Duration: 3 hours
Number of days: 6
Les Deux Alpes is a paradise for backcountry and off-piste ski enthusiasts, ideal for beginners, has an endless choice of mountain activities, varied après-ski and lively nightlife along with a well-preserved heritage and tradition. Just about everything you need for successful and fun ski holidays with family or friends! Les 2 Alpes was born many decades ago when the mountain villages of Mont de Lans and Venosc initiated a collaboration that resulted in the birth of the ski area. Many years later, the Les Deux Alpes ski area is still going strong!
Being the second-oldest ski resort in France, the original village of Venosc on the south side of Les Deux Alpes is the most attractive and pleasant side of the resort. The north side consists mainly of large concrete-block ski apartments, but has the advantage of being right on the slopes and offering a varied selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Les Deux Alpes is quite popular among the younger crowd and especially among young snowboarders, who have the Les Deux Alpes snowpark and extensive off-piste areas at their disposition. This increasing popularity with the younger crowd means a flourishing nightlife! Les Deux Alpes is becoming increasingly renowned for its lively and varied après-ski scene, with various bars and clubs staying open until the early hours. Les Deux Alpes is close to both Lyon Airport and Grenoble Airport and is relatively easy to reach from Britain.
Les 2 Alpes offers high-altitude skiing with reliable snow cover almost 365 days a year, with summer skiing possible thanks to the glacier, which has around 20km of slopes. In the winter, more than 200km of slopes await you. Beginners can explore the Vallée Blanche, where the pistes are not too intimidating. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can head to higher-up slopes at La Toura and La Fée, and experts can explore the off-piste terrain or try their skills in the world-famous snow park. There are rumours that Les 2 Alpes will merge one day with neighbouring Alpe d'Huez and, indeed, it's perfectly feasible to do a day trip to the latter resort as it's just around the corner.
Les 2 Alpes is renowned for its freestyle scene and snowboarders flock from all over to practise their tricks here. The 2 Alpes Freestyle Land boasts a halfpipe, boardercross, big air, slopestyle, cool zone for chilling out and dedicated beginners' area. What's more, the snowpark stays open in the summer, making this one of Europe's hottest destinations for summertime fun in the snow. The off-piste terrain here is also plentiful, with some excellent freeriding to be done in the nearby Vallons de la Selle.
The mascot at Les 2 Alpes got its name thanks to one of its youngest visitors. "Snowi" is living proof that Les 2 Alpes takes families seriously and listens to ALL its guests, no matter how young. Indeed, Les 2 Alpes carries the Famille Plus label which guarantees that the resort is family-friendly with all the right infrastructure and services. The family ski pass for two adults and two children comes at an attractive price point and the resort often organises child-friendly events like treasure hunts to keep the little ones interested and ensure a successful family ski holiday for both parents and kids.
If you're having trouble finding a French ski resort with affordable drinks, Les 2 Alpes might be the place for you. You'll find happy hour deals both on and off the slopes at places like the Pano Bar, the Secret Bar and Smokey Joe's. Warm up with a mulled wine by the fireside at the Polar Bear or dig into a seletion of tapas at the Motown Café; the après-ski choices are endless at Les 2 Alpes! If you're homesick you'll find a full English breakfast on offer at the Windsor pub, and if you're after something fancier try the Michelin-starred Le P'tit Polyte restaurant. Après-ski fanatics, don't miss a trip to La Grotte du Yeti, one of the top après-ski bars in France.
Cross-country skiers will find 25km of trails to explore, and winter hiking is also possible in the surrounding mountains. Don't forget to explore the ice cave on the glacier at 3400m above sea level. Non-skiers can try numerous activities from paragliding to snowshoeing, local visits and of course, the opportunity to relax in a luxurious spa.
Duration: 4 hours
Number of days: 6
Duration: 2 hours
Number of days: 6