Ski Pass Options in La Plagne & Paradiski
With such varied terrain on your doorstep, it makes sense that there are a number of different lift passes available that you can tailor to the ability and preferences of your group. All passes work with a hands free ski card that is now available free of charge when you buy your lift pass. If you want to save yourself some time when you get here, you can also buy your lift pass online here.
Paradiski or La Plagne Lift Pass?
La Plagne Pass:
This is the local area pass that gives you unlimited access to all the lifts in the La Plagne domain (including Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800, Bellecote, Belle Plagne, Plagne Villages, Plagne Soleil, Aime La Plagne, Plagne Montalbert, Les Coches, Montchavin and Champagny-en-Vanoise).
225kms of piste, 136 different slopes and an altitude variation from 3417m to 1250m; if you are quite happy skiing at your own pace or perhaps have get back to meet your children from ski school for example, then this pass could be just what you’re after.
For a few euros more, you can upgrade your La Plagne pass to the Paradiski Discovery ticket. This pass is valid for 6 - 8 day durations only and whilst it covers the same area as the La Plagne pass, it also gives you one day skiing in the remainder of the Paradiski area.
The Paradiski lift pass sings, dances and can jump really high in the board park! If you like clocking up the miles and want to explore every inch of the available terrain then this is the only choice for you.
Unlimited access to 425kms of piste, 144 lifts and 2 glaciers - anyone of an intermediate ski ability and upwards would undoubtedly get great enjoyment from this pass.
There are also a number of other variations, making your lift pass more flexible to suit you:
1 day pass: If you're not sure whether you're going to be skiing every day, buy your lift pass a day at a time and ski when you feel like it.
1/2 day ski pass: If you only fancy doing a half day skiing here and there, then the afternoon pass gives you just that flexibility. Starting at 12.30pm, you can buy a half day pass for just the La Plagne area or for the whole of the Paradiski region.
4hr pass: If you don't want to wait until the half day pass kicks in at lunch time, then you can get even more flexibility with the 4 hour pass. Valid for 4 consecutive hours and giving you access to all the lifts in La Plagne, your 4 hours begin from the moment you take your first lift. Once your time is up though, the pass will not scan at the turnstiles and you will have to pay to use any further lifts, so make sure you leave enough time to get back to where you’re staying!
NB. For these shorter duration passes, be prepared to queue up at the cash desks each day to buy your pass.
Beginners Lift Passes & Free Lifts
If you are a complete beginner, then it is likely that you will be joining ski school for most of your stay so it is worth discussing with them which pass option is best suited for their beginner groups. There are sometimes also special deals available on lift passes when bought in conjunction with lessons, so it’s always worth asking!
If you've just arrived in resort and want to find your feet before buying a lift pass then there are a number of lifts that you can use for free. 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.
The free lifts are as follows:
- 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
Family Lift Pass Options
For those of you that are skiing “en famille”, La Plagne offers reduced rates for families buying 4 identical passes at the same time (6 days or more, same period and for same area – La Plagne or Paradiski). Families with 2 adults and 2 children aged between 6 and 17 years will enjoy the family rate and additional teenagers aged 14-17 years from the same family will be charged at the child rate. Proof of age is required for all family and children’s passes.
With a multitude of other activities to take part in, such as snow shoeing, dog sledding, and ice climbing (not to mention trying out all those mountain restaurants...) you don’t have to be strapped to skis or a board to make the most of the Alps. Many of the lifts are open to pedestrians. They include:
- Bellecôte télécabine
- La Roche de Mio gondola
- La Grande Rochette Funiplagne
- Biollay chairlift
- La Roche chairlift
- 1800 chairlift
- Montchavin, Plan Bois chairlifts
- Pierre Blanche, Montchavin
- Montalbert and Le Fornet chairlifts
- Le Lac Noir gondola, Montchavin Les Coches
- Champagny gondola
- Vanoise Express
You can either buy a week long pedestrian pass or buy return tickets for individual lifts; the price is the same for 6 to 71 year olds, anyone older or younger than that can travel for free! (You will need to show proof of age). The Vanoise Express is the double-decker cable car runs between La Plagne and Les Arcs from which you can get an incredible view of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps - don't miss it!
You can also purchase the 'Pass Glacier', which gives you lift access to the Bellecôte glacier as well as entry to the ice caves and a surpise gift (not recommended for children under the age of 3 years).
Cross Country Skiing (Ski de Fond)
Get back to nature and explore tranquil cross-country trails at your own pace. Simply pass for the lift required to get to the cross country track or use your pedestrian pass.
Discounted Rate Passes
La Plagne consolidates its reputation as a forward-thinking resort by offering an impressive 50% reduction on La Plagne and Paradiski passes to disabled skiers and their guides, on presentation of documentation proving a level of disability of at least 80%. They also offer 20% discount off the public rate prices on proof of a lesser degree of disability. This offer does not extend to the accompanying guide for season passes.
Senior Citizens aged 72 and over also qualify for greatly reduced lift pass rates. If you're not a skier, then you can still make the most of La Plagne's wonderful lift system on foot, as seniors visitors can travel for free on all the pedestrian accessible lifts in the area simply by obtaining a ticket from one of the cash desks.
Children under the age of 6 can get a free lift pass of the same type and duration as that of a parent (except for La Plagne 4 hour, season and La Plagne and Paradiski 6 and 12 non-consecutive day passes).
These can all be obtained at the ticket office and proof of eligibility will be required (proof of age etc).