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@eblunt, yep, there is a walking track which we use sometimes, when desperate ie. when Colosses has broken down, but it needs to be hit at full charge and is quite uphill at the end to rejoin the piste.
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@boredsurfin, Yes, I've seen that .... where the old Leitchoums lift was. Surely they can remodel that bit somehow to avoid the walk ?
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@Alastair
Thanks for the reply a couple of weeks ago! Been away with work, so apologies for not getting back to you.

I know both resorts pretty well (did a season in Belle Plagne) - just gutted I didn't know the lift dates when we booked the chalet.
Oh well - as you say, there is plenty of terrain and the rest of the group don't seem too pissed off.

Cheers
T
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Tferris, I admire your optimism. Pray for a start to season like last one.
But for previous 3 years i don't think you have been able to ski down to Montchavin until after New Year.
If you can ski at Montchavin at all before Dec 22: https://winter.montchavin-la-plagne.com/
For as long as i can remember, whole of Paradiski has been open for Christmas week, but the week before Christmas only the upper parts are open, with no links to Montchavin/Les Coches, or Champagny, or Montalbert.
I hope for you I'm wrong.


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@Jonpim, to be fair he has cause to be optimistic, in regard of skiing down to Les Coches at least. Whilst the VE may not open until the 22nd they will want to have the links prepared asap. So they will probably be priming the slopes down the VE and from the VE to Les Coches with artificial snow as early as possible.
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I've been skiing a number of times in La Plagne the week before Christmas and @Jonpim is correct. Every year I went only the higher parts of the resort were open (ie nothing below Plagne Centre) because there wasn't enough snow or people. They usually opened the resort fully on the day the Vanoise opens (with free vin chaud!) so we could use the Les Arcs day pass on the Saturday before we left on the Sunday. One year we braved it down to Montalbert and it was so stony the hire shops would not have been happy.

However, there was plenty of good skiing to be had in La Plagne, with nice quiet well-groomed pistes and no lift queues - so, every cloud! Some years we had absolutely tons of snow.
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Layne, I agree they will be busy preparing the runs down to the Vanoise, but will the lifts above Montchavin (and the other lower sectors Champagny and Montalbert) actually be running the week before Christmas?
The La Plagne page states opening 15/12/2018, while the Montchavin page states opening 22/12/2018.
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@Tferris This:
Jonpim wrote:
the Montchavin page states opening 22/12/2018.

I think it is generally unusual to open before the scheduled date, even if there is enough snow, because many staff for lifts, ski-hire shops, mountain restaurants etc will only arrive for the scheduled date. With plenty of snow they may get a limited area operating.

I would work on the assumption that you may have to get to Plagne 1800 / Bellecote / Centre each day until the 22nd. About 15-20 miles each way. Are you self-drive?
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Jonpim wrote:
Layne, I agree they will be busy preparing the runs down to the Vanoise, but will the lifts above Montchavin (and the other lower sectors Champagny and Montalbert) actually be running the week before Christmas?
The La Plagne page states opening 15/12/2018, while the Montchavin page states opening 22/12/2018.

Honestly don't know. And based on others experience perhaps not. If I was Tferris I would want to find out though. Clearly it could be a major issue.
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