Les Coches Ski Holidays - Vast Choice Of Ski Areas
The famous ski area of Les Coches in La Plagne offers a wide range of runs and ski options to suit all tastes. With everything from sharp steep blacks, wide open 'motorway' pistes that are perfect for cruising and all types of terrain from thick powder to prime glacier skiing. There is an incredible total of 225 km of skiing in the resort with a total 2,000 metre vertical so the skiing here is truly vast.
Another benefit of the location is that if you by a six day pass you are also entitles to ski in the other resorts in the Savioe Alps. You can ski at L'Espace Killy and the Three Valleys opening the door to around 1,500 km of skiing! There is also the closer link with Les Arcs which, combined with La Plagne creates the Paradiski area which also has an incredible 450 km of perfectly manicured piste.
Last Minute Ski Holidays In Les Coches - Great Choice For All Abilities
All the villages in the area are at a high Altitude so all the skiing above resort level is also above the treeline. All skiing that goes below village cuts through the forests on trails that cut down to other resorts. The routes down to Champagny are located over the back of the natural snowbowl. This resort is perfect for Intermediate skiers rather than 'die-hard' skiers as there is not a huge amount of black runs.
Expert skiers on holiday in La Plagne will be extremely happy. There are some great off-piste opportunities like the amazing 2,000 metre vertical descent that sharply snakes down from Bellecôte glacier's North face. There is also al lot for beginner skiers in La Plagne with great nursery slopes with free beginner lifts at all, and cheap tuition deals.
Cheap Ski Holidays In Les Coches - Fun Apres Ski Activities On Offer
There are 11 Ecole du Ski Français ski schools in all the various villages in La Plagne. They offer standard lessons and also some very interesting packages such the off-piste guided 'Ski Total' package. Also the 'Modern Stages' package in Aime la Plagne offers a comprehensive sliding education and advice for powder skiers.
There are some different opportunities in the popular last minute ski holiday resort, like floodlit slalom races on Tuesday evenings in Champagny with prizes for the winners. There are also 90 km of cross-country tracks to keep even the most adventurous cross-country skiers occupied whilst on a cheap ski holiday in Les Coches.
La Plagne has put a lot of thought and a lot of effort in to its snowboard offering. You'll find large areas of untouched snow to explore after a storm with specially marked out routes and zones where you can find hits galore.
There are four snow parks in the area, including one at Montchavin-l.es Coches, at the top of the local area and next to the Vanoise Express arrivals point. The Park has a permanent boardercross, a beginners' zone and lots of rails, including rainbow rails as well as table tops and a variety of kickers for all ability levels.
In common with the other La Plagne parks, the Montchavin - les Coches Park has a sound system and a supervisor.
Montchavin and Les Coches both have a selection of bars and night spots.
In Montchavin La Taverne is popular through the evening with the discotheque l'Oxygene opening later on for those with the energy.
In Les Coches the Last One Pub, La Poze music bar and Le Roctambule are all normally busy.
A unique evening activity is the resort's Olympic bobsleigh run, a shuttle bus is provided once a week from Montchavin. Here you can try the bob-raft (a covered bobsleigh for four with no pilot), the taxi-bob (a competition bobsleigh for three people and a pilot) and the mono-bob (descend on your own, riding in a semi-horizontal position).
There's also ice skating on an 800 sq m rink just above Les Coches some evenings; a cinema in Montchavin with two or three screenings daily and occasionally in the original version (ie not dubbed into French); as well as evening snowshoe hikes and dog sleigh rides.
If you want to push your limits outdoors the Bureau des Guides or the ski schools can organise off-piste, heli-skiing, ski touring and ice climbing adventures.
The Olympic bobsleigh run is also open to non-professional thrill seekers who can either take a 'taxi ride' behind a professional driver or ride a slower (but at 80kph fast enough for most), "self-guiding" 'bob raft'.
However the slower pace of life is popular in Montchavin - Les Coches more than at most of the other Paradiski bases. You can find out about local history, tradition and produce with excursions and presentations organised through the tourist office. If you happen to be around on the first Wednesday in February, you can witness the annual Saint Agatha's day fate in celebration of the patron saint of Montchavin. At other times you can visit the library or join an arts or crafts class. There's also an ice rink,a cinema in Montchavin and board games rental from the tourist office.
Snowshoeing and winter rambling are both popular and there are special lift tickets available for non-skiers and boarders as well as organised excursions to join.
There are a dozen or so eateries in both Les Coches and Montchavin, serving crepes, pizza and traditional French Savoyard cuisine
In Les Coches Allo Pizza offers a delivery service, L'Origan pizzeria and creperie is another high value, family-friendly choice. For more traditional local food visit La Poze and La Taverne du Monchu.
In Montchavin three pizzerias are La Boule de Neige (which offers a delivery service), La Ferme du Yeti (which is also a creperie) and La Zaccota. Le Moulin a Poivre has a take away service.