In the 1970s and 1980s one of the most popular destinations in the La Plagne ski resort emerged from a former mining town. At an altitude of 1800m, the eponymous ski village Plagne 1800 presents itself as a cosy holiday destination in the middle of the large ski resort. The village of Plagne 1800 is characterised by largely traditional wooden chalets with slate roofs typical of the region. As no building is higher than 5 stories and all houses fit beautifully into the environment, the small ski station has a wonderfully harmonious feel to it.
Families particularly love the quiet, friendly atmosphere whilst still being in a central location in the middle of the skiing area. Often called the “nest” of La Plagne, Plagne 1800 is ultimately an ideal starting point for accessing the whole of the La Plagne ski resort or the whole of the Paradiski piste network.
For skiers in Plagne 1800, getting to the huge skiing area of La Plagne and Paradiski is really simple. You can usually clip your skis on right outside the door and ski down to your accommodation after the last slope of the day. 2 modern chair lifts take winter sports fans in the direction of Aime La Plagne or Plagne Soleil and then further on to any point in the ski resort you wish to go to. In the ski station itself there is a special practice area with its own lift for young winter sports fans and beginners.
To travel back to Plagne 1800 there are 3 different pistes to choose from. As well as a “normal” red run that goes past the ski village there is also a powder snow run to La Roche, which both start at the end of the “1800” chair lift.
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In total the ski resort of La Plagne, called “Massif La Plagne”, which includes the ski stations and destinations of Montalbert, Champagny, Les Coches and Montchavin, offers 225 kilometres of ski runs for all levels of skiers. This includes a number of delightful powder snow slopes, particularly on the Bellecôte glacier. For boarders there is a snow park with a half-pipe and 3 boarder cross routes and for cross-country skiers there are 80 kilometres of trails.
There are almost twice as many kilometres of pistes for skiers to choose from if they want to explore the whole of the Paradiski skiing area. Since the resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs were linked in December 2003 by the double-decker cable car Vanoise Express, this enormous ski resort can now offer almost 250 runs over 425 kilometres of pistes. The Vanoise Express directly links the stations of Les Coches in the La Plagne area and Peisey-Vallandry in the Les Arcs area. Boarders can look forward to a total of 3 snow parks, 2 boarder cross routes, 4 boarder gliss areas and 2 half-pipes. Due to two developed glaciers, professional skiers can have a great time on the many demanding high-altitude pistes or the numerous powder snow slopes. In addition, the Paradiski ski resort has 2 professional toboggan runs and offers over 150 kilometres of trails.
Its position and reasonable size make the ski village of Plagne 1800 an ideal destination for skiers who are looking for both a lively ski resort as well as a quiet winter sports location where they can have a relaxing holiday.
As well as several ski shops and a small supermarket there is also a squash court and Chalet Santé, offering relaxing massages.
Out of all of the La Plagne ski stations, Plagne 1800 is also closest to the Olympic bobsleigh run in La Roche, built for the occasion of the 1992 Winter Games. Using the “1800” chairlift, skiers from La Plagne 1800 can access a blue and red run that leads to La Roche. There, if you’re feeling brave, you can try out the 1500m long bobsleigh run with 19 corners. There are 4 slopes to choose from, with different degrees of speed and adventurousness.
There are several restaurants and bars in Plagne 1800 offering entertaining evenings of après-ski. In the “La Mine” bar skiers can even enjoy live music evenings. For night owls who need a wider choice of bars there’s also a free shuttle bus that goes to the centre of Plagne till midnight.