Sabtu, 15 September 2012

Fun Times at La Plagne

With 100 square kilometres of ski area, 225 kilometres of ski slopes, eleven resorts and a host of activities beginning with skiing, La Plagne is a great place to look for a chalet. Catered accommodation here is some of the best you will find.

A modern ski resort area serviced by two cable cars - the Telemetro and the Vanoise Express - getting to and from your accommodation to wherever your adventures take you within the resort and nearby is made simple.

About La Plagne

Located within the Tarentaise Valley of the Savoie region, it was created in 1961 as a resort town with two drag lifts accessing its four slopes. There are eleven resorts in the area offering a wide variety of choices for a chalet. Catered or self-catering options are available.

These include Plagne Centre, an urban resort where form follows function; Aime-La Plagne, which opened in 1969; Les Coches; Champagny-en-Vanoise, a little village within the Vanoise National Park that boasts a sunny south-facing slope; Montchavin, with three chairlifts, one of which links to Les Coches; Plagne Villages; Plagne Bellecôte which boasts the area's first eight-seater chairlift; Montalbert; Belle Plagne; Plagne 1800, a charming old mining town with wood chalets and blue slate roofs; and the newest among them, Plagne Soleil, which was built in 1990.

The Skiing

The aforementioned 100 square kilometres of skiing area in La Plagne is distributed over the four communes of Aime, Bellentre, Champagny-en-Vanoise and Mâcot-la-Plagne.

All in all, skiers visiting the area have access to 225 kilometres (140 miles) of slopes of various degrees of difficulty for all levels of expertise.

For beginners, there are 10 green slopes for easy skiing, while for those with more skiing expertise there are 30 red (advanced) and a whopping 72 blue (intermediate) grade slopes. For the experts, there are 15 challenging black slopes, making a total of 134 slopes all accessible from your chalet. Catered accommodation can also be accessible to the large off-piste skiing area, Bellecôte's North Face.

Adrenaline Without Skiing

Skiing isn't the only winter activity you'll want to get out of your chalet. Catered accommodation may make it very tempting to stay inside, but there are many enticing forms of sports and entertainment to be had in La Plagne.

Head towards the halfway point between Plagne 1800 and La Roche for one of the most exciting places in the area outside of a ski slope! A skeleton, luge and bobsleigh track specially made for the 1992 Olympics, this is the only track of its kind in France, and is now a popular location for different international competitions. Experience high-velocity twists and turns at speeds of 80 kph - it's sure to be an unforgettable experience!

Danielle Hodges is the Marketing Manager for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service offering bonded holidays staying in a chalet catered or self-catering, in La Tania and other fantastic destinations. For a luxury or good-value skiing holiday and the best catered chalets call us.

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