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La Plagne mixed group help please

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Heading to Plagne 1800 for the first time in March and I have a few questions.
1. Will the 2 brand new skiers in the group be better buying 6 day passes or not...looks like the beginners slopes donít need them from the lesson information available? Depends on the extent of the beginners slopes, any experience? If theyíll only need 4 or 5 days or weíre better to see how they get on, should we leave it til theyíve had a lesson?
2. At the other end of the scale, will the experienced group be better with the Paradiski pass or will the La Plagne pass be enough to keep them going with just 1 day full area....I understand the wider area might take a bit of getting to via various lifts from where we are?
3. And for the early intermediate skiers, a couple of us nervous of ledges, edges...all the usual issues - what are the best areas for us?
4. Recommendations for equipment hire for those that need it please.
5. Any other resort advice appreciated.....any pack discounts including lessons, hire, passes combinations?

Thanks in advance.
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#1 - 6 day. I'd expect that's what the ski school would expect. The free lifts in any resort will be minimal and you might be surprised at the quick progress.

#2 - Probably just the La Plagne pass. Getting over to Les Arcs is a fair trek and one day over there will probably do you.

#3 - Don't go up the Crete drag lift. Can't think of too many other things to worry about. La Plagne has plenty of "early intermediate" terrain.
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If you're only up to doing blues, avoid Mira off the Grand Rochette, it's hard for a blue.

The blues under Rossa chair in Champagny are great for beginners.
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@skiseekers, you do get one day over in Les Arcs with your standard LP ticket.

Then if you do want to go a second time, the difference between a full pass and an extension for a second visit is less than Ä10 IIRC So only if you are going over for more than half your holiday (AND you know in advance) do you really need to consider the full pass.

As Layne (almost) says, if you need to go over "the other side" (in either direction) for more than 2 days in a week, you've probably booked the wrong resort...both areas have more than enough to keep experts / intermediates happy for a week
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6 day La Plagne only will be more than enough, allowing for the one day in LA. Itíll take a while to get to/from Les Arcs anyway so I donít think youíll want to do it more than once, especially with the amount of skiing in La Plagne.

Plenty of nice runs for early intermediates, the ones around Colorado lift in Plagne Centre are nice enough, as are all the options from Arpettw down to Bellecote (although the last pitch can get a bit busy). Try and get out to the further reaches of the resort if you want quieter slopes. Down to Montchavin/Montalbet/Champagny are cool.

Beginners might only be on free lifts for the first day but they might progress quicker than expected and better to give them the option to get other lifts and not worry that they might not be allowed on them or down certain runs. They also donít want to be the only ones in the lesson without a proper pass.
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4. We used this lot for our group last year http://rentalrepublic.co.uk/ Delivered and collected from our accommodation, worked out really well and would use them again.
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3. Anywhere off of the Colorado or Bergerie lifts, also anything under the Arpette lift out of Bellecote. All good for early intermediates. As someone else mentioned anything that goes back under the Rossa chair, over Champany area is good too, but getting there from 1800 might be a bit of a trek for an early intermediate.
Also from the 1800 chair there are lots of nice gentle runs through the trees down to Montalbert. So much to choose.
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1. Full pass.
2. Full pass.
3. Stay away from the edge.
4. They're all much the same.
5. Nightlife and restos suck.
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@FastCarver74, not that difficult is it? Get to Centre, up Colorado and Verdons Nord lift, down Bozelet and up Borseliers and Rossa. Plenty of sitting on lifts but not too many tricky pistes to deal with
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@SnoodlesMcFlude, I'd argue that for an early intermediate Bozelet has a couple of steeper sections, then on the way back if you head the same way, the top of verdons is a narrow track with a drop off - everything the OP didn't want! I'd recommend returning via Quillis chair, down to Bellecote, up Colosses and back to 1800 via Centre.
For my interpretation of an early intermediate (although the definition of this is subjective) I would argue that could be a pretty long round trip.
So for you it may not seem that hard, in the eyes of someone else it could be.
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@FastCarver74, as you say itís all down to interpretation of exactly what an early intermediate is I guess, I generally think of that term as someone capable of skiing most blue runs. An early intermediate on Inside Out scale is someone that can ski most reds in good condition.

My first week skiing was in La Plagne and I skied that route without too many worries (although plenty of stops!) and would certainly say itís worth it for lapping Rossa.

But itís difficult to recommend pistes without seeing someone ski.
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@skiseekers, some of the accommodation in 1800 is quite a walk from the piste, and depending on exactly where you are it may be a lot easier to get the bus to Bellecote. From there you can access the Rossa area of Champagny via Les Blanchets / Col de Forcle, returning via Quillis chair. That makes the whole journey a lot shorter / simpler.
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Always interested how so many seem to ignore the right third of the piste map.
For your new skiers and nervous intermediates go up the 1800 lift and enjoy the wide easy Golf slope.
Then you can ski over to the Montalbert sector, full of lovely gentle blue slopes (with elves and dragons) for the learners plus interesting reds for the more adventurous. All runs through trees so no worries about bad weather days.
Nice restaurants and bars in Montalbert. Easy journey back to 1800.
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Jonpim wrote:
.. Then you can ski over to the Montalbert sector...

Ö but perhaps not via Pravendue, which I recall as being flat / uphill in a number of places!
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