Skiing in Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is located on the edge of the Ecrins National Park, sitting at an altitude of 1650 meters. The name Les Deux Alpes is translated as “The Two Alps” in reference to two large, open pastures which formerly belonged to its neighbouring villages on either side; Mont de Lans and Venosc. Les Deux Alpes ranks among France’s most popular ski resorts, especially among Brits and for good reason. A self-styled “snowsports paradise” Les Deux Alpes attracts a good number of snowsports enthusiasts every season. Home to the highest glacier in Europe, the Glacier du Mont de Lans, the ski area reaches as high as 3,600 meters altitude. It has 220 kilometres of pistes which are mostly suitable for all ski types however, beginners and intermediate will find a lot more variety. It is also one of the region's most snow-sure ski resorts with the majority of its slopes located above 2,000 meters altitude. One unique and interesting detail that differs Les Deux Alpes from other ski resorts is that while the pistes in other resorts get more difficult the higher you go up the mountain, Les Deux Alpes has some of its most easy runs located at high altitudes. Beginners and intermediate level skiers can head up to the Glacier du Mont de Lans for some wide-open easy blue runs. Les Deux Alpes was built to ensure that the lifts, skiing facilities and other amenities were located within proximity of the majority of the accommodation areas, making it very convenient for skiers (families in particular) to access the slopes. Only an old farming community too long ago, the atmosphere around the village is still very authentic and its proud history and rich heritage can still be felt amid the buzzing vibe in the village. Accommodation here is mostly hotels although there are still a good amount of chalets and apartments. If you are staying on a half-board hotel booking, there is a lovely selection of restaurants and cafes to sample; all of which have child-friendly menus and sitting arrangements.
Les Deux Alpes was built to ensure that the lifts, skiing facilities and other amenities were located within proximity of the majority of the accommodation areas, making it very convenient for skiers (families in particular) to access the slopes.
Only an old farming community too long ago, the atmosphere around the village is still very authentic and its proud history and rich heritage can still be felt amid the buzzing vibe in the village. Accommodation here is mostly hotels although there are still a good amount of chalets and apartments. If you are staying on a half-board hotel booking, there is a lovely selection of restaurants and cafes to sample; all of which have child-friendly menus and sitting arrangements.
From thrilling high altitude runs, long hours of sunshine on its south-facing slopes, to guaranteed snow conditions and a network of modern highly efficient lifts, there is a lot for skiers to look forward to on the slopes at Les Deux Alpes. It boasts an extensive ski terrain of up to 220 kilometres of runs spread over two ski areas; the Glacier du Mont de Lans and the Valley Blanche. Peaking at 3,600 metres, it is possible to ski all the way down a 2,300 metre vertical from the glacier summit to the Mont de Lans village which sits at 1,300 metres altitude! As daring as it sounds, it must be an absolutely thrilling experience. There is so much more to experience at Les Deux Alpes. Here are a few skiing details to bear in mind.
Beginners are sure to enjoy the skiing experience at Les Deux Alpes. There are 61 easy greens and blues to choose from, a good number of which are located on the glacier allowing beginners to also experience high-altitude skiing on cruisy, wide-open blues. The Jandri blue is a gentle blue that starts at 3,200 metres and ends down at 1,650 metres. Not thrilled about being so high up? There are 5 beginner runs located much lower on the slopes and closer to the resort base known as the “snow front”.
Beginners with no prior knowledge of skiing are best starting off at slopes by the Petit Viking lift located on the Venosc side as well as the Petit Bosquet lift located at the Mont de Lans village end. Slightly further up the mountain, there is also a beginner area that can be accessed via the White Eggs Gondola.
Les Deux Alpes is also the perfect resort for intermediates of all levels; whether confident or determined levels. The higher you go at Les Deux Alpes the easier the slopes get which is bound to increase the confidence level of intermediates. Intermediates will also find a variety of pistes with 21 intermediate runs available to explore, most of which are located on the sunnier west side of the mountain at Valley Blanche.
Advanced level skiers are not left out at Les Deux Alpes. Apart from the 11 black runs in the resort, there is a good amount of advanced off-piste opportunities in the La Garve area just off the Glacier du Mont de Lans. We will always advise hiring a local guide and checking the weather conditions before accessing any off-piste terrain.
There is an excellent snowpark in Les Deux Alpes for snowboarders to get stuck right into. Highly regarded as one of the best summer freestyle parks in Europe, it attracts top snowboard professionals all year round. It does change position depending on the time of the season. It is located on top of the glacier at 3,600 meters in the summer months and moves lower on the slopes in the winter to a sheltered location just beneath the Toura lift at 2,600 metres. It has also been redesigned into different areas to different ski level categories.
Advanced freestylers should make their way to the Park Avenue and Slopestyle lines for more box and rail type obstacles. There is also a long wallride and a line of tabletops amongst others. There are also snow moving machines with a Zaugg pipe shape and up to three piste bullies dedicated to shapers and ensuring pipes and kickers stay crisp at all times.
The beginner area of the park is equipped with one line of three boxes and two lines of three kickers. The intermediate and advanced areas have two pipes.
Snow Conditions in Les Deux Alpes
Thanks to the glacier and high altitude, snow conditions and snowfall are fantastic at Les Deux Alpes. The resort is also very equipped with very efficient snowmaking facilities to supplement any shortages at any heights.
The conditions on Glacier du Mont de Lans are fantastic and allow for skiing all year round even in the summer seasons.
Les Deux Alpes is well known for its après scene, which ranks amongst the most vibrant across the French Alps. If you have been on the slopes all morning and afternoon and looking to dive straight into the party on return from the slopes, there are several bars, pubs and lounges to choose from. A good number of the bars in the resort roll out the DJ sets later in the evening for the all-night dancing to commence. We have highlighted a number of places you should look out for if you are on the bar crawl in Les Deux Alpes.
Le Pano Bar: There’s only one place to begin on our apres-ski tour of Les Deux Alpes and it is none other than Le Pano Bar. Sitting high up on the mountain at 2,600 metres altitude opposite the Jandri Express, the party starts at 3 pm and carries on till 5 pm. It features booming DJ sets, funky sax players, dancers and many more, spreading a crazy and vibrant atmosphere over the slopes. It’s the perfect start and inspiration to fuel a night of partying.
Smithy’s Tavern: A big favourite amongst British skiers, Smithy's Tavern is a British owned, huge wooden chalet-looking pub and restaurant which has an interesting selection of beers and a friendly welcoming atmosphere. It has a broad food menu serving pub favourites, sides and desserts. The bar hosts parties and live band acts sometimes. There is also a very good taste and selection of drinks from gins, beers to very well made cocktails. Their claim to fame is having visits from celebrities such as Damien Hirst and Orlando Bloom.
L'Avalanche Club: A mainstay at the resort for almost 20 years and still partying on. L’Avalanche is the temple where the late-night party faithful go to worship. Located right next to Smithy's Tavern, it is open until 6 am every day. It features some of the very best dance, house and trance music to keep you on your feet all night. Look out for themed nights and competitions at L’Avalanche Club.
K.ré: K.ré kicks off with ‘acid jazz’ music late afternoon until the evening before moving into some electro which plays into the night. K.re is well renowned for its large drinks menu which has up to 150 shots to choose from. Great atmosphere.
Bistrot Chamois Lodge: A hotel bar, Le Bistrot du Chamois Lodge has a calm and relaxed atmosphere. A shift from the raging party in the other bars at Les Deux Alpes, this is a cosy bar to enjoy a few cocktails, large platters of dried meats and an outdoor terrace with open fires for an extra ambience effect.
As you might expect from a large and well-frequented ski resort such as Les Deux Alpes, the facilities in the resort are fantastic and well suited to cater to visiting skiers. We have listed a few below:
There are several ski equipment hire operators in Les Deux Alpes to choose from and you can walk into any of the stores and hire whatever ski equipment you need. If you do not intend to travel with any ski equipment and are looking to hire on arrival instead, why not book your ski equipment hire with us directly at Erna Low. It is a super easy process that you can complete as part of your holiday booking. We have fantastic relationships with some of the best and most reputable ski hire operators in the Alps and at very good rates too. With your ski equipment already booked ahead of your travel, there will be nothing left for you to do but just pick up your equipment and hit the slopes on arrival. No need to waste time going from shop to shop.
Pre-book your Les Deux Alpes ski pass directly with us online as part of your overall holiday booking and save yourself the time and hassle of queuing at the ticket offices and ticket machines upon arrival at the resort. It’s super quick and easy. Contact us to book your ski pass and make any discount inquiries.
Best way to relax after a long day on the slopes? A relaxing and reinvigorating spa session to soothe the muscles, calm the nerves and relax the mind. There is no shortage of spa and wellness centres in Les Deux Alpes. Most of the hotels have spas and swimming pools and there are also independent spa’s as well. One of the most notable and frequented is the Spa La Sultane de Saba Cote Brune located in Hotel Cote Brune. Well equipped with 3 treatment rooms, sauna, hammam, herbal tea room and relaxation area. They also offer beauty and personalised treatments. Les Deux Alpes also has a large, modern aqua centre that is fully equipped with a spa and wellness area featuring very modern spa facilities and treatments. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool and gym. If you are really looking to treat yourself, look no further than Spa Chalet Mounier at the Chalet Mounier hotel. The spa offers quality body massages inspired by traditions from across the world. There are also face and body treatments, sports massages for muscle recovery and a host of other treatments. The spa is also fully equipped with an indoor heated swimming pool, hammam, sauna, hot tub and more.
Les Deux Alpes has a buzzing resort centre filled with different shops, cafes and restaurants. The shops range across sports and ski hire equipment shops, groceries, hairdressers, fashion boutiques, souvenir shops and more. There are more than enough shops in Les Deux Alpes to cater and satisfy most general needs when on holidays.
Les Deux Alpes is a family-friendly resort with facilities that specifically cater to the children’s needs and requirements from ski school sessions, childcare and general entertainment.
Les Deux Alpes is a great resort for families with young children. There are several Les Deux Alpes ski schools and independent ski instructors that can help train children to ski starting from age 3. If you are visiting Les Deux Alpes with children and want to enrol them in ski school, why not book a ski school directly with us online at Erna Low. We have great partnerships with reputable and accredited ski schools across the French Alps at fantastic rates. Contact us for any further information.
Well known for its family-friendly activities, Les Deux Alpes has a very good selection of children's entertainment. There are 3 toboggan runs complete with foam padding and safety nets, located just at the foot of the slopes, making it very easy to get to. The area is open all day and access to the toboggan slopes are free of charge. Children and parents ( or accompanying adults) can also enjoy magical winter experiences with horse-drawn sleigh rides through the snow! There are also dog sleigh rides for children as well but perhaps, one of the biggest attractions is the AirBag Park which features doughnut-shaped air toboggans and a thrilling but safe slide down a hill to a gentle landing below. The toboggans are large enough to fit 2 small children and are a big hit with families. Away from the cold and wet snow, children can have a lot of fun in the Aqua Centre’s large swimming pool.
There is no lack of childcare in Les Deux Alpes. Inquire at the tourist office for any childcare and childminders available. Boulinguez Christine has been offering childcare services in Les Deux Alpes for over 10 years. Bonhomme de Neige is also a childcare centre that looks after children from the ages of 2 years old. Other independent childcare services are available at the resort and more information can be provided at any of the tourist offices at the resort.
The village of Les Deux Alpes sits at 1,650 metres and is located in between the two ski areas of Mont de Lans and Venosc. Mont de Lans is perched at the foot of the glacier which bears its name at 1,300 metres. The resort is also known to have long hours of sunny slopes thanks to the pistes on the Vallee Blanche on the Venosc side of the ski area. The highest peak of the ski area is located at the top of the glacier at 3,600 metres, which has a vertical drop of 2,300 metres.