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The small yet comfortable Montagnettes is perfect if you're a small group of friends or a couple of families looking for a cosy base for the week. The homely atmosphere hits you as soon as you walk in past the coat racks and up into the lounge with the mountain views which draw you to the balcony.
Your location is pretty ideal. It's only 50m to the nearest slope (a blue run) and the resort centre is an easy five minute walk thanks to the covered walkways in Belle Plagne. You'll find the equipment hire shop and a good selection of shops and bars in the resort centre too, making for a really convenient stay.
There's a small open fire in the lounge which adds to the cosiness, particularly when the lights are low and the tea lights reflect in the huge lounge windows. Sink back into the L-shaped sofa with a drink in-hand and choose to have a chilled night in or head out to enjoy the laid-back nightlife in Belle Plagne.
Being an apart-chalet and part of a complex of chalets means that you have access a couple of times a week to the shared wellness facilities. This includes a sauna and hot tub as well as a relaxation area to really unwind. There's a small charge for using the facilities, but this can be paid for locally.
Nearest slope: 50m
Nearest lift: 500m
Equipment hire shop: 350m
Tuition meeting point: 350m (Oxygene Ski School)
Resort centre: 350m
La Plagne forms one half of the 425km playground which is the Paradiski area. It really is one of the best ski areas in the world, regularly playing host to speed skiing, freeriding, freestyle and world cup events.
The terrain is varied, high and seemingly endless. The La Plagne half of the area is over 200km in itself so unless you're a hardcore mile-muncher, the local lift pass is enough. That said, it's definitely worth a trip over to Les Arcs at least once during your stay just for the cable car ride; the double-decker Vallandry Express is not to be missed!
La Plagne is made up of 10 separate villages, all at varying heights and all with a slightly different style. Being a purpose built resort, it may not be the prettiest, but it's well thought out and mostly traffic-free.
The Montagnettes is based in Belle Plagne up at 2050m where there's a nice choice of bars and restaurants and a few small supermarkets and touristy shops with the usual fare on offer. Belle Plagne is also linked to the larger and more lively Plagne Bellecôte by a cable car. This runs up until midnight giving you more options for evening entertainment.
Area size: 425km in the Paradiski area
Linked resorts: Les Arcs
Resort altitude: 2050m
Skiing altitude: 1800m to 3250m
Number of runs: 242
Range of runs: 32% green, 44% blue, 15% red and 9% black
Lifts: 94 drags, 62 chairs, 12 gondolas,2 cable cars and 1 funicular
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 91km
Snowmaking: 22% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Our chalet board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. Your daily afternoon tea of freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals are a three-course set-menu with regionally inspired dishes and free-flowing wine throughout the week, all followed by fresh coffee. We provide evening meals on six nights a week leaving you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening.
Split over three floors, the five bedrooms are all light and simply furnished with plenty of character and comfortable beds. There's a club double room with its own ensuite bath and wc, and a club twin room with a shared separate shower and wc across the corridor on the ground floor.
The first floor has an economy single with bunk beds recommended for one adult or two children. This room shares a bathroom with the ground floor. The second floor hastwo club twin rooms‚ both with an ensuite shower but sharing a separate wc.
Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There are at least three sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts
Neilson rating: ***+
Lounge/diner with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV
Use of shared sauna and hot tub
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Your chalet host lives out
Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet
Departure airports: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours 30 minutes