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The aging Belle Plagne gondola is mostly considered the first stage of the long Roche de Mio gondola which ascends to the summit of the same name. This lift is already over 40 years old and in bad need of renovation or, better yet, replacement however it still forms one of the key routes out of Bellecôte and Belle Plagne. In busy holiday periods, the queues here can be horrendous with riders converging from both satellites (and from further afield) to get up to the Roche de Mio.
If you want to avoid wasting valuable riding time (queues can at times be upwards of half an hour), a good tip is to take Les Blanchets instead followed by the Carella chair from the Champagny side up to Roche de Mio. Les Blanchets is the quietest lift in the Bellecôte hub while Carella is also normally quiet – particularly early morning. Alternatively, if you’re staying in Belle Plagne, it’s possible to ride over to the Belle Plagne carpet lift then head to the Col de Forcle poma and drop into Champagny on the Geisha blue. Col de Forcle is always quiet and will give you the long enjoyable Geisha down to either the Verdons Nord or Borseliers chairs in the Champagny sector.
The Belle Plagne gondola also stays open til 00.45 each night to give access between Bellecôte and Belle Plagne (the satellite widely regarded as having the best nightlife in La Plagne).
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