Southeast of Albertville and southwest of Bourg St Maurice, the La Plagne ski domaine has 225km of pistes served by 107 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,980m (6,500 feet). The La Plagne ski domaine is known for its intermediate terrain but also for good off piste options. The groomed pistes are not known to be particularly steep, and the old steep pistes were decommissioned a few years back. Overall, the pistes tend to be on the short side and you'll find yourself on lifts frequently.
The La Plagne ski domaine interconnects serveral purpose built ski resorts that lack the old world charm you may be expecting. The village of Plagne-Bellecote, not known for old world charm, is the lift centre but make sure to start early to avoid long lift lines. There is a hidden base area off the backside called Champagny-en-Vanoise, which is more of a real town. It is much less expensive to stay there, too. Another bonus is that you can easily get to Courchevel from Champagny-en-Vanoise and explore all their terrain, too (with a separate lift pass).
The La Plagne ski domaine is interconnected with the Les Arcs ski domaine via the double decker cable car, Vanoise Express, to form the Paradiski arena. The Paradiski arena offers a combined 425km of pistes. The La Plagne side of Paradiski arena is the quieter and less crowded side.
If you are looking for off-piste freeriding, La Plagne can be tough for snowboarders since the pitches are shallow and lead into bowls with no groomed exit. For some off-piste action, there is a good route below the Col de la Chiapple from Bellecote to the Chalet chairlift. The north face of Bellecote is very popular with freeriders. There is a great route down the Col de Nant glacier to Laissonery and Campagny Le Hut. As you are planning your routes for the day, keep in mind that it doesn't take much wind to close the upper lifts. If they are open, plan to hit them first.
If you are into dropping in, there are five terrain parks to explore.
After a long morning of shredding, check out one of the on-mountain huts for lunch such as the Forperet (above Mont Albert), Chalet des Verdons Sud, Le Chalet des Broseliers (above Champagny-en-Vanoise) or Sauget (above Mont Chavin). The best on-mountain hut, if you can find it, is Le Chalet du Friolin.
When you are ready for some apres ski action, check out the Cheyenne and the Tete Inn. For nightlife, head on over to No'Bl'm.
TIP: If you are planning to arrive by train, keep in mind that the regular bus up to the resort is primarily during daylight hours. After dark, the bus runs infrequently, if at all. Therefore, you will need to take a cab from the train station to the resort. If you plan to fly into Lyon, you may want to check the train schedule before buying your flight to make sure there is a convenient transfer. If you plan to arrive Friday through Sunday, the shuttle Altibus might be a more convenient option. Since there are not many trains or buses up into this region, you are highly encouraged to advance purchase tickets and reserve your seat.
Overall, La Plagne is the 23rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 42 snowboarding resorts in France.