La Plagne, Paradiski
Most people's first impression of La Plagne is that it is somewhat different to Meribel, Courcheval, Val d'Isere...the classic resorts. Maybe not the same chocolate box chalets, but here the location and amenities speak for themselves.
La Plagne is made up of a number of little 'villages' radiating from Plagne Centre, each less than 2 kilometres apart with a regular and free bus service running between them. So infact, you get 5 resorts for the price of one! The telemetro cable car up to Aime La Plagne also runs until 1am, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore the many restaurants and bars in the 'mountain' apartments in the highest village.
Scotties is the seaonnaire's favourite in Plagne Centre, or maybe Igloo for something a little classier. La Mine in Plagne 1800 has great après, Saloon in Belle Plagne gets lively after dark, and then there's the clubs in Plagne Bellecote to hit on the way home. And even if you're having such a great time you miss that last bus home at midnight, it's not far to walk home - a small price to pay for a bit of fun!
Because there are plenty of self-catering apartment in La Plagne, there are a plethora of restaurants to try too, and you'll have a great time testing them all to find the best raclette/tartiflette/fondue (also at more reasonable prices than some other resorts)!
La Plagne's most famous activity (other than that obvious skiing) has to be the Olympic Bobsleigh run from the 1992 Albertville Games. And you take a run down it if you're feeling brave; there are a few different types of raft/sleigh available, depending how thrill-seeking you are! Amongst the La Plagne villages there are also a couple of ice-rinks, a cinema, an outdoor pool, a variety of shops, and even ice caves up on the glacier that you can explore.
When it comes to skiing, La Plagne is part of the massive Paradiski area, thanks to the Vanoise Express which links the area with Les Arcs further down the Tarentaise valley. So double the ski area means you can experience everything, from tree runs down to Les Coches, board parks or even a mammoth end-to-end trip between Montalbert in the East and Villaroger in the West (about 13km along the bottom of the valley!). Plus a season’s Paradiski lift pass will give you free days skiing in in the nearby Esapce Killy and 3 Valleys too. But La Plagne’s trump card, is that wherever you live, you will never be more than 100m from the slopes (that is, if the slopes aren’t directly outside your building!).