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
- Sunny location - ideal to top up the tan or vitamin D
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.
As you take the road from Bourg St Maurice, the first resort you come to is Plagne 1800 (so a good one if you don't want to go too far in the mountains and have a shorter transfer). Next is Plagne Bellecote at 1930m. Above Plagne Bellecote is Belle Plagne. Then above Plagne 1800 is Plagne Centre, the main resort in the area. From here, you can continue on to the right to Aime la Plagne or to the left to Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil. Three further villages are also connected to the ski area - Montchavin - Les Coches is accessed from Landry further down the valley and lie below the Vanoise Express cable car that takes you to Les Arcs ski area. On the other side further up the valley and below Plagne Aime 2000 is the village of Montalbert. And finally, Champagny lies on the other side of the mountain altogether and has its own ski area as well being linked to the wider La Plagne territory.
Aime la Plagne is modern in architecture and is the highest of the La Plagne villages. 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. The best thing about Aime La Plagne – aside from its piste-side location, is its elevation with the accommodation having epic views out over the valley and surrounding mountains. It's also bathed in sunshine! Not being in the shadow of the mountains means you keep the sun substantially longer than nearby Plagne Centre, perfect for after ski drinks on your balcony.
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Aime la Plagne ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 164
- Green slopes: 12
- Blue slopes: 137
- Red slopes: 79
Accommodation in Aime la Plagne
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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
La Plagne is part of the large ‘Paradiski’ ski area and is the 2nd largest connected skiing area in the world. Paradiski has excellent facilities and with its huge variation in altitude (1200m-3250m) and with over 70% of the area being above 2000m, there is a multitude of different types of scenery and piste to explore. This impressive lift-linked ski area is formed of 18 ski resorts (the first 7 below in Les Arcs and the other 11 in La Plagne):
- Arc 1600
- Arc 1800
- Arc 1950
- Arc 2000
- Peisey Vallandry
- Bourg St Maurice
- Plagne Montalbert
- Plagne Bellecote
- Les Coches
- Champagny en Vanoise
- Belle Plagne
- Plagne 1800
- Plagne Soleil
- Aime la Plagne
- Plagne Centre
- Plagne Villages
Les Arcs has a further 200km of pistes - access via the Vanoise Express double-decker cable car (world’s largest cable car) which is in the village of Montchavin. This takes you across to Peisey-Vallandry (Les Arcs).
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.
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.
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!
There is an easy blue run down the hill to Plagne Centre, a choice of long blues and reds down to Montalbert and in the centre of the village there are two beginner ski areas complete with beginner draglifts. The newly (2017/18) upgraded Becoin lift running straight up from Plagne Centre is the way back to the Club Med accommodation via blues. It also means easy access to a collection of black runs dropping off the back of the mountain.
There are beautiful forest runs down to Montchavin, Les Coches, Champagny and Montalbert. 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.
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
La Plagne only - 225km of pistes, 77 lifts (1 cable car, 1 funitel, 10 gondola, 31 chairlifts, 33 draglifts, 4 magic carpets), 136 slopes:
Green slopes: 9
Blue slopes: 72
Red slopes: 34
Black slopes: 19
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LA PLAGNE SKIING
LA PLAGNE BEGINNERS
Thanks to the spreading of nursery slopes at all altitudes, La Plagne is well recommended to families and offers excellent facilities for beginners and novices. La Plagne is a great resort to learn to ski or snowboard. There are a number of designated beginner areas in La Plagne, so look out for the ‘Zone Débutant’ signs.
There are 14 free lifts in La Plagne:
- Le Solu & Le Biquet in Plagne Soleil & Plagne Village
- Telebaby in Plagne Centre
- Aime la Plagne in Aime la Plagne
- Praconduit in Plagne 1800
- Belle Plagne & Croets in Belle Plagne
- Montchavin, Sucette & Plan Bois in Montchavin
- Patinoire & Le Petit Sauget in Les Coches
- La Bergerie in Champagny
- Montalbert in Montalbert
You'll find a small beginners ski area in Aime La Plagne and this area has around 7 rolling easy blue pistes and variations, which are perfect for those who have built up confidence and are ready to progress and are fun to ski. The biggest area for beginners is Plagne Bellecôte.
Skiers can enjoy the whole Paradiski area using just blue pistes to get going (again) gently.
LA PLAGNE INTERMEDIATES
With almost 80% of the 225km of slopes in La Plagne being blue or red, the ski area is an intermediates paradise. The long sweeping ‘Mont de La Guerre’ red with 1250m/4100ft vertical from Les Verdons to Champagny is great for intermediates.
For early intermediates, there are gentle blue motorway pistes in the main bowl of La Plagne. The blue ‘Arnica’ run in Plagne Bellecôte has loads of little jumps and bankings to play on and is accessible via the ‘Colorado’ chairlift. The ‘Pierres Blanches’ blue run over in Montchavin/Les Coches is very similar.
For the more advanced intermediates, try the wide but fast ‘Les Laines’ and ‘L’Arpette’ from Dos Rond to Plagne Bellecôte.
LA PLAGNE EXPERTS
For experts, the most challenging area of La Plagne has to be the Glacier de la Chiaupe, more commonly known as the Bellecôte Glacier. ‘Le Rochu’ and ‘Bellecôte’ black runs are definitely not to be missed and can be enjoyed in any snow conditions. There is also a challenging 200m long mogul field here, at the top of the ‘Traversee’ chairlift.
For more big bumps and moguls head to ‘Ski des Bosses’ and ‘Verdon Sud’.
At 2350m, just above Aime La Plagne you will find ‘Le Biolley’ which is another good area for advanced skiers. ‘Les Etroits’ is the longest and most challenging black run here plus you have ‘Morbleu’, ‘Les Coqs’ and ‘Plsembleu’.
Another good, long and fast run is ‘Inversens’ onto ‘Les Crozats black, accessible from the top of the Roche de Mio. Experts will, of course, get the very best out of the ski area if they hire a mountain guide and explore the off-piste.
LA PLAGNE OFF-PISTE
La Plagne holds vast and varied terrains with excellent spring snow and has some of the most challenging off-piste powder skiing in the whole of the Tarentaise Valley.
The main off-piste area is, of course, the Glacier de la Chiaupe, more commonly known as the Bellecôte Glacier. The most famous runs are on the north face. The easiest is the ‘Petit Face Nord’, which is easily accessible from the ‘Traversee’ chairlift. The next step, involving a hike up, is the ‘Couloir Canadian’.
Avalanches are common on the glacier and parts are very steep so as with most off-piste, a professional mountain guide is highly recommended – this will not only ensure your safety but will also allow you to experience the very best off-piste areas that La Plagne and the Paradiski ski areas have to offer.
LA PLAGNE SNOWBOARDERS
The La Plagne ski area offers good terrain for all level of riders. In the Paradiski ski area overall there are 2 snow parks, 1 half pipe, 2 board gliss, and 3 boardercross. There are terrain parks at Belle Plagne, Montchavin-Les Coches and Champagny.
The well-equipped snow park in Belle Plagne has 2 zones, the small park and the large park. The small park is accessible via the top of the Col de Forcle ski lift and is designed for beginners, novices and younger snowboarders who wish to try out their jumps and skills in complete security.
The larger park is an area of 2.5 hectares and is split into 4 zones, making it accessible to the less experienced boarders as well as the pros. You will find rails, tables, S, wave, Fun Boxes that are regularly updated, big air bag, a half pipe, a pro halfpipe and boardercross.
A video camera is installed to allow riders to see their skills in action on a big screen, for free! You can even have the videos sent to your mobile phone to share with your friends and family. There is a permanent half pipe in Plagne Bellecôte, located right next to the ‘Colosses’ drag lift.
Another boardercross is located at the top of the ‘Le Dos Rond’ area in Montchavin Les Coches. North facing and with views of Mont Blanc, you will find a permanent boardercross, beginners zone, rainbow, rails, fun box, tables, kickers etc.
In Plagne Centre you will find another big airbag at the foot of the slopes. Dare 2Be Freestyle Airbag can now be found in Montalbert, at the foot of the slopes, next to the toboggan run. Also in Montalbert, there is a freestyle park initiation fun zone with bumps, boardercross, tracks, tables and parallel slalom. Free access.
LA PLAGNE CROSS-COUNTRY
There are 85km/53 miles of cross-country trails in the La Plagne ski area alone for you to explore and a total of 153km of trials in the whole Paradiski ski area.
The most beautiful of those are the 30km/19 miles of winding tracks set around Champagny-le-Haut. This track goes from Les Bauches in Montchavin/Les Coches to Plagne Bellecôte and is the longest and hardest track in the La Plagne area.
Easier routes include a circuit above Plagne Soleil in the midst of the downhill ski area and the longer track below Plagne 1800, from La Roche to just above Montalbert. In Montalbert you will also find some areas and small circuits, especially for learner cross-country skiers.
If you have a car and fancy a day trip then head to the stunning ‘Vallée de Bellecôte’ (separating La Plagne from Les Arcs). Drive up the valley as far as you can go and you will come to Peisey-Nancroix, which offers 44km of cross-country trails, a clubhouse and a café.
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La Plagne Snow Report - 2013-18 (5 season average)
The first row shows the week for which the measurement applies eg. February 3 is the 3rd week in February. Top slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the top of the ski area. Bottom Slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the bottom of the ski area (this is generally where the nursery pistes are located). About 10 cm is generally enough to ski but it very much depends on what’s below ie. grass or more rocky surface.
5 year ski season average for La Plagne:
|Upper Slopes (cm)||41||58||102||118||118||144||168||191||193||207||220||231||233||263||267||252||255||264||253||248|
|Lower Slopes (cm)||3||11||19||20||39||41||51||63||66||72||74||70||66||72||71||66||62||57||52||55|
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Paradiski Opening Dates
The Paradiski ski area (Peisey-Vallandry, Montchavin, Les Coches, Champagny, Bourg St Maurice, La Plagne and Les Arcs)is open: Saturday 22/12/18 – Thursday 27/04/19.
Partial opening: Saturday 15/12/18.
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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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La Plagne Resort News and Events 2018/19
- New spa - Deep nature is opening a new 1500m2 spa for guests of all ages in the centre of Belle Plagne. Apart from its superb views, it offers 3 sperate areas. Children can also try a spa experience (a first in the Tarentaise).
Premium spa area - aged 15 and over with a range of re-mineralizing, relaxing and tonic activities
Outdoor - counter current swim lane, whirlpool, nordic bath
Indoor - 3 saunas, 31m2 steam room, salt grotto, relaxation room, herbal tea space
Treatment rooms - 6 treatment room including 'My First Spa' for children aged 6 and over
Family spa area - outdoor aquatic trail with water heated to 35c, waterfalls, geysers, water beds
- Escape rooms - 2 escape rooms in Plagne Bellecote as a family venture, exclusive to the Tarentaise! Teams of 2-6 people have 1hr to escape by solving puzzles. One room is family friendly. In French and English.
'Hunting the Chuppa Yeti' - from 8 years. Find the yeti using a guidebook
'The Mont Saint Jacques Bunker' - from 16 years. Post-apocalyptic world
- A new look for Plagne Centre - The shopping gallery has already been renovated but now its the entrance to Plagne Centre that's getting a facelift. Place Albert Perriere is to become an animated 'village square' offering a dynamic/multiservice activity centre. Amenities include: covered bus station, tourist office reception, a bar with panoramic views of the Mont Blanc, 4-lane bowling alley, a natural skating rink in winter plus a Heritage and Mountain Mining exhibition room. In total, an €8m investment.
- Christmas market - Wednesday 26 December 2018 between 2pm and 6pm - Free of charge in Montchavin
- Step 6 Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont-Blanc - Friday 18 January 2019 - International sled dog race, the most challenging with 20 among the best mushers in the world. Free of charge. In Plagne Montalbert
- Odyssea - 2nd-3rd March 2019 - New this winter, La Plagne is joining the Odyssea circuit and organising a race on snow - it will be supporting the fight against breast cancer
- Ice climbing world cup - 9th-10th February 2019 - takes place on Europe's only ice tower in Champagny en Vanoise
- Famille Plus week - Saturday 23 February - Friday 1st March 2019 - Free of charge
- 8th Nordic Marathon - Sunday 24 February 2019 - A highlight of the winter calendar: the cross-country skiers will be honored during this cross-country ski popular race (freestyle). Traced on the valley of Champagny-le-Haut in a protected area, at the foot of the highest mountain of Savoie "La Grande Casse".
- Super slalom - 30th March 2019 - An unusual downhill skiing challenge that multiplies the classic format by four, for an irresistible combination of a sporting spectacle and a festive event for all! The world’s longest slalom is open to 400 top-level skiers including a sundry cast of the best athletes from the world of skiing. Stats: 4 km and 320 gates
- Sublicimes – 10th-18th April 2019 - 5 peaks, 5 parties, 5 senses. Branded “Skiing in Spring”, this family-friendly event offers skiers (and non-skiers) the opportunity to enjoy the ski area via offbeat stops on 5 peaks between 1970 and 2700 m. This year, the theme will be the 5 senses. All the activities are free and open to all. Skiers can get there on blue runs and non-skiers can get to 4 of the 5 peaks.
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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