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What's new in La Plagne winter 2019/20

Exciting developments for the upcoming ski season

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As the first snows of the season fall on the mountains of [resname], our thoughts inevitably turn to the day when a thick white blanket covers the mountain, the lifts open and we all get to hit the slopes again.

It is not just the weather that is changing however, as there have been plenty of new developments throughout the [resname] ski area and villages. Here are a few of the changes for the upcoming season.

New family-friendly fun slope

There's a new fun slope in La Plagne this winter on one of the blue pistes, rising the total number of fun zones to 18. Super easy and highly interactive it will surely become one of the favourite spots for families in La Plagne, well-known for being a popular child-friendly ski area in the French Alps.

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New activities

Oxygene Ski School are offering cross-country ski lessons in La Plagne this season for the first time. Get away from the busy slopes and explore the beautiful trails of [resname]. Choose from classic style (tram lines) if you’re new to the discipline, skating if you’re looking for a cardio workout or biathlon with target practice for a new experience. Packages include lessons, equipment and transport.

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Aime 2000 celebrates its 50th anniversary

The modern village of Aime 2000, the highest in La Plagne, is celebrating 50 years since its inception this winter. Created by architect Michel Bezançon, this unique building stands on top of the mountain like a cruise boat on snow, with all its facilities liked by passageways. Starting in January 2020, a new renovation project lead by Wolmotte Architects and Pierre & Vacances will update the building which will show its brand new face in 2023.

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New apres-ski hot spots

Even if it's been around for a while, Bar La Mine in Plagne 1800 have completely renovated their premises which are now bigger and will be ready to welcome even more people than before for àpres and evenings from the beginning of December. This includes more seating, larger handicap-accessible toilets, an outdoor covered space for smokers, a bigger stage for their famous live music gigs and new TV screens for more live sports. They have also expended their selection of beers with a wider range of tap lagers including IPAs, cider, stout and even Kilkenny.

Brand new this winter, Le Brix will be opening its doors in Plagne Centre this December. Located at the bottom of the slopes, with huge windows overlooking the pistes, this beer-specialist bar will be serving eight varieties on tap and more than 100 bottles from all around the world with a focus on Belgian beers, which will make up to 80% of their offering, but including some exotic options like brews from Tahiti, Argentina or China. Wines, soft drinks and tapas will also be on the menu.

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New food & drink options

And, talking about menus, Bellecote's most popular après-ski spot Spitting Feathers have devised new food and drink menus for this season. The pub-grub specials menu features firm favourites like their resort-famous nachos or fish and chips, while also including nods to local cuisine like the Savoyard burger or Boeuf Bourguignon. New cocktails have popped up on the drinks list including a delicious Espresso Martini, a Kir Royale Savoyard with champagne and creme de myrtilles or a Ginger Gin with a touch of rhubarb.

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New greener travel alternatives

Eco-friendly travel alternatives are popping up all around the Alps, making our journeys into the mountains gentler to the environment. Holiday rental company Mountain Heaven has launched a new scheme this season to encourage people to take the train instead of flying to the Alps. Their Environmental Travel Discount sees a -10% reduction on the price of your catered chalet holiday when travelling by train to [resname], which can be applied on top of any other offers. It's really easy to reach [resname] by train from the UK, read our Getting Here Guide for more information and save money on your ski break, while also reducing your carbon footprint. Mountain Heaven are dedicated to helping the environment and they already took steps to reduce their use of plastic, cut palm oil products, recycle, improve their chalets' energy efficiency and train their staff in green hosting last year.

Cool Bus' commitment to the environment is also increasing this season. Their 100% electric Teslas will now not only be used for VIP transfers but also for regular services so, when booking a transfer for 4 people or less, you'll have a chance to ride these eco-friendly beauties. To date, they've racked up over a quarter of a million kilometres thanks to their electric fleet, cutting their CO2 emissions by around 65 tonnes, and they're aiming to add at least another 125,000km to that total this winter.

New ski hire options

One of the most widely spread ski hire franchises in the Alps, Skiset, have just launched their Netski app, a fast and easy way to rent your skis or snowboard this season. Choose between two packages – the Netski.comfort for the best prices or the Netski.plus for the latest gear (Netski.kids and Netski.teens bundles also available) – and confirm your booking in only two clicks. You’ll get a QR code to collect your equipment at your local shop. For a small fee, Netski clients can also benefit from priority assistance in shops, ski lockers with boot dryers and direct delivery to your accommodation.

Also available in [resname]’s Skiset shops this winter is Scanfeet, a state-of-the-art foot scan that takes a full 3D image of the skier’s feet in under 20 seconds and then pulls up the best-suited boots available in store. Enjoy rental boots that fit like a glove in record time! Even better, scans are shared among Skiset shops so you won’t need to scan your feet again if you rent your equipment with them.

Worried about slipping on those icy pavements when walking to the slopes? Fear not, Intersport is now offering GripWalk across their whole rental range. These innovative boot soles offer a non-slip surface as well as a more natural profile for walking (or dancing at La Folie Douce!), and they can be combined with GripWalk bindings for perfect performance on the slopes.

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New airport transfer options

Whiterides Airport Transfers are celebrating their 10th anniversary this years. A decade of transporting skiers, snowboarders and mountain lovers in general to and from the airport. Set up in November 2009 by Dan Barnett, this company has steadily grown from only one minibus to a fleet of 14 shuttles and 16 members of staff. Operating year-round, Whiterides provides private and shared transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airport to the main resorts in the Tarentaise Valley, including [resname]. To celebrate their 10 years, they've moved premises to a brand new head office and garage. Congratulations! 

This season, it'll also be easier than ever to find Simply Transfers' representatives at Geneva airport. They've set up a brand new meeting desk in the arrival hall, just opposite the baggage-retrieval area and near the visitor's centre. With a rotating wall and screens displaying the Simply Transfers and Loyet logos, it'll be hard to miss! Not only will it be super simple to spot the meeting desk but also their representatives, as they'll be wearing a bright red polo shirt with their logo.

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New ways to take care of your body

Mobile Alpine massage company Massage Me is offering two brand new therapies this winter. First of all is their 100% bespoke MY Massage service where you’ll be able to select every single step of your wellbeing journey, from the massage style and pressure preference (including Swedish, sports, holistic and even a combination of all of them), to the part of your body that needs more attention, the massage oil and even the music. This winter, they’re also adding Physiotherapy, Pilates and Yoga to their mobile services menu in partnership with Alpine Therapies. Not only that, but they’ve embarked on a green journey to be more eco-friendly, from reducing single plastic use and carbon emissions to assessing the materials they use. So it’s not only your muscles that will feel much better by booking a massage with Massage Me but also the environment.

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New catering options

Huski revolutionised self-catering four winters ago when they launched their meal delivery service. Since then, for a fraction of the price of a catered holiday, you can enjoy delicious breakfast, lunch, three-course dinners, canapes, fine wines and even cheese boards at your apartment or chalet completely hassle-free. Huski delivers everything to your door and the only thing you need to do is pop your food in the oven to heat it up. This year, they’re offering a new, locally made, Savoyard-inspired range of meals called “Gourmet 73” cooked daily by chef Nick Casey at their headquarters in Bourg Saint Maurice. Think creamy tartiflette and moreish Beef Mondeuse! Also new this season is their very own beer, the Huski Mountain Pilsner created in collaboration with the Brasserie du Petit St Bernard.

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