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La Plagne 2019/2020

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Just finished a fantastic week, staying in montchavin, considering no new snow all week the conditions are great, few scratchy places but nothing scared me, snow forecast for the coming week have a great time anyone lucky enough to be coming out snowHead
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Are the glacier runs worth doing? Would be travelling over from LA.
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Yes the aiguille rouge was open this week although but if a queue to get the the very top, skied all the way Down to vilaroger and it was great
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winterstickboarder,i presume you are referring to the La Plagne glacier.
If you are coming all the way over from Les Arcs, then the simple answer is "No" - don't bother.
The only reason these days for going up to the glacier in La Plagne is for the view, and maybe the possibility of doing the challenging North Face off-piste run, or the rarely open Rochu and Bellecote black runs.
My advice for those coming over from Les Arcs is don't take Salla chair into the La Plagne "bowl",but head over to the Crozat chair and on up to Roche de Mio via the Inversens lift. From there you can ski down to the excellent Champagny sector (much larger then the piste map would suggest) without having to brave the Bellecote crowds.
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winterstickboarder,i presume you are referring to the La Plagne glacier.
If you are coming all the way over from Les Arcs, then the simple answer is "No" - don't bother.
The only reason these days for going up to the glacier in La Plagne is for the view, and maybe the possibility of doing the challenging North Face off-piste run, or the rarely open Rochu and Bellecote black runs.
My advice for those coming over from Les Arcs is don't take Salla chair into the La Plagne "bowl",but head over to the Crozat chair and on up to Roche de Mio via the Inversens lift. From there you can ski down to the excellent Champagny sector (much larger then the piste map would suggest) without having to brave the Bellecote crowds.
perfect, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! Very Happy
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Just finished a fantastic week, staying in montchavin, considering no new snow all week the conditions are great, few scratchy places but nothing scared me, snow forecast for the coming week have a great time anyone lucky enough to be coming out snowHead


+1 just back from a week staying in Champagny and on piste conditions were fantastic. The top up of snow coming over the next few day and the cold weather to follow after that, should ensure those coming for half term week have a great time.
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@Jonpim, New Verdons has been presented to the Council and it has been agreed there, but now it goes off for Regional Environmental (DREAL) approval. DREAL delayed the Montalbert Gondola by two seasons!

There was also a presentation on the proposed route of the new Glacier bubbles, controversially they no longer go through the building, The mid station being moved to the area by Col de Forcel! Julian Lizeroux's Mum, who is on the Council, is dead against the proposal!

These and other projects totalling €¡00 million Euros over 5 years. Lovatiere + col de forcle 2020
Glacier 2021
Neige de culture roche de mio 2022
Roche de mio 2023
Montchavin 2024
Very large pdf here, best not open on a phone! https://www.laplagne-tarentaise.fr/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CRCM07oct.pdf


Strange, as the bubble also serves as transport between BP and Bellecote. They'd have to replace that aspect with shuttle buses.
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@eblunt, yes it would be a terrible decision if the bubble no longer ran between Bellecote and Belle Plagne, it’s a great facility to have for skiers and non-skiers alike, especially running so late too.
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Is this not a discussion at crossed purposes? 'Glacier bubble'; 'Bellecote/Belle Plagne bubble'............................
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@Maersk, but if the glacier bubble started from near col de forcle then they surely wouldn’t ‘double up’ and still have the roche di mio bubble from bellecote/belle plagne also??
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Is this not a discussion at crossed purposes? 'Glacier bubble'; 'Bellecote/Belle Plagne bubble'............................


Yes possibly. It might be an extra mid station at the top of Col de Forcle, but still with it stopping at BP as well. It's difficult to work out exactly what they mean. The extra mid station at CDF would take the pressure off Bellecote as the main route to get to the RDM, as they would be able to go via Funiplagne and piste petite rochette.

Although reading it again, it suggests that the new Telecabine wouldn't pass through BP , so maybe not at crossed purposes, it seems to imply the building costs of trying to build in amongst the buildings at BP would be much higher.

To be honest, I've never taken the eggs at BP going up in 10 years, but I do use it a lot coming to and from Bellecote in the evening
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Start of a lovely week with VIP Ski in Plagne Centre. Monday was a good day to begin after 51 weeks off the slopes - a little bit of sun to start with, some familiarisation on the pistes above Plagne Centre, Aime 2000 and then down to La Roche for lunch.

Always concerned as a snowboarder that a blue down to the base of the mountain might be a winding track or, worse still, flat. Pleased to report that Cornegidouille was neither of these hazards and was very happy to go down it a second time. Made for some nice gentle runs, some good pictures and a very happy start to the week.

Let’s see what happens with the weather tonight and how things change tomorrow!
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@PhilLea, you may be the first person in history to complement the Cornegidouille blue down to La Roche!!

It is normally an icy scraped bottle neck full of people out of control that makes for an uncomfortable trip for all but the most confident skiers!
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And that’s what I was worried about... but no complaints today. Very quiet on the slope, perhaps that helped. And there’s obviously a shortage of fluffy white stuff but perfectly adequate and the friendly staff and delicious pizza at lunch were worth it!
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I agree, Cornegidouille was fine today! The two reds down to Roche were great - better than on most previous trips. The Coches red was open for once and nice. Hope the big dump due tomorrow doesn’t delay lift openings...
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Favourite ever run was down the red into La Roche after a big dump last year. We were the first people down so made fresh tracks in beautiful powder. We literally just surfed down. We all finished with big grins on our faces! Still talked about it on our trip this year.
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@Handy Turnip, they’re on my LaPlagne bucket list but as a very average skier I’ve always found myself waiting for the right conditions! We usually stay in Belle Plagne and whenever there’s been an overnight dump we always seem to head the other way to the forests above Montchavin. To be corrected next year perhaps!
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@PhilLea, you may be the first person in history to complement the Cornegidouille blue down to La Roche!!

It is normally an icy scraped bottle neck full of people out of control that makes for an uncomfortable trip for all but the most confident skiers!


But still better than getting on Envers until this year.
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@chopkins13, I've done those runs lots of times as we've stayed in La Roche a few times. The Emile Alliais run is my preference - it can get a bit icy in places if the conditions aren't good, but with the right conditions it's great. And it's always quiet!!

Restaurant at the bottom is very good too.
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Anyone in resort to report on current weather conditions? Doesn't look like it's snowing particularly hard at the moment on the webcams.
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One or two lifts starting up. Becoin is moving, Colorado not so much. Visibility in Plagne Centre seems ok and the webcams show about 400m
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A friend of mine who's chalet hosting in Plagne Soleil has just sent a photo of falling snow and fresh snow lying on their balcony

We got back Sunday after a week's skiing. Despite the lack of recent fresh snow, the pistes were holding up very well. I only encountered a couple of bare/icy patches, one on the way back from the Vanoise Express above Lac Noir bubble and a surprising patch on Ramy just off the top of the Aollets drag.

On Wednesday, I made it all the way to Arc 1950, having never been further than the Derby chairlift before.


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Salla still gives a whack to the back of the legs when embarking Sad

I wish they'd sort that out
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Loads of snow coming down today
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Les Bois down to Champagny just opened - lovely run with visibility!
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ukredsox, you are standing in the wrong place. One step forward and let the others get the whack on the legs. Toofy Grin
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After a late start, we stayed relatively low today and it was ok. Glad to have ventured out: was considering that it might be a duvet day so it felt like a bonus.

I *will* make it to Tunnel tomorrow...
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@Hamlet We've had 6 weeks on snow in Champagny and not once has Les Bois been open - lucky you!
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That was a lovely week, capped off by a Saturday lunchtime raclette. A bit sad now, time to go home tomorrow. «Bon Ski» to all of you here this week!
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How's it looking out there? According to the forecasts, it's snow falling to about 2000m and rain below (increasing to 2400m by tonight). Just wondered how the reality is looking?
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Bound to be raining, it seems after every storm comes rain - rain in Feb at 2000m talk to me about global warming!
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Rain to at least 2500m.
We arrived at lunchtime and it was pouring down.
Still is.
Hopefully tomorrow should be a bit better.
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@Sailbad the Sinner, looks pretty clear tomorrow and the snow starts again on Tuesday but all the way down to 1000m.
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Friends in Montalbert declared a Duvet Day due to the rain...
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A bit of light rain this morning but cleared to leave a lovely afternoon.
Pistes in remarkably good condition after yesterday's deluge.

Some snow forecast for tomorrow.
And a bit of sunshine.
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Lots of avalanches caused by Sunday's rain. Pistes remarkably good.
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Lots of avalanches caused by Sunday's rain. Pistes remarkably good.

One of those slides had crossed the piste on Verdons. We had to climb over the debris. There were tracks right at the top of the slide so looked like it had been triggered by someone off piste.
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According to the forecasts it should be bucketing down with snow about now, but it all looks calm on the webcams
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Dumping nicely.
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