Ski Holidays in Belle Plagne

Belle Plagne ski resort is renowned for its high-altitude location, picturesque setting and excellent skiing opportunities. Part of the Paradiski domain Belle Plagne enjoys reliable snow conditions throughout the winter season, ensuring an enjoyable skiing experience for visitors.

Belle Plagne is a purpose-built resort that was created in 1981 by architect Michel Bezancon; heralding a return to traditional Savoyard architecture in contrast to the modern Bauhaus and Brutalist designs of some of its contemporaries. Its a lovely village that features iconic chalet-style architecture , crafted with traditional materials like stone, wood and lauze tiles in most of the structures. Sitting at an altitude of 2,050m, Belle Plagne offers snow-sure skiing for enthusiasts of all levels, ski-in/ski-out accommodation options ideal for families, groups of friends, couples and solo skiers, and lively après-ski culture.


Belle Plagne is part of the expansive Paradiski ski area, providing access to over 425km of pistes. From gentle slopes perfect for beginners to challenging black runs for advanced skiers, the ski area caters to all levels of expertise. Breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks add to the allure of Belle Plagne's ski area, creating a truly immersive alpine experience.

Holidaymakers here get easy access to all 225km of La Plagne’s pistes as it forms part of the wider Paradiski area, which boasts a further 200kms on the Les Arcs side of the Vanoise Express Cable Car.

A south-facing resort laid out like an authentic mountain village, underground parking means that it’s reserved for pedestrians and skiers which, combined with doorstep skiing in some of the world’s most stunning scenery, means it’s particularly popular with families.

As you can see, Belle Plagne has all the essential ingredients for a fabulous French Alps ski holiday.

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Belle Plagne’s altitude of 2050m means snow conditions are usually excellent for skiers and snowboarders alike.

Skiing in the immediate vicinity is characterised by sweeping easy blue runs, while there’s more challenging on- and off-piste skiing at the Roche De Mio. Belle Plagne offers doorstep skiing from your accommodation and an excellent lift system makes it easy to reach the rest of the resort.

Skiing in Belle Plagne

Here are some of the skiing highlights at Belle Plagne:

The slopes surrounding Belle Plagne are brilliant for beginner and intermediate skiers, with an array of wide, roomy pistes and cruising blue runs like Le Tunnel, which meanders down from Roche de Mio back to the resort.

The Bellecote Glacier summit is 3417m and this is where advanced skiers can find some of the resorts toughest, most thrilling black runs and off-piste descents – particularly on the north face, which is permeated by tight couloirs and traverses.

Although it’s ideal for medium level skiers (you can cross the entire resort on blue runs), half of the runs in La Plagne are red or black, so it’s a mecca for advanced skiers too.

The La Plagne ski area features 40km of ski-touring trails and 186km of cross-country runs.

All said, Belle Plagne is pretty much perfect for every type of skier – from those taking their first tentative steps on the slopes to adrenalin-fuelled Alpine experts who like to push themselves to the limit with off-piste adventures.

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Snowboarding in Belle Plagne

The Belle Plagne Terrain Park is ideal for beginners and advanced snowboarders.

Le Petit Parc is best suited for beginners and is accessed by the Col de Forcle button lift. Le Grand Parc, situated at the top of Belle Plagne, perfect for more advanced riders. It has an airbag, rails and tables.

Le Grand Parc has a choice of a cannon run and 20ft red kicker and then you can choose between two kickers that swiftly follow back to back.

The north face of the Bellecote Glacier offers the best off-piste runs for snowboarders. Access here is granted via the Traverse chairlift. La Grande Face and La Petite Face Nord are the runs on this side of the glacier; both offering e a 2000m vertical to the charming village of Nancroix in the valley below.

The Mont St Jacques is another iconic run which takes you through trees and past ramshackle rural outhouses before joining a mountain bike trail and ending at the main road below the bobsled run.

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Snow Conditions in Belle Plagne

Belle Plagne is situated at 2050m high, 70% of the wider La Plagne resort is also above 2000m, and the high altitude slopes lead down from 3250m just below the Bellecote Glacier summit, so the resort is very snow-sure. Furthermore, the main La Plagne pistes and those at the lower villages have snow-making capacity, so there’s reliable snow cover throughout the entire season, meaning all villages in the resort are usually accessible by skis for the duration. Here’s some more useful information on ski conditions in Belle Plagne:

Resort elevation in La Plagne is 1207m – 3167m, and as a whole it is very snow-reliable – even the snowfall record for the lower villages is good, although they do often need topping up by snowmaking facilities.

The high-altitude slopes of La Plagne have an excellent snowfall record, averaging 232cm over the past five seasons.

The Bellecote gondola ferries you up to Roche de Mio, which provides access to the glacier and the resort’s highest skiing.

In the ski season you’ll typically experience more than 20cm of snowfall in any week and the skiing in La Plagne’s high-altitude north facing villages is excellent.

The wood lined runs in Montalbert and Montchavin Les Coches retain their snow very well, despite their low altitude – they’re a good bet in bad weather. However, the high bowls above 2000m have few trees and therefore visibility is poor during a blizzard.

The resort has an enviable record – in the most recent season there was 678cm total snowfall, a total of 48 snowfall days, a largest snowfall of 40cm, maximum base depth of 225cm, average base depth of 138cm, maximum summit depth of 490cm and average summit depth of 272cm.

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Apres-Ski in Belle Plagne

Because it’s spread across so many villages, the après-ski in La Plagne isn’t the most legendary in the Alps, but Belle Plagne is the most entertaining of its villages and has enough varied bars and clubs to satisfy all but the most demanding party animals. Here’s a rundown of the après hotspots:

Le Saloon is bang in the middle of the resort and although it’s open from 4pm, it’s at its best in the small hours, when the dance floor is packed, DJs are hyping up the crowd and everyone’s busting moves until 5am.

Cheyenne Café is another central venue close to Le Saloon. It’s a cool American-themed bar with a huge selection of shots and a great place to start your evening in fine style.

La Tete Inn is an authentic Alpine bar with cosy carved ceiling beams, a great selection of beer, wine and other beverages and a wonderful warm ambience.

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Facilities in Belle Plagne

As if superb skiing, snowboarding and après-ski weren’t enough, Belle Plagne also offers exceptional off-piste facilities. Here’s a little more about the brilliant facilities in Belle Plagne:

Facilities for Children in Belle Plagne

Children have plenty to keep them occupied on and off the slopes in Belle Plagne – here’s the lowdown:

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