Les Deux Alpes
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Visitor reviews for Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort
October 02, 2015
Gavin Greenway from United Kingdom
I wanted to provide a more comprehensive review of summer skiing because I didn't think previous reviews answered the questions I had before doing it.
For context, I am an upper intermediate skier that has skied all over the Alps, Pyrenees, Japan, Canada and Scotland, but I went with my 4 year old son who can only manage basic turns.
I was attracted to L2A because it claimed to have the biggest skiable glacier in France (if not Europe). I was also attracted because the glacier runs are blue. We considered Tignes, but the glacier is mostly red runs; no good for a learning 4 year old. Tignes is also further into the Alps, so a good 1 hour further from the UK.
Despite watching videos I didn’t know what to expect from summer skiing.
There had been a heatwave with 3 weeks of sea level temperatures in France of 35-40c. So the skiing was not as good as it was at the same time in 2014. Therefore, the main drag lift at the base of the glacier required skill to ride over ice and some crossing of mini “streams”.
Returning to the base meant scraping across a wide area of ice, and this necessitated some difficult skiing with my 4 year old between my legs.
The conditions meant that other glaciers were either shut or restricted meaning that L2A had attracted even more skiers and particularly ski teams practicing for the winter. These teams are highly skilled (many teenagers with regional ski teams during summer hols) that are very fast and not very courteous. Big queues (10 min waits for 10 minute runs) made worse by some queue jumping.
Don’t believe the pictures of skiing with your top off. Whilst it might have been warm enough, you would need to have full cover and gloves + helmet for icy conditions.
Basically not the same as a winter ski. Top to the bottom of the glacier might take 15 mins. Perhaps even quicker if the conditions were better.
At 3,000m + you quickly get out of breath.
Bit of a faff to get there, with 20 mins in cablecar (albeit just 1 direct from town).
Expensive liftpass in comparison to winter skiing. i.e. EUR30 for an area that is ¼ of the winter mountain.
It's July, it's snow. There is a huge feeling of liberation!
The views are incredible.
The glacier area is big: 17 lifts, 11 runs with a drop and acreage bigger than Aviemore/Cairngorm, in Scotland mountains, when its fully open mid winter.
Everything is there, including a big restaurant/café/bar with a terrace.
Snow park and rails for those who like that kind of thing. Could spend all day on them.
We had 25c-30c in the resort (at 1700m) so I don’t think the conditions could be worse for the glacier, yet it was still skiable.
Before booking, I was slightly concerned to book a place out of the centre of town as we wanted to minimise walking with skis mid-summer through the town centre to the main cable car; Jandri Express. I needn’t have worried as there was always plenty of free parking available close to the lift, and it was a 90 second drive to the hotel.
This is why I enjoyed L2A in general, everything was made as easy as possible. Even the ski hire was 1/3rd the winter price. Why would they do that? Who cares, brilliant!
Please also check out the other activities available in summer in L2A, my young sons loved the bouncy castle area and the summer toboggan in particular. Whilst the heatwave deteriorated the skiing, it was still plenty of fun. It's difficult to describe the weird pleasure of skiing in the morning and sunbathing at the hotel pool in the afternoon. Where else is that possible in the world?
Visited July 2015
Les Deux Alpes Ratings
Overall: 4.1. Based on 48 votes and 50 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Les Deux Alpes.
Public Transport: 4.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Les Deux Alpes, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Les Deux Alpes, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Les Deux Alpes.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Les Deux Alpes, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Les Deux Alpes is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Les Deux Alpes relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Les Deux Alpes, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Les Deux Alpes are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Les Deux Alpes is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Les Deux Alpes, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.4
(1) Les Deux Alpes usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.3
(1) The staff at Les Deux Alpes are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Les Deux Alpes are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Les Deux Alpes has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Les Deux Alpes, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Les Deux Alpes, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Les Deux Alpes, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Les Deux Alpes has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.3
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.2
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.6
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, Les Deux Alpes is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.9
(1) Overall, Les Deux Alpes is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 11, 2013
lee james from United Kingdom
Excellent resort, as we know it's upside down! The Blue run at the glacier of Signal1 is a dream for cruisers, sometimes better to reject the long narrow green run Demoisseles back to village and try a steady run back via the Black of Diable1, not as difficult as it appears if you use common sense and less populated. Or if you would rather, work the glacier and then return on the Jandri Express. Overall, good snow and not as busy as some French resorts.
December 18, 2012
Daz from United Kingdom
Ok, I'm in Les Deux Alps right now and it has snowed everyday since Friday.
Upper runs are still empty as visibility is poor in the mornings due to the mist and snow but the skiing is excellent at the top, if you have a decent pair of goggles on with the right lenses in. Lower runs are still not that bad but there are a lot of ski school lessons going on; mostly English people,
September 27, 2012
John Allen from United Kingdom
Les Deux Alpes is our preferred ski choice and has been for the last 6 years. We love it, although sometimes there is a little too much dog mess on the pavements, everything else is spot on.
My only wish for L2A is that they finalise the secondary return run into the village from Cretes. Le Demoiselles return run can get very crowded and sometimes the snow suffers badly.
Well done, you are doing an excellent job.
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March 16, 2012
Ben Williams from France
I have recently spent a week in Les Deux Alpes staying with friends.
The ski area is very extensive with a large glacier offering green runs at the top of the resort. However, due to the high altitude at the top (3600m) it can be quite windswept and very cold. Don’t base your clothing choices on the temperature in resort as it can drop dramatically the further up the mountain you go. The ski area is big, but I would say it is quite linear and you seem to end up on the same slopes again and again when trying to get between different ski areas. Saying that however, it has an amazing snow park (where a lot of the pro's train, year round), and they have 2 chairlifts directly feeding this as well as a button lift feeding the larger jumps.
At mid-station there is a bar called Pano which has a happy hour from 3-4pm and is always very busy at that time of day. Prices are quite high as it is actually half way up the mountain but it is an experience that needs to be seen at least once on your trip.
Après-ski in this resort is limited as there are not many bars actually next to the bottom of the slopes but if you head into town there is always a great atmosphere at the Polar Bear Pub with friendly staff and a truly 'mountain chalet' style feel. This seems to be one of the busiest bars and regularly has entertainment from live music around après time to a DJ later in the evenings. Smithies and Mini bar also gets a mention as it seems people congregate or meet up there later in the evenings and these can always turn into really good venues to finish off your nights.
All in all, a good holiday with lots of great memories and I would not hesitate to recommend Les Deux Alpes for a week away.
October 21, 2011
Will Corder - Ecrins Lodge from France
Having owned my own chalet business in Les Deux Alpes for the past 5 years, my only criticism has been the morning queues on busy weeks to get up the mountain and the lack of a good quality, well maintained easy runs back to the resort. Thankfully the resort in under new ownership and this company is addressing these problems for the 2012 season. Firstly they are replacing the ancient Diable (red eggs) with a high speed 6 person chairlift which will double the current uplift capacity to over 2000 people an hour. In addition Les Deux Alpes are creating a brand new blue run from the top of this gondola, close to La Cretes area which will head out in the direction of the Venosc valley before heading back to the lower slopes in front of the resort. Fingers crossed this will eliminate the need for the beginner and intermediate skier to queue up to down load at the end of the day. Finally new snow cannons are being built on the Diable black run which also feeds into the lower slopes. Hats off to the Compagnie des Alpes. Chapeau.
April 22, 2011
Mari Wall from Ireland
We returned from 2 Alpes (Les Deux Alpes) on March 12th. This is our second year visiting and once again we were so satisfied with the resort. The sun shone every day but this did not really effect the state of the piste. All runs except the green back to the village were open. The views from the top are incredible. The run from the top of the glacier down is amazing. We'll go back next year as our 3 children love it too.
April 18, 2011
Sadie Thomas from United Kingdom
Just got back from L2A (Les Deux Alpes) on 16th April. I was very impressed with the state of the snow/pistes on the mountain considering how warm it got during the day. Never been skiing in such warm temperatures before! Such a shame so many runs were closed. I would definitely go back earlier in the season to make the most of the whole area.
The accommodation was great, stayed at Chalet Alexandre. The rooms were excellent, dinner was 3 courses every night and we could not fault it at all. Bus stop right outside to take us to the main lift or a 300yard walk to the "red egg" We would recommend this chalet to anyone.
Plenty of excursions for the non-skiers in our party of 16 to do also, and lots of shops & restaurants to explore in the town.
A very pleasant holiday and would go back to L2A,
April 17, 2011
Jane from United Kingdom
I have just returned from a week in the resort of Les Deux Alpes and had a wonderful time. There was plenty of snow higher up on the glacier and a good choice of runs for the intermediate skier. The views right at the top were absolutely beautiful and once you have disembarked from the Jandri Express it is well worth while taking the T-Bar right to the very top.
I hired my skis and boots from the Inter Sports shop next to the Windsor Pub and the staff there were extremely friendly and helpful. I paid 45 Euros there for my ski and boot hire and left them there every evening after a day's skiing.
This is a wonderful resort for late skiing and whilst there the weather was absolutely beautiful. Thoroughly recommend it.
April 11, 2011
Rick Paris from United Kingdom
Just returned from a very sunny L2A (Les Deux Alpes) on the 10th April. With so little snow around this spring (been a poor season in France) we got a lot of skiing in at this fine resort. Maybe not as extensive/varied as the top 2/3 French areas but with slopes extending up to well over 3300mts, there are plenty to occupy most people and well worth considering any time of season for a mixed ability group.
Congratulations and thanks to the excellent L2A pisteurs for keeping the runs in the best condition possible during the snow drought.
The town was a very pleasant surprise and the dramatic scenery at the "red egg" end of town has to be seen to be believed. The view from the cliff edge overlooking Venosc village must be one of the wonders of France, worth the price of the visit on its own, well almost! Don't know why no one has mentioned it before.
Stayed at the "Alpine Elements" Hotel Genepi, Staff were great, food very good and the hotel okay if a little tired, esp in the bedrooms, but understand they are part way through a refurb so should get better with time. The location was good too, only 4 mins walk to the "Diablo" red egg lift. Night life was great, something for everyone, bowling, cinema, swimming etc, plus loads of bars and restaurants of almost every type too, inc Tex-Mex.
Would book again like a shot. Enjoy