Lonely Planet Writer

Storify: off-piste in the French Alps

James Smart strapped on his snowboard and went in search of powder in La Plagne, France – here's his behind-the-scenes trip diary, featuring powder-packed descents, a petrifying Olympic bobsled run and the odd stop for lunch.

Chez Laurette  restaurant, near La Plagne. Image by James Smart / Lonely Planet

Chez Laurette restaurant, near La Plagne. Image by James Smart / Lonely Planet

You can follow James on Twitter, and read his guide to skiing off-piste here.