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Skiing at La Plagne

Posted on 15 March 2012

La Plagne is a French ski resort in the Paradiski area, nearby resorts include Les Arcs, Montchavin-Les Coches and Peisey-Vallandry. All in all, the area has 425 km of the downhill skiing, including 475 individual pistes with 141 ski lifts, and is one of the world’s biggest ski areas.

La Plagne alone has 225 km of ski runs, which is about the most skiing offered by a single resort just about anywhere. The resort is situated more than 1500 m above sea level, so it’s usually possible to ski back to the resort. However some of the pistes are above 2500 m, so the resort is just about assured of receiving snow right throughout the season — it has 359 snow cannons just in case.

It’s a great resort for all ages and abilities, with wide, open pistes to short sharp black runs, and the terrain ranges from forest to powder snowfields to glacier. Most of skiing is designed to cater for recreational skiers, and there are a good number of nursery slopes and a huge choice of tuition schools.

La Plagne is also great for snowboarding with a number of good parks which are served by high-speed chairlifts. The resort is good for those looking for apres ski, as there are a number of late-night bars. There is plenty of self-catering accommodation which can be booked fairly cheaply, and the resort has much to recommend it, as it has the appeal of a charming French village combined with access to an enormous ski area.