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Resort: La Plagne

Country: France

Domain: Paradiski

Author: Frosty The Snowman

Date: 02/01/05-09/01/05

Our holiday: 15 kids 6-11 yr old, 15 Adults, all friends, and all big fans of catered chalets. Cross section of skiers from 0-15 week skiers. We booked back in April to get a chalet that suited and could accommodate only our group. Not many companies were doing 7 day holidays on2nd jan due to New Yr. We prefer Sunday travel as it is quieter and this was perfect.

Website : http://www.la-plagne.com http://www.oxygene-ski.com/

Basics : 2hr 45 min coach ride from lyon airport, flight from Manchester as part of a package deal

Lift system : La Plagne has an excellent lift system that will be improved even further next year with the replacement of the only real bottleneck at the Arpette Chair in Bellcote. You can plan a holiday without a draglift if needed

The terrain : Loads of piste to suit all, some of the blues can have tricky spots when the snow is poor. Champagny is my fvourite area if the snow is good, and it is generally quite over there. a couple of runs do have flat spots on them that require some polling but you will soon work out where these are. Plagne centre is a real pain to cross in a rush and usualy involves a 200 yrd walk, this is a major pain. In a morning many of the lifts seem top be built 30m to high up the hill, this apparantly is good for warming you up in a morning.

The snow : The snow was good on flat pistses, but anything steep was icy and rocky, La plagne has a lot of skiers and steepstuff can get scraped down to ice quite quickly when the snow is poor. It is an ex mining area and has LOTS of rocks and pebbles.

Off-piste : N/A

The resort : Stayed in Plagne 1800, which I think is very nice. looks the part and is compact and friendly. We were almost ski in ski out. Only problem is that in a morning ski out is only via the 1800 chair, which means a trip up to Aime Plagne, and then ski down to the dreaded Plagne Centre and then pole accross to wherever.

Food :Our Chalet food was superb. On the night off for the chalet staff, we ate in La Loup Blanc next to the 1800 chair, and our chalet. The stop end food, Raclette etc was not that great, but pizzas etc were superb. On the hill we often ate in a piste side restaurant just above Plagne Villages. Lovely views, a right sun trap, clean toilettes, and a delish ham n cheese pmlette and froites for 7 euro. Quick service and brill food, highly reccommended

Accommodation : Chalet Jasmine run by Silver Ski. Modern chalet perfect for a large group, Fabulous
holiday, chalet, food, staff, flights, transfers what more can I say. Silver Ski even booked our lift passes on the coach, phoned then through and had after 3pm complimantary passes ready for us and we were out on the slopes at 3pm on the first day, for free!!, fantastic

Costs: £425pp ex Manchester, £395 ex Gatwick, this included big early booking discounts

Conclusion: Fab day trip to Les Arcs with the Social Skier from our chalet, a simply must do day out. Wouldnt like to do La Plagne in the peak periods as it will be very busy. Super resort for large groups as there is terrain to suit all. This was our best ever skiing holiday, snow was pants, but the company was scintillating

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