Why Les Coches Ski Resort?
- It has direct ski access to the north-facing slopes of La Plagne
- It’s located close by the La Plagne-Les Arcs Paradiski area
- It’s a quiet alternative to La Plagne
Les Coches (Paradiski) Information
Les Coches is one of the most attractive resorts in the huge La Plagne ski area. It also has the added attraction of being right next to the spectacular double-decker Vanoise Express cable car which spans the Ponturin Gorge linking La Plagne with Les Arcs to create the Paradiski Area, one of the world's largest.
There’s a selection of shops and restaurants with more at neighbouring Montchavin. The resort is traffic free, and offers children’s clubs and a nursery - so it’s the ideal location for families
For après-ski activities there’s a natural ice skating rink, a games room, snowshoeing, paragliding and marked walking trails.
In La Plagne villages nearby there are other activities, 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 descend in a ‘taxi’ bobsleigh at top speed behind a professional driver or jump in a ‘self-steering’ craft which goes a little slower but still fast enough!
Voted one of the top resorts for Intermediates.
Peak Retreats offers a range of Les Coches accommodation options. All of Les Coches' ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a Les Coches ski holiday.
LES COCHES SKI AREA
Paradiski is one of the largest ski areas in the world and one of the largest interconnected areas. The ski lifts rise for an incredible 2000 vertical metres above the village to snowsure glacier snowfields, a figure matched by fewer than a dozen other resorts on the planet. The massifs of Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne are linked by the Vanoise Express, the world’s largest cable car. This ultra-modern lift is a two-level panoramic cabin and crosses between the massifs of the three resorts in just four minutes. It can carry 4000 people per hour. The Paradiski lift system is one of the fastest and most modern that exists. The double-decker cable car has, in addition to the 360° panorama, a 3-dimensional outlook courtesy of a transparent glass panel inserted into the floor of the lower level of the 2 cabins.
The lifts in the Montchavin/Les Coches sector are fast. And 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.
Before venturing on to the vast La Plagne ski area or even the 425km (266 miles) of Paradiski, many visitors enjoy the lovely sheltered skiing above the village on fairly easy tree-lined runs. North-facing slopes and snowmaking means resort-level snow is normally excellent.
To get to La Plagne there are a few lift systems you can take but the local slopes have a number of easy-intermediate runs. Les Coches is a little Alpine village linked to the large Paradiski ski area so you can enjoy 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 Plagne’s slopes snowsure. The local Montchavin-Les Coches slopes are tree-lined, whereas higher up at altitude the terrain is largely wide open.
In winter, the Vanoise Express 200-person cable car ride (the two-kilometre journey takes just four minutes) is accessible to skiers and pedestrians. On the Montchavin side though, the cable car arrives directly onto the slopes. So you can't reach Montchavin on foot from Les Arcs. To get to the cable car from the Les Coches centre, you need to take one lift and then ski on blue runs - so it’s pretty quick and easy. It's much quicker to access the Vanoise Express from either Montchavin or Les Coches than from the higher-altitude La Plagne villages further away.
Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
La Plagne only - 225km of pistes, 102 lifts, 130 slopes:
Green slopes: 10
Blue slopes: 69
Red slopes: 33
Black slopes: 18
2 snowpark, 3 boardercross (Belle Plagne, Montchavin/Les Coches, Champagny), 2 boardergliss (Arcs 1600 & 2000), 1 half pipe
359 snow cannons in La Plagne
LES COCHES BEGINNERS
La Plagne is a good place to learn to ski or snowboard, with 18 free ski lifts in the region. Each village has at least one. There are beginners’ areas in Montchavin/Les Coches, as well as at Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800, Aime la Plagne and Plagne Bellecôte. The Plan Bois area above Les Coches has good gentle slopes for beginners served by a six-pack chair; there’s also a nursery area on the other side of Les Coches accessed by a bucket lift.
La Plagne and its Villages have reinvented the beginner ski areas from each main village. There are now areas called COOLSKI zones which are specially created to allow you to learn in complete safety. The pass is €28 per day per person.
COOLSKI areas offer:
1. Protected zones starting from each main centre
2. Specific signposts on the slopes
3. A selection of suitable lifts
4. Easy, wide and well-groomed slopes
5. Suggested circuits for your first ski outside the protected zone
Skiers can enjoy the whole Paradiski area using just blue pistes to get going (again) gently.
LES COCHES INTERMEDIATES
Intermediates will find a huge variety of interlinked blue and red runs across the entire region; infact 80% of La Plagne’s 225km of pistes are blue or red. It’s an 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. Paradiski has extensive intermediate slopes with big lift networks.
LES COCHES EXPERTS
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-offs, ski safaris, ski touring and even ascents of Mont Blanc are possible, always with a professional guide.
LES COCHES OFF-PISTE
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 Bellecôte presents a splendid challenge. Within the ski domain there are also 'Natur' Pistes. This means you can learn to ski in an off-piste style safety, but within the ski area on ungroomed runs patrolled by the ski patrol.
Not to be missed when you visit Paradiski!
Don’t miss the 360-degree panorama of La Grande Rochette at La Plagne. The Aiguille Rouge descent is a legendary seven-kilometre non-stop run 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 enjoy the views towards the Swiss, Italian and French Alps right across to the Jura mountain range - a view like none other!
Les Coches Ski Hire
Pre-book your Les Coches ski hire with Peak Retreats.
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6. Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.
Les Coches Ski Passes
Pre-book your Les Coches lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
Beginner ski passes in La Plagne can be bought in resort at one of the Ski Pass Offices, look out for "Cool Ski" 1 day passes which cost €30 for 1 day and give you access to designated beginner-friendly areas on the pistes. You can buy individual days one at a time and once you've built up your confidence, you can buy passes for progressing into the La Plagne or the Paradiski Unlimited area.
Paradiski ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
Day - €48 children, €60 adults
La Plagne ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €34children, €43 adults
Day - €42 children, €52 adults
Les Coches Ski School
Pre-book your Les Coches ESF ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school
Ski school for children is available to book from 4 years to 18 years in Les Coches, with Peak Retreats. Children can learn to snowboard from 9 years+.
For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays, the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - 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.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in the resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Les Coches Individual Tuition (18/19 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Prices: 1 hour for 1 or 2 people: From 44€
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. Tel. 0033 4 79 07 80 33
Les Coches Child Care
Les Coches 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. 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.
CACAHUETE located in Les Coches welcomes babies from 3 months to 3 years. Indoor and outdoor activities: drawing, painting, games, sledging, walks, snowmen and of course, time for a nap, if required.
1/2 day (morning or afternoon) from 35€
1 day with meal from 66€
Les Coches Resort Activities
Montchavin Ice Rink
Only 5 mins from Les Coches, at the top of Montchavin gondola lift, 800sq m of artificial covered ice. Night skating available on certain evenings during the week.
See details under eating tab
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.
There is a well-being inside pool, sauna, hammam, whirlpool baths, affusion showers, massages, water games and 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€
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 33 20 - www.espace-paradisio.com
Les Coches Dog Sledding
Christophe the musher invites you to discover the resort with his pack of 20 dogs.
Tel. 0033 4 79 08 95 98 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Coches 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.
Les Coches Heritage
Old villages with traditional chalets, baroque churches with lavish reredos made of polychromatic or gilted sculpted wood, the historic town of Aime, the former capital of a Roman province that's home to many Gallo-Roman and mediaeval remains, arts and crafts practitioners, etc.
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.
Les Coches Quad Biking
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.
Quad - Evolution 2
Tel: 0033 4 79 07 81 85
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Les Coches Office du Tourisme
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 79 07 82 82 - email@example.com
Les Coches Ski Activities
Les Coches Mountain restaurants
Les Coches has 3 mountain restaurants.
Cross-country in Paradiski
Access to the x-country tracks is free. There are 16 km of marked tracks that may be reached from the vimmages and from the top of the lifts at Montchavin and Les Coches, as well as from the Les Coches and Lac Noir Gondola lifts. Ask for the plan at either Office du Tourisme.
There are also 153kms of cross country skiing in this vast ski area (Paradiski). In La Plagne area there is 80km/50 miles. 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. Get the Pass Park for access to la Plagne's freestyle areas.
Les Coches Snakegliss
Snakegliss is an activity of collective sled which is practised in as a family or between friends.
Les Coches 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. Within 30 minutes you will be able to slalom!
Les Coches 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.
Les Coches Airboard
Airboarding is the bodyboarding of the snow, an inflatable sled that moves using your body weight.
La Plagne Resort News and Events 2018/19
Resort news in La Plagne as a whole (not just Champagny):
- New spa - Deep nature is opening a new 1500m2 spa for guests of all ages in the centre of Belle Plagne. Apart from its superb views, it offers 3 separate areas. Children can also try a spa experience (a first in the Tarentaise).
Premium spa area - aged 15 and over with a range of re-mineralizing, relaxing and tonic activities
Outdoor - counter current swim lane, whirlpool, nordic bath
Indoor - 3 saunas, 31m2 steam room, salt grotto, relaxation room, herbal tea space
Treatment rooms - 6 treatment room including 'My First Spa' for children aged 6 and over
Family spa area - outdoor aquatic trail with water heated to 35c, waterfalls, geysers, water beds
- Escape rooms - 2 escape rooms in Plagne Bellecote as a family venture, exclusive to the Tarentaise! Teams of 2-6 people have 1hr to escape by solving puzzles. One room is family friendly. In French and English.
'Hunting the Chuppa Yeti' - from 8 years. Find the yeti using a guidebook
'The Mont Saint Jacques Bunker' - from 16 years. Post-apocalyptic world
- A new look for Plagne Centre - The shopping gallery has already been renovated but now its the entrance to Plagne Centre that's getting a facelift. Place Albert Perriere is to become an animated 'village square' offering a dynamic/multiservice activity centre. Amenities include: covered bus station, tourist office reception, a bar with panoramic views of the Mont Blanc, 4-lane bowling alley, a natural skating rink in winter plus a Heritage and Mountain Mining exhibition room. In total, an €8m investment.
Events in La Plagne as a whole (not just Champagny):
- Christmas market - Wednesday 26 December 2018 between 2pm and 6pm - Free of charge in Montchavin
- Step 6 Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont-Blanc - Friday 18 January 2019 - International sled dog race, the most challenging with 20 among the best mushers in the world. Free of charge. In Plagne Montalbert
- Odyssea - 2nd-3rd March 2019 - New this winter, La Plagne is joining the Odyssea circuit and organising a race on snow - it will be supporting the fight against breast cancer
- Ice climbing world cup - 9th-10th February 2019 - takes place on Europe's only ice tower in Champagny en Vanoise
- Famille Plus week - Saturday 23 February - Friday 1st March 2019 - Free of charge
- 8th Nordic Marathon - Sunday 24 February 2019 - A highlight of the winter calendar: the cross-country skiers will be honored during this cross-country ski popular race (freestyle). Traced on the valley of Champagny-le-Haut in a protected area, at the foot of the highest mountain of Savoie "La Grande Casse".
- Super slalom - 30th March 2019 - An unusual downhill skiing challenge that multiplies the classic format by four, for an irresistible combination of a sporting spectacle and a festive event for all! The world’s longest slalom is open to 400 top-level skiers including a sundry cast of the best athletes from the world of skiing. Stats: 4 km and 320 gates
- Sublicimes – 10th-18th April 2019 - 5 peaks, 5 parties, 5 senses. Branded “Skiing in Spring”, this family-friendly event offers skiers (and non-skiers) the opportunity to enjoy the ski area via offbeat stops on 5 peaks between 1970 and 2700 m. This year, the theme will be the 5 senses. All the activities are free and open to all. Skiers can get there on blue runs and non-skiers can get to 4 of the 5 peaks.
Check out the Tourist Office website for further information about what is going on in La Plagne: www.la-plagne.com
Les Coches Restaurants, Bars & Aprés-ski
The shops, restaurants and bars of Les Coches are reached by arched walkways; there is a small choice of good value dining. More bars and restaurants in nearby Montchavin.
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
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
RUE PRINCIPALE, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 08 82 31
Le Moulin à Poivre
PLACE DU BASSIN - MONTCHAVIN, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 07 82 01
La Ferme de César
FRONT DE NEIGE MONTCHAVIN, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 07 85 31
Restaurant La Bovate
VIEUX VILLAGE MONTCHAVIN, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 9 83 54 44 94
La Taverne du Monchu
PLACE DU CARREAU, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 07 80 44
Restaurant Le Dos Rond
RUE PRINCIPALE , 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 07 83 38
FRONT DE NEIGE, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 00334 79 07 58 98
BÂTIMENT DES SAISONNIERS - LES COCHES, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 41 20 27
PLACE DU CARREAU - LES COCHES, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 07 85 28
Restaurant Le Chaudron
MONTCHAVIN, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 07 83 30
Les Coches Pizza
PLACE DES COMMERCES, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 00334 79 07 86 00
LES COCHES, 73210 MONTCHAVIN-LES-COCHES
Tel: 0033 4 79 07 81 26
In Les Arcs
Village Igloo (bar & restaurant)
For a unique break on the slopes, you can stop off at the Village Igloo Ice Bar anytime between 9am and 5pm to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or a refreshing drink in the bar, with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to choose from. The bar is in the heart of the Paradiski ski area, within easy access on a blue run from the Arcabulle chairlift. Suitable for all the family, skiers and non-skiers alike, the bar is within an easy 15-minute walk or snowshoe walk along a well-marked path from Arc 2000. Alternatively, from 7pm onwards, once the lifts have stopped and the sun has set, you can prolong your day on the slopes with a visit to the Village Igloo, by booking one of their evening activities. For these, you will be accompanied to the igloo and have the choice of a "Frosty Apéro" - a welcome drink followed by an aperitif and "polar" tapas - or a full dinner option with a traditional Savoyard fondue afterwards. Be sure to wrap up warm in your ski gear as the temperature inside the igloo rarely gets above 5 degrees!
Les Coches Amenities
Les Coches is served by a range of amenities including a natural ice skating rink, snow shoeing, paragliding and walking trails to experience in Les Coches.
Several points offer free Wi-Fi access to skiers throughout the Paradiski ski area and its resorts. Ask more about this service at the ski pass sales counters.
Getting to Les Coches, France
Driving distance from Calais to Les Coches 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 Landry and Les Coches.
Landry 10km - Shuttlebus +33 479 55 64 76 – Taxi +33 614 82 46 34.
Links with Landry Railway station
Important: for return, reservation at the Tourism Offices.
During school holidays, additional services are available. Daily shuttles (except Saturday, Sunday) from Landry at 8:50 am and from Les Coches at 9:15 am.
Stops: Les Coches in front of the Tourism Office and Montchavin near the Police Station
Chambery Airport is 117km from Les Coches (1 ½ hours)
Grenoble Airport is 185km from Les Coches (2 ¼ hours)
Lyon Airport is 194km from Les Coches (2 ¼ hours)
Geneva Airport is 196km from Les Coches (2 ¼ hours)
Public shuttle bus transfers from the airport
Chambery Airport - Les Coches via Landry (www.lys-altibus.com).
Montchavin/Les Coches Airport Transfer
For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here.
Access around Les Coches and Montchavin
Shuttle service between Montchavin and Les Coches:
Free shuttle between Montchavin and Les Coches each day (last shuttle at the end of the last cinema session).
Stops: Montchavin Police Station, Les Coches Tourism Office and Les Coches Skating Rink.
Paradiski Opening Dates
The Les Coches ski area is open: 14/12/19 - 25/04/20.