Chalet Pisteside and Chalet Chamois are based in the village of Les Coches, a cute village that is part of the newly named Montchavin-La Plagne, which makes up one of the 10 separate “stations” of the La Plagne ski resort.
Montchavin-La Plagne is made up of Les Coches at 1450m (our chalets are at 1500m) and its sister resort, Montchavin, a traditional farming village at 1250m.
Unlike much of La Plagne, which is made of 60s apartment blocks, Les Coches at 1500m has a much more traditional feel, and being situated amongst the trees of the Vanoise National Park, it really does have that quintessential skiing charm.
As well as being different in feel from much of La Plagne, Les Coches has another great reason for choosing it as your Paradiski base - it is home to the La Plagne end of the Vanoise Express. This is the impressive cable car that links La Plagne to Les Arcs, and as such, Les Coches is perfectly situated to explore the massive ski area of the Paradiski, offering over 425kms of marked pistes.
But it's easy for us to say we're perfectly located. I mean, we would say that, wouldn't we? After all, everyone else does! So why not see for yourself. Look at a piste map of the Paradiski ski area, and you'll see that Les Coches is as close to being slap bang in the middle as you can be, without actually living on the cable car!
Les Coches has all the amenities you would expect of a mountain village. Bars, restaurants, a crèche for the kids, plentiful ski shops, local gift shops, two ski schools, as well as an ice rink and a well stocked local supermarket. In addition, our sister village of Montchavin (a short, free shuttle-bus ride, or ski, away), as well as offering extra choice in bars, restaurants and shops, also a cinema, and the Espace Paradisio, a brand new spa & pool complex, with a jacuzzi, Turkish bath and treatment centre.
Access to skiing from the chalets
Getting to and from the chalets couldn't be easier. Chalet Pisteside, as the name suggests, is right by the piste, so truly is ski-in, ski-out. Chalet Chamois is just metres away from Chalet Pisteside, and is also ski-in/ski-out. You can put on your ski boots and ski down to the Plan Bois chairlift in a matter of minutes.
And once you’re on the slopes, you’re well placed to head off to either Les Arcs or La Plagne – take the modern Plan Bois 6-man chairlift in Les Coches, and you can then ski straight to the Vanoise Express and into Les Arcs, or choose to hook up with Bijolin chair if you want to head up and explore La Plagne. Simple!
For beginners who can't yet ski out from the chalet, we offer a courtesy lift in our minibus to ski school. Coming back is very easy though - you just take a flat path all the way from the beginner slopes to the chalet - so easy, in fact, that all beginners can manage it.
Here's 5 great reasons to ski and stay in Les Coches!