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...more
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...more
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...more
There are 225 km of slopes in La Plagne:132 pisted runs: - 9 blacks - 37 reds- 75 blues- 11 greensThe 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...more
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.more
Noone should leave Savoie without having tried a "fondue savoyarde" at least once, unless you are allergic to cheese.
The fondue is melted cheese cooked with white wine in a big pan type thing. You deep pieces of bread in the pan and eat them. Note that this not a dish suitable for people on a diet. But then again, who would come to France while on a diet?
You are also meant to drink white wine with a fondue, rather than water. The main reason is the alcohol of the wine mixes much better with the cheese's fat than water does and makes the meal easier to digest.
To get to Aime 2000 from Plagne Centre you can take a cable car Telemetro. It works till 1 am so you can stay in Plagne Centre for the Apres Ski party and I bet you will find Telemetro very helpful then.It also comes in handy when you go down from your hotel on the sleigh at midnight. But you better not trust French people that they will keep it...more
The closest airport is Chambery-Aix. In the winter, quite a few cheap airlines, including Buzz and Excel, fly direct to Chambery.Direct flights from the UK include London Stansted, Newcastle, East Midland, Leeds Bradford.Direct flights from Sweden include Malmo and Stockholm.Note however that getting from Chambery airport to anywhere is not...more
Aime has a small train station and the French high speed train, the TGV, stops there. This is definitely the quickest way to get to Aime from Paris or Lyon.Now, more interesting is the fact that, in winter, you have special Eurostar trains coming directly from London that stop at Aime as well.From the station, you can get on a coach to go up to La...more
Any good butcher in Savoie will have a selection of local dry sausage and cured ham.
What to buy: Everything. My personal favourite are the "grelots aux noix", small ball like dry sausages with walnuts inside.
What to pay: It varies widely depending on where you go and what type of sausage you buy but you can expect prices to start around 5 euro.
La Plagne offers facilities for all types of winter sports, including snow blades, bobsleigh, telemark, etc.
Equipment: If you have skiing equipment, bring it. Otherwise, you can rent everything there at places like Sport 2000.
If you fly into Chambery airport to go to Aime, have a look at the strange airplane hanging from the ceiling. This aircraft is the Blériot XI. It is the plane that Louis Blériot flew accross the English Channel in 1909 thus demonstrating to the world that transport by air was actually not such a wild idea.more