La Plagne opens its ski lifts on 12 December, with the full Paradiski area opening on 19th, for some high altitude fun – and not just on planks and boards. Here are the resort’s plans for Winter 2016.
Introducing Fatbikes – an awesome new way to combine the 2 main mountain pursuits of downhill biking and skiing/snowboarding, which are usually separated by the snow and the seasons. Go down the pistes after they close on a mountain bike with very wide and under-inflated tyres. Take the last gondola from Montchavin village to the top of Plan Bois at 1,800m, before speeding 30 minutes down the groomed run back to the village (400 – 600m further down, depending on the snow conditions). Contact Evolution 2 Montchavin for details.
A game thought up by the villages of Plagne Montalbert and Villaroger, situated at either end of the Paradiski area. Pick up a road book from the tourist office, and have fun skiing to one end of the resort and back – enjoying a lunch stop at the “other end of paradise” – stamping your road book along the way. When finished, present the road book with stamps (proving that you have crossed the ski area) to a selection of partner restaurants and enjoy a free aperitif for each set menu ordered. An itinerary is suggested. There will be a draw at the end of the season to win a 6-day Paradiski lift pass.
The number of visitors from abroad, mainly the UK and English-speaking, rose last year to 37% of the 2.5million plus holidaymakers – that total number is also on the increase. To cope with its ever -increasing popularity, La Plagne is making lots of investment into the resort.
Replacing 2 chairlifts (Montalbert and Fornelet), this 10-person gondola is a fast link from Plagne Montalbert at 1350m to the top of the Fornelet at 1970m. The new system reduces the journey time from 30-45 minutes to just 6 minutes – increasing capacity from 1800 people per hour to 2,800 and cutting queues. It marks an investment of €11m.
Read about the gondola plans in more details here.
Paradiski Yuge App
Paradiski is prioritising investment in digital services and aims to offer each skier a fully connected experience with its new app. It will be launched this winter and developed over the coming years. Digital technology is integrated in the skier’s itinerary, offering personal assistance according to each person’s requirements, experience and location. The app offers an adapted, personal programme that evolves on a daily basis.
Les Lutins Blue Run
With new wooden sculptures and a tunnel with sound effects, this 3km run for young skiers is located in the Plagne Montalbert area.
YETI Race, 2 December
In teams of 2, take on a number of different challenges on this snow-covered course, testing orientation skills, precision, strength, agility and endurance. This year, there are 2 different courses to choose from: The standard 20km (1,000m elevation gain) and a new, easier 10km course (500m elevation gain). Mutual aid is the key concept of this race.
Gorzerette, 30 January
A fun, multi-activity tournament with a growing following based around Champangy’s ice tower. events change each year but previous challenges have included ice- climbing, tandem snow-shoe walking, hay sledging, beret throwing plus other alternative versions of traditional snow activities.
Marathon du Grand Bec, 6 march
A popular nordic skiing race in the Champagny en Vanoise area.
Distances of 1.5 to 42km.
Subli’Cimes, 3-16 April
La Plagne in april is an Easter Skifest! From 1,970 to 2,700 metres: 6 peaks in the ski area take on a new look, with original and eclectic themes. Skiers can go from one peak to the next enjoying a variety of free, family-friendly activities. In April 2015, La Plagne was proud to be awarded the prize for the best event organised for the “spring skiing” operation, at the Trophées de la Montagne prize-giving ceremony.
6 peaks, 6 parties:
Mix & adrénaline – Roche de Mio (2,700m)
Zen altitude – Arpette (2,385m)
Fauna, on the theme of Mongolia – Grande rochette (2,505m)
Kid’s party – La Rossa (2,380m)
Magic, the land of fairy tales and legends – Fornelet (1,970m)
One for the girls – Le Bécoin (2,350m)
Red Pompom Night, New Year’s Eve
A magnificent sound and light show in Plagne-Bellecote, including pyrotechnic displays, surprise performances and an open-air disco into the early hours of the morning.
Telemark World Cup, pre-World Championships, 26-27 January
In the run-up to the 2017 World Championships, La Plagne will be back at the forefront of Telemark skiing when it hosts the 2nd stage of the 2015/16 World Cup circuit. The programme consists of two events: the parallel sprint on the Plagne Centre slalom stadium, and the Classic sprint in Montchavin.
Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup, 12-16 January
After hosting the World Cup finals in 2014, La Plagne will be organising one of the 3 French stages of the 2015/16 World Cup.