Advanced Runs in La Plagne
The Paradiski area offers a large selection of off piste lines and difficult pistes for the more advanced skier or snowboarder, as you'd expect from one of Europe's largest ski areas.
Ski from high altitude around 3,250m, ski the 2 lift accessed glaciers, opt for free-ride lines through the couloirs, hike out into the back country, or tackle black or red pistes..the choices are wide and varied for those with the skills and experience to take them on.
Even though La Plagne has a reputation for being a slightly easier resort in terms of piste skiing there is plenty to keep an advanced skier occupied.
The first place to go if conditions allow is the Glacier de la Chiaupe or the Bellecôte glacier as it is more commonly known. There are a couple of great blacks up there Le Rochu and the Bellecôte that are definitely worth trying in any snow conditions. The mogul field at the top of the Traversee chair lift can be seen from miles away as the moguls are that big, the field itself is also about 200m long – a real leg burner and challenge for the advanced skiier.
If you like the bumps and feeling the burn there is a piste called Ski des Bosses which means 'ski the moguls' and it is always in great condition, there are also big bumps and moguls to be found on the Verdon Sud.
The best area for advanced skiing in La Plagne is the Bellecote glacier. Whilst there are not many runs up there, the ones that are, are well worth the trek and if there is fresh snow then there is plenty more to enjoy in between the pistes.
Another good area for advanced skiers is just above Aime La Plagne at Le Biolley 2350m. There are several different blacks (Les Etroits, Morbleu, Les Coqs and Plsembleu) with Les Étroits being the longest and the most challenging of the selection. If you were to get Les Étroits and the Morbleu first tracks you may find yourself walking out at the bottom as they both come out on a track that follows the river along the valley floor to the Adrets chair.
There are also a couple of short but steep blacks in Montchavin/Les Coches which although are short provide a steep gradient to play on. Off the back of the Grand Rochette and Les Verdons there are plenty of steeps to enjoy and again there is easily accessible off piste when the snow is deep. There are 16 black runs in the La Plagne resort, but with the whole connecting Paradiski ski area you can head to Les Arcs and discover some more of the advanced skiing there as well.