La Plagne JAN 2010

by: phil J - Jan 10, 2010

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: Expansive terrain, very few skiers

    Cons: Not ideal for beginners

    Recommended For: Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2010


Full review

I have just returned from a weeks skiing in La Plagne, staying in Belle Plagne, and had a brilliant time. The conditions were perfect.....plenty of snow, clear visibility and best of all the pistes were practically empty!

I would rate La Plagne as an excellent resort for intermediate and above skiers and snow boarders. I went away with three beginner skiers who required ski school. No complaints with the lesson at all. ESF was used for group lessons and OXYGENE was used for a private lesson.

The only problem came in the afternoon when they went out without an instructor. There are no green runs to speak of but plenty of blue runs. The problem was that many of the blue runs have short sections that were more on the gradient of a red run. This meant that navigating the pistes as a beginner was extremely difficult and restricted them to only a few runs they were confident with.

I snowboard and prior to going read a few reviews complaining of flat areas. This is true however, after a day of having to get off the board in places, a bit of speed off the end of the blue runs got me over most of the flats. This should not put off snowboarders planning to visit La Plagne.

The off piste terrain was excellent. Plenty off piste tree runs to explore as well as safe open off piste areas following pisted runs and chair lifts down the mountain.

La Plagne is huge, however due to the lack of skiers on the slopes I found myself covering all of the La Plagne are as well as a day in Les Arce in a week. The lack of queues at the lifts aided the speed that the area could be covered.

La Plagne has a link to the Les Arcs area. Well worth a visit for more red runs. A discovery lift pass can be purchased which gives you 6 days skiing with one of the days in Les Arcs. If you want to explore the whole of La Plagne one day in Les Arcs is enough.

Depending on what you want from the nightlife you may find it limited. However, if you want a nice meal and a few drinks in the evening there are a few bars and nice restaurants to choose from. There are no night clubs open to the early hours if that is what you are after. Outside of happy hour (1600-1900 hrs) you will be paying 5 euros a beer.

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