First Tracks!! Be the first on the slopes!

The first tracks is a chance to experience the slopes the way they should be, Unused and smooth you can get a chance to put the first turns into the slopes.

First Tracks At Dawn

On the slopes before dawn!

The day begins….well before the day. You arrive at the bottom of the Grand Rochette around 7.30 in ski or board gear still dark and chilly. You take the lift up and look around to see the one of the prettiest sight you will see….the sun rising over the mountains. A once in a lifetime sight!

Once the sun is shining you all gather round a guide who explains all the different peaks that are visible from the view.

Lost in the Peaks

Lost in the Peaks

I was lucky to have someone translate for me but I do know that it is possible to see over 300 peaks from one spot at the top. (I couldn’t count them all)

 

Accompanied by ski patrollers and guides you then take your first crack at the untouched slope. It has snowed the day before so it was as fresh as it could be and I loved it. The snow was as good as I thought it was. Carving was so natural to do. You take the first tracks all the way back down to the grand rochette to take the lift back up for breakfast to help continue the day. The breakfast is a traditional french one consisting of bread, cheese ham and other things along with a hot drink to warm up.

First tracks is all about being and first on the slope and seeing the beauty of what La Plagne can be. A little touch of paradise is my opinion and experience but don’t take my word for it. Give it a shot and see for yourself!!

A little piece of paradise.

A little piece of paradise.

 

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La Plagne, so much more than skiing (but the skiing is great!)

So you thought that La Plagne was all about the skiing and snowboarding this winter? Well with 418km of groomed pistes reaching peaks of 3250m, it’s easy to see why. However, for those searching for new means to get down the mountain, we’ve come up with 13 other ways in which you can make the most of gravity in an adrenaline filled descent.

Bumboarding!

Bumboarding!

First of all, you’re not limited to the traditional set of skis and snowboard. Mono skis (as if two skis are stuck together) and racing snowboards (hard boots, feet in a diagonal position on the board) combine the two. Those wanting to “free the heel” should give telemarking a go, where boots are attached to the skis only at the toe, demanding a challenging lunge-based ski stance.

In recent years, some clever souls have managed to adapt summer pastimes to suit the winter environment. Bikes, scooters and tricycles have all been modified to handle the pistes – the underlying factor is the exchange of wheels for skis. And of course, there still remains the timeless addition of snowshoes to your hiking boots to allow you to explore undiscovered parts of the mountain and enjoy the stunning scenery at a slower pace.

Fun in the snow

Fun in the snow

Now to explore the ways of getting down the mountain on your derrière! (i.e. your bum) Sledging has been a mountain tradition and family favourite for hundreds of years, but did you know there are several dedicated sledge runs in the Paradiski resort, covering 7.5km of pisted tracks? This takes sledging onto a whole new level! Reflex even offer ‘snakegliss’, a tandem sledging experience for up to 12 people. And finally; the bumboard! A small, thin circle of plastic to sit on and slide… wonderfully simple, hilarious outcomes.

No skis in sight

No skis in sight

For those seeking a little more adrenaline on their holiday, airboarding could be the way to go. Closely resembling a stumpy lilo with handles, you speed down the slopes head-first, twisting and turning around the bends for one hell of a rush! La Plagne is also home to an Olympic Bobsleigh run, where you can hurtle down the track reaching speeds of up to 130km an hour, either solo or as a team. If that’s not enough for you, you can leave the ground completely, by attaching a parachute and running off the edge for a cool descent and a sensational view like no other.

So if you’d like to try something new and are up for a challenge, there is something for everyone here at La Plagne! And if there’s absolutely nothing at all in this extensive list that attracts you, just come for the skiing; we’ve just had a fresh dump of snow and it’s gorgeous out there!
See you soon!
Chloe and Emma, Chalet Bon Vie

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January Skiing – Quiet Slopes And Fresh Snow!

After a bit of a dry spell over the last couple of weeks the snow gods have looked on us most favorably. With Christmas and New year now over the resort takes on a new feeling, with super quiet slopes and not even a hint of a queue at the lifts. It is a great time to come ski as temperatures have plummeted in the last few days and the snow will be kept fresh for much longer. The off piste this season so far has not looked it’s best but with the new snow and the current forecast of much more to come this will soon change and the fat skis will be the ski of choice! There are also some serious bargains to be had check out the snow sales

 

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All Change In Bon Vie

With the season nearly upon us and the snow falling in drifts, we’re getting all of the chalets ready for their first arrivals on the 13th December.

At Bon Vie things are busy busy busy as we finalise the summer changes which we have been making in conjunction with the owners. New flooring has been going down throughout all of the bedrooms, and the layout of the kitchen has changed to make things easier for our chalet team.

But most exciting of all is the delivery of the new boot heaters which have arrived this week. We got up to the chalet early to clear the snow and make sure that we could get the boot heaters in when the delivery arrived; and then we carried them carefully into the chalet before installing them in the bootroom.

Boot heaters are a great way of drying out your boots at the end of one ski day, and keeping your feet warm and tosty for the following day so we’re excited to be able to offer these in Bon Vie.

Johanna, our resort manager, has arrived and she is busy ordering new rugs, pictures and lamps to complete the changes.

Find out more about Chalet Bon Vie here.

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First Snow Falls To The Valley Foor November 2015

Often at this time of year there is a lot of anticipation of what the snow gods will bring us this season. We are very lucky in La Plagne that because the resort is so high and there are 2 glaciers in the ski area we know that what ever the gods bring we will still have great skiing. We do however get very excited when the first snow falls down at the bottom of the valley. This is generally an indication that there has been very heavy snow at the top and things are getting chilly. Winter has definately arrived today and we are all getting ready for the start of the season in just a few week time!

 

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