About Snowparks in La Plagne
Freestyle skiing and snowboarding has been growing in popularity since the likes of Glenn Plake and Scott Schmidt brought it to the world in the "Blizzard of Aahhhs". Since then we've seen the birth of snowboarding, the evolution of twin tip skis and snowboards, and the inclusion of freestyle in the winter Olympics.
If you are new to the slopes it's a good chance that you'll be wanting to try your first kicker or rail soon. Freestyle is great fun and if you want to learn there is no better place to head than the La Plagne snowpark.
La Plagne is a great place to come to if you are a freestyle skier or snowboarder. It has a huge snowpark that sits above Plagne centre and under the Funicular. You can reach it from top of the Colorado lift if you're coming from Plagne centre or from the top of the Blanchets if you're coming from Plagne Bellecote.
La Plagne has a whopping 1km long snowpark known as the 7 Cube which caters for people of all abilities. The park is shaped with skiers in mind as La Plagne has a big freestyle ski scene but that’s not to stop the boarders having a go too. You will find different sized jumps graded in the same way as the pistes - The Green, The Blue, The Red and The Black. As you can imagine, these are named according to their level of difficulty and diversity of their obstacles with green being the easiest and black being the hardest - which is big!
Once the jumps are out of the way the park splits in two and each branch has a selection of rails and boxes and one also has a wall ride. Unfortunately, there is no drag lift for the park so you must use the Colorado chair lift from Plagne Centre. There are often small competitions in the park for everyone to join in and have a go, mostly on a Friday afternoon. There is also a picnic area where you can eat your lunch whilst watch people throw themselves off the jumps or you can just listen to the music in the sun.
Down in Plagne Bellcôte there is a half pipe which is also open to all. There is a chairlift called the Blanchets right next to the pipe which can be used to access it.
Starting from the top of the Arpette chairlift you'll find a new Fun Slope zone, which includes a number of snow features similar to a boardercross and slopestyle course, which is the longest of its kind in Europe. It features jumps, rails, banked turns, rollers and one awesome spiral turn into a tunnel.
Snowparks in Les Arcs
Les Arcs has very firm roots in snowboarding history as a favourite place to ride and the season destination choice for many of the Pros. Back in 1981 Regis Rolland (who later began the snowboard manufacturers ‘A’) was given a snowboard to try out and soon began to break new ground in snowboarding styles and tricks.
The Regis Rolland designed Snow Park and Half Pipe are enough to satisfy most freestyle appetites as well as the natural Freeride terrain found all over the mountain which is great for getting airborne as you cruise around the pistes.
If you are taking your skiing or boarding to a different level, then try Apocalypse Parc (between Arc 1600 and Arc 1800 next to the Snowpark ski lift), which has lots to offer, ranging from blue level jumps to black, it also has rail slides, a spine jump and for the really adventurous - a gap jump. Or if you are into testing your speed, try the boarder cross for both skiers and boarders alike.
They also have a permanent airbag where you can try out your freestyle skills with a guaranteed soft landing, and a rails park in Peisey-Vallandry at the bottom of the Cabri chair lift. The best thing is it's all free! Check out the video on this page for a taster of what's on offer.
Mille 8 in Les Arcs 1800
Built in the 2015-16 ski season is the 'Mille 8' zone in Arc 1800, which includes a large number of features for every level of skier and snowboarder.
This area includes a swimming pool and spa facilities, children's play area, bar and restaurant, sledging zone, freestyle ski & snowboard area and a handful of winter walking trails.
The whole area is covered with lights & sound systems and you can tag your photos to appear on the big screens around the zone. Access is via the Villards gondola and entry is included in the price of your ski pass.
Find your way around with Piste Maps for La Plagne.
Location: La Plagne Region