Montchavin-Les Coches - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Montchavin-Les Coches - Ski Resort in Paradiski, French Alps - 215km of Piste (1250m to 3250m)
Genuine Tarentaise village below Les Coches. Linked to La Plagne's huge ski area since 1972. Summer glacier skiing available at the top of La Plagne.
Key Facts for Montchavin-Les Coches
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The French ski resort of Montchavin-Les Coches is part of the Paradiski area with access to 425km of downhill skiing, with 475 individual pistes, served by 141 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Montchavin-Les Coches itself (215km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Paradiski ski resorts of La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Montchavin-Les Coches is able to augment natural snow, on 50km of ski runs, with 277 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 20 Ski Lifts of Montchavin-Les Coches are able to uplift 120,600 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Montchavin-Les Coches are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Montchavin-Les Coches
On the slopes La Plagne can offer something to suit all tastes. There are wide motorway pistes, short sharp blacks and terrain that varies from glacier to powder snowfields and forest. All in all the 225km (140 miles) is the largest amount of skiing offered by one resort anywhere and the 2000m top-to-bottom vertical is pretty vast also. If that's not enough for you tickets purchased for six days or more also valid for a day each in other top Savoie Alps destinations from the '92 Olympics such as the Espace Killy and Trois Vallées. More convenient though is the Paradiski link be the spectacular Vanoise Express double-decker cable car to the Les Arcs ski domain across the valley, more or less doubling the skiing available from your doorstep. Indeed Paradiski is one of the world's biggest ski areas.
All of the skiing above the altitude villages is also above the tree-line and most of it below their level is below it - on trails cut through the forests down to Plagne Montalbert and Montchavin Les Coches. The runs down to Champagny are over the back of the snowbowl. The vast majority of the skiing appeals to recreational skiers, more than the 'die-hard' variety who will find a more limited number of blacks than at some of the other top resorts. For those with a bit of realism who don't need the machismo image that they aren't actually a part of in order to enjoy their annual skiing week though, La Plagne can't be bettered.
Experts will be happy anyway, especially if they sign up with one of the ski schools to tackle the under-rated off-piste or attempt the sheer near 2000m vertical down from the north face of the Bellecôte glacier, one of the world's longest and toughest runs . Beginners also have some good nursery slopes, a huge choice of tuition deals and a free surface lift by every village of La Plagne.
La Plagne's commitment to winter sports has long been evident with its own Club des Sports established in 1962 to encourage domestic talent. Famous Club members include Eric Labourex, five times Freestyle World Cup circuit winner) and most recently Jean Luc Crétier, winner of the Men's downhill at the Nagano Olympics. There are no less than 11 different Ecole de Ski Français operations in business from the different villages. Each offers a wide variety of tuition options but also individual schools have unique ideas. The ESF in Montchavin for example has a guided off-piste 'Ski total' course whilst Plagne Bellecôte's school has carving-ski courses.
At Aime la Plagne the 'Modern stages' package introduces students to the different modern methods of sliding as well as offering advice on improving technique and powder skiing. Apart from the ESF there are yet more choices the Oxygène school operating out of Plagne Centre or Eric Laboureix's 'El Pro' school. Evolution 2, based in Montchavin limits class sizes to 8 participants.
Good skiers may wish to participate in the popular free night-time (floodlit) parallel slalom races at Champagny on Tuesday evenings during the Christmas and February holidays. There are cups for winners and prizes for competitors. Finally cross-country skiers have about 90km (57 miles) of loipes to enjoy.
Snowboarding in Montchavin-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-Les Coches Aprés Ski
Montchavin and Les Coches both have a selection of bars and night spots.
In Montchavin the Camp de Base Cafe 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 Shooter's 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.
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Montchavin-Les Coches in brief
Montchavin-Les Coches Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Montchavin-Les Coches Season Dates
Open from : December 14, 2013.
Closes : April 26, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Dec.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Montchavin-Les Coches.