The resort of La Plagne is located in the Tarentaise valley in Savoie. It is part of the Paradiski ski area. 425 kilometres of pistes are accessible throughout the winter season, 70% of which are above 2,000 metres.
La Plagne: 1 resort, 11 villages
La Plagne is a third generation resort, known as an integrated resort. Created in 1961, it now has 11 villages:
- La Plagne Vallée
- La Plagne Montalbert
- Plagne 1800
- La Plagne Montchavin les Coches
- Plagne Bellecôte
- Plagne Centre
- Plagne Aime 2000
- Plagne Villages
- Plagne Soleil
- Belle Plagne
- La Plagne Champagny en Vanoise
These different villages are located in the communes of Aime-la-Plagne and La Plagne-Tarentaise. Each one has its own personality, one being intended for families, while another will be perfect for party people. The choice of village will therefore depend on your situation and your expectations. This is something to consider when booking your ski holiday.
Champagny en Vanoise, in the heart of the Vanoise National Park
The valley of Champagny le Haut is the gateway to the Vanoise National Park. The latter was created in 1963 following the disappearance of an emblematic mountain animal, the ibex. The Vanoise National Park is located between the Tarentaise and Maurienne regions, on the Vanoise massif. The hamlet of Champagny le Haut is home to a cross-country skiing area in winter and is the starting point for numerous hikes in summer. This natural site features traditional dwellings made from wood and stone.
The La Plagne ski area
La Plagne is part of the Paradiski ski area, including Les Arcs. It is therefore possible to ski on 425 kilometres of pistes, 22% of which are in the forest and 70% above 2000 metres. The quality of the snow cover is therefore excellent throughout the winter. The resort of La Plagne alone has 225 kilometres of downhill ski runs, distributed as follows
- 18 black
- 35 red
- 74 blue
- 8 green
Paradiski can be crossed by taking blue runs, which makes the whole area accessible to skiers of all levels.
La Plagne – Office de tourisme
The best rated hotels
Depending on your budget, we have selected for you three accommodations in the heart of La Plagne resort. They all have very good reviews from guests.
Les Granges du Soleil
Les Granges du Soleil is located in the heart of La Plagne. The ski lifts are in the immediate vicinity of this 4-star hotel. There is a wellness centre and a gym.From €123 per night.
Le Vancouver is a 3-star hotel located in Macot La Plagne. It offers ski-to-door access to the Paradiski area. A covered and private car park is available at an additional cost. You can also enjoy the wellness area and the hammam at the end of a day of skiing.From €86 per night.
Araucaria Hotel & Spa
The Araucaria Hotel & Spa is located in La Plagne and has direct access to the Paradiski ski area. Pets are allowed and you can also enjoy the spa and wellness centre. The good thing is that the rooms are very family friendly andstart at €135 per night.
The most beautiful chalets
For an unforgettable holiday in the mountains, we offer two large flats for rent. They are very popular with holidaymakers.
Flat La Plagne – 8 people
With a surface area of 84 m², this beautiful flat has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 people. It is located in Plagne Villages. The ski lifts are nearby, between 200 metres and 1.2 km. There is also access to a swimming pool.
Appartement la Plagne – 8 people
Located in the centre of Aime La Plagne, this 72 m² flat can accommodate up to 8 people. Renovated a few years ago, it has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is 700 metres from the ski school and only 350 metres from the Bécoin chairlift. Pets are allowed.
Alpine skiing is not the only sporting activity to be enjoyed during a stay in La Plagne. The resort has 186 km of cross-country ski trails and 40 km of marked trails for ski touring. We also recommend that you try bobsleighing. The track is the only one in France and it will make you discover new sensations. The most difficult part is to go down the 1,500-metre run with its 19 turns. And if you prefer more classic activities, we recommend :
- Dog sledding
- Ice skating
The resort’s athletes
La Plagne is a major supplier of athletes, not only in alpine skiing. It is generally the most represented resort at the Winter Olympics. Presentation of four athletes who have marked their generation.
Julien Lizeroux is a former member of the French Alpine Ski Team. Specialising in slalom, he took part in his first World Cup in 1997. Although several injuries have marked his career, it remains a good one. He has several podium finishes to his credit, such as second place at the 2009 World Championships. He also won the slaloms in Kranjska Gora and Kitzbühel in the 2009 season. Julien Lizeroux is now a consultant for sports channels.
Before turning to bobsleigh, Martin Heinrich was considered one of the best shot putters in France. It was in 2011 that he decided to take a new turn in his sporting life. He joined the French bobsleigh team and went to the Sochi Olympic Games. He then became a pilot and took 13th place in the Pyeongchang Olympics with his teammate, Dorian Hauteville.
Margot Boch’s speciality is the two-man bobsleigh and the monobob. This former gymnast, after having converted to luge, switched to bobsleigh. She was quickly spotted and joined the French team, of which she has been the pilot since 2018. In 2022, she participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing and finished first in the European Cup in Innsbruck.
If there is one skier from La Plagne who needs no introduction, it is Kévin Rolland. Multiple X Games winner and Olympic medalist, the Frenchman has also had many falls. However, they have not prevented him from returning to the highest level. At the 2022 Olympic Games, he was flag bearer alongside Tessa Worley.
The must-see events in La Plagne
Events are organised every year in the resort of La Plagne. We suggest you discover the two main ones.
The Super Slalom
The Super Slalom is a skiing event organised by Julien Lizeroux. During this competition, experienced skiers and amateurs compete against some of the biggest names in skiing. Tessa Worley, Victor Muffat-Jeandet and the German Felix Neureuther have already participated in the Super Slalom. In a few figures, the Super Slalom is: 320 poles, 4 km of piste and starts every 30 seconds. As the race takes place at the end of the ski season, it is also an opportunity to relax and have a good time with friends. Disguises are more than recommended.
Xplore Alpes Festival
The Xplore Alpes Festival is an event that takes place in the two communities of communes of Haute Tarentaise and Versants d’Aime. In addition to La Plagne, it involves 11 other villages. During several days in the autumn, a hundred or so films focusing on outdoor sports, culture and mountain heritage are screened, as in Champagny en Vanoise. A brand village is also set up in Bourg-Saint-Maurice and activities are offered throughout the festival.
The ski passes are suitable for all skiers, whether they are beginners or not. In 4 hours, you will already have the opportunity to make a good tour of the domain. And if you decide to stay longer, make sure you look at all the packages offered by Paradiski and La Plagne. For example, the CoolSki is designed especially for beginners. At 33 euros per day, it allows you to ski in dedicated and secure areas.
There are many routes dedicated to snowshoeing in La Plagne. We suggest you discover two of them.
The Teppes itinerary
The Teppes trail is an easy route. It will take you to the south side of the Champagny en Vanoise valley. From there, you can enjoy the view of the hamlet of Le Bois. Just remember to equip yourself accordingly when you go for a snowshoe walk.Duration: 1 hourDistance: 1.6 kmDifference in altitude: 100 metres
Route of the Rossa
Still on the Champany en Vanoise side, we suggest you discover the Rossa itinerary. You will appreciate its view of the Vanoise glaciers. Accessible via the cable car, we recommend that you take your walking sticks with you.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesDistance: 1.4 kmDifference in altitude: 126 metres
Ideas for activities in summer
In summer, La Plagne offers a multitude of activities. More and more resorts are diversifying and expanding their offer. Here are some ideas of sports to try during a summer stay in the Tarentaise resort:
- Hiking. There are many hiking routes in La Plagne. You can take advantage of this to discover the Vanoise National Park and to sleep in a refuge. We recommend the Carroley lake.
- The via ferrata. The advantage of the via farrata is that you can enjoy unique views of the mountains and the valley. We have 3 in La Plagne. You can also rent the necessary equipment directly in the resort.
- The mountain cart. 2 itineraries are proposed in mountain cart and will allow you to hurtle down the trails. The departure is at the top of the Colorado chairlift, in Plagne Centre.
- Tyrolean traverse. The tyrolienne waterfall is a unique experience, to be enjoyed by the whole family. The activity is done on the Belle Plagne side, from the age of 10 and facing the Mont-Blanc.
Access and public transport
If you come to La Plagne by train or plane, there are bus or taxi connections to the resort. The bus station is next to the Aime La Plagne SNCF station. And if you have decided to drive to La Plagne this winter, don’t forget to bring winter tyres or special equipment. They are compulsory in November and April.
Video presentation of La Plagne
Resorts near La Plagne
La Plagne is not the only resort in the Tarentaise. Nearby you will find Les Arcs, whose ski area is part of Paradiski. Tignes and Val d’Isère are also in the valley, as are Courchevel and Val Thorens.