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La Plagne is a popular, high altitude skiing resort opposite Mont Blanc and the Beaufortain mountain ranges. There are six La Plagne villages ranging from eighteen hundred metres and twenty-one hundred metres, which because of their height can almost guarantee snow cover, with a further four at lower altitudes. The villages are linked from eight in the morning until midnight by a free shuttle bus. La Plagne's slopes offer good skiing conditions for all ability levels. There are also excellent snow parks for boarders. An added attraction is the bobsleigh track, constructed for the nineteen ninety-two Winter Olympics. La Plagne accommodation caters for most budgets, its restaurants serve a variety of cuisine and nightlife is fairly lively. La Plagne villages offer fun for every age group.
La Plagne villages offer a wealth of skiing and snow boarding experiences to suit all levels of ability. With its assortment of accommodation, its selection of restaurants and shops and its variety of activities off the slopes, La Plagne is a very popular holiday destination.
La Plagne is popular with a wide variety of skiers from families and couples to groups of young adults. Although many of the slopes are ideal for families and intermediate skiers, there are excellent off-piste runs for the more advanced skier. Snowboarders enjoy the varied terrain of the snow park.
La Plagne ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. Being high in the mountains it usually has good snow conditions. La Plagne is also popular in the summer with hill walkers and mountain climbers.
La Plagne, one of the largest ski and snowboarding resorts in France, offers excellent facilities for all levels of abilities including family groups. The six La Plagne villages, Aime La Plagne, Belle Plagne, Plagne Soleil, Plagne Bellecote, Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800. There are four further skiing villages lying beneath the pistes. Free transport links the six villages between the hours of 8am and midnight. The villages each have their own particular identity, some more traditional, others more lively. As suggested by its name, Plagne Centre at nineteen seventy metres is the hub of the resort where the majority of shops and bars are found. Plagne Centre apartment blocks offer the cheapest accommodation. The villages, particularly Plagne 1800, have many upmarket hotels and chalets.
Given its altitude, La Plagne is almost able to guarantee good snow cover throughout the season. La Plagne has a vast ski area both on and off-piste. There are ski schools including those for children from three to eleven and there are also creche facilities in some of the villages. La Plagne is considered one of the best resorts for families and intermediate skiers and there are also facilities for those with disabilities. With over one hundred lifts and a link by the Valoise Express cable car to Les Arc, there are slopes to suit every degree of ability and fitness level. Three snow parks provide a varied and interesting terrain for skiboarders.
Apart from wonderful skiing, La Plagne offers many recreational facilities. These include ice skating, bowling, swimming, ice driving, climbing on an indoor wall, sledging with dogs and skidooing. There is also an Olympic bobsleigh run offering a thrilling ride at speeds in excess of eighty kilometres an hour but it is a fairly expensive treat.
The villages provide a wide variety of accommodation from upmarket serviced chalets to inexpensive apartments. The restaurants offer a diverse cuisine thereby catering for all palates. Nightlife varies as some village are lively whereas others enjoy more sedate evenings.
La Plagne holidays are enjoyed by many, including those with disabilities.
Apres ski in La Plagne is fairly lively with restaurants, bars and pubs providing music, sometimes live, and dance. Many of the venues remain open until two or three in the morning.
The majority of La Plagne's shops are found in La Plagne Centre. These provide essential provisions as well as sports equipment. Unless you arrive late in the season when there are bargains to be found, La Plagne is rather expensive. Goods are cheaper further down the valley in Bourg St. Maurice and Moutieres.
La Plagne has a large number of restaurants serving a wide variety of food and catering for all tastes and pockets. It serves everything from pasta and pizza to haute cuisine and from traditional home cooking to international fare. There are also mountain restaurants where you take a break from skiing and enjoy spectacular scenery as well as the lunch.