September 29, 2016 | La Plagne
The ever-popular, family-friendly resort of La Plagne in the French Alps launches brand-new family skiing activities and exciting events for the winter season, 2016/17.
Improving its already expansive offering for both experienced skiers and beginners alike, as well as for those looking to enjoy the wide range of après-ski activities on offer, La Plagne has something for all those looking for an active or adventurous break. The world’s most-visited resort*, these exciting new activities are predicted to see the popularity of La Plagne increase further still.
Continuing to improve skier flow out of Plagne Montalbert, 2016/17 sees the launch of a brand-new six-seat detachable chairlift, the first of its kind in a ski resort. Features include an attractive “light” look for the departure and arrival stations, redesigned curved seats and better passenger safety and comfort with innovative safety bars. Capacity: 2,400 people/hr, with maximum capacity of 3,000 people/hr at full speed.
NEW: No more grooming on the Glacier
Due to demand, the Glacier de la Chiaupe, at 3,250 metres, is getting a whole new look. It will no longer be groomed – instead, skiers will enjoy five natural runs that are safe but ungroomed, called ‘Pistes Natur’. This will mean a natural descent on powder snow that is more of a challenge than a groomed run for those with ski experience.
The ski area has gained a new family fun run made up of modules such as tunnels, jumps, raised bends, bridges and interactive elements – something for everyone to enjoy. The run, open to all, is at the top of St Jacques’ blue run on the Plagne-Bellecôte sector.
Amateur and experienced skiers will pitch themselves against pros from the world of international skiing on the world’s longest slalom course! The brainchild of slalom champion Julian Lizeroux and Julian Régnier, pioneer of freestyle and back-country skiing, the route will encompass a 4 km descent and 320 poles, with 400 participants taking part. More details coming soon.
With their very wide, under-inflated wheels to give great grip and control, Fatbikes are a big hit in La Plagne. This season sees the offering expanded with more bikes and longer opening hours ensuring there is a great choice of downhill or touring biking options after the slopes close. There are two options to try with a mountain biking instructor (bike equipment and helmets supplied):
Twice as steep as the average zip line (16% gradient), the ‘Supertyro’ stretches from Plagne Aime 2000 to Plagne Centre and offers a clear view of Mont Blanc, zigzagging through trees and the whole valley on the descent. Duration: 30/40 seconds approx. Drop: 140 m. Speed: 80/90 km/hr. Length 600 m. Min./Max. weight 40 kg/130 kg. Price €20.
Supervised and instructed by a professional musher in Champagny en Vanoise, 8-12 year olds can now become apprentice mushers, learning the basic techniques on a sled pulled by one or two dogs. Duration: 1 hour. Price: €40. www.generationmusher.com.
The brand new party location in the Alps, situated on the slopes of Plagne 1800, Chauffe Marcel boasts two options – an outside terrace overlooking Mont Blanc and a cosy restaurant, both benefiting from the best sound system in the Alps. The daytime menu includes barbeques and local specialities and, from 3pm, the venue transforms into a club open to all ages, with DJs playing electro and pop. www.chauffe-marcel.net.
Another venture being launched by Julian Lizeroux, Le Bonnet will be a new and exclusive concept in Plagne-Bellecôte combining street food and music until 7pm, with other fun entertainment promised throughout the season.
Ski passes for La Plagne are priced at €50 for one day or €259 for six days. Paradiski passes, including Les Arcs, are priced at €59 for one day or €298 for six days.
For more information, visit www.la-plagne.com or call La Plagne on +33 (0)4 79 09 79 79.
* according to the ‘2014 International Report on Snow and Mountain Tourism’