High altitude, snow-sure skiing up to 3600m in the winter and summer
Linked to the off-piste haven of La Graves, and due to be linked with Alps d’Huez in 2020 meaning it will be pushed into the upper echelons of ski resorts for hard core skiers around the world, whilst maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere
1h 30m drive from Grenoble and 2h from Chambery
Extensive sunny terrain with for all abilities and an efficient lift system
Incredibly popular with British tourists
Les Deux Alpes truly has something for everyone. The sheer amount of terrain means that families will flourish, beginners will be able to progress easily, intermediates have plenty to zoom around on and experts have limitless possibilities before them (not to mention all the boarder cross stuff for boarders and freeskiers!). If this wasn’t enough, the village itself is one of the friendliest places the Alps has ever seen. Nowhere else is there such a variety of pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops meaning everyone will have a good time – singles, couples, friends and families all included. In the village, much of the architecture is relatively modern, meaning that it isn’t quite up there when it comes to the traditional chocolate box ski towns of the alps, but it more than makes up for it in other ways.
For whatever type of skier you are, Les 2 Alpes has you covered. The very bottom of the resort has several free drag lifts – perfect for families with young kids trying to get their first turns in and the beginner’s area is sunny and unintimidating for those willing to take the next step. Intermediates have miles of blue and red runs to carve around on, with plenty of welcoming off-piste sections just off to the sides to get some practice in. If this sounds like your kind of skiing, Signal and Roch Mantel is where you should be heading. Expert skiers will find themselves totally at home in Les 2 Alpes. The routes under ‘La Fee’ have some seriously testing riding and ‘The Dome’ is where you will want to be first thing on a powder day. You can also pop over into the neighbouring resort of La Graves – a completely un-pisted freeriders paradise – but make sure you take your skins. The snow cat taking you from Les 2 Alpes to La Graves only takes you one way so you will have to hike your way out. The tourist office offers free off-piste maps and guided tours, but to make the most of it a private guide is what you will need.
Les 2 Alpes is THE place to be in the summer. Whilst it may not be as busy as the wintertime, you will not be hard pressed to keep you and the family occupied when the sun is shining. Summer skiing on the glacier takes place from June – September every year and the freeride parks is one of the best in Europe. Below the glacier, the resort turns into a mountain-bikers dream. Then there is climbing, go-karting, golfing, canoeing and of course mountaineering in the Ecrins massif. Les 2 Alpes has something for everyone in the summer, and not many resort towns can truly lay claim to that.