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La Plagne 2017/2018

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hello everyone #waves

Octobers here, there is snow on the hills, leaves are falling, must be time to wax the skis!

What are everyone's winters looking like?
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Octobers here, there is snow on the hills, leaves are falling, must be time to wax the skis!

I've been really good and done mine over the summer!
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Bring on the snow (and long may it last as we're not arriving until 17 March this year!!)
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Any sign of this season's piste map as yet? Can't remember when it normally makes an appearance but it's always an exciting step along the way to the start of the season!!
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Yes chopkins13, all these little signs that the season is getting close:
Get season pass, sort out travel, peruse new Piste Map, buy at least one new bit of ski kit, pray can still get into ski pants, start watching weather sites on a daily basis . . .
(and thank you boredsurfin for the brand new shiny thread)
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Yes@boredsurfin, much better to see you have done this. Think we might all be in for some early snow looking at the Sat images. Those storms in the atlantic, if we are lucky, might start sending us some snow! Hope so anyway. Very Happy Roll on the winter.
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Congratualtions to Philip Howard who has just won a Michelin star to go alongside his AA Best Restaurant in London accolade for his latest restaurant http://www.elystanstreet.com
Phil is opening a restaurant called Union in La Plagne Montalbert this coming season.
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I've been really good and done mine over the summer!

Ooooh - you're well organised!
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Are you in Montalbert @boredsurfin, ? I've got some friends potentially moving to Longefoy. Have you ever eaten in the restaurant there? Any good?
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@Snow and Sunshine, Hi, I think I'm not going to be there again until December this year... If you mean http://www.ladray.com in Longefoy it does get very good reviews, although personally I haven't been there.
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Thanks @boredsurfin, I hadn't realised it was a hotel as well - I've only ever driven past - I'll send the link to my friends so they can have a nosy. Thanks Happy
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@Snow and Sunshine, There's a bakery in Longefoy as well....but I think thats it wink
There is some unrenovated properties for sale there as well. Very Happy
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I think I'm not going to be there again until December this year...
Which presumably means you are leaving on December 15: the day we arrive rolling eyes
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Jonpim, Strangely this year we are arriving the day the resort opens wink
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boredsurfin: "arriving the day the resort opens" Shocked
December 16?
Shirley shum mishtake.

(Better find some Christmas crinkly paper for that packet of chocky Hobnobs Smile )
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@Jonpim, indeed Very Happy
we're Flying out as well!
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The new Restaurant at the top of the Montalbert Gondola is taking shape its due to open for the coming season.

Picture credit https://twitter.com/montgesin
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The new Restaurant at the top of the Montalbert Gondola is taking shape its due to open for the coming season.


all a bit shiny...
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Indeed - funny how the authorities can get so upset about the placing of a pylon or two that it delays a new lift by years but are happy for this monster of a shiny building to go up. I assume the logic is it's so shiny that it simply reflects the landscape and thus appears invisible!
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@chopkins13, Yep, thats the best we can hope for I guess.
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Hi Guys.

Does anybody out there know of any designated indoor areas in the La Plagne ski area that you can eat your packed lunch please - as opposed to a park bench on the top of the hill?

Cheers.

Wyn
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There is one picnic room at the top of the Champagny gondola also somewhere around Plagne Village as well I believe.
They should be shown on an up to date piste map.
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Thank you.

I can see the icons for the outside picnic areas (picnic bench) but nothing for "inside picnic/eating" areas.

Cheers.

Wyn
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Theres one in Plagne Centre
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@TWJ, there is one at the top end of Les Coches - used to be ice skating place - bottom of Lac Noir bubble.
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Right La Plagne folks - need some advice.

We're coming in March this year and bringing my parents (60's) along - they're non-skiers but have very kindly volunteered to look after our 1 year old whilst we go skiing each day!!!! (AMAZING!)

We'd quite like to buy them some sort of gift - dog sledding, skidoo ride, evening meal on the mountain type thing. Anyone know where we could find out and book such things?

Secondly, we'll need to buy or rent some form of sledge for the afore mentioned 1 year old for the week - thoughts on trying to procure on the drive from GVA at a supermarket maybe? Or do any of the ski hire shops rent out the plastic or wooden sledges for a week? We're staying in Belle Plagne.

Any pointers gratefully received.
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@chopkins13, Google maps shows a Decathlon in Aime La Plagne - may be good for a sledge?
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hi @chopkins13, for the sledge its worth just buying one - every supermarket etc en-route sells them, as do all the ski shops in resort. They aren't very expensive

For the experience how about dinner in an igloo - http://www.la-plagne.com/activite/1/189596-village-igloo.html (not suitable for 1 year old). You can also book dog sledding and skidoo rides in la plagne. snow shoeing is popular too (http://www.reflex-skischool.com/en/snowshoes/)

Any help?
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new restaurant not in keeping with area. bit of an eye sore.

Shame they could have built something really nice.
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@TWJ, There's a purpose built indoor picnic area at the top of the Champagny gondola and one at the top of the Melezes lift out of Plagne 1800.
We also used to go with the kids to have our sandwiches (usually bought from the Cheminee bar in Plagne Centre) in the corridor just behind the bar, it's not a dedicated picnic area but plenty of bench space with heaters below and enough bins for your rubbish. Look for the signs for the lift pass office and the telemetro gondola that goes up to Aime 2000.
There's also a decent pancake stall just across from the bar if you want a dessert.

@chopkins13, If they like a bit of excitement you could treat them to ride on a bobsleigh, the bobraft is pretty safe and only reaches speeds of 80km/h. http://winter.la-plagne.com/events-activities/plagne-experiences/bob-experience.html
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@nt.farmer,
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new restaurant not in keeping with area. bit of an eye sore.
Shame they could have built something really nice.


Have you ever seen Aime 2000 just up the hill from there?
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Replacement of the old ( and very slow ) Crozats chair lift this season , looking forward to trying that out Very Happy
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@chopkins13, You need a dog sled expedition with Mathias who is based in Montalbert but works all over the resort and the region

https://www.horstraceaventure.fr He speaks very good English so drop him an e mail - address as on his website.

Here he is on the LP website http://www.la-plagne.com/activite/1/246813-bapteme-en-traineau-a-chiens.html he's had a shave since that picture was taken! - There are also some You Tube videos if you have a poke around.
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yes but following bad with worse is not a good idea!!!!!!
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Hi all,

Can't wait. 10 of us coming out end of Jan to La Plagne Village.

What is the parking situation like? We are looking at transfers and may drive from Grenoble. Our chalet is on piste so no parking there. Is there any/much parking near by and would anyone know roughly the cost?

Cheers
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What the hell is that monstrosity.
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What the hell is that monstrosity.

Agreed, was my spot to sit in peace in the April sunshine watching the Marmottes! They won't be happy.
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@Fridge03, There is surface parking at Plagne villages, depending on where you are there are several car parks available. Most of Plagne Villages is on piste one side and car park/ on street the other. I suggest you ask whomever you booked with if there is allocated parking for your Chalet or if not the nearest parking area, there is some free parking there as well.

@Whitegold, et al, indeed but remember the building is not finished yet, although that could be good or worse, I guess.....
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