Belle Plagne offers ski apartments and hotels, almost all of which have genuine doorstep skiing and boarding. There are few catered ski chalets in Belle Plagne and no stand alone chalets: they are apartments that are operated as if ski chalets. Along with Plagne 1800, Belle Plagne is one of the nicest of the la Plagne high altitude villages.
Belle Plagne has been designed sympathetically to the mountains with maximum convenience for skiers and snowboarders alike. There are numerous shops and restaurants all linked by covered walkways. The middle of Belle Plagne was apparently designed in an Austrian style rather than French – this might easily be missed however the village does have a nice feel to it.
Belle Plagne caters well for disabled skiers, both for ski accommodation and disability ski tuition. The best source of information is the Ski 2 Freedom Foundation: it is an international snow-sport portal providing disabled people with a comprehensive information resource on locations for Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski areas, resort information and winter activities.
Ski & Snowboard Access: Belle Plagne scores top marks for ski and snowboarding access. Almost all the ski accommodation offers door to door skiing. In the morning, you can catch the telecabine from the centre of Belle Plagne, it is the stop after Plagne Bellecote and takes you to the Roche de Mio (2,700m) and beyond to the glacier (3,000m). Alternatively, there is a new four seater chair or you can ski down to Plagne Bellecote where there is easy access by six seater chairs to either Plagne Centre or to the Montchavin and les Coches sector. The Vanoise Express to les Arcs starts just above les Coches, the combined area of les Arcs and la Plagne make up the giant Paradiski area.
Belle Plagne Accommodation: The specialist ski travel agency Snow Hounds provides an extensive selection of ski accommodation in Belle Plagne. There is a huge selection of ski apartments to fit almost any budget:
Snowhounds offers hotels in Belle Plagne including the Hotel Eldorador. The only catered ski chalets are in large apartments: for genuine stand alone chalets Plagne 1800 is the best village.
There are crèches available through some British holiday companies such as Ski Beat in la Plagne 1800 but this is only offered to those staying in their catered ski chalets in Plagne 1800.
Apres Ski: Belle Plagne is probably the best for apres ski out of all the villages in la Plagne. There a number of bars and restaurants in Belle Plagne including la Tete Inn and le Matafan. There is also ten-pin bowling and a relaxation and fitness centre.
For a touch of relaxation after a day of skiing or snowboarding around la Plagne there are a couple of mobile massage service operating in the resort. Massage Me therapists will come to your ski chalet to provide that extra bit of holiday pampering that you are after, or Pamper Off Piste are great for mobile physiotheraphy, osteopathy, massage and beauty services in the comfort of your chalet or holiday accommodation.
Hire Shops: There are a total of seven ski hire shops in Belle Plagne including Allamand Ski which is affiliated to Intersport. Any of these shops should be able to provide all the skiing and snowboarding equipment that you might need.