Les Deux Alpes

Overview

Les Deux Alpes is a busy lively town, that has grown along the valley floor during the last twenty years. It is a long way from one end to the other and it served by the Village chair at the beginning of the resort, the Jandri Express in the centre and the Diable Telecabines at the Venosc end of the resort. The ski area is big with 205 kms of pisted runs on the map.

A complaint of many is the narrowness of the resort the consequence of which can be a bit of a bottleneck during busy times. As well as this is a lack of anything other than black runs and a long flat green run back into the resort has been a annoyance to many intermediate skiers, 

Beginners will love the nursery slopes along the valley floor close to many of the accommodations there is also a lot of great beginners blue and green runs at the top of the resort on the glacier.

Intermediates will love some of the fast cruising runs especially the runs down from the Glacier du Mont de Lans to Toura and then on to Cretes.

Experts will not have a huge amount to do in Les Deux Alpes although the Chalance black itinerary is a great run and not as daunting as it looks from the bottom. Off piste in the area when acccompanied by a local guide can be really fulfilling, the famous La Grave network is easily accessed from Les Deux Alpes.

For Snowboarders Les Deux Alpes is a mecca with one of the largest and most interesting terrain parks in the Alps. The resort is ideally suited with very few flats and even fewer drag lifts. 

The lift pass in Les Deux Alpes offers 2 days skiing in the nearby resorts of Serre Chevalier and Alpe d'Huez with buses running twice a week. However a better option would be to splash out €65 and take the helicopter.

Apres ski in Les Deux Alpes has a reputation for being lively and fun and last time we were there the La Grotte de Yeti was the place to go for apres fun.

For those that want it L'Opera is a close as you will come to an actual club in the Alps, on three floors with guest DJs and live music.

Positive

  • Good variety of slopes
  • Glacier skiing
  • Apres ski varied and lively
  • Excellent nursery slopes

Negative

  • Skiing mainly above the tree line
  • Resort based on a long road through the village

Narrow mountain producing pinch points


Offslope/apres ski

Deux Alpes is a very lively resort with plenty going on. The town is spread along a road, lined with shops, bars & restaurants. There is a free shuttle bus that removes the inconvenience if you find yourself situated at the wrong end of resort. A trip down on the gondola to the old farming village of Venosc makes for a scenic interlude and there are helicopter rides over to Alpe d’Huez for an alternative diversion.

Our View

Vibrant resort centre with good snowmaking facilities and a glacier to ensure good conditions, throughout the season. Good resort for mixed abilities  and families.

 

 

At a glance

Chalets:
21
Hotel & Apartments:
24
Pistes:
220km
Resort height:
1650m
Top station:
3570m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
4 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
3 stars
Scenery:
4 stars
Resort charm:
2 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars