Ski Holidays in Belle Plagne
Sitting at 2000m, it is the highest-located of the La Plagne villages and one of its largest. It is an ideal family ski holiday destination with its pedestrianized centre, great restaurants and ease of access to its numerous family amenities. Developed in 1981 by architect, Michel Bezancon, Belle Plagne was designed with traditional Savoyard charm as an inspiration.
Located high up in the mountains, Belle Plagne is also one of La Plagne village's most stunningly beautiful resorts. From its stylish and contemporary style wooden-clad buildings to the amazing backdrop views of the mountain range at every turn, it is certainly one of the area's most picturesque resorts. Thanks to its south-facing position, it also receives swathes of sunlight during the season.
Belle Plagne also has excellent snow conditions all season. Its high altitude and brilliant snow record see it covered in snow from early December up until late April. Holidaymakers have access to up to 225km of snowsure pistes as well as an additional 22km on the Les Arcs side of the Vanoise Express Cable Car. Belle Plagne’s slopes cater to all ski ability types from beginners to advanced-level skiers; if you’re after a bit of refreshment while you’re out there on the slopes, you can catch a ride to one of several mountain huts on a snowcat!
Belle Plagne is the best-located village in the Plagne ski area. It sits at 2050m and has fast access to Roche de Mio and the Plagne glacier, basically, you can get anywhere fast if you’re staying in Belle Plagne.
It’s arguably the prettiest of the Plagne villages as well, with fairy lights galore and nice looking shop fronts, it’s perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit, no matter what time of year!
There are several great restaurants, most of them serving traditional Savoyard food so you can get your cheese fix and then some! Cheyenne and Tete Inn are great little bars to round off a great day on the slopes and le Saloon will keep you dancing until the early hours if you decide the next day’s forecast isn’t inspiring you.
As we have already alluded to, Belle Plagne has some great accommodation options to suit all budgets. The resort is really compact as well so no matter where you stay, you won’t be far from a lift, a bar or a restaurant!
Belle Plagne Best Bits
Let’s get silly
Just above Belle Plagne, at the top of the Arpette chair lift is the most fun funslope ever! It is a delight for all senses as you slide, jump and weave your way around the obstacles. Get your mates together and race to the finish! Your quads will be on fire by the end but you’ll be grinning from ear to ear! If you are feeling a little more serious then you can bomb it down the blue all the way back down to Bellecote, it’s a great run first thing in the morning!
From the top of the Becoin lift you have two amazing runs, the red down the Plagne Centre is steep but wide so an exciting run that is great progression for those wanting to graduate from blues, and the black down to La Roche, which is the longest run in La Plagne. The black is on a west facing slope so the snow tends to hold up but the red spits you out at Scotty’s bar…
Ski away day
Being linked to les Arcs means you’ve got a whole 200km more to play with if you get the full area lift pass. Les Arcs has some amazing runs and a must do on your trip is to venture all the way over to the top of the Aiguille Rouge and back in time for après! From Belle Plagne ski down to Bellecote and take the Arpette chair. From here ski down to Montchavin and take the Vanoise express across to Plan Peisey, the views on this cable car are stunning as you cross the valley! From Peisey, take the Peisey 61 chair and ski down to the bottom of the Transarc in Arc 1800. From the top of Transarc you need to bomb it down to the Varet and take this to the top where you will arrive at the Aiguille Rouge gondola. After a stomach-lurching ascent, you will arrive at the top of les Arcs and be able to admire panoramic views of the whole domain from the viewing platform, it’s breathtaking!
Now you need to make it back to the Vanoise Express before it closes…the race is on!
Because it’s spread across so many villages, the après-ski in La Plagne isn’t the most legendary in the Alps, but Belle Plagne is the most entertaining of its villages and has enough varied bars and clubs to satisfy all but the most demanding party animals. Here’s a rundown of the après hotspots:
Le Saloon is bang in the middle of the resort and although it’s open from 4pm, it’s at its best in the small hours, when the dance floor is packed, DJs are hyping up the crowd and everyone’s busting moves until 5am.
Cheyenne Café is another central venue close to Le Saloon. It’s a cool American-themed bar with a huge selection of shots and a great place to start your evening in fine style.
La Tete Inn is an authentic Alpine bar with cosy carved ceiling beams, a great selection of beer, wine and other beverages and a wonderful warm ambience.
Scotty’s Bar is open from 9am until late and serves pub grub and refreshments – it’s a great place to mix and mingle at any time of the day.
A highly rated restaurant serving traditional Savoyard dishes made from local produce.
A large restaurant serving traditional French cuisine in a warm and friendly setting!
A stylish and modern restaurant serving some classics, elevated to new heights.
La Face Nord
A great little restaurant with lovely staff.
A stunning location for an alpine restaurant. Perched high in the clouds, this chalet with a sun terrace is perfect for lunch or a quick hot chocolate break!
A cool little French bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as drinks. A great venue that regularly has DJs playing.
A fun bowling alley and also one of the bigger bars in Belle Plagne.
A classic English pub in the centre of Plagne Bellecote
The only late night venue in Belle Plagne, but they haven't got complacent! This place is a great venue from après ski all the way through till the wee hours!