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Skiing In La Plagne

Set between Montchavin at 1250m and the Glacier De La Chiaupe at a whopping 3417m, La Plagne has a huge selection of terrain to choose from.

 

Beginners can test their turns on the "debutants" area in Les Coches or the green "La France" run in Plagne centre, whilst intermediates have a wealth of blues to choose from. As you progress there is a good selection of challenging red runs spread across the domain, and some excellent blacks in the Le Fornelet and glacier areas. La Plagne and Les Arcs together make up the famous Paradiski area, spanning 425km of piste skiing and linked by the world famous Vanoise Express lift between Les Coches and Plan Peisey.

 

Recommended Routes

Why not head up over to Champagny and try the "Mont de La Guerre" red piste through the trees offering nearly a thousand meters of vertical drop. It's a beautiful descent, but long and tiring on the legs. Or spend the day gently making your way to Montalbert. You'll go through some beautiful tree lined spots and maybe even catch sight of a deer or two in the woods.

For black run enthusiasts, a trip to the Le Fornelet area is a must. From the top of the Stade take the steep Cretes drag lift to the top of the ridge, before following the long Les Etroits run down towards Coqs. With meters of snow on powder days, and huge moguls the rest of the time, this is a run which will challenge you to the max.

There are plenty of great ski-in, ski-out bars and restaurants in La Plagne for you to try. For great views, why not have a coffee at le Chalet de La Grand Rochette in Plagne centre? Or for a sunny terrace try Le Roc des Blanchets in Champagny.  For traditional local food you can't beat Le Petit Chaperon Rouge in Plagne 1800, and for something a bit more upmarket, the Grizzli in Plagne Village offers a real lunchtime treat.

 

Snow Parks

Take the Colorado chair from Plagne Centre to check out the 7 cube park offering jumps and rails for all abilities, graded with the same system as the pistes. Once you've mastered your tricks try them out for real in the boarder cross in Belle Plagne or the half pipe in Plagne Bellecote.

Skiing Les Arcs

Part of the Paradiski area, Les Arcs has over 70% of its skiing above 2000m and the famous Aguille Rouge glacier.

 
It has an excellent variety of runs and is particularly good for intermediates with many wide open red runs. It also boasts a 7km run from the top of the Glacier at 3226m to Villaroger at 1200m. There are modern fast lifts from each of the four main areas and the whole area is very easy to navigate around. The Vanoise Express, the largest cable car in the world, provides a high speed link between Les Arcs and La Plagne.
 

Recommended Routes

From the top of the Peisey chair lift, why not cruise along Le Foret and Maitaz all the way to the Transarc lift which gives you access to the centre of the domain. From the scenic top of the Transarc lift, you can continue on down the Plan des Eaux and Vallee de l'Arc runs for a lunch stop at the highly recommended Pre Saint Esprit restaurant. Then why not take the Belvedere blue run all the way home?

Or, fancy a challenge? Then aim for the Aiguille Rouge, the highest point in Les Arcs. From here, a selection of challenging reds or terrifying blacks take you on down to Villaroger, a drop of more than 2000 vertical meters and one of the longest runs in Europe.

Snow parks

The Apocalypse snow park in Les Arcs is almost 1km long and has a large variety of jumps, rails and other features that are graded in the same way as the pistes so whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned pro there is a huge variety of runs. Towards the far side of the snow park is also a boarder cross run.

The Rodeo park is a 3000m toboggan run from the top of the Col De Chal chairlift open in the afternoons for some high adrenaline fun!

Les Arcs also has an airbag for anyone wanting to practice those backside 1080's before trying it out on the hard stuff!

Paradiski Key Facts

  • 425km Pistes
  • 160 lifts
  • 152 green/blue runs
  • 79 red runs
  • 22 black runs
  • Snow sure glacier skiing
  • 70% of pistes above 2000m
  • Great variety of piste & off piste
  • Superpipe and snow parks
  • Olympic bobsleigh
  • Excellent selection of restaurants

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