La Plagne is a French ski resort situated in the French alps in the Tarentaise valley (Savoie). The 6 ski stations lie on altitudes between 1800 and 2100m connected between each other by free shuttle buses or funicular lifts. La Plagne counts 225 km of slopes thus it is considered a paradise for skiers of all levels. Nevertheless, it offers some other activities for non-skiers or for those who want to vary their stay.
We spent 3 full days in Plagne Centre resort in the beginning of January and we couldn’t get any luckier with the weather! The sky was perfectly blue and on top of that the slopes were not as crowded as the season had only just started. French people mostly leave on holidays in February or March so during these two months there is the peak season.
I gathered some practical information about skiing and skipass as well as a list of some other cool winter activities that La Plagne has to offer. So let’s climb on the altitude where the white scenery is infinite! 🙂
Ski & Skipass
There are several options for purchasing a skipass depending on your level and frequency. We bought a “La Plagne” day-pass that offers a full-day access to all the slopes that are marked on the right side on the map below. It costs 42€ per person. All the information about the different skipasses is available here on the official city site. The are several boutiques for ski rental. The price is about 25€ per day (boots and sticks included). The restort is so covieniently situated, everything is within a reach. We parked our car at the hotel the day we arrived and we did everything by foot or by free transport.
Paragliding on ski
Another activity that you can do with your skis on is paragliding. The are several departures around the resort, but we found one at Les Verdons peak (2500m) convenient. Once you reach the peak by a ski-lift, there is a counter where you can leave your phone number so the instructor will call you back whenever he is available. Only cash payment is accepted so make sure you withdraw some money before climbing. The first price starts from 70€ for 10 min of paragliding. I assure it is worth every penny for the adrenaline and breathtaking bird’s eye views!
Sled by night
The organised group sled called “snake-gliss” is departing every evening at 5.30 p.m. There is no age limit to do the sled and a plenty of fun is guaranteed during the ride! At the end, the company offers a glass of mulled wine – can you ask for a better end of the day ? 🙂 More information and the contact number is available here.
Hikes with infinite white scenery (dogs sledge, igloo experience)
There are several walking paths in La Plagne, but we especially appreciated the 5 km path departing from Plagne Villages and finishing in Plagne Bellecôte. On the road there is a splendid view on Mont Blanc. There is a possibility of doing the dogs sledge or sleeping in an igloo. Advance booking is required for either activity. We made a stop in an altidude restaurant “Le Dou du Praz” to grab a warm cup of coffee to enjoy it in the sunshine.
Other sports and chilling activities (bobsleigh, outdoor hot swimming pool)
La Plagne has its bobsleigh track that was the venue for the bobsleigh and luge competitions for the 1992 Winter Olympics. We decided not to do it, but for those interested the price is 45€ per person for a 45-seconds ride.
For the end of the stay, what better than immersing in the hot outdoor swimming pool with a splendid view on the white peaks 🙂
We spent such intense but memorable 3 days in La Plagne and we loved every moment of it! Couldn’t get enough of this pure white snow and fresh mountain air!