Here is collection of general resort knowledge compiled from years of responding to email enquiries, getting ourselves lost, finding ourselves, late-night bar conversations, your feedback, plus translations of French brochures. We have put this resource together to help you out when you are planning a trip to the resort. Updating this section is a never-ending task so if we have missed anything out, or you spot that we are out of date or just plain wrong, please do let us know! more »
Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in La Plagne?
There are a number of childcare options available in La Plagne. Please be aware that booking in advance is always recommended and that nurseries may want to see medical records and vaccination certificates. Please see our Childcare Services section for further information and contact details.
Are there any English speaking doctors in La Plagne?
There are English speaking doctors in the Plagne medical centre in Gallery les Ecrins. Please see the Medical Services listings page for contact details. There is also a Samaritans-type helpline called SOS Help for people who are suffering from anxiety, depression, stress, or who would simply like someone to talk to. Lines are manned every day from 3pm to 11pm by English speaking staff and all calls are confidential and anonymous. The number to call is 0033 (0) 146 21 46 46.
Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?
If you've just arrived in resort and want to find your feet before buying a lift pass you can use the following lifts for free:
Plagne Centre - Telebaby
Plagne Villages - Le Biquet
Plagne Soleil - Le Solü
Aime la Plagne - Aime la Plagne
Plagne 1800 - Praconduit
Belle Plagne - Belle Plagne, Croets
Montchavin - Montchavin, Sucette, Plan Bois
Les Coches - Patinoire, Le Petit Sauget
Champagny - La Bergerie
Montalbert - Montalbert
They are all drag or rope lifts and finish at the top of nursery slopes that are also free of charge and are reserved for beginners and children. Children under the age of 6 and adults over the age of 72 can claim a free lift pass. Just enquire at the lift pass office and take a piece of ID along with you to prove your date of birth. You can read more about the ski lifts in our Lift Section.
Are there any left luggage facilities in La Plagne?
There are a number of left lugagge stores (or 'bagageries') throughout La Plagne:
Plagne Bellecôte - behind the Police Municipal building
Plagne Centre - behind the ski pass office in Immeuble les Ecrins
Plagne 1800 - Centre Commercial (by the ESF and ski pass offices)
Champagny - ground floor of the "Fruitière" building in the centre
Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in La Plagne?
Don't worry if the thought of going to bed early every night in order to be first up the mountain in the morning isn't your cup of tea! There is plenty in La Plagne to keep the night-owls happy, take a look at our Bars & Clubs guide to find out where to party in resort.
Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?
Since January 2008 smoking has been banned in all bars, cafés and restaurants in France. Patrons are generally free to smoke on the terrace and during the winter months smokers are often catered for with outdoor heaters. Have a look at our Dining Guide for suggestions and listings of restaurants.
Are There Any Ski Lockers Near to the Pistes/Lifts?
There are ski lockers available in Champagny en Vanoise at the following locations: Top of the Champagny cable car (€2) Belvedere Sports, Le Crey - +33 (0)4 79 55 05 45); Centre Sport, Le Centre - +33 (0)4 79 55 07 40); Intersport, Le Centre - +33 (0)4 79 55 07 36 Ski Shop Vanoise, Le Reclaz - +33 (0)4 79 55 05 92
Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?
The La Plagne lift system operates during both summer and winter seasons and has different restrictions regarding access according to the time of year. Please see La Plagne Lifts: Access and Restrictions for further details.
At what age should my child start skiing?
Most ski teachers wouldn’t recommend starting skiing before the age of three or four at the earliest. The right age will vary from child to child, and depends upon the child’s strength, co-ordination and attitude. For this age group skiing should remain a play activity, so don't expect a young child to ski all day - a couple of hours is ample. For more information on ski school and children please read our Children's Skiing section.
Can I Cross-Country Ski in La Plagne?
Cross-country skiing is a great alternative to regular alpine skiing if you fancy taking things a bit slower and enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings. It is still a great form of exercise though, as it is more energetic than it looks! You can find out all about the cross-country trails in La Plagne on our Cross Country Skiing page.
Can I drink the water in La Plagne?
Yes! La Plagne is a proper town with decent water treatment. The water can sometimes taste a bit metallic due to the high mineral content and during the melting periods some people prefer to switch to bottled water just in case the treatment plants are over-capacity. Generally though the water in the Alps is, on the whole, wonderful mountain spring water and La Plagneis no exception. It is perfectly safe to drink and tastes even better than the water at home!
Can I get a free bus from Belle Plagne to any of the other La Plagne villages
There is no bus service between Belle Plagne and the other villages in La Plagne. You can however take a Télécabine lift between Belle Plagne and Plagne Bellecote where you can then take a bus to the the other resort villages including; Plagne Centre, Plagne Soleil and Plagne 1800. The bus services run till around midnight, and the télécabine service terminates shortly after. You can find out more about the buses on our Local Transport pages.
Can I get sunburnt in winter?
Very Easily! Always take precautions against the strength of the sun on a skiing holiday. At altitude, and with the reflection off the snow, the sun’s rays can cause damage very quickly. Always, always wear sunglasses, even when the sun is not shining. Apply sunscreen, apply it thickly and keep applying it (you can still burn though cloud cover). Putting on factor 40 once in the morning will not protect you from burning. Reapply every hour.
Can I get to La Plagne by train from the UK?
Yes, you can..... but it is not likely to be the best or cheapest option, as in every case you will need to change at least once. Your best bet is Eurostar from London (Waterloo) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and then changing to an SNCF TGV train from the other side of Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Geneva or Annecy. Read more in...How to Get Here
Can I go swimming in La Plagne?
As well as the refreshing waters of the Alpine lakes there are also 2 public swimming pools in La Plagne; an indoor pool in Plagne Centre and a heated outdoor pool in Plagne Bellecôte - an outdoor pool may not sound that tempting in the depths of winter but it is kept heated to a toasty 29°! There are also three outdoor swimming pools (one specially for children) at the Centre Forme Belle Plagne, which are only open during the summer months and have a sunny terrace with sun loungers and umbrellas for those lazy days. Take a look at our Summer Activities pages for more information
Can I Picnic at Any of the Mountain Restaurants?
Picnicking is forbidden, or ‘interdit’, in most mountain restaurants. You may get away with eating your own sandwich if you buy some chips and a drink to go with it – but don’t be surprised if it is frowned upon. However, there are plenty of great places to eat al fresco in the mountains - as long as you don't mind nestling down into the snow or perching on a slab of rock! For our recommendations, please read our page on Lunch Spots on the Mountain.
Can I take my baby to a ski resort?
Yes, you can take your baby to a ski resort but be aware that sudden changes in temperature and altitude are not recommended. For help on in-resort childcare, equipment rental and helpful tips go to our Tips for Families in La Plagne & Paradiski.
Can you suggest some activities in La Plagne for children?
La Plagne is very much a family-friendly resort and welcomes children of all ages. From things that you can do as a family to activities that the children can go off and do with their new 'holiday friends' you will find plenty to keep everyone happy. Please see our La Plagne Activities section for a few suggestions.
Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?
If you come to La Plagne in the summer (and between you and I, you really should) chances are you'll want to get your walking boots on and go on a ramble or two. La Plagne offers some beautiful walks for all standards, from gentle rambles to challenging hikes, you can enjoy the mountains just as much in summer as in winter. Please have a look at our page on Hiking in La Plagne for further information.
Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?
Not any more. Due to the invention of magnetic 'hands-free' passes cutting out a passport sized photo to attach to your ski pass is no longer necessary. The only exceptions are the season passes and free passes - for these your photo will be taken digitally at the lift pass office, or you can bring along a photo for scanning. Don't forget you can now order your passes in advance and online, and have them sent to your home address or hotel / rental agency in the resort.
Do I Need a Work Permit in La Plagne?
If you are from Europe, the chances are you will not require a work permit or "autorisation de travail" to work in France - Switzerland is a different matter. Please see our Working a Ski Season to find out more about Visas and passports.
Do I need to carry chains in the car (often a paying optional extra in car-hire)?
Yes! During snowy weather, resorts restrict access to vehicles with snow-tyres or chains, and sometimes traffic police will not allow any vehicle on to the resort access road without chains being fitted. Chains can be bought at any of the garages in the area or can be requested as part of a car hire package (if you are taking a car locally). The colour-coded 'quick-fit' variety are usually the best option and make sure you buy the right dimensions for you tyres - one size does NOT fit all. Read more about Driving in the Alps.