Why La Plagne? France is such a great choice for your family ski holiday
18th December 2015
La Plagne will absolutely 100% tick all the boxes for a family ski holiday for many reasons, not only is it a high snow sure resort with a glacier, but it also connects over to Les Arcs via the double decker cable car (Vanoise Express). This is a pretty amazing link as it only takes 4 minutes from one side to the other and has been designed to even work in high winds so you won’t be stuck getting home if the weather turns bad. The full ski area is called the Paradiski and is the world’s largest linked ski area.
There are many resorts above the treeline but also many below the treeline to run to in bad weather. Most of the runs are situated between 2000m and 2700m on mainly north facing slopes so snow sure conditions are the norm.
La Plagne has many different villages and all vary in style. You have the purpose built convenient, if not pretty, high resorts of Plagne Centre and Plagne 2100. The more recently built and thus more pleasing to the eye resorts of Belle Plagne, Plagne Bellecote, Plagne Soleil and Plagne Village. Then there’s the mainly chalet style village of Plagne 1800. The lower La Plagne villages are more rustic in style such as Les Coches, Montchavin, Champagny and Plagne Montalbert.
Most of the resorts are ski in ski out or have accommodation very close to the skiing.
All of the different villages have chalets, hotels, chalet hotels and apartments within them – so whichever La Plagne Village you choose we will be able to find the right accommodation to suit your budget.
Skiing holidays in La Plagne with childcare
There are nurseries for kids in most of the main villages so even if you are not booked with a UK childcare specialist there’s always somewhere you can turn to for childcare, be it full time or on the odd days.
There are cordoned off sledging areas in all resorts which are a safe fun way to keep the kids occupied.
Many of the ski tour operator’s Skiline deal with have childcare services in La Plagne, these include Ski Esprit in Belle Plagne, Club Med in Plagne 2100, Ski Famille in Plagne 1800 and VIP in Plagne Centre amongst many others.
The runs in La Plagne are perfect for beginners and children, and particularly intermediates as there are many big wide blue runs. The more expert skiers won’t be disappointed either as there are many challenging red and black runs and excellent off piste too.
Choosing the best accommodation for families in La Plagne
Chalet Hotel Christina in Plagne Centre offers childcare from 4 months up to 12 years with pick up and drop off from ski school too! The hotel is right on the slopes with the lift directly opposite. Ski lessons start from age 3 in the kindergarten.
Club med have both a 3 trident and 4 trident hotel in Aime La Plagne and La Plagne 2100 which are all inclusive and both ski in out, they have great value holidays which include lift passes, lessons and/or guiding and all-inclusive food and drinks. There are also kids clubs so we particularly recommend these holidays for families.
The Lugano, Bourget, Leman and Lucerne Suites with childcare are up market chalet apartments sleeping between 6 and 12 people. These are situated in Plagne Centre on the piste and right next to the lift. You can’t get a better location!
The pretty tree lined resort of Plagne 1800 has many chalets and apartments. It’s a quiet resort with limited nightlife and a handful of shops and restaurants. Families can also catch the free bus up to Plagne centre where there is more going on après ski and shopping wise.
Oxyege ski school is based in Plagne Centre and we would highly recommended them for their kids (and adult) lessons and Child care.
Another added attraction in la Plagne is the Olympic Bob Sleigh run. Situated just below Plagne 1800 and just above the village of La Roche. There are free shuttle buses that run down there, and it’s open from 4.30pm – 7.30pm most days. You can book a run from €44 per person. Great fun!