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Why La Plagne is great for beginner skiers

The best advice for novice skiers and snowboarders

Coming to a ski resort for the first time as a beginner skier or snowboarder can be a bit daunting. With a little locals know-how, our tips and tricks will help you make the most of your time here and hopefully leave you desperate for more.

La Plagne is a collection of purpose built resorts at high altitude that make up part of the Paradiski area, reknowned as being family-friendly and great for beginners. With nine greens and 67 blue runs, there is a wonderful world of beginner areas to explore in and around the resort.

Here are our top tips:

  1. You may not need a full lift pass - beginner slopes are usually low down, easily accessed and some don't require a lift pass at all
  2. Book into ski school, don't let your mates / partner teach you, trust us and hire a professional
  3. Consider your choice of equipment hire shop
  4. Plan your outfit before you arrive
  5. Utilise free public transport
  6. Enjoy the fun zones, they usually have a beginner area
  7. Explore the whole resort, seek out the blue and green slopes away from the beginner zones
  8. Explore the blues and greens of the other resorts included in your pass
  9. Enjoy après-ski - after all you'll have earned your stripes

Book online


Whilst it is possible to arrange these things once you're in resort, we wouldn't recommend it - especially lessons. Plan ahead, book what you can, and take the pressure off that first morning.

Lift Pass
If you're a complete beginner and booking into ski school you probably won't need a full Paradiski six-day pass. The La Plagne pass is better suited to beginners and lower-intermediate level skiers and snowboarders. It's worth checking with your ski school before you buy, some schools offer packages that include a lift pass. Buying online couldn't be easier and the pass itself can be recharged / reloaded next time you visit. And rather than opt for them to be mailed to your home address, simply pick them up in resort. It's one less thing to remember to pack.

Lessons
Don't let your friends or partner attempt to teach you to ski or snowboard. Trust us, for the sake of your relationships, put yourself in the hands of the professionals. Luckily there are many ski schools in La Plagne offering group and private lessons with friendly and knowledgeable English speaking instructors. If you're the only beginner in your group it's definitely worth joining group lessons. You'll learn in a safe and fun environment, and make new friends with rest of your crew over your shared experiences. Lessons are definitely something you should book well in advance to ensure you get your slot - especially if your ski trip is during the school holidays.

Equipment hire
Renting your gear online is often cheaper than in resort, and most shops have beginner ski / snowboard packages on their websites. Also it's worth making sure your pick up point is close to your accommodation, so it's not too far to carry your gear. Some shops offer free locker use near the slopes for customers, delivery services, and may even come to you for fittings on arrival if pre-arranged, especially if there's a group of you. It's worth checking this with the shop before you book. 

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Ski School Lessons in La Plagne

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Make the most of your time


All the gear, no idea
For the beginner skier or snowboarder it might seem expensive to lay out for the right apparel before you arrive, and there aren't many places that rent clothing in resort, so borrow what you can, check out the sales and online discounts. At the bare minimum make sure in addition to your trousers and jacket, that you've got a helmet, some goggles, gloves, and technical ski socks. Plus a lightweight back pack is always handy for carrying water, sunscreen and an extra layer.

Get on the bus
The six main village resorts are linked by a free shuttle bus service. Plan your route from your accommodation to the beginner slopes, and use the resort's excellent public transport system to get around until you get the knack of carrying skis and poles like the pros.

The beginner slopes
Each of the villages has their own beginner zones, some with magic carpets that don't require a pass. Depending on where you have based yourself for your holiday take a look at our guide to beginner ski areas for those closest to your accommodation.

The fun zones
Whilst you may not be planning a visit to the half-pipe in Bellecote, the 7 Cube Fun Park is a 1km long run of fun, with different sized jumps graded like the slopes - green, blue, red and black. Stick to the greens and you'll be fine - hopefully! There is also the Fun Slope zone, similar to boarder cross and the longest of its type in Europe, full of jumps, rails, rollers and a spiral turn into a tunnel - perhaps one to watch and think about for next time.

Explore
It’s easy to stick with the tried and tested slopes that you've gotten comfy on, but you have at least nine villages and their respective greens and blues to explore, so make use of that pass and get yourself out and about. 

Beginner Ski Areas in La Plagne

What's On in La Plagne December 2018

Enjoy après-ski


After all you have earned your stripes (and probably some bruises), now it's time to share your stories from the day with your family and friends, new and old.

La Plagne is a great place to let off some steam after a day's exertions on the slopes. Whether that's in the local après-ski scene over a beer or two, in a local restaurant, or with a swim and sauna to relax those aching limbs. Wherever you're staying there will be a sports centre, swimming pool or ice rink nearby to find some fun. 

These are great options for a day off the skiing, in the event of poor weather or a great way to spend a few hours after the slopes close.

Families, at the very least, may finally have a shot at exhausting the kids with this option!

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So what are you waiting for? Get yourself out here and have some fun in the snow!

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