Mountain biking, a winning combo
Riding & descent
9 enduro trails
In a varied terrain of forests and alpine meadows, bike riders will have fun from the mountain peaks right down to the valley. Don’t miss: a descent of over 1000 m on the trail that starts in Plagne Bellecôte.
Great idea: a valley/altitude resort bus means you can get your bike back up in the trailer – 3€ one way
La Plagne Bike park
Winding through the Alpine meadows and sinkholes, the 12 trails offer a cocktail for all levels that kids from age 6 will enjoy as much as expert riders. Access from 3 chairlifts.
Open: July 4th – August 29th, 2020 – Day lift ticket: 15€ – Plagne Centre
10 e-MTB marked trails
150 km of permanent marked trails for ½ day to full day rides. Battery recharging points are available in bars and restaurants across the resort.
Plus point: you can rent 24” e-mountain bikes for a family outing.
Great idea: go to the Refuge de la Glière, in the Vanoise National Park
A 3-part lunch during an e-mountain bike ride
A guided full-day outing combining riding and lunch in 3 courses, starting with an aperitif at Le Forperet farm, then the main course at the 360 restaurant and dessert and coffee at the Adray. Starts at 9am, finishes at 3pm.
Strewn with raised turns and a variety of gradients, modules and jumps, La Plagne’s fun zones allow you to test your riding potential and make progress riding both uphill and down. An electric mountain bike can help you all you need.
NEW: 2 new e-Spots this summer
Yes, you can keep going in circles in La Plagne without getting bored! The goal on these tarmacked circuits with raised turns and bumps is to keep your speed going using a pumping motion. Courses for all levels on a bike, scooter, roller blades, skateboard or balance bike.
Free – Plagne Bellecôte / Valley
Hiking, a new version of a classic
Hiking is the classic, unmissable mountain activity in the summer. Our expectations nowadays are not the same as before, so the hiking trails have been adapted to make them more accessible and fun. If purists still walk the mountain from dawn till dusk, families opt for theme trails that their children will love.
3 new story trails
The Enchanted Meadows
A 3 km circuit following in the footsteps of the characters of the myths and legends of our mountains. New this summer, a storyteller accompanies families to make the walk even more lifelike!
Montalbert – 8€/pers.
A mountain of stories
A story told on the green plateau of Plan Bois, followed by an Alpine tea. Sitting on the grass or comfortably installed in a chalet when the weather is not good, the story recounted whilst you gaze to Mont-Blanc allows you to discover the local legends and the tales of the travelling writers and the alpinists.
Duration 1hr 15 – 10€ (includes tea), 6€/child
– Montchavin-Les Coches
In the classified valley of Champagny le Haut, you have to wait until after dark to be told the myths and legends of the mountain. You walk by torchlight while the guide reveals the fascinating stories of the Champagny locals of yesteryear.
5€/pers. – Wednesday July 15th & 22nd and August 5th & 12th 2020, 8.30 – 10pm, book in the tourist office – Champagny-en-Vanoise
Don’t miss: the valley of Champagny le Haut
A green jewel listed as one of France’s “natural sites and monuments”, the valley sits proudly at the entrance to the Vanoise National Park. Overlooked by the Grande Casse (3855 m) and the Vanoise glaciers, it is the starting point for a number of hiking trails for all levels, some of which lead to refuges. These include Le Laisonnay, the valley’s base camp and La Glière, which is a combination of a traditional and a contemporary mountain refuge.
The legendary Isère river is where you can try rafting, hydrospeed or canoe raft on a 23 km course between Bourg Saint Maurice and Centron. The menu whets your appetite with a succession of rapids with original names: “salle à manger” (the dining room), “machine à couper le jambon” (the ham-cutting machine), and “le dessert” (the dessert) ending with the gorges at Centron and a Roman bridge straight out of ancient times as the icing on the cake! There is also a “discovery” version for 8 to 11-year olds.