Travel with me: La Plagne

Hello lovelies, I am back on the blog and want to share with you my recent travels.

As you may know if you follow me on Instagram (I mean I don’t shut up about it, apologies), but I recently went on a wonderful trip to the mountains to snowboard. Therefore, of course I wanted to share my travels with you all. I have put my holiday into different categories to make things easier so let’s get into my

Travel with me to La Plagne!

A view of the mountains from an aeroplane.
A woman wearing a green tracksuit with hiking shoes, a ski jacket with a flowery jacket and a pink hat.

Journey

There were four of us going on this trip so we all decided to go from a London airport. We flew from London Stansted to Geneva and overall the journey was short and sweet and there were no complaints.

Once we arrived at Geneva we were getting a transfer to our hotel through a local company, and they were easy to find at the airport and friendly. The transfer from there to our hotel was about 2 and a half hours, and I’m not gonna lie that was long. However, the views on the way were just spectacular. I think I fell in love right then and there.

A snow filled mountain in La Plagne in France, and hotels or chalets.
A woman strapped into a snowboard on the mountains with ski gear on. Including; a flowery jacket, trousers, goggles and a helmet.

Hotel, Le Centaure

Once we arrived at our hotel we didn’t really know what to expect. However it looked exactly how I imagined. The cute wooden building and a lovely log fire in the reception. Also they offered us champagne on arrival, which we were not expecting but was lovely!

Our room was for four people, and it wasn’t the biggest space but we knew it was just going to be used for sleeping so we were not that bothered. There was one bedroom and then a sofa bed, so that is also something to keep in mind! Also you have your own kitchen, and have to take the bins out etc.

Therefore, I think if we were to go back we would try and get two bedrooms because it is just nicer to have your own private space I think, rather than two people sleeping on a sofa bed.

A view of the bottom of the mountain of a ski run. Filled with loads of skiers and snowboarders and ski lifts.

Overall, the people were lovely and we enjoyed our stay. It was simple and just what we needed, even if we did wish that there were two rooms. However, we did have a lovely balcony with the most stunning views.

Honestly waking up everyday and looking out the window it was breathtaking. I just couldn’t believe it, it made me feel so grateful and appreciative of how beautiful life can be.

A view of a hotel and ski lift in the mountains in La Plagne in France with the sun shining.

La Plagne

As my first time on a ski trip I don’t really have places to compare. We choose to go to La Plagne in the French Alps, and we did research and look into it before we made a final decision. This is something I definitely recommend doing if you are planning a ski trip!

We found that La Plagne was a great area for beginners, which was perfect for all of us. It was definitely a lot quieter as well which I think made our experience a lot better too. It was absolutely beautiful and actually one of my ski instructors in the UK recommended this place.

A view of a mountain filled with green trees and a hotel at the bottom of a ski run.

As a beginner I was mainly on the easy runs, but I thought these routes were great and perfect for me. However, some of the blue runs (the easy ones- they are all colour coordinated) are not the best for a snowboarder and definitely suit a skier much better. This is something to consider if you are a beginner boarder.

This was also something that is not well documented but I think if you do go online you would probably get some great reviews and ideas of what is best for a snowboarder and skier etc. Therefore, it is easy to find all the relevant information out.

A woman snow boarder holding her snow board in front of a sign that states the altitude of 2710 m. On top of a mountain.

There were also a variety of shops and they were very close to where we were staying which was perfect for us. I loved the unique, quirky gifts they had. I regret not getting the cute skier photo frame, but I did pick up a key ring, a t-shirt and some biscuits for my parents.

I think it just makes a trip better to be able to look around and take a break because it can be tiring snowboarding or skier. It is a very physical sport don’t get me wrong.

Restaurants 

During our trip we choose to eat out for dinner everyday, but we did have a kitchen if we did want to cook dinner in our room. The restaurants all had a similar menu, with a variety of choices and the food overall was great!

There was a shop nearby so if we did want to cook we could get food and that was great. We did actually use this shop a few times for our breakfast and sometimes lunches. However, being on holiday we did enjoy eating out and trying all the different restaurants.

Renting gear

Once we got there we picked up our snowboards and boots. Of course we choose to rent as it was our first time. The people were brilliant and friendly and helped us with whatever we needed. They just made it super easy for us. This is just great especially when you are not experienced in this yet, and I say yet because I am sure I will be back.

Lastly, I will say make sure you have a ski map. Most hotels or places you stay will give you one on arrival so this shouldn’t be a problem, but if not just ask or go into town to pick one up. Trust me when I say you will use it a lot to navigate, plus if you get lost it will be useful.

A woman doing a peace sign with sunglasses, a hat and a ski jacket on in the toilet on a ski resort.

There you have it, I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip of a lifetime! I hope there will be more travels to come within 2020.

Also you may have realised that my name has changed throughout my socials and on here now! The last thing for me to sort is my domain, but all in good time…

Thanks for reading and for your continuous support!

Gemma Jayne x

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Author: gemmaajaynee

24 year old just wanting to write with her spare time.

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