Les Deux Alpes, often simply written as Les 2 Alpes, is a large buzzing village offering some fantastic cruisy glacier skiing. The ski area rises up to an impressive 3,600m, and is largely on Les Deux Alpes’ glacier, the second largest glacier in France behind Chamonix, allowing virtually year-round skiing.
There is also a big, lively and relatively young après ski scene, much of it centred on Venosc, at the southern end of the town.
Resort Altitude: 1,650m
Resort Skiing: 3,570m
Green Runs: 46km
Blue Runs: 118km
Red Runs: 35km
Black Runs: 30km
Cross Country: 7km
Les Deux Alpes is one of the larger French ski resorts with 229km of skiable terrain which ranges up to heights of 3,570m - guaranteeing good snow all year round. There are also opportunities to ski in other areas such as La Grave and St Christophe-en-Oisans. With a new link to Alpe D’Huez on its way between 2021 and 2023, Les Deux Alpes will soon become one of the leading powerhouses of French skiing.
Les Deux Alpes is great for beginners and intermediates with very wide, cruisey blues towards the top of the mountain. More advanced skiers will enjoy the more challenging terrain towards the lower half of the mountain or can choose to hire a guide to tackle some of the incredible freeride runs off the shoulder of the glacier and around La Grave.
Beginners will be able to find their board legs on the wide blue runs at the top of the mountain but may have a harder time lower down. Freeriders will enjoy plenty of natural powder bowls and off-piste to tackle around La Grave. The real shining gem in Les Deux Alpes is its terrain park; probably one of the best in the French Alps with an assortment of boxes rails and kickers for all levels and a half-pipe and super-pipe.
Les Deux Alpes' main school is the French ESF school which is consistently well regarded for their passionate and professional English-speaking instructors offering both group and private instruction for all levels of experience.
Les Deux Alpes offers several clubs that will look after children as young as 2 months up to 12 years old. There's also a range of private nanny services within the resort who can offer additional services such as evening babysitting.
Les Deux Alpes offers a great range of traditional hearty French restaurants and even a Michelin-starred option. On the mountain, we recommend the Altitude La Toura who serve some fantastic pizzas, salads and other great mountain favourites, all at a reasonable price.
In resort head to the Michelin-starred Le P’tit Polyte who serve some truly unmissable gastronomic delights. If you want something a little more budget-friendly then try Le Paëllou for classic local dishes.
Les Deux Alpes is known for it’s young, lively après ski scene. A great place to start the party after the lifts shut is Le Pano Bar, with live DJ’s and a great atmosphere. Les Deux Alpes also has a vast array of pubs and bars in town which are all normally open after the lifts shut.
Anyone looking for a late-night bar will enjoy L’Avalanche Club; a great spot which opens at 11:30am and carries on the party all the way until 6am.
Les Deux Alpes has several leisure centres which offer multiple sporting activities and swimming pools, as well as an ice-rink. There are additional alternative winter sports opportunities such as snowshoeing, husky sledging and more.