Aime la Plagne
Thinking of skiing in Aime La Plagne? The highest of the La Plagne villages at 2100m, Aime La Plagne offers amazing views across to Mont Blanc.
Why Aime la Plagne Ski Resort?
- Easy access to the La Plagne and Paradiski ski areas
- High altitude ski resort
Aime la Plagne 2100 (La Plagne) Information
La Plagne can be found in the Savoie region of France, in the Northern French Alps, on the edge of the Vanoise National Park. It forms part of the massive Paradiski ski area which as well as La Plagne includes Les Arcs. Les Arcs and its ski areas can be accessed via the Vanoise Express cable car which whisks skiers across the valley in 4 minutes. The double decker cable car has, in addition to the 360° panorama, a 3 dimensional outlook courtesy of a transparent glass panel inserted into the floor of the lower level of the 2 cabins.
The overall ski resort of La Plagne consists of six purpose-built high-altitude ski-in/ski-out villages. These include: Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village (2050m), Belle Plagne (2050m), Aime la Plagne (2100m), Plagne Centre (1970m), Plagne Bellecôte (1930m) and Plagne 1800 (1800m) - all superbly linked by pistes and a free bus service.
Apart from the fantastic skiing and snowboarding, stretching to the Paradiski ski domain (3 resorts: La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry), with nearly 100 restaurants to be found throughout the different villages of La Plagne, you can be sure of a wide choice of dining options. La Plagne overall is a very active ski resort, with a huge variety of exciting winter activities to try.
Aime la Plagne is modern in architecture and features the SNCF rail station, so makes it easy to get to by train. Aime La Plagne is the highest of the La Plagne villages and it has the best views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding Tarentaise Valley. The town connects to La Plagne Centre by two different blue runs or a cable car for those not wishing to ski.
Ski Collection also features self-catering ski apartments and hotels in Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village, Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre - Please see our resort list for full details.
The La Plagne Tourist Office staff are always happy to help give advice and answer any questions you may have during your stay in Aime la Plagne. The main tourist office is located in Plagne Centre, however there is a tourist information point in the resort centre of Aime la Plagne
Speak to our Alpine specialists on02392 890960
Aime la Plagne ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 160
- Green slopes: 12
- Blue slopes: 135
- Red slopes: 77
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Aime la Plagne
The Paradiski ski area lies in the Tarentaise Valley and is made up of 3 resorts: La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry, offering you a ski area of mammoth proportions and a huge variety of ski slopes.
Paradiski is one of the largest ski areas in Europe and is made up of 20 different holiday destinations. With 171 lifts, 425km of pistes, 2 equipped glaciers, 2 snow parks and 100km of cross-country trails. There is something to suit skiers and boarders of all ages, abilities, levels and experience.
Paradiski has excellent facilities and with its huge variation in altitude (1200m-3250m) and over 70% of the area being above 2000m, there is a multitude of different types of scenery and piste to explore.
La Plagne is linked up with neighbouring Les Arcs by cable car – the impressive double-decker Vanoise Express, which is in fact the world’s largest cable car! The cable car leaves from Champagny-en-Vanoise in La Plagne and arrives at Peisey - Vallandry in Les Arcs. The Stats: opened December 2003. Cost: €15 million. Distance: 1830m. Height: 380m. Capacity: each cabin can carry 200 people – that’s a total of 2000 people per hour! Speed: 12.5km/hr. Journey time: just 4 minutes!
Les Arcs offers experts some tough descents beneath the Aiguille Rouge. For intermediates the greatest concentration of blue and red runs are above Arc 1800, which lead down to the villages of Peisey and Vallandry. There are nursery slopes close to all of the Les Arcs villages, but some of the best green runs can be found in La Plagne.
Peisey-Vallandry is the quieter side of the valley and is a perfect ski area for learners. The tree-lined slopes are very pretty and the resort overall is very picturesque. The long and popular Plan Bois lift links Peisey-Vallandry to Arc 1800
La Plagne Ski Area
No. of slopes: Green: 10, Blue: 69, Red: 33, Black: 18
Snow Parks: 1
Boarder cross: 3
Snow cannons: 460
La Plagne ski area offers terrain to suit everyone and is made up of six high-altitude resorts and four villages: Plagne 1800, Plagne Soleil, Plagne Village & Place Centre; Belle Plagne & Plagne Bellecôte, Montchavin & Les Coches; Aime 2000; Champagny; Montalbert & Longefoy. As a whole La Plagne offers a 900m snow park, an artificial ice tower, 10 green runs, 69 blues, 33 reds, 18 blacks, 80km of cross-country skiing and it’s the only resort in the whole of France with its very own Olympic Bobsleigh track!
La Plagne celebrated its 50th birthday during the 2012/13 winter season and to mark this occasion a much awaited new six-pack replaced the Biolley chair and a 3-year project to renovate the shopping malls in Plagne Centre began.
With much of La Plagne above tree-level, there is an abundance of wide-open motorway pistes throughout the main bowl. Plagne Centre is the crossroads of the La Plagne ski area. Directly below Plagne Centre you have Plagne 1800, which is spread across a steep hillside. Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village and Aime-la-Plagne are slightly higher up – just short lift rides from Plagne Centre.
Past Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village, over a low rise is Plagne Bellecôte and just above that is Belle Plagne. On the southern edge of the main bowl you will find rural Champagny. On the northern edge are Monchavin and Les Coches. And finally on the western edge, past Aime-La Plagne, is up and coming Montalbert. If you take a look at the La Plagne piste map, all of this will become clear!
To reach the Vanoise Express from Belle Plagne, it's a run down to Plagne Bellecôte and then take a chairlift to L'Arpette followed by a long blue descent to the cable car. The gondola that runs from Plagne Bellecôte to Roche de Mio stops in Belle Plagne, giving you easy access to the Glacier de Bellecôte at 3200m - offering you some red runs, a couple of blues further down and a huge amount of brilliant off-piste.
From the top of that Roche de Mio lift – half-way down the mountain – you can either head back down to the resort or turn right and you will find yourself at the top of the Montchavin Les Coches runs.
Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village, Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800 form the centre of the resort and offer numerous gondolas and lifts. The start of the Olympic Bobsleigh track is just below Plagne 1800. Just above Plagne Village you will find quite a few green and blue runs that drop you back into Plagne Bellecôte. Alternatively you can head up to Les Verdons (2500m) or Grande Rochette (2505m) or head over the other side of the mountain towards Champagny.
From Aime-La Plagne and Plagne Villages you take a chair lift to Plagne Bellecôte then a chair lift to L’Arpette and then a long blue descent to the chair lift.
From Aime 2000 you can head down towards Montalbert which is one of the lowest parts of the resort, or take a red run which leads into a blue piste down to the bottom of the Olympic Bobsleigh Track just below Plagne 1800.
There are beautiful forest runs down to Montchavin, Les Coches, Champagny and Montalbert.
Champagny can be found at 1250m and features a gondola and 4 lifts taking you to the central part of La Plagne, a selection of blue and red runs, off-piste, cross-country (in Champagny en Haut), a freestyle area, snowpark zone, slalom area and some mountain restaurants.
In Montchavin & Les Coches there are 6 lifts, lots of blue and red runs, mini freestyle areas and cross-country trails. You will find quite a few mountain restaurants here, ideal for a pit-stop to take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. This is also where the Vanoise Express cable car departs from, linking you across to Peisey-Vallandry and Les Arcs.
Montalbert & Longefoy can be found amongst the trees at 1200m and have 4 ski lifts, lots of blue runs, a little freestyle area and extensive cross-country trails. Handy tip: head here if the weather is playing up as the trees offer great protection.
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La Plagne Snow Report
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Paradiski resort season dates
La Plagne ski area is open: Saturday 16/12/17 - 20/04/18 (Saturday)
Paradiski (to access La Plagne) links are open: 23/12/17 - 13/04/18
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Apart from the obvious skiing or snowboarding, La Plagne offers countless other activities and winter sports for all ages.
Olympic Experience by Bruno Mingeon (Paradiski)
Dressed in professional race kit, you will embark in pairs on the 4-man bobsled driven by the Olympic medalist and World Champion, Bruno Mingeon. You will race down the 19-turn Olympic Track of La Plagne [Olympic Games 1992] at speeds of up to 130km/h. Minimum age: 18. Info at: www.la-plagne.com.
Speed Riding (Paradiski)
Ski and glide in Les Arcs. Using a small canopy, you will be coached with a view to ultimately descending the piste half skiing, half gliding. Suitable for confident skiers aged 16+ [comfortable on a black run]. Pupils will be given a briefing and managed descents will be co-ordinated via a two-way radio. Prices start from: €195 for one half-day lesson. Info at: www.speedriding-school.com.
The ‘Colorado Park’ toboggan run in Plagne Centre is 1500m long and has prime views of Mont Blanc. Toboggan and helmet are compulsory and included in the price. Minimum height : 1.40m. The meeting point is at the foot of the ‘Colorado’ chairlift in Plagne Centre, where tickets can be purchased. Open Monday – Saturday, 13:30 – 18:30.
The ‘Eldorado Park’ toboggan run in Plagne Bellecôte is 2440m long. Toboggan and helmet are compulsory and included in the price. Minimum height : 1.40m. The meeting point is at the foot of the ‘Arpette’ chairlift in Plagne Bellecôte. Open every day except Mondays, 16:30 – 20:30.
Approximate cost: €10/2 descents or €50/person for unlimited sledging fun over a 6 day period (valid on both toboggan runs).
There are also smaller toboggan runs dotted around La Plagne. Look out for the ‘Espaces Luge’ signs.
The Superluge Derby
Take a 450m vertical descent over 6km and 24 state of the art Superluge sledges and what do you have? The Superluge Derby! Join the instructors for an hour and a half of unforgettable fun from Aime La Plagne at 2000m down to La Roche at 1550m….in the dark!
Minimum age is 14 years. All sledges are new and equipped with strong metal brakes for easy control and steering. The meeting point is the ‘Oxygene’ shop in Plagne Centre, Tuesday – Saturday at 17:00. Approximate cost: €25/person. Included: hire of Superluge sledge, helmet, head torch, route guidance, hot chocolate or mulled wine on arrival at the bottom and return transport back to your accommodation. Oxygène La Plagne. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 03 99. E-mail: email@example.com. Webste: www.oxygene-ski.com
If you are a non-skier, a nervous skier or just fancy a day off to rest your legs then why not let a qualified ski school chauffeur take you out on the slopes for a morning, an afternoon or even an evening.
Their state-of-the-art Taxi Ski (tandemski) chairs make the slopes accessible to everyone, so just sit back and enjoy the ride! Approximate cost: €130/person for 2 hours. The meeting point is the ‘Oxygene’ shop in Plagne Centre. Minimum age: 6 years. Contact: Oxygène La Plagne. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 03 99. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Webste: www.oxygene-ski.com
Enjoy a traditional 2-course Savoyard meal at the Chalet de la Grande Rochette, whilst admiring the sun setting over Mont Blanc and Courchevel, then ski back down to La Plagne.
Skiers and boarders should be confident on blue runs however this unique experience is also open to non-skiers and beginners thanks to the Taxi Ski chairs and their chauffeurs (limited availability so be sure to request at time of booking).
Included: sparkling aperitifs and canapés; an introduction to ARVA searching and a chance to test your skills; Unlimited wine with dinner; traditional Savoyard fondue with charcuterie meats, salad and all the trimmings (vegetarian and lactose free alternatives available, please enquire); Tarte Myrtille; Tea, coffee and genepi liquor; Guided moonlight descent by Oxygene instructors; head torch; Taxi Ski service (available on request) and return transport to your accommodation.
The meeting point is at the bottom of the Grande Rochette gondola in Plagne Centre, every Wednesday at 16:00. Approximate cost: €80/adult 14 years + & €48/child - 13 years. Contact: Oxygène La Plagne. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 03 99. E-mail: email@example.com. Webste: www.oxygene-ski.com
At an altitude of 2000m and after the slopes have closed you can try out your skills on a Skidoo (snow-scooter) in Plagne Centre, Belle Plagne and Plagne Bellecôte. Minimum age: 16 years for driver & 12 years for passenger. Approximate cost: €90/hour if you want to drive & €30/person as a passenger. Contact:
Snow Panthers in Plagne Centre – Tel: +33 (0)6 14 03 22 49. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.motoneige-laplagne.com
For your complete relaxation there are various spas and treatment rooms all over La Plagne. Visit the Plagne Centre Tourist Office for more details.
Snowshoe Walks and Hiking
Snowshoeing is a wonderful way for the whole family to truly discover the mountains, the flora and fauna and the wildlife. There are numerous snowshoe companies in La Plagne. Your best bet is to visit the Plagne Centre Tourist Office to find out more about the different options available and to obtain a footpath map.
Off-Piste and Ski Touring
There are numerous companies in La Plagne who offer professional mountain guides to give you the very best off-piste or ski touring experience. Visit the Plagne Centre Tourist Office to find out more details.
There are numerous paragliding companies in La Plagne with fully qualified and professional instructors – your best bet is to go into the Plagne Centre Tourist Office to check out the different options available.
There are 2 cinemas in La Plagne. Visit the tourist office for film listings and times.
The impressive Olympic Bobsleigh Track was built in La Plagne when Albertville hosted the 16th Winter Olymoics in 1992. It is still used today for European and World events and is not surprisingly one of La Plagne's most popular attractions. This amazing track is 1.5km long, has 19 bends and is located just below Plagne 1800. There are 3 different options of excitement for you:
- Bob Raft – is a bob for 4 people and requires no driver as it has automatic steering and braking. It reaches 80km/hour. Minimum height: 1.30m. Approximate cost: €41/person/descent or €123/family/descent (2 adults & 2 children under 16 years).
- Mono Bob - No driver, no one else, just you and the ride of your life! You are in a semi-horizontal position and fly down the track at approximately 90km/hour. Approximate cost: €107/person/descent.
- Taxi Bob – This bob is for 3 people and a professional driver will get you up to a speed of more than 100km/hour. This is similar to the competition bobsleigh. Approximate cost: €115/person/descent.
Open every day except Monday. Certain age, height and health restrictions apply.
Tickets can be purchased at the track, from the ESF ski school or at the tourist office.
The squash courts are located in Plagne 1800. Rackets and balls provided (deposit required). Open daily 17 :00 – 21 :00. Approximate cost : €5/30 minute session.
In Belle-Plagne you will find a bowling alley with a bar showing the major sporting events, games room and pool tables. Open from 16:00 – 02:00. Special events held every Tuesday.
The giant zip wire can be found in Belle Plagne and allows you to travel across le Vallon de l’Ours from 25m in the air – providing 15 seconds of pure adrenalin! Approximate cost: €15/2 crossings. Open every Tuesday and Thursday during the winter period.
Snow Grooming Machine Rides
Ever fancied a ride in a piste-basher? Well in La Plagne you can! A fascinating experience to really feel the power behind these amazing machines, you will be accompanied by a professional and taken on a special circuit where you can drive in complete safety.
Approximate cost: €60/adult (includes a talk on the engine and technical elements, a go at driving and your very own certificate! Duration: 20 minutes). €20/child trip (duration: 10 minutes). Contact: Team Vaudey. Tel: +33 (0)6 11 95 40 72. E-mail: email@example.com
For a truly unique experience, why not take a husky ride through the mountains! You can sit back and relax as a passenger or after some instruction from the musher you can take the reins yourself and guide these beautiful animals. There is a meeting point in Plagne Village – Le Dou du Praz.
The instruction briefing takes about 10 minutes then you get a 30 minute ride. Approximate cost: €55/person. Day trips and 2 or 3 day treks are also possible.
Contact: Hors Trace Aventure – Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 63 21. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.horstraceaventure.com
Try a unique experience and have dinner in an igloo – you can even stay the night! The Igloo Village is located above Plagne Village at le Dou du Praz, and can be reached on the free resort shuttle bus. Open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Approximate cost: from €40-€65/adult & from €25-€40/child. Contact: Blacksheep Igloo. Tel: +33 (0)9 51 38 88 15. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: www.blacksheep-igloo.com
There is a public heated outdoor swimming pool in Plagne Bellecôte. Located in the heart of the resort, the pool has amazing panoramic views of the slopes and is heated to 30°. Open every day except Sunday, 15:00 – 20:00. Approximate cost: €4.50/child & €6/adult.
You can visit the 150m long ice cave at the top of the Plagne Bellecôte glacier at 3417m and admire the amazing ice statues and sculpted animals as you go. Open daily 10:00 – 15:00. Approximate cost: €3/child 6-13 years & €4/adult.
The nearest artificial ice rink is 5 minutes from the centre of Montchavin Les Coches, at the top of the Montchavin gondola lift and is 800m2. Open daily 14:00 – 20:00, with late night sessions 20:00 – 22:00 every Wednesday (plus Tuesdays and Thursday during French school holidays). Approximate cost: €6/child & €7/adult.
Another great sledging experience has to be Snakegliss, a train of sledges all connected together – amazing fun for families and friends. This takes place after the slopes close in Montchavin Les Coches. Approximate cost: €15/person. Contact: Evolution 2. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 81 85. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.evolution2-montchavin.com
Discover the most splendid landscapes, the most inaccessible places and the most unusual destinations – from a helicopter! Flights over the La Plagne and Paradiski ski areas or a tour of Mont Blanc can be arranged. A real once in a lifetime experience! Approximate cost: Paradiski: €87/person (15 minute flight). Mont Blanc: €175/person (30 minute flight). Open daily during the winter period. Contact: Evolution 2. Tel: +33 (0)6 86 34 94 15 or +33 (0)4 79 07 81 85. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: www.evolution2-montchavin.com
The Ice Tower
At 1500m in the valley of Champagny le Haut, you will find the Ice Tower, an artificial structure for ice climbing – completely unique in Europe. The tower is a 24m high vertical metal structure and the thick ice is created by water jets – this is possible due to the ideal site conditions, low sunlight and very low temperatures.
There are different levels of difficulty so whether you are a complete beginner or an expert there is a climb for you. Open from December to March. Beginners sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday & approximate cost is €38/person, includes all the equipment you need and lasts for 2 hours. For the more experienced climbers you can access the tower independently every day (depending on the ice conditions) from 12:00 – 17:00. Approximate cost: €5/child & €9/adult.
In Montalbert you can share a new gliding experience with friends or family by trying the new Air board – a snow body board! Thursday and Friday evenings. Minimum age: 16 years. Approximate cost: €27/person. Contact: ESF Ski School Montalbert. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 77 24. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.esf-montalbert.com
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Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
The range of bars and restaurants is surprisingly large in between all levels of the resorts of La Plagne. There is a free bus system between the core villages - also seconded by lifts - that run until after midnight.
There is a small choice of bars and restaurants in Aime la Plagne, around 8 or 9. Some are on the pistes.
You are completely spoilt for choice of mountain restaurants in the Paradiski ski area. There is an impressive total of 38: 18 in La Plagne, 13 in Les Arcs, 2 in Peisey-Vallandry, 4 in Champagny and 1 in Montalbert.
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Getting to Aime la Plagne, France
From Calais, take A26 Motorway to Reims and Troyes, then A5 Motorway to Dijon, then A39 motorway to Lons-le-Saulnier and Bourg-en-Bresse, then A40-A42 Motorway heading towards Lyon. Take exit 8, drive through Ambérieu-en-Bugey, follow N504 towards and up to Chambéry, then take A43 motorway and A430 motorway to Albertville. Continue on N90 towards Moutiers and Aime. Take the D220 then D221 towards La Plagne and follow signs for Aime la Plagne or La Plagne 2100.
Chambery to La Plagne: 73 miles, approximately 1hr 30.
Lyon to La Plagne: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 15.
Geneva to La Plagne: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 20.
Private taxi transfers from airports to Plagne Centre are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Taking the Eurostar from London couldn’t be easier. We offer 2 options: direct Ski Train (St Pancreas or Ashford to Moûtiers or Bourg-St-Maurice) or Eurostar Beyond (with a change at Paris). See our train services page for more information.
The nearest train station to Aime la Plagne is in Aime la Plagne.
Alternatively, private taxi transfers from Bourg Saint Maurice to Plagne Centre from £38.25 per person return (based on 4 people sharing) are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Altibus offer bus lines from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genève-Cointrin (Geneva), Chambéry/Aix les Bains airports and Bourg Saint Maurice SNCF train station to the ski resort of Plagne Centre. Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68. Website: www.altibus.com
Ski Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. 7 day rental ranges from £230-£549 (any other duration possible). See our car hire page for more information.
Resort Shuttle Bus in Plagne Centre
The six resorts of La Plagne are linked via free gondola and shuttle bus services.
The shuttle buses from/to Plagne 1800 to Plagne Bellecôte and Plagne Centre run every 15 minutes from 08:30 – 00:50. The telemetro lift links Plagne Centre and Aime la Plagne every 5 minutes from 08:00 – 01:00.
There is no bus service from Belle Plagne to the other villages but the gondola, which closes at 00:30, links Belle Plagne to Plagne Bellecôte, then you can get a bus from there.
There is also a free shuttle bus aimed at cross-country skiers and walkers, which provides access to Mairiers and it also stops at the Bobsleigh track at 14:00 every week day. The return bus departs from the village ‘de la Roche’ at 17:00. There is also a specific Bobsleigh shuttle bus that runs from each resort Tuesday – Friday.
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Check out the Tourist Office website for further information about what is going on in La Plagne: www.la-plagne.com
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Nursery, SPAR mini market, cash point, sport shops, ice skating rink.
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