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Ski area: Paradiski, France
Resort height: 1250m
Resort top height: 3250m

(La Plagne, Les Arcs inc. Montchavin, Les Coches, Peisey Vallandry)
Km piste: 425
Lifts: 182
Snow cannons: 626
Snow parks: Various

No. of slopes: 236

Green slopes 11 Blue slopes 123
Red slopes 65 Black slopes 37

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Driving distance from Calais: 603 miles (8hrs 50)

resort info

Montchavin is a charming village that has grown up from an old farming hamlet and retained its ambience despite development and expansion.  It is a quieter alternative to bustling La Plagne yet it shares its giant neighbour's Paradiski ski domain, one of the world's largest. 


Montchavin has a small selection of bars and restaurants as well as a nightclub, supermarket, boulangerie, and laundrette. There’s a further selection of bars and restaurants in nearby Les Coches, linked by ski lifts and a shuttle bus.


The village has a natural appeal for families, which has earned it the Famille Plus accreditation for the quality of its services awarded by the French government’s Ski France organisation. Montchavin is traffic free and offers children’s clubs and a nursery, so is a perfect location for families.

Child-minding facilities (with state accreditation) include the Baby Club Montchavin which provides indoor and outdoor activities including drawing, painting, games, sledging, walks, snowman building and time for a nap, if required, for one to three year olds.


Activities in the village include snowshoeing, an ice rink at the top of Montchavin gondola lift, with 800 sq m of artificial ice rink, a cinema and a well being centre with Turkish bath, sauna, massages and beauty treatments.


In other La Plagne villages nearby there are more activity options, including the rare chance for the brave to descend a bobsleigh run, in this case built for the 1992 Winter Olympics staged in the area. You can either take a ‘taxi’ bobsleigh at top speed behind a professional driver or jump in a ‘self steering’ craft with friends which goes a little slower but is still fast enough.


Why Montchavin?

·          Direct ski access to the north-facing slopes of La Plagne

·          Located by the La Plagne-Les Arcs Paradiski area

·          A quiet alternative to La Plagne


  • Opening Dates
  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Apres Ski/Eating
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Opening Dates


Montchavin-Les Coches open on 21/12/13 and close on 26/04/14


Child Care


Montchavin has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here for more information on the Famille Plus label.


Montchavin Les Coches has a natural appeal for families, which has earned it the famous Famille Plus label awarded by Ski France: it's at medium altitude (1,250 m and 1,450 m), has a built environment on a human scale and there's no car traffic in the villages.


In addition, there are high-quality child-minding facilities (with state accreditation) designed to provide a real service for parents wanting to make the most of their day's skiing and to introduce children of all ages to the world of snow in the best possible conditions.


CHAT BLEU located in Montchavin welcomes children from 1 to 3 years. Indoor and outdoor activities: drawing, painting, games, sledging, walks, snowmen and of course, time for a nap, if required.

Registration and reservations baby club and Club ski: OGMC Clubs Enfants - Maison de Montchavin - 73210 Bellentre - E-mail
Contact: 0033 4 79 07 82 82

Kindergarten are opened from Sunday to Friday. Saturday are saved for registration only, from 22 December 2013 to 25 April 2014.


Prices 2013-2014:
1/2 day for the week: 130€ (one session €35)
1/2 day for the week + meals: 195€ (one session €50)
Day + meals for the week: 250€ (one session €66)


Childrens Ski Lessons in Montchavin

Children can ski from 4 years old in Montchavin with ESF.

Peak Retreats can pre-book this. See here for details.




Montchavin Paragliding

Paragliding - Paradifly

73210 Montchavin-Les-Coches

Tel: 0033 6 52 03 82 82


Web site:
Tandem flight:

Step by step gently in the air - 70€
Discover the magic moment your feet leave the ground. Flight of about 12 mn, variation in height of 800 metres. (in the morning).

A flying trip in front of Mont Blanc - 90€
Fully enjoy the countryside and the view of Mont Blanc.
Flight of about 20 mn and variation in height of 1200 metres (all day).

Try to meet the clouds - 130€
Like birds of prey, we will use thermals to gain height towards the clouds.
Flight of at least 40 mn, discover a magnificent panorama over the valley (in the afternoon).

Discovery day - 150€
Taste the introduction to paragliding for one morning and do your first tandem flight "A flying trip in front of the Mont Blanc".

Courses from 350€ - Learn to fly by yourself. You will never look at the sky like before. Five Day Course.

From 21/12/13 to 26/04/14: open daily.

Montchavin Ice rink

Only five minutes from the centre of Les Coches, at the top of Montchavin gondola lift, 800 sq m of artificial covered ice. NIght skiing from 8-10pm on Tues/Weds.

From 21/12/13 to 26/04/14: open daily from 2 PM to 8 PM.


Adult: 7 €
Child: 6 €


Montchavin Sledge area

Two areas, one in Montchavin at the bottom of the slopes and another in Les Coches at the bottom of the slopes. Free access under the parental observation.


Montchavin Espace Paradisio Wellbeing centre & pool

Situated to Montchavin-Les Coches (but in the Montchavin sector), in the heart of the resort of La Plagne, this Aquatic Complex (Espace Paradisio) and Wellness will know how to delight all visitors.

Water complex will propose to you well-being sessions. Relax in a smooth atmosphere looking at the skiers outside.

Well being inside pool
Sauna, Hammam
Whirlpool baths
Affusion showers
Water games 
Aquafusion arrives
The Espace Paradisio aqua-centre in Montchavin-les Coches is offering Aquafusion which is a combination of 4 complementary activity groups (aqua bike, hydrotone (water weights), trampoline and weights) to improve muscle tone and physical condition, encourage weight loss and manage stress. A group session lasts 45 minutes. The exercise is intensive and repetitive. Cost: from 14€
Further info: +33 (0)4 79 09 33 20 -

Bobsleigh runs

Paradiski offers 3 bobsleigh runs - RODEO PARK is 3km long, COLORADO PARK is 1.5km long and new for 13/14 ARPETTE NIGHT BOBSLEIGH RUN is 3km long.

From December to March, the Olympic luge and Bobsleigh run at la Plagne is open to the public:

Taxi Bob: 1 500 meters run in a four man racing bobsleigh, 3 passengers, over 18 years, are taken for each trip.

Bob Raft: It looks like a conventional bobsleigh and carries for people without a pilot (minimum eight of 1.3m, parental approval mandatory for under 18 years olds, parental presence compulsory for under 15s).

Mono Bob: Just you and the ride of your life. At around 90km/hr, in a semi-horizontal position, all alone in a one-man bob.

Every Wednesday: the Office du Tourisme organises an outing to the bobsleigh run. Depart by coach, at 16:50 to Les Coches and 17:00 to Montchavin.
From 37€00 per person for a bob raft descent. (Without transport)

OFFERS 13/14:

Families get one free! 2 parents and 2 children under 18 = 123€ instead of 164€
Sundays (reservation and payment at least 15 days in advance):
1 bobraft place free for 3 places purchased, i.e. 123€ instead of 164€
1 bobracing place free for 2 purchased, i.e. 230€ instead of 345€
Further info: freefone n° +33 (0)4 79 09 12 73


Montchavin Dog Sledding

Christophe the musher invites you to discover the resort with his pack of 20 dogs.

From 21/12/13 to 26/04/14: open daily.


2 adults or 1 adult + 1 child -12ys : 80€
2 adults + 1 child -12yrs: 105€
2 adults + 2 chidren - 10yrs: 115€


Montchavin Quad biking

Quad - Evolution 2

73210 Montchavin-Les-Coches

Tel: 0033 4 79 07 81 85

Activity frame and opened to the persons holders of a licence B. Discover the mountain by piloting your quad bike 4x4 Polaris 300 Hawkeyes in excursion around Montchavin Les Coches


From 21/12/13 to 26/04/14: open daily.

Adult: 50 €

All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website


Montchavin Office du Tourisme
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 79 07 82 82

Fax: 00 33 (0) 4 79 07 80 18


Montchavin Les Coches's tourist office - 73 210 Bellentre - Phone: 04 79 07 82 82

Open every day from 9 am till 12 am and from 2 pm till 7 pm - Except Sunday and holidays from 9 am till 12 am and from 3 pm till 7 pm


Apres Ski/Eating

Bars, restaurants.


Bars in Montchavin-Les Coches

Roxor welcomes you from the end of after noon for happy hours, you also can you dance on the dancefloor, to play billiards, table football, dart, poker till 4 am in the morning. Place des Commerces - Les Coches

Les Dos Rond, since 1973, is situated in the main street of Montchavin (Rue Principale). Broadcasts sports events on big screen. From 8:00 am till 1:30am.

Le Pink Marmotte - at the top of the village, next to Evolution 2 and from the yellow gondola. Snack bar in noon, bar atmosphere in the evening

4 pm until 10-11pm.

Pub The Last one - this pub style evening bar is associated with Ski Republic. Welcome you in the day time & in evening to 2am. Place des Commerces - Les Coches.


Restaurants in Montchavin/Les Coches
La Zaccota

Tel: 0033 4 79 08 82 31


Le Moulin à Poivre

Tel: 0033 4 79 07 82 01

La Ferme de César

Tel: 0033 4 79 07 85 31


Restaurant La Bovate

Tel: 0033 9 83 54 44 94


La Taverne du Monchu

Tel: 0033 4 79 07 80 44


Restaurant Le Dos Rond

Tel: 0033 4 79 07 83 38

Les Cavagnes

Tel: 00334 79 07 58 98


La Poya

Tel: 0033 4 79 41 20 27

La Poze

Tel: 0033 4 79 07 85 28


Restaurant Le Chaudron

Tel: 0033 4 79 07 83 30


Les Coches Pizza

Tel: 00334 79 07 86 00



Tel: 0033 4 79 07 81 26




By road: Driving distance from Calais to Montchavin 620 miles 8hrs 50.

From Calais take the A26 motorway via Reims, Dijon and Maçon to Lyon A43/A430 to Albertville and then N90 via Moutiers in the direction of Les Arcs, following signs for Montchavin.             


By Rail: Landry 10km - Shuttlebus +33 479 55 64 76 – Taxi +33 614 82 46 34.     



Chambery Airport is 117km from Montchavin (1 ½ hours)

Grenoble Airport is 185km from Montchavin (2 ¼ hours)

Lyon Airport is 194km from Montchavin (2 ¼ hours)

Shuttle bus +33 437 25 52 55

Geneva Airport is 196km from Montchavin (2 ¼ hours)


Shuttle service between Montchavin and Les Coches
Free shuttle between Montchavin and Les Coches Each day from 8:45 am to 11:00 pm (last shuttle at the end of the last cinema session).

Stops: Montchavin Police Station, and Les Coches Tourism Office and Skating Rink.


Montchavin/Les Coches Transfer

Pre-book your Montchavin/Les Coches airport taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

From Chambery Airport to Montchavin/Les Coches – from £125 per person return based on 4 people sharing.  We can book from Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva airports too plus Bourg St Maurice train station - from £28pp based on 4 sharing. 

For all other transfer prices please view here 

Other Amenities

Supermarket, boulangerie, laundrette…

ski info

Paradiski is the second largest ski area in the world and one of the very large interconnected areas. The ski lifts rise for an incredible 2000 vertical metres above the village to snowsure glacier snow fields, a figure matched by less than a dozen other resorts on the planet. With the massifs of Les Arcs/ Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne linked by the Vanoise Express, the world’s largest cable car, the ultra-modern machine is a two-level panoramic cabin and crosses between the massifs of the 3 resorts in just 4 minutes. It can carry 4000 people per hour. The Paradiski lift system is one of the fastest and most modern that exists.


With 70% of the ski runs at over 2000 metres and one of the world’s most modern artificial snow systems, Paradiski guarantees top-quality snow conditions from December to April. With the best-known peaks, such as Mont Blanc and the Pierra Menta forming a panoramic background, Paradiski is also the gateway to the Vanoise national park, a nature reserve of 53,000 hectares.


Additional ski info facts, main ski info in panel above

La Plagne





Slopes 134














2 snowpark, 3 boardcross (Belle Plagne, Montchavin/Les Coches, Champagny), 2 boardergliss (Arcs 1600 & 2000), 1 half pipe

359 snow cannons in La Plagne 



To get to La Plagne there are a few lift systems to take but the local slopes have a number of easy-intermediate runs. Montchavin is a little alpine village which is linked to the large Paradiski ski area so you get the best of both worlds.


The slopes of the La Plagne side are mostly north-facing and between 2000m and 2700m making most of La Plagnes slopes snow sure. The local Montchavin-Les Coches slopes are tree-lined where as above this (where the high altuitude villages are) its mainly open.


In winter, the Vanoise Express 200 person cable car (2km wide and 4 minutes in duration) is accessible to skiers and pedestrians.  On Montchavin side though, the cable car arrives on a ski slope. You can't reach Montchavin on foot from Les Arcs. To get to the cable car from Montchavin centre, you need to take one lift and then ski on blue run - so its pretty quick and easy. Montchavin is the closest resort to the Vanoise Express on the La Plagne side (followed by Les Coches). It's much quicker to access the Vanoise Express from either Monthchavin or Les Coches than from the altitude La Plagne villages which are further away.



La Plagne is a good place to learn with 18 free ski lifts in the whole area. Each village has at least one. There are beginners areas in Montchavin/Les Coches (as well as Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800, Aime la Plagne and Plagne Bellecote).



Intermediates will find heaps of interlinked blue and red ski runs across the entire region; infact 80% of La Plagnes 225km are blue or red. It’s an intermediates paradise! And this doesnt even include Les Arcs where you can find another 200km of intermediates paradise!


It can be fun to try to see how far across this giant ski area you can venture in a day, the lifts and runs seem to go on and on. The blue runs on either side of Arpette, on the Montchavin side of the main bowl, are great cruises, but blue further down towards Montchavin are quite challenging. Paradiski has extensive intermediate slopes with big lift networks.



Experts will be happy if they sign up with one of the ski schools to tackle the under-rated off-piste or attempt the near 2000m vertical down from the north face of the Bellecôte glacier, one of the world's longest and toughest runs. High-altitude skiing with helicopter drop-off, ski safaris, ski touring and even ascents of Mont-Blanc are possible, always with a professional guide.



Hire a guide and explore the vast off-piste potential in La Plagne. The glacier and Biolley sectors have some excellent off-piste terrain. For the more experienced, the north face of Bellecote presents a splendid challenge. Within the ski domain there are 'Natur' Pistes also. This means you can learn to ski in an off-piste style safety, but within the ski area and patrolled by ski patrol. They are ungroomed ski runs.


Not to be missed when you visit Paradiski!

360 degree panorama of La Grande Rochette at La Plagne. The Aiguille Rouge descent, a mythical 7km non-stop, from the glacier at 3226m all the way to Villaroger at 1200m (on the Les Arcs side). One of the steepest drops in Europe! Once at the top, climb up the observation point and see the views towards the Swiss, Italian and French Alps right to the Jura mountain range. A view like none other!


  • Ski Hire
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  • Ski School
  • Activities
Ski Hire


Ski hire Les Montchavin prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £57 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Montchavin ski hire prices


Ski Passes


Lift Passes 13/14 Montchavin

      La Plagne         


Paradiski 2


Paradiski Decouverte3

For complete beginners, please note that there is also a cheaper lift pass covering Montchavin-Les Coches ski area only although we cannot pre-book this so it has to be bought in resort.

Adult (14-64yrs)

6 days




7 days




Child (6-13yrs) & Senior (65-71yrs)

6 days




7 days




 Family pass: 2 adults + 2 children (6-17 yrs)*

6 days




7 days




Family pass.  Extra child (6-17 yrs)*

6 days




7 days




1 La Plagne: 225km (Les Coches, La Plagne, Montchavin, Champagny)

2 Paradiski: 425km (La Plagne area + Les Arcs/Peisey)                                                                                                                                                                             

3 Paradiski Decouverte: La Plagne ski area + 1 day access to Paradiski

*Proof of age is compulsory. Free passes for children under 6yrs; Senior +72yrs: to buy locally

NOTE: NO PHOTO NECESSARY (except for +72yrs & free passes)


2 adults passes bought (Paradiski/Paradiski Decouverte) = 1 free child pass (weeks starting 05/04, 12/04)


Montchavin/Les Coches/La Plagne: 225km of pistes

Paradiski: 425km of piste (Peisey/Les Arcs/La Plagne/Les Coches)

Paradiski Decouverte: Peisey/Les Arcs + 1 day access to Paradiski


* Family pass: offer applies to people with same name living at same address.


Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):


For beginners 13/14:

Montchavin-Les Coches local only

1 day €38

Public Rates in Euros, valid from 21/12/2013 to 18/04/2014.


Paradiski ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 13/14:

Day - €40.50 children, €53.50 adults

1/2 day -€32.50 childre, €43 adults


La Plagne ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 13/14:

½ day - €28.50 children, €38 adults

Day - €36 children, €48 adults


Re-working the ski area to improve skier flow
 - “Arnica” blue run is being adapted for beginners
 - For environmental reasons and with the aim of reducing the number of pylons, “Les Coqs” 4 seater chairlift is being moved to replace the Les Bauches 2 person chairlift which is used by more people now that the Dérochoir has been opened. “La Roche” chairlift flow will be increased from 1800 to 2800 pers/hr.
 - Complete renovation of the Télémetro in Plagne Centre
 - Steep, high altitude black runs “Rochu” and “Bellecôte” are being reworked.

Projects to come:
 - 2014: construction of a gondola in Plagne-Montalbert
 - 2015: replacement of “Les Colosses” chairlift in Plagne-Bellecôte
 - 2017: replacement of the Glacier gondola


Ten years ago, on the 20th December, 2003, the Vanoise Express cable car was born. In the space of 10 years, Paradiski has welcomed over 5 million skiers on its pistes! To celebrate this anniversary, Paradiski has asked the haute-couture designer, Jean-Charles DeCastelbajac, to decorate the Vanoise Express.  The world-renowned artist and innovator will cover the two double-decker Vanoise Express cable cars in a unique creation which will feature throughout winter 2013/2014.


Ski School


Ski School ESF Monthchavin 13/14

Lessons only (lift pass not included)



(4 - 13 yrs)


 6 half-days1



Snowboard (+9yrs)

All other dates

23/12-4/1+ 17/2-15/3 + 14/4-20/4

Cost of medal included for children - Competition classes available 3 hours ask for prices

6 half-days2 2 hours 30



5 half-days3 2 hours



1. All season except 16/2-14/3: 6 Mornings Sun-Fri 9.30-12.00 or 6 Afternoons 14.00-16.30 

6 Mornings 16/2-14/3, Sun-Fri. 8.55-11.10 or 11.15-13.30 / 6 Afternoons (for children of all levels+ adults beginners only) 14.00-16.15              
2. 6 Afternoons, Sun-Fri 22/12-3/1 + 13/4-19/4: 14.00-16.30 - 16/2-14/3: 11.30-14.00 or 15.00-17.00       
3. 5 Afternoons, Sunday or Monday-Friday 14.00-16.00 (not available 22/12-3/1 + 16/2-14/3)       



Please note that a booking fee of £9 per party will apply


Ski School: Lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (21/12-04/01, 15/02-15/03 & 12/04-19/04) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.  


Montchavin Individual Tuition (12/13 prices, NOT pre-bookable)



1-2 Pers (1hr)




1-2 Pers (1hr30)




Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change


Ski school contact numbers:

Contact ski school direct to book. Phone : 33 (0)4 79 07 80 33
Fax : 04 79 07 82 37



Snowparks in Paradiski

2 snowparks, 6 boardercross, 1 half pipe and 2 big Air Bags.


Cross-country in Paradiski

Pedestrian and X-Country skiers

Access to the x-country tracks is free. Ask for the plan at either Office du Tourisme.


There are 153kms of cross country skiing in this vast ski area (Paradiski) and access to the local tracks is free. There are 16 km of marked tracks that may be reached from the villages and from the top of the lifts at Montchavin and Les Coches, as well as from the Les Coches and Lac Noir Gondola lifts. Also try Champagny (Le-Haut) – 14 miles of stunning winding tracks in a sunny valley.


Snowparks in Paradiski

2 snowparks, 6 boardercross, 1 half pipe and 2 big Air Bags.


Pass Park for access to la Plagne's freestyle areas.
1 day Pass Park € 28.00

Public Rates in Euros, valid from 21/12/2013 to 18/04/2014.


Montchavin Snowshoeing

Bureau des Accompagnateurs en Moyenne Montagne

Monsieur Christian Benard

Phone: 33 (0)4 79 07 83 54
Mobile: 33 (0)6 63 21 77 90


Serge and Cristian, snow-shoe experts and based in the resort of Montchavin-Les Coches for many years are eager to share with you their passion and experiencesof the great outdoors.

The walks are set in picturesque countryside with lots to see: typical mountain hamlets, fairy tale forests, animal tracks…

Transport with a bus is included according to places.

Prices: a half day from 18€00 for adults and from 12€00 for children.


Montchavin Snakegliss

Snakegliss is an activity of collective sled which is practised in family or between friends.

From 21/12/13 to 26/04/14: open daily.
Adult: 10 €
Child: 10 €


Montchavin Trikke

Get ready to live one piece of new experience on the snow thanks to a really easy handling. After some simple instructions on the use of Skki, you will be ready to slide quite freely on this new machine which does not leave indifferent. Easy to check, within 30 minutes you will be able to slalom and to take advantage completely of your stay in the winter sports!

From 21/12/13 to 26/04/14: open daily.


Montchavin Snowscoot

The snow scoot is a machine consisted of a frame, two similar different boards in snowboards, a fork and a guidon to direct the board before. The back board is fixed to the frame and that before stands by the fork.Only with an instructor - On the slopes.

From 21/12/13 to 26/04/14: open daily.


Montchavin Airboard

Airboard: it is the bodyboard of snows... An inflatable sled on which we lengthen in flat - stomach, the head forward! The machine goes by the weight of the body.

* Demonstration and Initiation in front of the ESF

* Big Descent
- RDV is at the top of the yellow gondola in Les Coches
- Summit Chairlift of Plan Bois

From 21/12/13 to 26/04/14: open daily.

Other Accommodation In: Montchavin

More details
Les 3 Glaciers
Apartments. Sleeps 2-8
Indoor Pool
The 3 Glaciers residence overlooks the resort and enjoys easy access to the slopes immediately below the residence.

More details
Hotel. Sleeps 2-6
Bellecote is just 30m from the cable car which links with the Paradiski ski area and within the heart of the village.
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