Located in the heart of the La Plagne ski area, at 2050m, Belle Plagne is one of the most popular of the La Plagne resorts. With the benefit of purpose-built planning, yet the look and feel of traditional Savoyard architecture - and its situation literally in the middle of the Paradiski ski area - Belle Plagne offers the best of all worlds!
At 2050 meters above sea level, Belle Plagne was originally opened in 1981. As with many of the ski resorts in the Alps, La Plagne as a whole was created to save the valleys from desertion back in the late 50’s early 60’s. The agricultural and mining industries were in crisis and people were flocking to cities to work. La Plagne, and the resorts that followed - including Belle Plagne - saved the local area. Although Belle Plagne is a high altitude purpose built resort the property style of this village is traditional and has been constructed taking into consideration local building traditions of wood and stone. But it’s not just its appearance that makes Belle Plagne popular. Its position makes it ideal for accessing not only the rest of La Plagne, but also the entire Paradiski area, which is an impressive offering for any ski resort! Belle Plagne is also completely ski-in ski-out.
Belle Plagne is high altitude and snow sure. Its an ideal base from which to explore Paradiski - the linked ski areas of La Plagne and Les Arcs. Together they offer over 425km of pistes. The slopes around Belle Plagne are ideal for beginners and intermediates, with loads of wide open pistes and long cruisey runs, such as Le Tunnel run down from Roche de Mio back to Belle Plagne. For young kids and complete beginners there’s a dedicated beginners area just down from the village. Belle Plagne is also ideally located for accessing La Plagne’s more advanced terrain and the Bellecôte glacier at 3250m. It’s also easy to get down to Les Coches where you can take the Vanoise Express cable car across the valley to Vallandy and Les Arcs to explore the rest of the Paradiski area. Freestyle skiers and snowboarders are also well catered for in Belle Plagne thanks to its proximity the resort’s best freestyle areas. There is a half-pipe and boardercross course right on the doorstep and the main terrain park, the 7 Cube, is a short hop away in the adjacent bowl, just above Plagne Centre.
A large off piste skiing area includes Bellecôte's North Face. There are also 50 miles of cross-country slopes, the nursery slopes are a good size and there are six children’s snow play areas and 16 jardin d’enfants.
Other things to do
There are always lots of non-ski alternatives in ski resorts and Belle Plagne is no exception, although few resorts can boast an Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Piste, and it’s not for the faint-hearted! You have three options to go down the 1,650 foot 19-bend track. You can self-steer a bob-raft which seats four passengers, you can self-steer yourself in a mono-bob or you can opt for a taxi-bob in which three passengers are taken down the ice-covered chute by a professional pilot, hitting speeds of 75mph. Alternatively you could do something a little more gentle, such as go up the Bellecote Glacier and visit ice sculptures in the Grottes de Glace, or go to ice caves, or try romantic husky sledding in the forests of Plagne Montalbert.
The resort has everything one would need during a stay from supermarkets and grocery shops, boulangerie, bank, cashpoint, doctors and medical centre. Plagne center has everything and anything else. Some visitors choose to stop at one of the larger supermarkets in Albertville, Moûtiers or Aime before arriving. There is a Centre Forme Spa with treatments and massages and a fitness zone. The village has a bowling alley, there’s a cinema just down the hill in Plagne Bellecôte and a good selection of bars and restaurants although Belle Plagne is a quiet resort and not famed for its nightlife.
Belle Plagne is serviced by various airports and there are frequent transfers into resort although these do become more expensive out of season. Transfer times vary.
Chambery Airport - 2hr
Geneva Airport - 3hr15
Grenoble Airport - 3hr
Lyon Airport - 3hr30
There is a public bus services from Chambery and Lyon airports. They run at regular intervals throughout the winter (more frequently on Saturdays) and bus tickets can be purchased in advance on-line through the Altibus website.
There is no train station in the centre of La Plagne the closest train station is in Aime, which sits in the bottom of the valley and is about 45 minutes from resort (note that the mainline station is in Aime not Aime La Plagne which is a seperate ski village). From Aime you can catch a bus up to the various resorts of La Plagne or alternatively you can hop in a private taxi.
If you drive the drive time from Calais is around 9hrs (before stops).
Parking is completely underground.