La Plagne reviews

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La Plagne, according to themselves, is a part of the world's second largest coherent system and, together with Les Arc, is something that is called Paradiski. After spending v. 8 in the system I have a split picture. After the first day, it did not feel like a paradise ski but rather a faint blue overpopulated hell. The majority of the lower areas of La Plagne consist of blue slopes and there were very many Frenchmen and Englishmen of beginner's character.

But after some day, my view changed a lot. Higher up in the system, you definitely make reasons for the epitome ski paradise. There are plenty of accessible offpiste over huge areas. Even though there were a lot of people both inside and outside the slopes, there were many nice scratches of sneezing to go in.

From the highest peak (which is closed in bad weather) there are fantastic black piste market routes that when we drove had incredible snowmobiling, which was easily accessible even for the children who are new to driving outside traditional pistes. I have not had so much snowmobiling in the past, even though we had the most sun in these days!

We lived in the small village of Mont Chavin which is basically in the middle of Paradiski just on the link across to Les Arcs. A good choice if you want to live in a quieter city and avoid the horribly ugly concrete complexes that destroy the other resorts in the system.

A couple of last observations worth considering:
* The system is very blue (these vary between almost red and full horizontal rides). There are a few red and black slopes, but the majority of these so-called nature trails are not pissed. Because there are a lot of people, these slopes in the lower parts of the system are quickly transformed into puck pistons.
* Those who work in the system are very focused on speaking English. The snoring French from the past who only spoke French seems to have disappeared? In other words, they are geared towards keeping a good level of service.
* A small warning for lack of operating reliability in the lifting systems. During our week we had several stoppages that sometimes took time to fix. We may only have a bad luck, but can not rule out that this is a recurring phenomenon.
* Incredibly ugly concrete complexes in the villages make you wonder how some architects can survive. And at the same time, incredible beautiful views and wonderful skiing experiences when you get up in the mountains.
* My favorite areas were the glacier area and Verdon north and Verdon South (where you had to get crowded and had good offpiste opportunities).

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Took a walk past La Plagne in winter. The snow did not give us such good conditions, but we saw that the mountains had huge potential for really cool skiing. It was extremely hilly and broken, making the terrain one of the most creative i seen in the Alps. 4 dm loose snow over the mountains there would be incredibly fun. The top La Grande Rochette was a couloirer bead and saw clear roche de Mio's voyage that seemed very interesting - in better conditions. The highest mountain of Bellacote was respectful.

The village gave enormous associations to Stalinovsky architecture, a bizarre historical monument of a building style one never hopes to come back again. Nice fun to have seen!

18/11/2003 (Modified: 18/12/2010)
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Comprises a whole bunch of villages. From Montchavin at one end to MontAlbert in others.
La Plagne means "flat" and a large part of the system lies on a large flat "hed" with strange holes and hills. What's interesting is that in the middle of this flat there are a lot of steep mountains here. No lifts go up on these, making for a relatively easy-access Offpist with really great terrain, like Grand Forclé; see There are also the big mountains, BelleCote and Roche De Mio which are LARGE and very offpiste.

Nightlife then? Yes, that leaves a lot more to be desired. The villages are usually quite dreary creations with the pain of nice bars and restaurants.

Interestingly, you may also be building La Plagne with Les Arcs this winter. A giant 2-story cabin will be ready for Christmas -03. 400 meters above the ground, across the valley. Together they will be a giant with canoeing.

Summasum La Plagne; Great place for Offpist growers and families with children.