La Plagne Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for La Plagne Ski Resort
January 16, 2016
Mick from United Kingdom
I've skied La Plagne six seasons since 2002. Occasionally, the snow conditions have been less than brilliant on the lower slopes (but rarely what I would consider very poor or unskiable), occasionally very icy and occasionally the conditions have been epic. On the whole, conditions have been generally "good".
2015/16 season appears to be delayed in starting but this has happened before. Don't write off the season when it's a few weeks late arriving!
March probably offers the best time to go, if you can find yourself a week after the French schools' rolling winter break during February / early March and the start of the Easter school holidays. That said, mid/late January is also generally good.
True, there is very little that is challenging for technically advanced skiers in terms of the variety of piste. However, the further out of resort the harder the red runs seem to be. This may catch out some that are confident about skiing the mid-mountain and lower reds.
Regrettably, I now find myself "locked-in" to the February half-term week; significantly more busy and more expensive but to my mind worth the cost of getting a youngster into the fun of skiing. Next month we will be back there for a seventh time.
La Plagne Ratings
Overall: 4.1. Based on 65 votes and 105 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of La Plagne.
Public Transport: 4.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Plagne, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near La Plagne, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Plagne.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.7
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at La Plagne, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) La Plagne is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) La Plagne relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.3
(1) There are no snow groomers at La Plagne, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Plagne are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) La Plagne is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Plagne, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.3
(1) La Plagne usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.0
(1) The staff at La Plagne are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Plagne are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.6
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.5
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Plagne has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at La Plagne, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.8
(1) Not even a kicker at La Plagne, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Plagne, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Plagne has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.2
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.7
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.8
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.9
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.0
(1) Overall, La Plagne is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, La Plagne is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 08, 2016
Mark B from United Kingdom
La Plagne really is an under-rated resort. Great skiing, plenty of variety, good off-piste and no queues to speak of. Prices on the mountain are reasonable and food and drink in the villages (Belle Plagne and Plagne Belle-cote) is great, cheaper than the UK. Having skied in many different resorts in France, I''d say this is the cheapest one we've found yet.
Considering the lack of snow in most of the Alps this year, we've been really lucky with over 1 meter arriving just as we arrived/first evening here.
December 11, 2015
Ira D from Canada
Heading To Club Med, La Plagne, France on January 27th to Feb 7, 2016.
I have never been there before and very excited to take the adventure trip and ski next year.
Does anyone have any good places to eat and have apres-ski drinks after the day is done on the slope. There is a group of 37 skiers and boarders on this trip of all ages who love to enjoy the slope and have fun.
Please let me know of any ideas you may have.
Thanks Ira D.
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April 06, 2015
clive Reynish from United Kingdom
Just got back from La Plagne centre and what a week we had; snowed more or less everyday which was needed as this has not been the best year for snow. I love La Plagne and we stayed in the Everest apartments directly on the slopes which, in fairness, most of them are a great place to go for choice of slopes for skiing or boarding. The restaurants, on the slopes, can be expensive but its all about the slopes for me here. Ski down to la Roche for as great meal opposite the lift; well worth it!
March 30, 2015
Andrea from France
Visibility very poor at 2,000m; skiing will be brill when snowing stops. Managed to see a marmot. A really well done resort.
Fantastic holiday location.
February 10, 2015
Chris Marshall from United Kingdom
We were there 3rd week of Jan and used Oxygene for the 10th year running; they have never let us down and always seem to have a good ski school for children. One year I suffered an injury (broke my leg) and they really looked after me. So we keep going back to them. That said I have never heard any complaints about any of the other schools! For fast lunch and good value for money with kids try Croq' Neige it is next to Oxygene ski in Plagne Centre.
One bit of advice for all, when you purchase ski passes also buy the mountain rescue, it is very cheap as insurance and if you have it you are unlikely to need it! I did not when I hurt my self and it was expensive. The rescue teams are fantastic and had me off the mountain within 20 mins and at the Medical centre. Enjoy you skiing. Chris Marshall.
February 08, 2015
Nick d from France
Here now snow has been good. Off-piste sketchy at the moment but still plenty to do. I had my 4 year old in ski school in the centre piou piou club; very good, she loved it. Have a good trip.
February 07, 2015
Andy D from United Kingdom
In response to another reviewer's comments, we have just returned from La Plagne, after another great holiday there. Snow was reasonable (considering conditions throughout the Alps so far this year) and improving. There has been a load of new snow in the last week and conditions now look excellent. We find La Plagne a very underrated resort. The Paradiski area is one of the largest ski areas in the world and there is a massive off-piste area, especially if you are prepared to walk a bit. Regarding the enquiry about ski schools, there are several independent outfits based in La Plagne. We tend to use the excellent Reflex school, run by the very affable Christophe Lagu (book via his wife Caroline, who is English). Our boys have been skiing with Christophe since they were your kids ages (they are now in their late 20's) and still insist on having at least one session with him. If Reflex cannot arrange lessons to suit, try Oxygene who are also very good. I'm sure you will have a great time in La Plagne; we are due back there in mid March and are counting the days.
April 16, 2014
Martin from United Kingdom
I made an error on my previous review. The chair that's been replaced with a fast one is the Becoin chair, not the Biolley chair. The Biolley is in Courchevel - oops! I also remember the name of the good restaurant next to the Croque Niege, it's called the Grohle.
April 15, 2014
Martin from United Kingdom
I think this year was my 6th trip to La Plagne. Suffice to say I really rate it although I think the 3 Vallees just beats it for skiing and certainly for the resorts themselves. La Plagne has made some great improvements recently and there's more to come in the next couple of years. The Biolley chair used to be so slow they piped music through speakers on the pylons. The replacement shoots you to the top of the hill in a few minutes to a host of good runs. I had a terrific morning just lapping this single chair. The Colorado chair has been moved about 15m down the hill. This may seem like a very minor change but when you are hauling your sluggish body up from the restaurants in Plagne Centre after lunch, this is a real improvement! As I understand it, next year or the year after will see the new 8 seat Collosses chair that should pretty much eliminate the Plagne Bellecote bottleneck caused by day-trippers returning from Les Arcs at 4pm. I'm sure it will still be bad in half-term etc but it should be queue free for most of the season. There's going to be a new bubble out of Montalbert too which will be much better than the current painfully slow chair up to Fornalet.
On my last trip (22nd March) I was still finding powder 3 days after it snowed and only stopped finding this when the weather turned hot. It's a great resort for aspiring off-piste skiers. There are some quite nasty avalanche risk slopes though so try a guide on your first few ventures beyond the pistes. I did notice that there are quite a few flatish pistes about. If you are planning to travel from one bit of La Plagne to another, you'll probably find some.
There aren't many seriously steep blacks that are pisted. The blacks tend to be left to go to moguls. We did one off the Traversee chair that had turned to crust and I think it was the hardest thing I've ever skied on the piste. Utterly unskiable. I skied it 2 years ago in lovely powder and it was probably the best run I've ever done!
For restaurants, Killis next to the Quillis chair serves the best Croque Monsieur in the Alps. The Croque Niege in the piste front in Plagne Centre serves terrible coffee and the place next door (can't remember the name) serves much better coffee and good food. Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, in 1800, is good for an evening meal. It's on the piste with red neon lights, opposite the bottom chair.
All in all, I think I've done La Plagne now but I reckon it's worth 6 trips of anyone's ski time!