La Plagne, France

Self Catering La Plagne Holiday Houses - La Plagne Chalets

La Plagne is a French ski area in the alpine valley of the Tarentaise (Savoie). It’s located in the Savoie department in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. La Plagne lies at altitudes between 3250 metres (on the Glacier de la Chiaupe near the top of Bellecôte) and 1250 metres (in the village of Montchavin) making it ideal for ski lovers who want to rent self-catering chalets in La Plagne.

A holiday to La Plagne is a must for ski lovers of all levels – it has 100 km² (38 mi²) of ski area spread across four communes (Aime, Bellentre, Champagny-en-Vanoise and Mâcot-la-Plagne). La Plagne has 225 kilometres of slopes (134 slopes: 15 black, 30 red, 72 blue and 10 green), and a large off-skiing area including Bellecôte's North Face.

When you rent a holiday home in La Plagne you’ll be enjoying the attractions of a modern ski resort. It offers 2 cable-cars (the Telemetro, linking Plagne Centre and Aime-La Plagne and the Vanoise Express, which links La Plagne to Les Arcs and is one of the fastest of its kind in the world), 8 gondolas, 36 chairlifts and 38 drag lifts. A bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track was built in La Plagne for the 1992 Winter Olympics held in nearby Albertville.

The first of the resorts of La Plagne opened in December 1961. Known as "Plagne Centre" it was created by Michel Bezançon. Aime-La Plagne opened in 1969. Champagny-en-Vanoise (1250 m) became attached to the La Plagne resort, around the same time. Montchavin (1250 m) offers 3 chairlifts serving the village of Montchavin, with one linking to Les Coches. There is also Plagne Villages (2050 m), Plagne Bellecôte (1930 m), Les Coches (1450 m), Montalbert (1350 m) Belle Plagne (2050 m), Plagne Soleil (2050 m) and Plagne (1800 m).

Plagne has a special charm and is well worth a visit. An old mining village that still sports the traditional wooden chalets with locally quarried 'blue lauze' slate roofs.

Travelling to your La Plagne holiday rental accommodation: Driving is an 8- to 12-hour drive (depending on conditions) from Calais. Eurostar offers services from London Waterloo to Aime La Plange on Fridays and Saturdays (overnighter), taking about 10 hours. La Plagne can be easily reached from Chambery, Geneva, and Grenoble Airports. All of these airports are well served by low cost, scheduled and charter airlines from throughout the UK.

Temperatures go well below zero degrees during the winter period – there is lots of powdery snow though!