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About La Plagne, France

La Plagne comprises 11 different resorts like Belle Plagne, Plagne Soleil, Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800, Plagne Montalbert, Champagny and Montchavin/Les Coches. La Plagne gives you access to the vast ski area of Paradiski. With over 70% of the pistes above 2000m, you are guaranteed good snow throughout the winter.

Dual Season

Peak 3,250m Altitude

Family-Friendly

70% ski area above 2000m

Mega Ski Area 425km

The Resorts

La Plagne comprises eleven small villages, each with its own character and ambience. The little, rustic farming villages that sit on the edges of the ski area are cute, with more historic buildings than the purpose-built resorts further up the mountain. Each mini-resort sits at a different altitude, with a range of modern and traditional buildings. 

Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre are the two largest villages and the main hubs of the ski area, it’s here that you’ll find the liveliest bars and the largest selection of restaurants. Belle Plagne is essentially chalet style, and it’s both prettier and a little more undisturbed than Plagne Centre.

Purpose-built Aime 2000 sits at a higher altitude than the two main villages but is primarily modernist apartment blocks, while Plagne 1800 and Plagne Soleil are more traditional. Les Coches, just above Montchavin on the northern edge of the village, is a relatively recent addition to the resort and offers a similar style to the farming villages below.  

We also like Plagne Montalbert, which has a more villagey feel and proving popular in the last few years.

Check La Plagne ski map above.

 

The Paradiski Area offers a huge amount of very varied skiing and with over 400km of pistes it is indeed one of the biggest ski areas in Europe. Skiing in La Plagne and Les Arcs is very popular with families.

Beginners and intermediates can enjoy the wide, gentle slopes, with the pistes ranging from high altitude snow sure glacier skiing to lower, tree-lined runs. While some slopes can be busy, if you stay off the beaten track, you can find some lovely, perfectly groomed pistes.

The lift network is undergoing constant improvements ensuring there are very few queues, and the nursery slopes are well placed and handy. There is plenty to do in the immediate ski area, with more than enough to occupy even expert skiers, while Les Arcs is linked via cable car at Montchavin.

Experts can enjoy a number of steep black runs, couloirs, and extensive off-piste that includes tree skiing and huge untracked bowls. The most pleasing skiing for experts is away from the main runs, with the resort’s popularity amongst intermediates and families meaning it gets less tracked out than resorts in the Three valleys.

The finest properties for sale in La Plagne are the new-build developments. Unfortunately, much of La Plagne’s real estate was built when it was more about cramming as many people inside a small place as possible, that is, in the 80s and 90s.

While there are a small number of resale properties on the market that are worth their salt, they are mainly studios and small 1-beds with cabin, well before the demand for more spacious properties and a better lifestyle. Larger resale properties are incredibly rare (and rarely without the need for a substantial upgrade or renovation). 

Many of the new developments in La Plagne are in the lower altitude resorts like La Plagne Montalbert, with fewer located in Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800 higher up the valley. Those that are located in the more snow-sure villages have the benefit of being ski-in, and ski-out, with great access to the slopes due to the purpose-built convenience of the resort. Many of these properties tend to be under the French leaseback system where there is an obligation of rental and only a few weeks of personal use each year. 

Lately, we have listed a selection of premium properties (renovation plus furniture upgrade) under the fractional ownership.

La Plagne is very family-oriented and therefore has developed many activities for the summer. Trekking, fat tyre biking, gliding, archery and also do not forget the Bobsleigh circuit near la Plagne 1800. you are also close to Moutiers and Bourg saint Maurice which have plenty of water rafting activities and kayaking.

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