La Plagne Overview
La Plagne is the most popular ski resort in the world with more than 2.5 million visitors a season on average.
La Plagne is a modern ski resort offering variety through its collection of 11 small concentric villages, each having a different appeal to visitors.
The ski resort spans the valley and its river, with the snow-capped peaks of the Alps as the backdrop. Each of the 11 villages has its own personality. One caters specifically to families, another comes alive after dark, and yet another still draws its energy from its historical heritage.
Ski season starts in…
Info & Stats
December 12, 2020 – April 30, 2021
La Plagne and the neighbouring resort of Les Arcs form the Paradiski ski area.
From the long, tree-lined runs in Montchavin to deep powder on the Bellecote glacier, La Plagne has 134 slopes stretching across 225 kilometres, including 10 green, 72 blue, 30 red and 15 black.
Linked ski area
Paradiski (3 resorts): Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry, La Plagne
The link between the 2 massifs is via the Vanoise Express, the world’s largest cable car.
425 km of runs
260 runs (12 greens, 135 blues, 77 reds, 36 blacks)
2 snow parks | 3 boarder cross | 2 boarder gliss | 1 half pipe |
4 toboggan runs | 1 waterslide & 2 airbags
Stay close to shops and restaurants in Plagne Centre, in a traditional chalet in the oldest part of the resort, Plagne 1800.
Maybe choose a self-catering apartment at the higher altitude, Plagne Soleil, Plagne Villages or Aime La Plagne.
A few minutes’ bus ride down the road is Belle Plagne, the newest part of the resort, while Les Coches is on the other side of the mountain next to the Vanoise Express, which connects La Plagne to Les Arcs.
Non-ski activities and experiences
At La Plagne you can go ice-skating, bowling and swim in the outdoor pool.
For the more adrenalin seeking, you can also fly down La Plagne’s Olympic bobsled track, go ice climbing up a frozen waterfall and try out new forms of snow riding, such as airboard, yooner and snakegliss.
Location & Trail Maps
Transfer time to La Plagne from:
- Aime train station (closest): 25min*
- Chambéry airport: 1hr 30min*
- Geneva airport: 2hrs 15min*
- Lyon airport: 2hrs 20min*
Resorts altitude (high): 1,800m to 2,100m
*Transfer time is approximate, by private transfer vehicle and subject to weather and road conditions. Shared shuttle/bus transfers have set departure times, take much longer to travel and don’t offer door to door service which is why we recommend private transfers only.
La Plagne Ski Resort Video
La Plagne is the most popular ski resort in the world withmore than 2.5 million visitors a season on average. It is part of the inredible Paradiski ski area which is linked to Les Ars via The Vanoise Express.
Watch this video to find out more…
- Based on the sheer volume of accommodation available and number of ski passes sold each winter season, La Plagne ski resort takes the trophy of the most popular ski resort in THE WORLD!! This French Alps resort boasts an average of over 2.5 million visitors annually.
- With the volume of accommodation to choose from comes more options and more competition for stays with plenty of enticing ski deals and amazing-value ski packages. This makes La Plagne a great place for skiers on a budget or looking for the cheapest deals, while still experiencing a world class ski area.
- It is home to the only bobsleigh/luge/skeleton track in France (only 10 countries in the world currently have them).
- La Plagne has so many different styles of villages (11 villages in total including 7 at high altitude) and accommodation from big buildings that look like cruise ships stuck on a mountain to traditional savoyard hotels and chalets. There really is something to suit all tastes in La Plagne.
- The ski area of 452km of groomed runs all interlinked by slopes or lifts, including the world’s largest cable car system, the Vanoise Express, makes the Paradiski the 4th largest linked ski area in the world.
- Families, people looking for ski-in ski-out accommodation, beginners and intermediate skiers as well as people on a tight budget who want to ski a huge area with a great variety of slopes.
- The ski-in ski-out convenience, especially for families travelling with young kids, is such a treat and so convenient. There is nothing worse than carrying the little ones’ skis for a few hundred metres every day to and from the slopes .. or for anyone really for that matter.
- Thrill seekers wanting to have a go at bobsleigh or the many other adrenalin-pumping activities on offer.
- People wanting to ski multiple linked ski resorts from the one base. La Plagne itself has 11 villages to discover without even including the 4 purpose-built villages of Les Arcs or Peisey-Vallandry. We recommend staying at La Plagne for at least 2 weeks to discover it all properly (even that is not enough!).
Besides the incredible skiing in La Plagne, you can have a go at Bobsleigh rides, sledging , snow shoeing, snowmobiling, helicopter scenic rides, heli-skiing over in La Thuile (Italy), paragliding, ride a fatbike on snow, ice skating, snakegliss, airboard, snowscoot, ice climbing (the ice tower 24 m high) ski joering, biathlon, shooting.
For bad weather days, there are also plenty of non-skiing activities, such as fitness, squash, bowling, spas, swimming pools…
La Plagne is a 2 hour 15min drive by private transfer from either Lyon or Geneva Airport.
It’s a 25min drive from Aime train station, the closest train station in France to La Plagne.
A shared shuttle transfer from Geneva will take over 4hrs and will only drop you off at the village bus stop, not at your accommodation – not ideal if you are travelling with ski gear and luggage and don’t know your way around.
Next winter, La Plagne Ski Resort is scheduled to open from December 12th 2020 to April 30th 2021.
There are 3 ski resorts which are part of the Paradiski’s massive 425km of slopes (linked via the Vanoise Express, the world’s largest cable car system): La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry.
January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).
For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season. This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time. Even all the restaurants are booked out!
Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.
So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!