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Belle Plagne, France

Belle Plagne ski holidays

Established in 1961 the French ski resort Belle Plagne lies at 1800 metres altitude in the Savoie region of the French Alps / Alpes. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 3250m the area is snow sure. Over 359 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 50km of trails, which equates to around 23 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Belle Plagne is Geneva at a distance of 149km or approximately 120 minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.

SNO-man says

Belle Plagne ski resort is easily the presttiest village in La Plagne and the Paradiski area. With underground parking this purpose build resort actually feels like a small village, with most facilities bottom end. Belle Plagne sits above Plagne Bellecote with links to the snow sure Bellecote glacier and the lower La Plagne ski resorts. Belle Plagne combines a traditional Savoie look with a friendly atmosphere - attractive apartments and hotels for skiers and snowboarders looking for a more traditional feel on their Belle Pladgne ski holiday.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 10 runs ?km
7%  Intermediate Trails
 69 runs ?km
Advanced Trails
 33 runs ?km
50%  Expert Trails
 18 runs ?km

Resort and Holiday Stats

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Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day) €212 - €265
Traditional Ski Village / Purpose Built Ski Resort
Resort OpensDec 2021
Resort ClosesApr 2022
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs 225km
total length of Belle Plagne trails
Longest Lift-Served Run 15km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation N S E W
direction Belle Plagne area faces
Top Altitude 3250m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 1250m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 1800m
centre of Belle Plagne ski resort
Vertical Drop 2000m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 2000m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Snow Report

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Nearby resorts:

La Plagne

Skiing in Belle Plagne

130 pistes and trails means approximately 225km of runs. 104 Belle Plagne lifts have capacity to transport 121056 per hour. The longest run in the French ski resort is over 15km. Visit summer or winter as there is glacier skiing in Belle Plagne.

SNO-man says

La Plagne’s local skiing covers 225km, the most for any one resort, and the 2000m veritcal is impressive too.

The slopes La Plagne offer terrain for all abilities and tastes, with wide cruisy runs to steep blacks on glacier, powder or treelines. There are good nursery slopes for beginners with free surface lifts in all the villages, and ideal slopes at Peisey Vallandry. The slopes around the Col des Frettes and Col du Grand Retard are fun for different ability levels. Experts should tackle the off-piste opportunities or the 2000m veritical black run down from the glacier to Montchavin. The slopes above the six altitude villages are all above the tree line, where as below them the skiing is through the trees to the villages of Plagne Montalbert, Montchavin and Les Coches. The runs over the back of the snow bowl lead to Champagny.

The Paradiski link to the Les Arcs ski domain across the valley, just about doubles the ski area, and makes it one of the world’s largest. And if that isn’t enough you can extend your ticker further to include the Espace Killy ( Tignes and Val d’Isers) and the Three Valleys ( Val Thorens, Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville, La Tania, Meribel and Courchevel).

La Plagne's commitment to winter sports is evident by the number of ski schools there are, with some unique tuition options, eg a guided off-piste ‘Ski total’ course, ‘Modern stages’ course showing different sliding methods as well as improving technique and a carving-ski course, depending on the school.

The mountain has 7% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 40% intermediate, 50% advanced slopes and 10% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 3.5km Le Rochu run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. You can ski Belle Plagne after dark as there is night skiing on ?km of illuminated piste.

Rating for skiing gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Belle Plagne

Of the 104 ski lifts, 34 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Belle Plagne is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 1 terrain parks and 1 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 150 metres), 0 quarter pipe and 3 boardercross courses.

SNO-man says

La Plagne's and Paradiski snowboarding offerings keep getting better with ever more parks and a new boarder Cross. There are terrain parks at Belle Plagne, Montchavin and Champagny. Bellcote has a halfpipe. The 7-3 snowpark has an unprecedented combination of modules spread over a 900 meter-long freestyle run, very American in design! The Les Arcs Apocalypse Snowpark, above Arc 1600, is also enormous with green, red and black descents along a variety of modules. With the better high speed chair lifts to get to the parks and pistes, access is even easier. There is plenty of wide open cruising runs, but there are some flat spots, so boarders may have to do some walking. Get some guidance from one of the ski schools on where the best of the powder fields are.

Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Belle Plagne Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

50 apres ski bars 93 restaurants 1 bowling 5 night club 5 cinema 0 billiards / pool 3 games room 0 concert 0 indoor swimming 1 outdoor heated pools 5 saunas 5 hot tubs 0 solariums 1 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 3 outdoor ice skating 4 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 1 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 85 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 0 museum 1 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Bob Raft, Ice Climbing, Luge, Taxi Bob.

SNO-man says

Partly because of it's Olympic status as the base for bobsleigh and luge, La Plagne is able to offer some exciting winter sports not commonly available elsewhere. These are based on the permanent 1700m long bobsleigh run which descends at gradients of 8 to 16%. Bobsleighs reach speeds of up to 134kph. Although primarily used for winter sports training when its open between November and late February or early March, adults aged 16 or over can experience G forces of 2 - 3G on some bends as they hurtle down in a 'taxi bob' behind a professional driver. For slower speeds (only 80kph!) it's possible to take the self-drive 'Bob Raft' with up to three friends and make the descent in 90 seconds or so rather than 50 on the 'Taxi Bob'. People younger than 16 are allowed in this variant so long as they are at least 150cm (5 feet) tall. Other sports on the snow include a dog sledding school at Plagne Montalbert. There are five parascending and hang-gliding schools and snow-shoeing is offered by all the ESF outlets in all the villages. In addition visitors have two natural ice rinks to enjoy at Aime la Plagne or Plagne Bellecôte also the location of the resort's one swimming pool), or an artificial rink one at Les Coches. Winter hike fans have 85km of marked routes in the area. There are half-a-dozen choices for gym club activities including the 'Centre de remise et forme et de détente' at Plagne Centre which can organise healthy après ski and beauty package for you. If that sounds like too much hard work there are six cinemas dotted around the various villages and a bowling alley in Belle Plagne.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Belle Plagne" by any other name

The French resort is also known as La Plagne Bellecote, Roche de Mio, La Grande Rochette, Le Becoin, Les Verdons and has common misspellings: La-Plagne, Laplagne, Laplagnee, Laplague, Laplaigne

The direction which the various Belle Plagne slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Belle Plagne has slopes facing N S E W.

Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Belle Plagne, France

Belle Plagne day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

With eight different daycare facilities La Plagne once again leads the world. The largest, and accepting children from the youngest age of three months, is the municipal crèche Petits Bonnets at Plagne Centre. Here children are welcome up to age 3. There is however also a Garderie, 'Marie-Christine' or children aged 2 to 6. At Aime la Plagne the garderie 'La Maison des lutins' accepts children from age two-and-a-half, whilst the garderie 'Jardin de Neige'at Plagne Bellecôte will take children from 2 to 6 years. In Belle Plagne the garderie will accept children aged eighteen months to three years, at Champagny 'les Cabris garderie take children from age two to six. In Montchavin - Les Coches the busy Club des Enfants (Pirouette) accepts children from 9 months and offers an unusually good 'Carte marmot' package which allows you to use 6 timed 'modules' of child-care during your week and also includes six free entries to the ice rink! Finally in Plagne Montalbert the garderie 'Les Bambins' welcomes children aged from 18 months to 6 years, On the slopes there are 'snow gardens' for the children at all the villages and free lift passes are offered to children until they are age six, more generous than most French resorts. For older kids several of the ski schools have special 'teenager' group courses for children aged 13 to 15 or 17. They operate mostly in the Christmas and Easter holidays as well as all through February and concentrate on adventure skiing in the powder, steeps or on moguls as well as in improving technique so that the various official ability tests can be taken and passed.

4 stars out of 5 overall    

Belle Plagne Shopping

Belle Plagne shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

There are more than 280 shops spread out around the resort with the emphasis, as you might expect, on food outlets for the thousands in their apartments and sports shops to provide the neccessites when not sleeping or eating.

Belle Plagne value for money gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Belle Plagne

Belle Plagne hire shops - overview of all shopping in Belle Plagne

There are more than 280 shops spread out around the resort with the emphasis, as you might expect, on food outlets for the thousands in their apartments and sports shops to provide the neccessites when not sleeping or eating.

Belle Plagne ski rental shops value rating gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Belle Plagne

Belle Plagne ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Ecole du Ski Francais and has 100 teachers teaching in English, French, German, Italian and taking students from a minimum age of 3.? www.la-plagne.com/ 90040

Belle Plagne for beginners         gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Belle Plagne for intermediates  gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Belle Plagne for expert skiers   gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Belle Plagne for snowboarding  gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Belle Plagne

Belle Plagne snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Belle Plagne: 85km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 35km     Intermediate XC Trails: 40km   Difficult XC Trails: 33km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 1      Paragliding schools: 1

Snow mobile Rental: 3     Toboggan Run Length: 1.5km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Belle Plagne

Belle Plagne snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 3 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 85 Snowshoeing: 1 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 3 Toboggan Run Length: 1.5km Paragliding schools: 1

Belle Plagne non skiing facilities also include Bob Raft, Ice Climbing, Luge, Taxi Bob.

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