If you want to find out what life is really like in La Plagne, you need to speak to the real people who live, work and play here - the locals. Dedicated to these resort experts, our leading locals section aims to take you behind the scenes to discover what life is really like in a ski resort: a true insiders guide to La Plagne.
Leading Locals in La Plagne
Meet the Local Experts, Professionals & Leaders
Alex Dyer: Chalet Host for Alpine Elements in Plagne 1800
You get a real mixture of people working in ski resorts in the winter, and summer too come to think of it. This week we've had a chat with chalet host Alex Dyer, who in between helping guests, is planning to take his ski instructors course & pass a masters in mechanical engineering..
Joanna Greenwood: Marketing & Communications Manager for Oxygene
At this time of year, as you might be just starting to plan your winter holiday in La Plagne, things have already been getting very busy behind the scenes in resort. So much goes into that final piece of the puzzle when you meet you ski instructor for the first time, or arrange to go on that evening skidoo ride - from organising staff and suppliers, uniforms, managing a website, recruitment, taking bookings, talking to clients on email & social media, scheduling, planning...more planning... all so that it can run seamlessly for you and your family or group when you get to resort.
Tim Squires: Owner & Manager of Spitting Feathers Bar
We all like an après ski drink or three to wind down after a long day on the mountain, whether you prefer dancing on tables to a live band, warming your hands on a nice vin chaud in front of the fire, sipping cocktails in a hotel bar or just chewing over the day's skiing or boarding with a nice cold pint - La Plagne has it all.
Aurelien De Pierrefeu: Intersport Rental France
Hiring skis in La Plagne is easier than ever now that you can pre-book online. The process seems so simple - log on, fill in your destination, dates, pick the right package for you, et voila - you turn up and everything is ready for you to go off and hit the mountain.
Simon Beck : Les Arcs Snow Artist
What are the first things that come to mind when you think about Les Arcs? Undoubtedly mountains, skiing, tartiflette and apres ski will be right up there on your list, but what about art? And in particular snow art? If you've never heard of snow art or Simon Beck then prepared to be amazed in a life changing, jaw dropping, disbelieving and wide eyed kind of way. This guy and what he is creating in the snow are quickly becoming legend around these parts. Word of Simon's snow art creations in Les Arcs has been spreading across the globe - so much so that he currently has over 33,000 followers on his Facebook page! [*update now 176,000+ fans as of December 2013!]
Julien Favre : Co-Managing Director, Oxygene Ski and Snowboard School, La Plagne
With just days until the lifts finally open here in the Paradiski, at Skinets HQ we are currently consumed by all things snow related. Every winter brings with it new ambitions and goals for the ski season and if, like us, you're hoping to improve your on and off piste performance this winter or try out a new winter sport then the chances are you'll be thinking of booking in with a ski school at some stage over the upcoming months.
Rob Forbes : Cool Bus airport transfer company, La Plagne
If ever there was a prize given out to ‘the unsung heroes in the Alps’, airport transfer drivers would surely be nominated for it every time. Early mornings, late nights, flight delays, snow, rain, fog, hairpin mountain roads, Geneva airport on a Saturday, French radio....... the challenges these guys can face on a daily basis are often more gnarly than the most difficult black run in the whole La Plagne ski area!