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Famed for its superb beginners skiing, the resort of La Plagne may not be the first place you think of for off-piste skiing. Nevertheless, the area around the Paradiski ski area is a treasure trove of off-piste delights and has some of the best downhill descents in the French Alps. With hair raising turns and deep powder, advanced and intermediate skiers can escape the crowds on the beginner’s runs around the resort and take on the off piste routes further afield in the ski area.
When venturing off-piste in La Plagne and the surrounding area it is essential that you do so with an experienced guide unless you are very familiar with the routes. Off-piste skiing is a very rewarding experience for advanced skiers when done safely. There are a number of ski schools in La Plagne where you will be able to obtain a guide to show you around the area as well as brush up on your deep powder techniques with an off-piste lesson. Oxygene ski school are the most well-known ski school in the region which offer off-piste guiding and equipment rental for those looking to venture off the piste and into the backcountry.
Sharing the Paradiski ski area with neighbouring resort Les Arcs, there are plenty of off-piste routes throughout the area. Those looking for a large volume of routes should head towards Bellecote, La Plagne’s main mountain where you can find dozens of off-piste routes. To reach this area, head to the top of the Traversee lift where you can reach the north facing face of the Bellecote. Make sure that weather conditions are good and check the avalanche reports before heading to this area of the mountain as the region is prone to avalanches.
Visitors to La Plagne have access to the full Paradiski area with the complete lift pass. For more off-piste variety head over to Les Arcs where you will find a selection of superb downhill routes and off piste runs. With a huge range in height, those who enjoy a range of off-piste conditions from long high altitude drops to tree lined tracks lower down, Les Arcs has plenty of off-piste areas to get your adrenaline pumping.