Overview of Plagne Soleil/Villages
When you’re looking for a French Alps ski holiday which is family-focused but offers fantastic skiing and snowboarding opportunities for all levels of enthusiasts, the neighbouring villages of Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages are a superb choice.
Although they’re two of the smaller villages in La Plagne, they compete with Belle Plagne in terms of elevation as they’re perched above Plagne Centre at the heady, snow-sure height of 2050m, where you’re afforded awesome views across the valley to majestic Mont Blanc.
Both villages provide easy access to all 225km of the pistes of La Plagne which is part of the huge Paradiski area, which boasts a further 200kms of world-class runs on the Les Arcs side of the Vanoise Express Cable Car.
Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages are so close by road and skis that there’s often no distinction between them, although each has its unique charms.
Plagne Villages has convenient access to superb skiing and facilities – an ESF ski school, ski hire shop and pedestrian lift which links it conveniently to Plagne Centre.
Meanwhile, Plagne Soleil has seen more recent additions to the list of residences there and it’s a short 10-minute stroll from Plagne Villages. It also offers brilliant ski-in/ski-out access from all accommodation options.
The two villages sit in the middle of multiple cruisey blue runs which sweep down into Plagne Centre, the gateway to the rest of the resort’s wider network of runs, and it’s always nice to start your day’s Alpine adventures by skiing rather than sitting in a chairlift. Getting back up to your accommodation is easy because you can easily hop back on the same blue runs from Bellecôte and Plagne Centre, and Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages are clearly signposted from lifts and strategic points on all runs.
With small beginner ski areas in both of these villages, ample off-slope activities and après-ski for all the family in easy reach throughout La Plagne and some of the best ski conditions anywhere in the world, either of these villages is a terrific choice for a family ski holiday. If you want to arrange a customised ski holiday that satisfies the unique needs of every member of your party, Erna Low has the passion, professionalism and expertise to help you every step of the way.
Skiing in Plagne Soleil/Villages
With a main ski season that usually lasts from mid-December to late April, a snow-reliable resort height of 2050, easy access to a lift network that delivers you to any destination in the gigantic Paradiski area, ample nursery slopes, green, blue, red and black runs, and many off-piste opportunities, skiing in Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages is superb. Here are some highlights:
The majority of La Plagne is above tree level, so there’s a plethora of expansive motorway pistes throughout the main bowl, with Plagne Soleil, Plagne Villages, Plagne Centre and Plagne 1800 forming the main hub of the resort and convenient connectivity to all lifts and gondolas.
There are numerous blue and green runs just above Plagne Villages that drop you down into Plagne Bellecôte, but you can also find fresh powder up at Les Verdons or Grande Rochette (2500m and 2505m respectively) or alternatively, try the other side of the mountain towards Champagny en Vanoise.
You’ll find fab forest runs down to Montalbert, Champagny and Les Coches. Montchavin – Longefoy and Montalbert are located in the woods at an elevation of 1200m and have ample cross-country trails, a freestyle area, plenty of blue runs and four ski lifts. If the weather isn’t the best, this is a lovely spot to seek shelter and continue your fun.
The summit of the Bellecôte Glacier is 3417m and, if you’re an expert skier, you’ll find some of the trickiest and most exciting black runs and off-piste descents in La Plagne here – especially on the challenging couloirs and traverses of the north face.
The wider Paradiski area is the second-largest interconnected ski area on Earth, over 70% of it is situated at heights above 2000m and it’s peppered with diverse pistes and scenery at a huge range of altitudes between 1200m and 3250m.
The Yuge app makes the entire Paradiski area even more manageable and enjoyable – it generates the perfect itinerary based on your location and aptitude, informs you of nearby après-ski attractions, provides real-time lift queue information and keeps you in close contact with friends and family.
As you can see, the skiing in Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages suits pretty much every level of skier and convenience is the calling card of this world-class snowsports area.
Snowboarding in Plagne Soleil/Villages
La Plagne is a great resort for snowboarders as well as skiers and there are plenty of on and off-piste areas where you can carve up the slopes, as well as excellent terrain parks. Here’s everything you need to know about boarding near Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages:
The Belle Plagne Terrain Park has something to offer beginner, intermediate and expert boarders alike. You get to Le Petit Parc from the Col de Forcle button lift and it’s brilliant for beginners, while Le Grand Parc at the top of Belle Plagne boasts an air bag and 20 rails and tables.
As well as an awesome variety of rails, you can choose between a cannon run and 20ft red kicker at Le Grand Parc, after which you can take your pick from two kickers that follow in rapid succession. There is also a 22ft superpipe that sweeps down the hill to Bellecôte and it’s almost always in great condition.
The off-piste runs on the north face of the Bellecôte Glacier are as attractive to capable boarders as experienced skiers. Use the Traverse chairlift to get there – La Grande Face offers demanding technical descents, while La Petite Face Nord is the better known route.
Fancy a thrilling run that involves zooming through trees and past rustic buildings before it pops you out on a mountain bike run before ending with a flourish below the bobsled run on the main road? Then the famous Mont St Jacques is right up your street.
The abundance of wide and easy blue and red runs around Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages means there are plenty of places to practice your moves and have fun with friends in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere – plus, there are plenty of après-ski spots to chill out with a beer or three after a hard day spent having fun!
Snow Conditions in Plagne Soleil/Villages
Situated at 2050m, the high-altitude villages of Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages are very snow-sure and benefit from slopes drifting down from heights of 3250m, just underneath the Bellecôte glacier summit. The main pistes throughout La Plagne have snow making facilities, so you’re more or less guaranteed snow throughout the season. Here’s the lowdown on snow conditions in Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages:
La Plagne resort elevation ranges between 1207m and 3167m, so it’s very snow-reliable, particularly in these two higher altitude villages. La Plagne has a terrific snowfall record – it’s seen 232cm on average in the last five seasons.
Get to Roche de Mio using the Bellecôte Gondola – you’ll access the glacier here and find the resort’s highest runs and plenty of fresh powder.
Snowfall stats in La Plagne are very impressive – the most recent season saw a total of 48 snowfall days, 678cm total snowfall, a largest snowfall of 40cm, average base depth of 138cm, maximum base depth of 225cm, average summit depth of 272cm and maximum summit depth of 490cm.
Apres-Ski in Plagne Soleil/Villages
La Plagne is a family-centric ski resort and it’s facilities are spread across many villages, so it’s not famous for mind-blowing après-ski, but nevertheless there’s a good choice of friendly bars and a handful of slightly livelier spots. Here’s where to head when you hang up your skis for the evening:
Igloo Igloo is a chic and bijou bar in Plagne Centre where you’ll find colourful cocktails, live music and dynamic DJs. The interior is actually shaped like an igloo (hence the name!) and the fun décor features polar bear and penguin statues.
Le Bonnet is a contemporary chalet-style space located on the slopes at Plagne Bellecôte – big screens in the interior play rolling action sports movies, DJs spin choice tunes on the external terrace and there are affordable and tasty hot dogs and burgers on offer as well as a variety of drinks.
Bar Fort Colorado at the bottom of the Pollux piste above Plagne Centre is a complex of wooden huts arranged like a Wild West fort – it’s the perfect spot to chill out with an afternoon tipple and while away a couple of hours listening to laid-back tunes from the resident DJs.
Le Saloon in Belle Plagne is open from 4pm and the party continues right through to 5am – this is the place to go if you want to let your hair down and throw some shapes.
Facilities in Plagne Soleil/Villages
Despite their size, you’ll find all the essential facilities in Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages and the amenities of the other La Plagne villages are easily accessible. Both villages have a small supermarket, ski hire outlets, ski schools and adventure companies, while Plagne Villages also has a souvenir shop/tobacconist. Find out more about their facilities below:
Ski Hire in Plagne Soleil/Villages
Your most convenient option for ski hire here is organising it through Erna Low – we carefully choose partner companies so that you get the best quality equipment from the ski hire shop that’s most convenient for your accommodation. If you’ve already booked your ski trip with us and want to add on ski hire, feel free to contact us via live chat.
Ski Passes in Plagne Soleil/Villages
Arranging your ski passes through Erna Low is child’s play too – we’ll always find you the best deals for the most affordable prices, and ski pass offers are often available such as free child passes and free upgrades. Check our search facility often to see which offers are available for your desired dates.
Spa and Pool in Plagne Soleil/Villages
Several of the accommodation options in the two villages have in-house pool and spa facilities, but there’s a wider choice of options in nearby Belle Plagne, Plagne Centre and Plagne Bellecôte.
Shops in Plagne Soleil/Villages
There’s a Spar supermarkert in both Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil, and the aforementioned souvenir store in Plagne Villages – but there’s a full range of shops across the rest of the villages in La Plagne, including a Post Office in Plagne Centre, Tourism Office at Belle Plagne and various bakers, bookshops and bars.
Facilities for Children in Plagne Soleil/Villages
As you’d expect from a family-focused resort, the children’s facilities are excellent – find out more below.
Ski Schools in Plagne Soleil/Villages
Oxygène ski school has built up a brilliant reputation in La Plagne since it started in the 1990s. It’s based in Plagne Centre but there’s a handy minibus to take kids to their lessons on time, every time.
ESF Plagne Soleil/Villages is another good ski school choice – it meets in both villages and offers ski and snowboard lessons for children of all ages and abilities. It also has a ski kindergarten for 3-4 year olds.
Erna Low can also arrange private ski lessons for you if this is your preference – call 0207 584 2841 to chat about this option. The advantage of private ski lessons is that you’ll have an expert instructor focused solely on you and your children’s needs, which means that you can often iron out technical problems and progress faster.
Entertainment in Plagne Soleil/Villages
At nearby Plagne Centre, Colorado Luge is a one mile sledge run that’s super fun for children and every village in the resort hosts weekly shows to help kids wind down after busy days on the slopes.
Childcare in Plagne Soleil/Villages
ESF’s Club Piou Piou in both villages caters for 3-5 year olds while you’re away tackling tougher runs, and we can also advise on the most convenient and trusted childcare options for younger children – talk to us for more information.
Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil are amongst the higher villages in La Plagne, their accommodation options offer doorstep skiing and the efficient lift system provides easy access to all ski areas. There are a number of easy blues around both these villages, but for something a little more challenging, the Bellecôte Gondola will ferry you to Roche de Mio and the highest skiing in the resort at Bellecôte Glacier, which is 3250m high.