Plagne Montalbert (1,350 metres)
La Plagne Montalbert is reasonably pretty, much of it has been built in a Savoyarde style. The village is north-facing and so retains the snow well in spite of being one of the lower altitude resorts of the la Plagne ski area.
Montalbert – Ski & Snowboard Access: You can ski or snowboard back to most of the accommodation within the village; to start skiing there is a short walk up to the chairlift from the village centre, some of the ski accommodation is ski in ski out.
Most of the skiing is in other areas of la Plagne. There is a guide to all the ski runs of the Montalbert area and other parts of La Plagne on the “Skiing in La Plagne” section of this website. Using the Montalbert chairlift out of the village, then the Fornelet lift; there is a choice of a blue or a red down to another chairlift which allows you to ski down to Plagne Centre. On the way home, once up to Aime la Plagne you can ski down to the Adrets chair and then choose between blues and reds for some lovely tree-lined skiing back to Montalbert.
Montalbert is at the opposite end of the la Plagne ski area from the Vanoise Express which links La Plagne and Les Arcs. To take full advantage of the combined Paradiski lift pass it is better to stay in one of the other villages in La Plagne or Les Arcs.
Montalbert Accommodation: It is pre-dominantly made up of self-catering apartments.
Montalbert Apres Ski: There are just a couple of bars. Montalbert does however have a good selection of restaurants to serve all the self-catering apartments: there are about ten of them. The village also has a number of shops including all the usual: supermarket, butcher, baker and gift shop.
Montalbert Ski Schools: The ski schools cater for snowboarders as well as skiers. The ESF ski school meeting point and the nursery slope are close to the Montalbert chairlift. The ESF is generally satisfactory although there are some instructors who are definitely better than others; service standards seem to fall during French holidays, group sizes and prices do not: a common problem when skiing in France!
Some tour operators to Plagne Montalbert recommend the independent ski school Oxygene and Reflex in Plagne Centre. They both have a good reputation but if staying in Montalbert you will either need to ski or take a minibus to Plagne Centre.
Montalbert Hire Shops: There are four ski hire shops in the village.