This is an ice climbing and winter sports festival that takes place in Champagny en Vanoise. Amongst the activities available are hay sledding, snowshoeing, orienteering and cross country skiing. The evenings feature entertainments and demonstrations. Dates & details.
March Events in La Plagne
La Course du Coeur
Annual 'Race for Life', established by French heart surgeon Professor Christian Cabrol. The participants will be in need of some encouragement as they come to the end of an impressive 750km race that originates in Paris! The race is to raise funds for organ donation and more details are available from the website. Dates & details.
June Events in La Plagne
Fete de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the La Plagne Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands. Dates & details.
July Events in La Plagne
Dubbed “La Course des Géants” (The Race of Giants). The course starts in Aime and climbs up to the summit of the Bellecote glacier before returning back down via the Col de l’Arpette, Plagne Bellecote and Montchavin. New in 2013, the 6000D goes through the Olympic bobsleigh track on the way up (km10). Due to it's sucess there are also a number of shorter courses including the Trail des 2 Lacs; a 22km run from Plagne Bellecote up to the Roche de Mio and back that passes the lakes of Les Blanchets and Le Carroley. Dates & details.
Celebrated across the whole of France with a bang...well, several in fact, fireworks always feature heavily. And the residents of La Plagne celebrate this national holiday with as much enthusiasm as the rest of the country. Various activities are held across the city on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Traditionally the fireworks display normally starts off between 10-11pm. Dates & details.
Tour de France
The Alps have played a large part in the race over the years with the gruelling mountain climbs providing some of the most exciting spectacles of the event. The route changes slightly each year, taking in different towns, villages and cols along the way. Even if the race doesn't pass near to where you are this summer you can guarantee that it will still be avidly watched in bars and cafés around the country with everyone joining in to cheer on the famous yellow jersey!
December Events in La Plagne
The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion. Christmas in La Plagne officially starts at the beginning of December when the Christmas lights are switched on. The night is marked with vin chaud, hot chocolate and music. From then on you can enjoy Christmas concerts, festive markets and live music throughout town as the resort gears up for Christmas and New Year. Dates & details.
New Years Eve
Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration! Likewise, planning ahead is advised if you have your heart set on ringing in the New Year in a particular bar or club – some of them are ticket-only, so enquire in advance to avoid disappointment! Dates & details.