Visitor reviews for La Plagne Ski Resort

La Plagne Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 85 votes and 110 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.5

(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.

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.

Off-piste: 4.1

(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.

Scenery: 3.8

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.6

(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.

Accommodation: 4.5

(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: 3.6

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.7

(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.

Childcare: 4.1

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.1

(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.

Shelter: 3.8

(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: 3.8

(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: 4.2

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 3.4

(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: 4.4

(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.

Beginners: 4.3

(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.

Intermediates: 4.7

(1) No intermediate terrain at La Plagne, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.1

(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.

Cross-country: 3.6

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 4.0

(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.

Eating: 4.2

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.6

(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: 3.8

(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.

Entertainment: 3.4

(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: 3.9

(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): 3.9

(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.

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February 18, 2008
David Driver from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from Aime-La-Plagne with my family, children aged 10 to 16 and friends with children aged 7 to 16. This was my children's 7th week on skis. They thought the skiing was excellent, if a bit "intermediate" but with enough black runs to give a challenge each day. The adults in our party loved the wide swooping blue & red runs on which you can easily get round the resort. Aime-L-P is a bit soul-less, but the MGM where we stayed was spot on, with the swimming pool & spa a great way to sooth those aching muscles & knees. Piste map is pretty awful, but once we found the way back to Aime-L-P via the Chambery side of the mountain - avoiding the afternoon bottlenecks in Plagne Bellecote & Plagne Centre - the seemingly out of the way location of Aime-L-P was no longer an issue. We will definitely return to La Plagne, especially once the link to Les Arcs is repaired.
January 24, 2008
Caz from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
7th time to La Plagne, can't beat it. Going again in March. Try Dou du Praz restaurant at the top of Melezes chairlift...lovely lunches, excellent value.
January 16, 2008
Ciaran from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
La Plagne, where shall I start? Great views, great food, oh and amazing skiing from Plagne Bellcote to the glacier at the top (not sure about the name) with wide open but challenging runs for everyone of any ability and snow parks for the adrenaline junkies. I have been here for the last two years and it never gets boring. When looking for a restaurant to eat at go for the ones on the side of runs not by the top of a lift or the main ski school meeting place. These are usually the nicest, cheapest and more secluded from the rest of the restaurants.
February 14, 2007
Caz! from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Love La Plagne, so much skiing you really can't go wrong. Below tree line if weather is bad, up high if good! Lifts improved so much over the last couple of years the old bottle necks are not there anymore! ...... just can't wait to go back!
February 07, 2007
simon hetherington from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Echo what Jonathan has said about Les Coches, but my friends have a place in Montalbert and it, too, is a great centre for a holiday. You can enjoy plenty of skiing, particularly through the trees, with a Montalbert pass and there is a nursery slope with a free button lift. But you also have easy access to the entire Paradiski area and even a mediocre skier could get across to Les Arcs and back in the day. Not only is the village of Montalbert attractive but the people are particularly friendly - admittedly there's not a huge amount of night life but you can always make your own entertainment. I came back on Mon and there's been no fresh snow for a couple of weeks or more but the conditions are still good. Give it a try, I say.
January 12, 2007
Jonathan Bullough from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
My parents along with 2 friends have bought a property in Les Coches which is in between La Plagne and Les Arcs. I am a competent snowboarder and have been snowboarding now for over 10 years. I have skied many areas such as Flaine, the 3 valleys, Vars/Risoul, Lake Tahoe in America, Banff in Canada etc and in my opinion the Paradiski is as good if not better than all those areas. I have been twice now and I am going twice again this season in January and April. The area is huge with a wide variety of runs from beginner to extreme off-piste. Any thrill seekers should check out the north face of the Bellecote(with a guide) and also the off-piste down from the Roche de Mio towards Bellecote glacier, there are some excellent couloir and cliff drops as well as open bowls. In my opinion Les Coches is ideally placed. On stormy days the treelined runs of the Montchavin-Les Coches area are excellent. There are also some excellent off-piste tree runs down from the Dos Rond peak back into Les Coches. You can also easily get to the Piesey Vallandry area across the Vanoise express which also has some excellent treelined runs. From Les Coches it takes me approximately an hour to get to Arc 2000 and about the same to get to Plagne centre, these two higher resorts often have the best snow conditions when it has'nt snowed for a while. I must recommend the 2 glaciers for excellent views and skiing alike. The run from the top of the Aguille Rouge above Arc 2000 all the way to Villaroger (2000m descent) is a must for any intermediate or above. The 2 main snow parks are also excellent, they are very well maintained in comparison to other parks in French resorts. There is always music playing and also friendly, no pressure, competitionns held regularly. Night life in Les Coches is quite quiet. However, the last stop pub is always a good night out. My main tip would be to go in April as the snow conditions are always good contrary to popular belief and don't dismiss the smaller areas of Montchavin and Les Coches as your base of attack. Contact me at jonathanbullough111@hotmail.com if you have any questions that I may be able to answer for you.
January 05, 2007
kimmy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned home after a weeks holiday in La Plagne, we stayed in Belle Plange. It was excellent. We didn't have any snow whilst we were there but the conditions were still great. I am a beginner myself and had 5 3 hour lessons with the ESF, Wow!! These guys were amazing. So caring and helpful and had a lot of patience! Some of them were as young as 20 but they were all fantastic! The people I went with are skiers and have travelled far and wide but they all really enjoyed Belle plagne and will def be back! The food was great ,locals lovely and very friendly, local pubs also good Le Tete plays live music every night and was a good one for me! I had fun and will def go back now I am an experienced skier!
January 02, 2007
Bex from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just came back from spending Christmas in La Plagne. Don't believe the hype about the ugliness of the resort - I have seen a lot worse. Try to head up to the glacier for some awesome views. We found the locals to be very friendly and some pretty soft snow despite the lack of a big dump for a while. Only downsides were large queues for the telecabines and the volume of flat areas which aren't very boarder friendly. Be sure to try the bob-sleigh - it rocks!
December 13, 2006
Susan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have been to La Plagne many times and can't fault the skiing. Both myself and husband have been skiing for over thirty years and have skied many many places including America and our 12/13 year old son has skied most years of his life. You cannot beat La Plagne, we know what we are talking about. It is so vast, super runs and the snow is always reliable being so high. We nearly always go with Silver Ski, who have all their catered chalets virtually on-piste and all with en-suite. Night-life is self made in the Chalets with a lot of fun with new found friends. We always go at Christmas, which is the best time, it is the beginning of the season, everything new and clean, nothing old and tired (including the chalet girls) everybody full of anticipation of a super season and generally an exciting time to be anywhere on the slopes. Plagne Centre is a bit on an eye-sore, but over the years it has got better and of course there is always some nightlife, you just have to find it. Go to La Plagne, you really won't be disappointed.
December 04, 2006
Shaun Fieldhouse from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have to recommend this resort to both skiers and boarders, of all standards. It's got awesome parks, a variety of runs, and you can never get bored! You never do the same run twice, its just so big, and then you have les Arcs as well. I went with my friends last year, and straight away booked for the same holiday again this year, can't wait! Who needs clubs with the great apres ski here, its all so well organised. The higher resorts are the best, and La Plagne centre is very handy for the lifts. Advice from me as a boarder, and my girlfriend as a skier, YOU HAVE TO GO!