Les Deux Alpes
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Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort Guide
- Acres of ski:1915
- Terrain Parks:2
- X-Country:27 km
Like the name says, Les Deux Alpes resort is made up of two Alps, two alpine pastures put together over 50 years ago to form a ski resort. It shows how prescient the burghers of Mont-de-Lans and Venosc were; today 35,000 tourists at a time flock to the mile-high resort. They come to enjoy the extensive, mostly treeless ski terrain, efficient lifts and lots of sun on south-facing slopes. They ski on 220 km of groomed slopes at Les Deux Alpes, 20 percent of them black, and 44 percent intermediate and 36 percent easy. Les Deux Alpes has a top skiable elevation of 3600 meters and a vertical drop of 2300 metres are impressive statistics rarely found in a ski area. Snowboarders have a real chance to strut their stuff. In addition to wide-open spaces, shredders have a boarder-cross, fun park, and half pipe. Stout-hearted skiers have a mile-long couloir to jump into. The Mont-de-Lans glacier at Les Deux Alpes, near the top of the main mountain, is claimed by the tourist office to be the largest skiable glacier in Europe.
- Nearest Airport:Grenoble
- Nearest Train Station:Grenoble
- Tourist Office Website:www.les2alpes.com
- Slopeside accommodation:yes
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- Issued:16 Jan
- Last Snowfall:15 January 2018
- Snow Depth (upper):170cm
- Snow Depth (lower):70cm
- Off-piste:Best up high
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Visitor Reviews of Les Deux Alpes
Gavin Greenway from United Kingdom writes:
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