You always need to take a break while skiing the whole day. Why not finding some good reason for celebrating and having a champage on the slope. And if you don't feel like having champagne you can always have a beer.
It's essencial to have a friend who will be very glad to buy champagne for everyone. The prices in these bars are extraorbitant. You need to pay 3.50 Eur for a can of coke and 5 Eur for a small beer.
Hotel on the slope
Having your hotel on the slope is a really great thing. You don't need to take any buses to go to the lifts, you don't waste time for getting to some station and you can go back to your room whenever you want, in case you get cold, too hot, hungry, tired... and so on. And after the whole day of skiing it's really nice to take off your skis and go straight into your room.
It's great to sit in one of many bars on the slope, have a coke or a beer and take some sun. Just be careful and put high factor sun block (even if it's cloudy)... otherwise you'll be red like a lobster.
It's unbelievable how the weather changes in the mountains. Being up on 3000 meters you never know what to expect. In one moment it's warm and sunny and in few minutes it starts snowing... So you better be ready for anything. I was here at the end of March being sure it will be 100% sunny days, well, I was wrong...
There are 225 km of slopes in La Plagne:
132 pisted runs:
- 9 blacks
- 37 reds
- 75 blues
- 11 greens
The colors don't really mean the same as in Austria or Italy. I don't know exactly how it works but a blue piste doesn't necesarily need to be flat but it's usually well prepared. It looks like a red piste is prepared few times a week and a black one is never done.
Anyway, if you are looking for perfectly prepared slopes, La Plagne will disappoint you.
La Plagne has quite good infra-stucture. There are 108 ski lifts :
- 2 cable cars
- 8 gondolas
- 34 chairlifts
- 45 button tows
- 19 grab-on tows
- 2 moving carpets
Some chairlifts are bit old and very slow though and none of them have covers so it's not too nice if it's cold and snowing. There should be more moving carpets too I guess.
Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre are the main resorts in the valley.
All activities, services and shops are all brought together here. This is where all main cable cars and ski lifts start and it's usually quite crowded.
Aime La Plagne
Aime, at 2100 metres is the highest of the 10 La Plagne resorts. It's situated almost at the end of the whole Paradiski area (La Plagne and Les Arcs) so you actually need quite a lot of time to get to the other side.
Taking the sun
If you've just had a few months long winter you desperatelly look for the sun and use every minute you have to take more from it.
There are beautiful views of the Alps all around. And you can see majestic Mont Blanc above the other ranges (weather permitting).
Bellecote glacier is the highest place for skiing in La Plagne. The lifts go up to 3250 meters and there are some great slopes going from the top... plus, there are the views to die for.
La Plagne is an absolute paradise for off piste lovers. You can go down almost in any place you want. It's a great fun.