- Easy access to 225km of pistes
- Good value accommodation with plenty of choice
- A fantastic range of activities, from husky sledding to Olympic bobsleigh
La Plagne is a collection of village resorts forming part of the Paradiski area, one of three massive ski areas in the beautiful Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie region of south-east France. It has 225km of pistes, with another 200km in its Paradiski twin, Les Arcs. High altitudes up to the 3417m peak of the Bellecote make for good quality snow across a large area that's very suited to intermediate skiers and families, but which has some plunging challenges for expert skiers. The large number of resorts may rob La Plagne of a true centre, but provide a great choice of places to stay that can be tailored to the most suitable slopes.
There are 10 villages in the La Plagne complex. Four of which are traditional mountain villages lower down the mountain, with six purpose-built resorts at higher altitudes, offering what the resort calls the three atmospheres of valley, village, or high altitude. The two largest villages are Plagne Centre and Belle Plagne, both of which are purpose built and have lots for families to do. Champagny-en-Vanoise and Montchavin are more traditional settlements and look the Alpine part. Aime La Plagne has a ski-friendly altitude of 2000m, but is built in tower block fashion.
Good value and plenty of accommodation choices have made La Plagne very much a family resort. It's not the place to come if you want exclusive luxury or wild hedonism, with restaurants and nightlife at the less expensive and gentler ends of the aprés spectrum. There's no reason to be bored though, with lots of dining, drinking and entertainment options, not least the 1.5km bobsleigh track left over from the 1992 Winter Olympics.