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La Plagne 2020/2021

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La plagne 2020/2021

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Thanks, marked.....
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Seeing how well Les Arcs dealt with refunds from season passes last year I see no risk in buying one for next season
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Fair enough, johnE.
But we are going to stick with Ski a la carte for this coming season.
In depth laser enhanced pear reviewed research by boredsurfin in 2018-19 season demonstrated Ski a la Carte matched a Season Pass for casual seasonaires.

And well done to boredsurfin for getting this thread going.
A little bit of optimism is always worthwhile snowHead
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@Jonpim, Those Pear reviews mean a lot Toofy Grin Personally I like a nice Williams Pear or sometimes an English conference snowHead
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Can anyone who knows La Plagne really well advise?

We've booked self catering apartment for 3 weeks in Plagne Villages. I've skied La Plagne many times but never had a reason to ski right into Plagne Villages so don't know it so well. Can't really tell from the piste map but is there a way to ski out without coming up the old drag lift first (Aollets)? Good maps suggest there is a short path that joins onto the end of Bridge just before plagne centre.

Also does anyone know how steep the blue is under Aollets as i've read comments is steep for a blue. Can't really work it out from pictures. Just trying to manage expectations for my nervous early intermediate skier.
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Depending on your location in Plagne Village you can either ski down to Bergerie on the Ecartee (the bottom is steep for a blue but is wide after the bridge) and take the Boulevard or you can go out onto the green slope at the start of Aollets & Chevrette and head down a flattish track to La plagne.
To access the steep part you refer to you would have to gain altitude first using Aollets or bergerie.
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@Russeh, Ski-out: as Charlieesays, it depends on where you are staying. Going via Ecartee you can avoid the steep part at the bottom by keeping to the right after you go under the bridge. The route direct to Plagne Centre is quite flat at the beginning, but then fairly gentle.

Ski-in. I agree Dolines/Chevrette is quite steep for a blue, but it is also wide and usually not busy - as the only people using it tend to be those staying in Plagne Villages. If traversing across the piste just take care to avoid the drag lift at the side!
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Thanks @Charliee, @ecureuil. The place we have booked is right next to the ESF office, so right at the bottom there. It's in the block directly behind the start of Aollets.

Cool so there is a way out going down from there. I didn't realise you could get to Ecartee from Villages either. It looks like you have to cross the road and a car park, or can you only do it if you're further up that station?
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@Russeh, there is quite a bit of accommodation in Villages that is across the road, and from much of that you can ski a short distance off-piste down onto Ecartee more easily than climbing up to the snowfront by the ESF office.

From where you are it will be easier to take the flattish route out towards Plagne Centre.
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That's good we've got options then for getting out, at least if she doesn't like the look of the drag lift on the first few days we can take the flat route out.

This is the only issue with La Plagne, its got some nice blues for early intermediates but with little nasty bits like at the bottom of Ecartee and its the same with the runs from the top of Bergerie that drops into belllcote, easy with a bit of a steep bit at the end. There's a natural half pipe down that way somewhere that cuts the steep bit out, remember being taken on that myself as a beginner and thought the instructor was nuts Laughing
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Russeh wrote:
... its the same with the runs from the top of Bergerie that drops into belllcote, easy with a bit of a steep bit at the end. There's a natural half pipe down that way somewhere that cuts the steep bit out, remember being taken on that myself as a beginner and thought the instructor was nuts Laughing

As with Ecartee, you can easily avoid the steep part of Trieuse entirely: just keep right when you reach the (Swiss?) restaurant, and follow the Rhodos easy way/facile piste that traverses around to Arolles - with various options to cut left getting progressively shorter / less steep the further you go. Although not marked as such on the piste map, you can also continue to follow this easy track/piste across the line of the Col de Forcle drag until it meets Ours - making the whole route into an easy blue.
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@ecureuil many thanks for the pointers, will definitely give those a go with my wife when we are out there for a few weeks (hopefully)
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@Russeh

If you're staying in a block that backs onto the piste with the two drags, I'd just pootle down to Centre from there rather than crossing the road onto Ecartee

Is the aversion to the drags due to being boarders ?

I've stayed in PV many times and have found the drags very useful. Aollets especially, as it helps get you over towards Bellecote without having to deal with the Bergerie bottleneck
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@ukredsox nah we're skiers but my wife is a very nervous early intermediate. I've seen a comment somewhere that the Aollets drag is quite harsh and was until recently labelled "difficult" she might not fancy that on the first few days so just trying to cover off options.

Just been looking at a youtube video of the route into Bellcote as suggested by @ecureuil i think that would be within her comfort zone which is good news as it gets her to another station on skis.
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@Russeh

The Chevette drag would be a good one for your wife to try.

If she's comfortable on that, you can turn right at the top and ski down into Centre. This avoids the flat bit just below the two drags and the Green path to Centre that can get a bit busy.

Getting around La Plagne as a nervous intermediate is my specialist subject. My friends are either advanced skiers or confident intermediates.

Therefore, I've become a bit of an expert at getting myself around the resort (and over to Les Arcs) by relatively easy routes. Very Happy
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@ukredsox we'll have to give that a go Smile

How did you find Les Coches going over to Les Arcs? I think those (often) icy tree runs arn't so fun if you're not so confident?
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@Russeh,
If you go to iride.co.uk you can ‘virtually’ ski most runs and ride most lifts in La Plagne. Many in 360 degree, HD quality.
With a piste map in hand you can actually have a really good picture In your head of the ski area before you arrive. I don’t know any other resort that has this. Stuart does very good videos.
Fatmap is also excellent.
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Eggfried, Thank you for that.
Been a La Plagne fan for years and never come across iride.co.uk and snow-guru.com/vr/.
Brilliant.
Though the slow-mo presentation of going down Palsembleu (https://snow-guru.com/vr/la-plagne-biolley-piste-palsembleu/) was slightly disconcerting - presumably view from a skidoo?
Anyway, now can spend hours doing all the runs in VR before (hopefully) start of season for real.
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Russeh wrote:
How did you find Les Coches going over to Les Arcs? I think those (often) icy tree runs arn't so fun if you're not so confident?

Below the tree line the various blue pistes (Mont Blanc, Myrtilles, Pierre Blanches are generally very pleasant apart from the odd short sharp steeper section which are difficult for those not confident. The best snow (most grippy) will be found at the edge of the piste (which aren't particularly narrow) but because of the proximity of the trees those less confident tend not to go there. Don't be tempted by the red Esselet which is very tricky for someone not confident.
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@Jonpim,
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Eggfried, Thank you for that.
Been a La Plagne fan for years and never come across iride.co.uk and snow-guru.com/vr/.
Brilliant.
Though the slow-mo presentation of going down Palsembleu (https://snow-guru.com/vr/la-plagne-biolley-piste-palsembleu/) was slightly disconcerting - presumably view from a skidoo?
Anyway, now can spend hours doing all the runs in VR before (hopefully) start of season for real.


Stuart, who publishes iRide also does excellent weekly Reports on the site and Utube. They often run for 20 minutes or more. I haven’t found another weekly resort Repot as good as these. He generally put a short version on Utube and a longer version on iRide. The ‘Yuge’ app is very good too.
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I will check that out @Eggfried looks really useful.

@Layne maybe its because when i usually visit La Plagne its early in the session but most of those runs are a bit meh at the end of the day. When i go without my wife we usually stay in La Coches so know that area reasonably well but i think its useful to canvas other peoples opinions.


Anyway this conversation could very well be totally academic given the current COVID stats for France and Britain Laughing hopefully not though...
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You could have gone skiing this weekend!
Picture below shows Plagne 1800 on Saturday morning.
Has stayed cold all weekend, with regular flurries of snow.
Thaw starts today, and back to Autumn by the end of the week.

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Russeh wrote:
@Layne maybe its because when i usually visit La Plagne its early in the session but most of those runs are a bit meh at the end of the day. When i go without my wife we usually stay in La Coches so know that area reasonably well

Been on 9 family trips staying in Les Coches either Christmas week or late season. Not that I am dick waving, just of interest. Maybe familiarity breeds contempt and all that but as I say I there are definitely short sections that are quite steep in between what I think are quite mellow longer sections.
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@Layne Laughing familiarity definitely breeds contempt i reckon.


Les Coches is a great location just generally, my preferred based for the whole of paradiski. The only downside is you're pretty trapped if they close the high lifts due to wind, but i've only had that a couple of times for the first hour or so.
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