Skiing in La Plagne

Country: France

In a nutshell: An enormous ski area with limitless high altitude skiing in the ultimate purpose build ski resort

We like:

  • The ski area is vast and there’s a huge choice of ski runs, even without the Paradiski link to Les Arcs
  • The glacier and lots of high altitude skiing make La Plagne as snow-sure as it gets
  • A fantastic resort for families (it does get busy at half term, though) and kids under 6 ski free
  • The focus on the family market means the off-piste hardly gets skied, so experts will love getting fresh tracks long after a snowfall
  • Lots of tree-lined runs to ski when the weather closes in

We don’t like:

  • The resort is spread over 11 different bases, and as a result none of them offer the full set of amenities
  • Skiing round Plagne Centre is unavoidable, and it can get very busy with bottlenecks
  • The best challenging skiing is all located off-piste (of which there is loads), but on-piste challenging runs are limited


  • Resort altitude: 1,800m – 2,050m (depending on resort base)
  • Highest lift: 3,250m
  • Lowest piste: 1,250m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva and Lyon – both 2h 30m
  • Number of lifts:
    • La Plagne: 109
    • Paradiski: 141
  • Number of runs
    • La Plagne
      • Green: 10
      • Blue: 73
      • Red: 33
      • Black: 18
    • Paradiski
      • Green: 12
      • Blue: 135
      • Red: 77
      • Black: 37


  • Family friendly
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders


La Plagne ticks a lot of the boxes most people are looking for on a ski holiday: high altitude skiing, big and varied ski area, a modern lift network and lots of ski-in / ski-out accommodation. Despite the long list of pros La Plagne probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s probably due to the resort bases themselves.

La Plagne is made up 12 different bases that vary from the purpose built concrete of Plagne Centre and Plagne 2000, to the rustic old farming villages of Monchavin and Champagny. As the beds are spread out in various satellite villages, none of them have the concentration of amenities and atmosphere some people are looking for in a ski resort, but if you’re looking for a quiet ski holiday, then this doesn’t pose a problem. There’s also the added beneift of having lots of different types of ski holiday in the same area; pretty and rustic in a low(er) altitude base or modern, less charming ski-in / ski-out convenience in a high altitude base.

The skiing is fantastic, and best suited to beginners and intermediate skiers. The La Plagne area itself is huge, and more than enough for a week. Throw in the lift-served connection to Les Arcs across the valley and you have one of the world’s biggest and best ski areas. All this means that it is impossible to get bored on a La Plagne ski holiday as there is seemingly endless skiing on all possible types of terrain.

Apres ski is fairly quiet, but most of the resort bases have at least a few bars to keep people entertained at night. Families will love the relaxed and quiet atmosphere in the resort bases and the brilliant family-friendly skiing