About Winter Activities in La Plagne
Whatever you choose to do on your winter holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the La Plagne & Paradiski area. From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in La Plagne. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!
Take a ride in a Taxi Ski chair
Try something different for a morning, afternoon or evening with Oxygène. If you can’t ski or don’t want to tackle a particular piste or itinerary, why not sit back and let Oxygène do the work. Their state-of-the-art Taxi Ski chair makes the slopes accessible to everyone – all you have to do is enjoy the ride. You can meet friends for lunch at a remote mountain restaurant, experience new pistes you thought were not possible or simply rest your legs.
The Ice Grotto in La Plagne is not to be missed, with beautiful ice sculptures it is a fun and beautiful experience for everyone. At the top of the Plagne Bellecote glacier at 3417m you can explore the Ice cave and grotto and enjoy the wonderfully sculpted animals and ice statues. Accessible to all pedestrians and skiers a pass for the glacier costs 8€ and is free for children 6 years old and under. Every season the glacier changes and the sculptures are re-designed. The glacier is made up of many layers meaning the colours in the cave range from blue to green a truly beautiful sight and one not to be missed.
La Plagne is a winter walker's paradise, with lifts giving access to the higher ground and a network of groomed trails in the winter, it's very easy to discover the resort on foot. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you set out as conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. You do not need any particular equipment, just a pair of sturdy boots and layers of warm clothing that you can take off or put on as necessary. A pair of walking poles will come in handy for extra balance on icy patches and for checking snow depth before you go striding forth. Top tip: buy ‘grippers’ for your walking boots to prevent slipping which you can buy from most local Sport Shops.
You can mountain bike on the snow in La Plagne in winter. Hire a fat bike from Evolution 2 and after a short introductory briefing you head onto a blue trail in a small group of 3-5 people with an instructor. The vertical drop is around 5-600m and you'll need to be at least 1m60 tall to take part.
Cascade de Tyrolienne (Zipline)
Situated in the Valley de l'Ours, between Belle Plagne and Plagne Bellecote the Cascade de Tyrolienne offers you the same thrills as the treetop adventures...but in the snow and ice of the winter. With a total of eight ziplines between 110 & 200m in length and a base jump to round off your visit, you are sure to find some adrenaline packed fun here.
Accessed via the pistes, why not try the Super Tyro, a 600-metre zipline descent where you can reach speeds of up to 90km/h. Giving you views over the Mont Blanc Massif, taking you through quiet forests and bringing you back down to the village of La Plagne this activity offers you a very different perspective.
If you are in La Plagne it is a must to try out the Olympic Bobsleigh run! You will not be disappointed in this thrilling activity that lets you become an Olympian for a few speedy moments down a windy bobsleigh track. Open every day of the week (except Mondays) throughout the winter season and with 3 different ways to race down the Olympic track it is thrilling, exciting and fun for everyone.
Bowling is a good thing to do if the weather turns bad or if you've got non-skiers or a larger group to entertain.
Catch the latest films and releases in La Plagne on your winter or summer holiday. Some cinemas open their doors early on a bad weather day, otherwise you'll find most screenings in the evenings. Look out for VOST for English speaking films.
Get back to nature and explore the lovely tranquil cross-country ski trails. There are two different techniques – classic and skating. Classic is the easiest for beginners; you simply place your skis in two parallel grooves, push off and glide around the trails. Skating is more energetic and a slightly harder skill to grasp; you push your feet out to either side as though you are ice skating and use your poles simultaneously to gain momentum. You can hire the comfortable boots and lightweight skis and poles fairly inexpensively from most sports shops and book a group or private lesson to learn the basics from most ski schools or private instructors. A number of adventure companies also offer cross-country skiing guiding, tours and lessons too. Find your way around with the cross country skiing maps.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in La Plagne
Down in Montalbert is a pretty little farm where you can take the kids in summer or winter, dine in the restaurant, try come of the local produce or just take a look at the cute animals.
There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in La Plagne! It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!
Gym / Fitness centres
A public gym & fitness classes can be found at the main sports centre in La Plagne.
Handiski / sit-ski
Enjoying the thrill of being on the pistes need not escape you if you're less mobile or have special physical needs. Resorts all over the Alps offer equipment and fully qualified guides to help you get the most out of your experience. Sit-ski, taxi ski, Vertiski, Handiski.. whichever method you're used to, or would like to try there will be at least one ski school or activity company in La Plagne that offers this service.
Also see: Disabled Skiing in La Plagne
Unfortunately, heli-skiing is not permitted in France, however, some of the ski schools, adventure companies, local flight companies and mountain guide companies will offer a pick-up/drop-off heli-skiing service for you where you will be taken over the border into Italy or Switzerland. It is expensive, but definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up. Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps.
Be in charge of your own sled and team of excitable husky dogs, driving them along forest paths in winter. After a brief explanation of how to make your team stop and start, you set off following the guide’s team. If this all sounds a bit much you can opt for a less physical outing where you sit in the sled and the guide does all the hard work! It's a very popular winter activity, so booking at least 48 hours in advance is a must. They run from early December to the end of April (snow-permitting).
Ice climbing is great if you're the sort of person that likes a bit of adrenaline and a challenge. Whether you are an experienced climber or a beginner you can have a go at ice climbing on La Plagne's very own 24m ice climbing tower, it has been built to be suitable for all levels of climber, easier for the beginner in some parts and harder for those more experienced in others. If you are a beginner and have never done it before then every Tuesday and Thursday a mountain guide will teach people how to climb the slightly scary but incredibly beautiful looking ice wall.
Fancy dipping yourself into a freezing lake to see what's underneath? You'll be taken down below with an instructor and glide around exploring 30-50cm below the surface. Beginners or experienced divers are welcome to give it a try.
Ice-skating / Hockey
There are a number of places you can go Ice-skating in La Plagne. It's a fun thing to do with the family, or in a group if you want to do something a little bit different for apres ski. Near the centre of Les Coches you've got an artificial covered rink which is open every Tuesday in summer and in winter every Tuesday and Wednesday but only during the school holidays. It's at the top of the Montchavin gondola. There is also an open-air skating rink in Plagne Bellecote, near the cable car, where you can skate yourselves, or go to watch the ice hockey matches.
Have you ever wanted to spend the night under the stars, up a beautiful mountain and surrounded by snow? Now you can with Black Sheep Igloos, they are offering you the opportunity for a truly unique experience - an overnight stay in an Igloo up the mountains. Each igloo sleeps up to 5 people so you can really make an evening of it.
If you don't fancy climbing outdoors, or you're new to climbing and want to give it a go in an indoor centre, then La Plagne has somewhere for you to go. Climbing equipment is normally provided, or you can bring your own and insurance is normally needed before you hit the climbing wall.
There are a number of companies who can take you mountaineering in both summer and winter, from local guides to ski schools, private instructors and activity companies.
Enjoy a magical alpine sunset at La Grande Rochette with views stretching from Mont Blanc in one direction to the twinkling lights of Courchevel in the other. Savour a traditional two-course Savoyarde meal complete with wine, tea, coffee and génépi, before you ski down blue runs back to La Plagne. Thanks to the special Taxi Ski service, non-skiers and beginners can enjoy moonlight skiing too! A limited number of Taxi skis are available at no extra cost, complete with qualified Oxygène ‘chauffeurs'.
Paragliding / Parapenting
If you’ve never tried paragliding before then La Plagne is a great place to learn how to fly. Known as “parapenting” in France & Switzerland, there are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is give you the experience of flying. From the heights of the mountain tops you can glide down to the bottom of the valley on a tandem paraglider controlled by the instructor. He manoeuvres the parachute while the passenger enjoys the ride and fantastic views. Top tip: go on a sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer.
Many people would not automatically think of La Plagne as a place to shop. However the town boasts some great stores. As you would expect from an outdoor sports Mecca, there are plenty sports stores where you can get your hands on some of the top mountaineering, ski and snowboard brands but there are also some fashionable clothing stores, and plenty of shops selling traditional mountin goods.
Ski joering hails from Scandinavia, indeed the word 'joering' itself means ski driving in Norwegian. In France the preferred style is to use a rider-less horse which is controlled by the skier. A rig with reigns is connected to the horse’s bridle and the skier is towed along behind the horse on skis, holding onto the rig. The skier steers with vocal commands and by pulling on lines connected to the horses bit. Ski joering is a sport that is suitable for all ages and rides can be tailored to suit any standard of skier, from a gentle hack to a gallop through the snow.
La Plagne is popular for ski touring, whether it's going up the pistes that most people normally ski down, or tackling more of a back country route. A number of ski schools, private instructors and companies can show you around, or if you've got all the necessary equipment you can head out in your own group.
Skiing & snowboarding
The main draw for people coming to La Plagne in winter is of course the skiing and snowboarding. With the whole of the Paradiski to ski in, as well as a wealth of off-piste areas, La Plagne has something for every level of experience.
Also see: Ski Areas in La Plagne
Sledging / Tobogganing
This is one winter activity that doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment, just grab your sledge and head for the nearest snow-covered hill! Some resorts have designated sledging areas and you might even be able to try sledging at night. You can pick up a sledge at one of the many ski hire shops or sports shops in La Plagne.
Raquette à Neige or Snow-shoeing in and around La Plagne is a perfect activity for bad weather conditions or for non-skiers. Don't forget to wear comfortable and waterproof boots. Either set out on your own, or join a group led by a knowledgeable local guide and explore the hidden parts of the ski area. Snowshoes and ski poles are provided by most companies offering this as an experience, or you can hire snowshoes from most Sports Shops or Ski Hire Shops, grab a trail map from the Tourist Office and head off on your own adventure. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go.
Snowmobile / Skidooing
Those who enjoy speed will love riding a powerful snowmobile (like a motorbike with caterpillar tracks) around La Plagne. Discover the different dimensions of driving; carving turns, accelerating in a straight line, ascents and descents. Snowmobiles are a great way to explore La Plagne especially as you get to ride them when the resort is at its quietest. Disappear into the woods and blast around empty snow fields on your scooter with your own guide. Remember to wrap up warmly especially if you go after dark, and bring goggles if there is powder.
Go freestyle in La Plagne at the half-pipe, snow park & boarder cross. If you want to practise though all important jumps with the safety of a big air bag then you're in luck...airBag Montalbert is located near the snow front, next to the toboggan run.
Also see: Snowparks in La Plagne
Spas & massages
If it is calm and relaxation you are after then head to a luxury day spa or book in for massage therapies and beauty treatments. A day spa is also the perfect activity when the weather turns. You can keep warm and revive aching muscles in saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis or take a refreshing dip in a swimming pool.
Speed-riding / Speed-flying
The idea behind speed riding is to combine the sensations of skiing and paragliding into one activity, and then descend off-piste sections of the mountain using a mini-wing to enable you to access areas that you might not normally go. Learning and having fun with speed riding comes very fast as long as you are a competent skier; you need to be able to ski red pistes with confidence in any type of snow. Speak to one of the companies offering this activity who can show you the ropes (literally).
There are a number of places where you can play squash whilst you're in La Plagne either during winter or summer. Normally located in the main sports centre, you should be able to rent all you need on site. Alternatively some of the hotels or spas have their own squash courts too.
Whether you like to take a dip indoors or outdoors, you'll be able to find somewhere to go for a swim in La Plagne. Most hotels, lots of chalets and apartments have their own swimming facilities, however there are also municipal swimming baths that you can visit, which often come free with your lift pass purchase.
Telemarking is a form of downhill skiing where you are only attached into the binding at the toe, so to turn, you have to lunge and bring your heel upwards. Talk to one of the ski schools or private instructors who can teach you how to telemark and take you out on excursions using this technique.
Location: La Plagne Villages