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“La Plagne - Chalet Joly”

La Plagne Ski Resort
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Owner description: This mosaic of different destinations offers a multitude of different ambiances and atmospheres that also reflect the changing architectural styles of winter sports resorts since 1961. Most of La Plagne’s villages were designed by architect Michel Bezançon.La Plagne is part of the Paradiski area and therefore is one of the large ski resorts and is also a family-friendly resort with adapted package offers.
Reviewed March 5, 2012

After trying to find a review on the Chalet Joly in La Plagne with not much success, I thought I would share our experiences.

We travelled with Ski World and received good service.

The Chalet Joly was nice & clean and in a fab location. The rooms were quite small, even though we had paid extra for the bigger basement rooms, they were clean and comfortable which I guess is the most important thing.

The Chalet host, Robin, was superb. He cooked us fanastic meals and was always on hand for any advise or tips on the local area.

The access to the slopes was amazing (definitely ski-in/ski-out!) and the whole ski area excellent. Plenty of runs to accomodate all levels. We only purchased the local ski lift pass and that was plenty, we would have struggled to make the most of the Paradiski pass.

We booked our equipment hire and all attended ski/board school with Oxygene who were fantastic. The customer service was brilliant.

Overall we were very impressed with La Plagne and would certainly go back :o)

10  Thank AJM1619
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Chalet Iona, La Plagne
Ski France.co.uk advertise this chalet, but do not believe all that you read on their website. Firstly ignore the pictures they have for this chalet, they were not taken in this chalet!! The rooms are en suite, showers are over the bath, there are no curtains or screens however so the rooms floods when you shower. Beds in the rooms are very small singles, the 3 rooms on the top floor have about 2 feet between then so they are a tight fit in the room. There are no wardrobes so it’s living out of a suitcase. The middle room on the top floor has a folding camp bed style bed in it with a very thin mattress. On the lower ground floor they advertise it as a double, its not, its two single beds. It’s also by the front door to the chalet so you here all the noise with the coming and going.

Ski France advertise a DVD and CD player in the chalet, so if the weather is bad you can always stay in and watch a film. Well actually you can’t as they don’t have either, just as well as their TV does not work properly either. Most chalets would have some board games or Jenga, or maybe some playing cards, this chalet has none.

In the chalet they have an info folder listing some organised evening events such as an introduction to the local bars, quiz night, the usual things. When we asked about the activities the rep just said the only activity they would do was to organise a trip down the bobsleigh run, this must be the only activity that is worthwhile the effort for them.

Their website states that the piste is 10m away and that the lifts are 20m away. Absolute woffle, There are two piste’s close by, one is about 200m but up through some other apartment blocks and this only leads to a small drag. To get to the chair you must walk 200m down a road to a piste and ski about 300m further down. The closest ski hire shop is called Pierre Leroux and it’s about 80m from the chalet. Also just 50 m away is the telecabin down to La Plagne centre.

The ski host in the chalet was very good, a bloke by the name of Lee who had about 8 years as a host. The food was excellent and the dining area was fine. Be aware though that there is not enough seating on the comfy seats to fit all so some must sit on the hard dining seats all night. Unfortunately at the time of our visit Lee was the only driver in resort and therefore sometimes our meal times were delayed which was very frustrating.

If you want to ski in this area try the chalet Joly by Skiworld.co.uk, it’s next door to this apartment and they have a much better set up. There location map is also far superior to the Ski France map.

Ski France were made aware of the inaccuracies on their website when I returned from my ski trip in January. They have done nothing about this and have not even bothered to reply to my mail. This says a lot about this company.

3  Thank chris l
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

We visited La Plagne in January 2012 and had an amazing weeks skiing. La Plagne might not be the most glamorous ski resort but it has tonnes going for it in other ways.

The skiing for beginners and intermediates is excellent. There are a number of green runs with drag lifts around the different villages that make up La Plagne. Most of the runs are blue with some reds and a very few blacks. The resort is perfect for learning and for long days exploring the huge 400 odd km of piste in the Paradiski area. One down side is that a lot of the slopes are north facing and the trek back across to la Plagne from the Les Arcs cablecar can be very cold in the late afternoon.

There are some excellent resturants in the various villages. We had one dissapointing meal all week and that was on a piste side place at Roche de Mio. The food is not cheap around 20+euros for a main course.

The bobsleigh run is well worth a go. The ice cave in the Glacier is excellent. It's full of ice sculptures and at around 5€ entry is the best value for money attraction in the area. You can get to it if you are not skiing using the cable-cars.

There were some nice food and souvenir shops in some of the apartment buildings - you would never think so from the outside.

We've skied in a few different European countries and USA and this was the best ski holiday yet.

Thank Josken
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

We have never been on a group holiday before but realyl enjoyed the experience with Alpine Elements at La Plagne 1800. We stayed in Chalet Michelle - which wasn't too fancy but the service was amazing! We had a great chalet peson named Henry who was a fantastic cook and looked after us really well the entire week. We got a cooked breakfast each morning, cake in the afternoon and a 3 course dinner each night.
Although the chalet was quite small for 12 people and the shower in our room had no light or fan - we enjoyed it anyway. We would definitely travel again with Alpine Elements - just maybe in another chalet.
For skiing and other activities, La Plagne was amazing! There are lots of runs and other activities like walking tracks, bobsledding, husky trips, paragliding, spas, ice skating, and much more. Can def recommend it as a place to go!

2  Thank kim_night
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

La Plagne is an absolutely fantastic resort with lots of great pistes for all abilities making the skiing superb, and being able to go across to Les Arcs is a huge bonus. The snow conditions this year are just perfect. We stayed in La Plagne 1800 in Chalet St. Moritz that we booked through Ski Line. There were 8 of us on the holiday and we went catered this year, so we were a bit worried our lunches on the piste were going to be really expensive - but actually they weren't compared to other resorts in France we've been to. We found the quality of the food and wine in all the restaurants we got to (wide ranging as we skied the whole Paradiski area, including Les Arcs), to be very good as well as excellent value for money, and our lunchtime budget of 20 Euros went a long way. We will defintely go again.

1  Thank MrsGordon
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