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Wintersports in La Plagne
Discover the top La Plagne wintersports
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.
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'.
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This year I was fortunate enough to receive the ultimate Christmas gift. My partner, Eléa, booked us on an excursion I’ve wanted to try since forever: a once in a lifetime helicopter ride round Mont Blanc.
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