Summer 2021 – What’s new ?

Summer 2021 – What’s new ?

GOURMET NEWS

The Swincar “trapper” outing

Set off in an all-terrain electric vehicle that looks a bit like a mountain spider! The Swincar pulls out all the stops to combine a 4-hour drive on the forest trails in Plagne Montalbert with a picnic lunch out on the mountain with a view of Mont Jovet.

Book at Montalbert tourist office
Supervised drives in a solo or 2-seater vehicle.
The driver must have a valid driving licence. Minimum age for passengers: 3 years. 100€/driver & 20€/passenger
www.la-plagne.com

Lunch on on the grass

A gourmet picnic presented in a wicker basket, in the purest French tradition of nomadic epicureans, is what altitude restaurant “Chez Laurette” is proposing for a rustic lunch, in the wooded setting of Plan Bois plateau.

Baskets for 2 or 4 people to be ordered from the restaurant before 4pm for the next day.
They contain:
– a salad (different every day)
– a choice of: a quiche / a platter of cold meats or cold roast meat
– “Le Parfait” dessert in a glass jar (e.g. tiramisu, vanilla cream …)

A bottle of wine can be ordered for a supplement (corkscrew supplied). Baskets to be collected before 12 noon on the day of the picnic and must be returned the same day.
12€/person
+33 (0)6 09 34 37 88

Picnic with a view

Champagny-en-Vanoise is inaugurating a new location at the village entrance, dedicated to all those who love relaxing in serene natural surroundings: the new 1,800 m² lake offers the beauty of its Alpine panorama to picnickers, hikers and even fishermen!

Fed by Les Airoles stream, the lake is rich in fish (trout), a must for all fans of fishing rods and other hooked lures! The lake has a path running round it for visitors with strollers and disabled users. Depth 1m50. Swimming not allowed.
Free access

Reopening of the Chalet du Bresson

A great place to eat on the south-facing slopes of the Versant du Soleil, at the bottom of the Foran valley, with local homemade cuisine. When the weather is good, picnic tables and barbecue evenings allow you to enjoy the setting to its fullest. Sale of ultra-local products (honey, beer…).
Blueberry tart: 5€
Beaufort tart & salad: 8€
Diot sausages with polenta et salad: 15€

Takeaway food from Food Idée

The self-titled “creators of emotions” from the “Food Idée” team go to great lengths to create amazing theme dishes to share, that look as good as they taste. We love the “Crazy Plate Charcut’ & Cheese”!
Boxes from 16€ to 21€ / person
https://www.ideeo.eu/crazyplate

FAMILY NEWS

Family canopy trail

The canopy trail in Montchavin-Les Coches comes at just the right time for getting your feet off the ground. From the middle of June, you can fly through the air with 50 sections spread over 3 family-friendly courses of varying degrees of difficulty, with a continuous lifeline. There is also a special course for your littlest ones just one metre above the ground, with no need for a harness. The only condition is knowing how to walk!
from 9€/pers.
+33(0)685025538

Ice rink with a view of Mont-Blanc

After spending several years in hibernation, Montchavin-Les Coches’s 800 m² ice rink will be opening once again this summer. It is partially covered and offers a panoramic view of Mont Blanc.
Free entry for under-4s.
Game module rental: 2€/hr
8 €/pers.

Children’s multi-activity courses

The new rugby and football pitch in Plagne Villages is designed to host top-level teams on oxygenation courses, but also offers courses for children aged 6 to 11 years with an introduction to hockey, athletics, football, kin-ball, orienteering and contactless rugby…
Supervision by state-qualified trainers. Possibility of registering for half days (15€)
50€/pers./week
Information from tourist offices +33(0)479090201

E-scooters

Electric scooters have moved away from urban pavements to mountain trails in an all-terrain version in Montchavin-Les Coches, where they have been “pimped” with suspension, disc brakes and deep-tread tyres.
Up&Go, a new service provider in Montchavin-Les Coches proposes outings of 1½ – 2½ hrs, for riders aged 14 and over. Helmets must be worn, loaned on site. from 30€/pers.
+33(0)685025538

Electric mountainboard

Electric fever is also surfing the wave of the mountain board in Montchavin-Les Coches, the summer version of the snowboard, with wheels. Rides are proposed on wide runs and lessons for beginners in open areas.
Helmets must be worn, loaned on site. from 10€/pers.
+33(0)632217547

NEW EVENTS

1st edition of the “Super Huit” – 8 to 11 July 2021

La Plagne and PEUGEOT Cycles are delighted to announce the launch of this all-new “all mountain” mountain bike / e-mountain bike  event. Its distinguishing features: two original and adventurous event formats and the promise of discovering exceptional routes, all developed, tested and approved by a team of experts and local athletes.

8 & 9/07/2021 – The “Grand8”: the star race with the dizzying name reserved for experts and the e-MTB élite in the form of a 2-day tour of La Plagne with one night in a bivouac.

10 & 11/07/2021 – The “Double8”: the perfect race for amateurs with a series of circuits on a “stop or keep going” basis.
A 1-day race, the Double8 is a condensed tour of La Plagne in 4 successive circuits of varying levels of difficulty, starting from Plagne Bellecôte.

www.super-huit.com

Les Arts Ascendants multi-discipline festival – 23 – 25 July 2021

Following the Festiv’été organised on June 26 & 27 in the Champagny-le-Haut valley, the Escargot Ma Non Troppo troupe will be inviting ten creators from the local population. The artists propose a new vision of the mountains, enriched by art and literature.

Programme : choreographed reading, a polyphonic reading and the screening of a silent movie set to music, to short films, a concert under the stars, café philo, a conference, visual arts exhibition and workshops.

“Three days to marvel at art and nature together. For this first edition, I will be proposing ‘Monts et Merveilles’.”

Frédérique Bruyas, artistic director

30/07 to 1/08/2021- National orienteering event

In the selection of outdoor sports, orienteering is still an understated discipline. Its combination of hiking and a treasure hunt can be approached as a great family activity on the 12 permanent routes on offer in the area or as a competitive time trial, as part of the National Orienteering event proposed by the French Orienteering Federation (sprint, long and medium distance).


Its assets: it is an activity that everyone can try, perfect for getting off the beaten track at your own pace. It offers a fun, adventurous element that is sometimes missing from a classic hike, as well as an analysis to divert attention away from the effort. What could be better than getting lost whilst knowing exactly where you are?! All you need is a compass and map to find all the markers on the routes.

International Chess Festival – 2 – 8 August 2021

In a spectacle similar to the one we were able to enjoy on the screen in the TV series “The Queen’s Gambit”, three tournaments (including an elite category) are scheduled. For the uninitiated, the festival is an opportunity to discover the game of chess. On the programme: free chess lessons, giant games, free games and discovery activities for the general public.

Altitude concert by the Amadeus electric quartet – 4 August 2021

In the context of the Musi’Plagne cultural summer programme, the famous classical music women’s quartet will be giving free rein to their talent 2500 metres above sea level at the top of the Grande Rochette. The musical spectacle with the sounds of violin, cello and piano will echo the majestic decor of the Vanoise glaciers in the background.
Access on the Grande Rochette gondola from Plagne Centre or on foot on marked paths. Free

Minimalist trail running,  21 – 22 August

Directly inspired by the customs of the Tarahuma Indians in northern Mexico, the “Lightfoot” trail organised in Champagny-en-Vanoise is not run in trainers but in sandals called “Huaraches”. Not only is this activity perfectly suited to running in the mountains, but it also provides an incredible feeling of connection with the earth and Mother Nature

A choice of two itineraries, supervised by minimalist coaches:

discovery trail (footpath and road in the forest) 5km / 400m elev. gain; any kind of shoes accepted.

trail 12km / 1100m elev. gain with rankings; Huarache barefoot sandals only.
During the event, you can buy or make your own sandals for the race the next day (45€).

The “Tarahumara Spirit” association was created in Champagny-en-Vanoise in 2018 by Patrick Salmon. Its credo focuses on connecting people, especially runners, on the themes of “slow-running”, “slow-food” and the beneficial pleasure of sharing great experiences without harming others. The “Lightfoot Trail” has already been going for two years and, if many athletes find it intriguing,  many of them “convert” after having testing Huaraches.

The association actively supports the Tarahumara Indians through donations that go in particular to financing their hospital for children and increasing their seed bank so that they can preserve their biodiversity and agriculture.
Free
http://barefootpat.org/tarahumara/tpl.html

SPORT NEWS

Football / rugby pitch

La Plagne welcomes sports clubs and has a range of infrastructures that allows it to offer a variety of activities for the organisation of sports preparation, oxygenation or cohesion courses. With a view to expanding its offer, La Plagne will be inaugurating a brand new 9,000m2 rugby and football pitch with natural turf in summer 2021, one of the few French pitches at an altitude of 2,050m.


The resort is also committing to the Terre de Jeux 2024 label, which highlights the efforts of communal and regional authorities, through the actors in the field of sports, to promote the practice of sport in a more developed and inclusive way.
Quotes on request