For my last #take12trips challenge, I knew I wanted to finish with a grand finale, which is why I chose to go snowboarding in La Plagne, France.
Now this was the first time I had ever been snowboarding (or done any winter sports ever) and I was a little apprehensive about throwing myself in the deep end and wanted to go somewhere that was beginner-friendly but also offered room for progression. Luckily Belle Plagne, in La Plagne, France, offered a good mixture of blue runs and green practice spaces for beginners and intermediates, depending which variation of the route you chose.
As we were beginners and wanted to be up and snowboarding the pistes as soon as possible, we spent the mornings each day at the Oxygene beginner’s snowboarding school. We started out learning simply how to glide, but by the end of the week had mastered turns and were about to start learning intermediate skills such as carving and jumps.
The Belle Plagne ski resort area is an ideal choice for those that want an all-round ski/snowboarding experience; everyone from students to families can find something to enjoy there in the evenings. The saloon bar is great for those that want a heavy night out, whilst the Tete Bar’s Happy Hour coincides at just the right time for an apres-ski pint, and lasts for 3 hours (did I mention they give out free crisps, cured meat and cheese with drinks?).
The K2 Bar is a good, more affordable dining option than some of the other restaurants in the resort, and offers some hearty French recipes that are perfect after a day on the slopes.
Just don’t try to finish the enormous pan of cheese fondue!
If your body needs a break from snowboarding, La Plagne also offers a range of extra activities instead, such as ziplining, tobogganing and snow-mobiling. Sometimes in the evening some of the resort’s top skiers and snowboarders will put on shows featuring synchronised skiing or slalom racing.
Not to mention, it’s a pretty good place for stargazing (when it’s not snowing)!