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La Plagne

La Plagne is a vast ski resort with an enormous vertical drop of 6,562ft (2,000m), double that of Aspen for example. One of Europe's largest holiday resorts, La Plagne is made up of 10 different 'villages', six purpose built and four traditional, that are connected by public conveyances and a lift system. As such it can boast the largest ski area of any single resort in the world, and its linked trail system (Paradiski) with Les Arcs means there are now 261 miles (420km) of trails and 144 ski lifts.

The high altitude La Plagne resort centres on apartment life; there are few hotels and its convenience makes up for its lack of charm. The highest complex at Aime La Plagne is 6,890ft (2,100m) is considered to be the most convenient holiday accommodation, with many of the best apartments. The lowest mountain village, at 5,906ft (1,800m), is the neo-Savoyard Plagne 1800.

The largest complex with the liveliest holiday atmosphere is the original Plagne Centre, one of the first villages in Europe to be built catering specifically for the skiing season. The lifts are near to the accommodation and you can generally ski to your door. For beginners and intermediates, La Plagne is the best of the European ski resorts.

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Besides the fantastic skiing and snowboarding, other holiday activities in La Plagne include ice skating, dog sled rides, an Olympic bobsleigh piste, ice climbing, a night skiing slalom stadium, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. Hang gliding and paragliding are also available. Some complexes offer outdoor heated pools, fitness centres, ten-pin bowling and electronic golf.


French is the official language.


The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.


The La Plagne resort is not the image of a traditional village, with many high-rise buildings and purpose-built complexes. Waiting times at lifts can be lengthy.

Night Life

There are several nightclubs in the La Plagne resort, as well as cafés and coffee houses that offer live music, karaoke and concerts to enjoy on holiday.


There are more than 50 restaurants to choose from in the La Plagne resort, most of them in Plagne Centre.


Each complex of the purpose-built sections of La Plagne has holiday apartments, with stores and ski shops all interconnected by tunnels and walkways. The underground passages are reminiscent of a subway shopping mall and shoppers will find clothes and accessories, bookshops, gifts, jewellery and handicrafts.


Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

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