

I am snowboarder first (keep quite snowboard haters we are not all bad), you will also catch me trying to tame the black mogul fields on a set of skis.

So what to try? In previous blogs I have posted about ice climbing, just before this post I regailed my day on a snowscoot,  what else is there? Telemarking

Telemarking is a form of Nordic Skiing using boots that are flexible at the ball of your foot and bindings which keep your toes flat to the ski but which leaves the heel free to lift. You can still turn the ski as you would Alpine skis, all be it without the ablility to kick your heals round very sharply as some people do.

It’s not the similarities to alpine skiing I was looking for when I hired a pair of telemark skis, it was the differences. From the free raising heel you gain the ability to turn the ski by stepping forward with one ski, leaving the second ski behind, which brings you into a lunge. The technique is pretty hard but once you get there it feels and looks very graceful.

All in all it was great to try something new, its an amazing leg workout and I could swear my alpine skiing technique has improved from my attempts at this varation of skiing.

Please click the link below to see a short clip from my day on telemarks

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