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Les Coches, France

Les Coches ski holidays

Established in 1973 the French ski resort Les Coches lies at 1250 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 277 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers ?km of trails, which equates to around ? of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Les Coches is Geneva at a distance of 149km or approximately 100 minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.

SNO-man says

Designed in the style of a traditional Tarentaise village and located above Montchavin, Les Coches is well linked to the huge La Plagne ski area since 1982. Also on the Savoie Olympic pass covering Les Arcs and the Trois Vallées.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 10 runs ?km
7%  Intermediate Trails
 80 runs ?km
Advanced Trails
 30 runs ?km
50%  Expert Trails
 13 runs ?km

Resort and Holiday Stats

View our detailed Les Coches snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Les Coches snow history.

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 425km
total length of Les Coches trails
Longest Lift-Served Run 15km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation N S E W
direction Les Coches area faces
Top Altitude 3250m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 1250m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 1250m
centre of Les Coches ski resort
Vertical Drop 2000m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 1450m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Snow Report

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Web Cam

Les Coches web cams
Nearby resorts:

La Plagne

Skiing in Les Coches

133 pistes and trails means approximately 425km of runs. 105 Les Coches lifts have capacity to transport 123900 per hour. The longest run in the French ski resort is over 15km. Visit summer or winter as there is glacier skiing in Les Coches.

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

Rating for skiing gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Les Coches

Of the 105 ski lifts, 41 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Les Coches 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 1 boardercross courses.

Rating for snowboarding gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Coches Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

4 apres ski bars 11 restaurants 0 bowling 0 night club 1 cinema 0 billiards / pool 3 games room 0 concert 0 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 0 saunas 0 hot tubs 0 solariums 1 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 0 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 25 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 0 museum 1 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Bob Raft, Bob Sleigh, Hang Gliding, Ice Climbing, Indoor Climbing Wall.

SNO-man says

If you want to push your limits outdoors the Bureau des Guides or the ski schools can organise off-piste, heli-skiing, ski touring and ice climbing adventures. The Olympic bobsleigh run is also open to non-professional thrill seekers who can either take a 'taxi ride' behind a professional driver or ride a slower (but at 80kph fast enough for most), "self-guiding" 'bob raft'. However the slower pace of life is popular in Montchavin - Les Coches more than at most of the other Paradiski bases. You can find out about local history, tradition and produce with excursions and presentations organised through the tourist office. If you happen to be around on the first Wednesday in February, you can witness the annual Saint Agatha's day fate in celebration of the patron saint of Montchavin. At other times you can visit the library or join an arts or crafts class. There's also an ice rink,a cinema in Montchavin and board games rental from the tourist office. Snowshoeing and winter rambling are both popular and there are special lift tickets available for non-skiers and boarders as well as organised excursions to join.

Rating for apres ski gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

"Les Coches" by any other name

The French resort is also known as Les Coches (La Plagne) Bellecote, Roche de Mio, La Grande Rochette, Lee Becoin and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Les Coches 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. Les Coches has slopes facing N S E W.

Rating for snow gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Les Coches, France

Les Coches day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

Families with children of all ages are well catered for in Montchavin - Les Coches. The Pirouette Nursery and Club Bebes takes children aged from six months to twelve years and offers indoor and outdoor games and activities as well as meals. Remember to bring your child's health record book. Children aged three to nine can begin ski lessons in Club Neige and Club ski whilst older kids (nine to 13) are promised a week of full-on snowsports in Club Jeunes. There's a Games room operational Monday to Friday for older children. The supervised facility has pinball, table football, darts, board games, books and a Play Station. Other child friendly activities include the board game rental service, ice rink and the cinema. Special children's snow shoeing expeditions are organised.

4 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Coches Shopping

Les Coches shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

There are half a dozen ski shops in each of Montchavin and les Coches and another 20 or so retail outlets besides, spread over the two centres. These include mini supermarkets, butchers, bakers, patisseries, tobacconists, hairdressers and post office.

Les Coches value for money gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Les Coches

Les Coches hire shops - overview of all shopping in Les Coches

There are half a dozen ski shops in each of Montchavin and les Coches and another 20 or so retail outlets besides, spread over the two centres. These include mini supermarkets, butchers, bakers, patisseries, tobacconists, hairdressers and post office.

Les Coches ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Les Coches

Les Coches ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Ecole Du Ski Francais Les Coches and has 40 teachers teaching in English, French, German and taking students from a minimum age of 4.esf-lescoches@wanadoo.fr www.esf-lescoches.com 78033

Les Coches for beginners         gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Coches for intermediates  gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Coches for expert skiers   gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Les Coches for snowboarding  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Les Coches

Les Coches snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Les Coches: 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: 0     Toboggan Run Length: 1km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Les Coches

Les Coches snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 25 Snowshoeing: 0 Hang Gliding : 1

Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 1km Paragliding schools: 1

Les Coches non skiing facilities also include Bob Raft, Bob Sleigh, Hang Gliding, Ice Climbing, Indoor Climbing Wall.

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