About Ski Pass Options in La Plagne & Paradiski
There are a number of different ski passes available in La Plagne. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your La Plagne ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
There are two main types of 'La Plagne Ski Area' passes:
- Paradiski Pass - Full Area Pass, which links to neighbouring Les Arcs, hugely increasing the amount of ski area available
- La Plagne Pass - Local Area Pass, for the La Plagne villages ski area only
If you order your passes on line and want them delivered to your home please allow at least 15 days before you're coming to resort, or if you'd prefer to collect your ski passes in resort, you can order them on line up to 4 days before you arrive.
Full area skipass
If you're looking to explore a bit further but don't want to ski the whole of the Paradiski area, then try the Découverte pass. For a few euros more, you can upgrade your La Plagne pass to the Paradiski Discovery pass. 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 (Les Arcs).
If you like clocking up the miles and want to explore every inch of the available terrain then the Paradiski Unlimited Pass is the only choice for you. You get unlimited access to 425kms of piste, 144 lifts and 2 glaciers in La Plagne & Les Arcs. 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!
For these shorter duration passes, be prepared to queue up at the cash desks each day to buy your pass.
Included in your Paradiski pass - in La Plagne: Half pipe, Freestyle Park, Boardercross, Chrono speed, and In Les Arcs: Mille8 (excluding toboggan run and aqua leisure centre), Big Airbag, Boardercross, Water slide from March, Snowpark, Free video at Snowpark, Park Avalanche, Nordic Skiing, Chrono speed, Trails Natur ', night skiing
Also see: Ski Area Overview in La Plagne
Local area skipass
The La Plagne Pass 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.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in La Plagne
You can buy a 1 day freestyle park pass if all you want to do is lap the snow park and this is the same price, no matter what your age. Discounts are available at the beginning and the end of the season, although be aware that the snow cover and the shape of the features in the park may be affected if the snow arrives late or if it's been a low-snow season. If you buy a La Plagne ski pass the snowparks of La Plagne are included in the pass, and if you buy a Paradiski pass you'll also get access to the snowparks in Les Arcs too.
Also see: Snowparks in La Plagne
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 5 and 17 years will be charged the child rate for each person. Proof of age is required for all family and children’s passes.
Duo & Tribu passes for groups of two or three people respectively, are now available for 6-15 days and must be for the same ski area.
Group discounts are available but you will need to write to the Ski Pass Office to get a quote. Once you've received your quote you pay for the passes on arrival in resort.
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! Also look out for the 'Cool Ski' 1 day pass to give you a taster of getting on and off lifts. These passes can only be bought at one of the Ski Pass Offices in resort. It's also a good idea to check with your ski school or private instructor if your lesson package comes with a lift pass included.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in La Plagne
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
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 Ski Pass Office and proof of eligibility will be required (proof of age etc).
Cheaper ski passes are available to buy at the beginning and end of the season as the snow isn't guaranteed, and also for early bird bookings which are normally around 10% off.
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 74 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.
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 surprise gift (not recommended for children under the age of 3 years). Buy these passes at one of the Ski Pass Offices in resort.
Also see: Maps of La Plagne
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
Nordic skiing is free in La Plagne, so no passes required, just your equipment which you can hire from most of the ski hire shops.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in La Plagne
Season & annual passes
Season and annual passes can be bought for La Plagne or the whole Paradiski area. These passes always require a photo. You also get two days skiing in the 3 Valleys or Espace Killy ski areas.
If you're over 74 and still skiing you get an extra special discount and pay only 21 euros for the season. These passes can only be bought in resort and will require you to produce a form of ID. Prices may be subject to change & VAT rates so please check at the cash desks.
Disabled skiers and an accompanying person get 50% off the price of their ski passes, with proof needed of the disability when purchasing 2 identical ski passes for the same dates & ski area.
With the "Ski à la carte" system, you no longer need to buy a predetermined number of skiing days in advance: you only pay for the days you actually ski and the payments are not debited until the 5th of the following month.