Belle Plagne Ski Resort Guide & Piste Map
Belle Plagne Resort Description
The ski resort of La Plagne is situated in the Tarentaise area of the Savoie department in the Northern Alps region. It is part of the Paradiski ski domain. The lift served area extends from 1350 metres to 3200 metres. There are 425 km of lift served runs. There are 90 km of cross country trails. The resort features a snowpark.
La Plagne is built into a large flattish North West facing bowl. With the opening of the les Arcs link in 2003 it forms one of the largest ski areas in the world.
Plagne center is not particularly attractive and there is a large Club Med property that despoils Aime la Plagne but it does offer ski-in and ski-out practicality. Belle Plagne is a pleasant low impact village at the northern side of the bowl. If you are driving beware that parking is strictly controlled in all the resortsand that Belle Plagne/Bellecôte is the home of Le Cowboy, the local chief of police who gets up at 6am to slap tickets, wheel clamp and tow away anyone who is illegally parked. You can park indoors at Belle Plagne or outdoors if you arrive at the weekend. There is a small office at the entrance of the car park area where you can get a weekly car parking ticket foraround 30 Euro. Beware much parking is only 3 hours, park where you are told or get shot down by the Cowboy.
Belle Plagne has a number of bars and restaurants and is well placed on the Roche de Mio bubble lift. However to get up to Bellecôte glacier you may want to look for alternative routes as the bubbles can be full from skiers coming up from Bellecôte, the queue may look small but hardly seems to move. The Blanchets and Roche de Mio provide a less busy alternative.
Apres ski in Belle Plagne
In addition to the skiing and snowboarding La Plagne is one of the few places in Europe where you can enjoy a real bobsleigh run. So if you're not afraid to use a bobsled at more than 80 kilometres per hour down into the valley, this is an absolute must! With an enormous amount of restaurants and cafe in La Plagne's is always something to do. La Plagne Centre and Belle Plagne are the best choices and the Nightclub Le Saloon is a popular place to go.
Snowboarding in Belle Plagne
For snowboarders, Paradiski area offers a tremendous amount of facilities:a half pipe and the so-called 7-3 in La Plagne (an almost American like snow park that is unprecedented across France with a variety of modules spread over a 900 meter-long freestyle run) or the enormous Apocalypse Snow park in Les Arcs. (An equally large snow park with green, red and black (!) descents along a variety of modules)
Skischools and ski hire in Belle Plagne
In La Plagne has a multitude of ski schools. One of the ski schools in Belle Plagne itself is located IESF Belle Plagne.
Belle Plagne est connu pour être le village le plus attractif de tous ceux qui composent la station de La Plagne. Situé au dessus de La Plagne à 2050m daltitude, le village a été construit dans un style savoyard traditionnel et propose aux visiteurs une atmosphère conviviale pour profiter au maximum de la région et du domaine de ski Paradiski. Le village est le plus près du célèbre glacier de Bellecôte.
Avec la pratique du ski et du snowboard, La Plagne est lun des rares endroits en Europe où vous pouvez profiter dune vraie piste de bobsleigh. Ainsi, si vous nêtes pas effrayé par le fait de monter dans un engin dévalant la piste à plus de 80km/heure, vous devez absolument tester cette activité !
Aussi, avec un large choix de cafés et restaurants, il y a toujours quelque chose à faire à La Plagne Centre et Belle Plagne !