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.

Show all 35 ratings

October 09, 2003
Andrew Kirk from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Vast skiing area but very spread out, lots of travelling to areas rather than good skiing. Lift system gets very congested and badly placed lots of polling to get from one run to another lift.
January 06, 2004
Kevin Isaac from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great improvements to lifts this season (2004), terrific skiing, particularly for intermediates. Very accessible off-piste skiing. Anyone looking for great skiing, door-to-door, but without the concrete architecture should take a look at Montalbert La-Plagne at 1350m. Good snowfall over Christmas, could be a great season...www.paradiski-montalbert.com.
February 04, 2004
Jimbo from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Huge ski area - easily rivals the Three Valleys. Great lift system in all areas (very few older two man chairs left). Even in the early morning rush the lifts have few queues (but this was in Jan and outside half-term so things may be VERY different once the kiddies arrive). Nice to see the French still have no idea that skiing over the back of someone elses skis is BAD ;-(( (still - stability in a world of change!) The link to Les Arcs gives you a massive amount of skiing - but bear in mind that you've really got to ski hard to get to from la Plagne to Villeroger and back again in a day (it's nearly a 20 mile return trip as the crow flies !). Belle Plagne (the very top) is very plesatn place - everything you need without appearing over developed. As with the previous review - loads of potential for off-piste skiing - but be careful which side you take down a slope. NE slopes generally get the snow swept off them leaving a very thin covering over rocks - ideal for gouging skis ! The vast majority of restaurents serve really good food (table service in many of them) at reasonable prices (omelette, beer and chips for about ?10 !)
December 27, 2004
Rhion Jones from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We've skied at Belle Plagne twice - over New Year 2002/2003 and late January 2004. Apart from a regularly malfunctioning gondola from bellecote, the whole area is most impressive but is best for intermediates who like the sense of travelling. Over the ridge above Champagny is probably the best area of all, though in good snow conditions the runs to Montalbert were excellent. Going to Les Arcs is do-able for good skiers from belle Plagne but is a long treck for those staying in other parts of the complex. Allow plenty of time! Overall, a great area but without the ambience of Austria.
January 19, 2005
rob from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
la plagne is ok. i thought i was spending far too much time on lifts, this was particularly true when heading to/from les arcs spending up to 40 mins on or between lifts. the best bit was closed when i was there: the glacier, so i cant say how good that would be. les arcs was far better, and though the tops were also closed they looked better. better again try the three valleys, ADH, avoriaz or val d. the resort is too spread out for great night life. all in its a big resort and im sure there is good skiing but there are better places, i have a couple of seasons skiing and wont go again. les arcs though...
February 27, 2005
rmak from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
great place for off piste skiing and introduction to ski touring. only place I know in the Alpes that you can just turn up at ski school and go touring with mountain guide at group lesson cost You can do as little as one day or many days as you wish.
March 16, 2005
Martin Dore from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just been back to La Plagne for the second time and I really rate it. Those of you who are used to quaint Austrian villages might be aghast at some of the architectural shocks on offer in La Plagne's higher resorts but the skiing makes up for it. La Plagne has something for almost everyone. There's forest runs, high snowsure motorway blues and reds, very tricky blacks and loads of off piste if you are prepared to look for it and occasionally walk into our out of runs. Seven days after the last snowfall, we were still making fresh tracks. It does have a noticable lack of green runs and some of the blues are steep for beginners so they will need good advise about which pistes to use at first. La Frete and Ramy are easy blues worth trying for the nervous. The views from La Frete are stunning too. Oxygene ski school were well liked by members of my group that use them. Private lessons worked out to be great value for a group of three to four. Nightlife in La Plagne is lacking so a chalet might be a good way to have some fun every night with a crowd. The olympic bobsleigh makes for an amusing and slightly hair raising evening activity. If you want to make use of the link to Les Arcs, I'd consider staying in Les Coches, Montchavin, Belle Plagne or Plagne Bellecote as it is quite a journey from the rest of the resort. Having said that, on my second trip to La Plagne, all of my group still had more than enough to occupy us during the day in La Plagne itself.
November 29, 2005
David Hodge from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have visited la plagne three times from the other resort of Les Arcs and whilst the ski area is vast the lift system is old, tired and unorganised. To get to the top of Bellecote from Montchavin took well over one and a half hours, with constant lifts, whereas to get to the top of Auguille Rouge from Piesey Vallandry on the other side takes around 50 minutes with a bit more skiing involved as well. I would definetly recommend the other side of Paradiski Les Arcs just for the organisation.
January 07, 2006
Milo Constable from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
La Plagne is easily one of the best resorts in France, or even Europe. The skiing is superb, the ski school, Oxygene, is the friendliest school in France and I would highly recommend it, and the on-piste restaurants are resonably priced and the food is very satisfying. Off-piste skiing is awesome (I recommend Death Valley, as it's known to the locals) If you're looking for a good, well-priced hotel choose the Hotel Terra Nova in Plagne Centre, it's extremely good value for money especialy as it is ski-in ski-out. La Plagne has everything and would be a great place to learn. It is much better than its neighbour, Les Arcs. I have been with my family once in March 2004 (And in my dreams many times!) and can't wait to go this April. Overall La Plagne is the best resort I've been to: it's cheep, it's great skiing and it has many beautiful sweeping runs. I would highly recommend it any day. Rating 10/10 P.S great snow record!
January 11, 2006
Simmo from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Maybe my view of La Plagne might be different if we (me and the good lady wife) hadn't gone when we had (the week between Christmas and New Year 05) but as it stands, we thought it was just ok, and that's being diplomatic. The runs, I thought were badly laid out, and you always seemed to be on a lift with not much riding in between. The whole place is a concrete jungle with no nice village atmosphere, but we did know that before we went, so can't really grumble about that. The pistes were always packed and some of the ski school parties numbered in excess of 30 so they would take up a whole run and there was nothing you could do except wait for them to pull up or try and navigate round them. Nothing to do at night at all, no atmosphere, and dare i say it, full of really aggressive hardcore French skiers who would look at you like you have just burgled their house because you had a board strapped to your feet. The "hotel" we stopped in was a nightmare and overall it completely put us off any further French visits. We have been to Mammoth, Whistler, Kitzbuhel, Saas Fee etc so do have some idea of what makes a good resort and unfortunately La Plagne doesn't have anything. Again my review might have been different had we gone at a quieter time but having spoken to other people who have been, there is no quiet time in La Plagne. Sorry to sound so negative.