Visitor reviews for Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort

Les Deux Alpes Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 63 votes and 58 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.6

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(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.

Off-piste: 4.2

(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.

Scenery: 4.0

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.8

(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: 3.9

(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.

Accommodation: 4.6

(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: 4.1

(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: 4.5

(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.

Childcare: 4.3

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.0

(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: 4.3

(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.

Shelter: 3.0

(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: 3.4

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 3.5

(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: 4.5

(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.

Beginners: 4.1

(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.

Intermediates: 4.4

(1) No intermediate terrain at Les Deux Alpes, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.4

(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: 4.4

(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.

Cross-country: 3.0

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

(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: 4.2

(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.

Eating: 4.5

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.6

(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.

Entertainment: 4.1

(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: 3.5

(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): 3.9

(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.

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March 20, 2022
Baz from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I did about a month in Les 2 Alpes region earlier this season. From what I've read of the reviews they seem mostly fair. I would say that the resort is great for the experienced skier or boarder. Particularly if you like park skiing as I do. Their large line is really nicely shaped. I can say one other comment here was correct about stones in the line, but it has not been a significant snowfall season again in much of the French Alps, so I figure this is why. Probably not representative of typical season. And once I fished most of them out, no problem. I would say they tend to close the main line too early in the day though, as every day it was closed by 1500, which in many cases is the best part of the day as the landings may start to soften a bit by then. The main issue for most people in Les 2 Alpes is likely to be the runs back to town. I saw many people returning using the chairlifts which says it all really. The runs for the non expert back to town are all narrow road/tracks cut into the side of the mountain, which is rather steep. So most beginners or less experienced skiers will not enjoy this as it can be very crowded. For off-piste, if you get the snow, there is a lot to like here, plenty good terrain around. I would say that if you're a boarder you may get a bit frustrated by the large number of traversing roads that are pretty flat which move you round between the sectors, as everything is along on valley essentially. For the ladies, I'm not really sure what you are going to do for toilets on mountain, I only saw one or two about, and loads of pee spots at the side of runs, way more of this than I've seen anywhere else.... And the public facilities I ventured into are like you may expect to find in a prison cell. Not up the standards of on mountain facilities you would expect these days, and definitely not enough of them. Similarly I would say on-mountain food options are pretty limited in number and you could, if so inclined, waste an hour waiting to get served. The town itself is rather nice and they seem to be updating many of the older buildings currently and it is a fair bit prettier than say Les Menuires or Tignes Val Claret, for example. Food wise, there are loads of pubs and restaurants for all budget, plenty cheap eats too, and the takeaway pizzas can be great (Le Chalet a Pizza is excellent and reasonable prices too). The only problem I would say you may have regarding the town is accommodation. It's not likely to be ski-in ski-out as most of the places are not right on piste. If you are a skier you may want some Siddas snow-trax for your boots to avoid them getting the contact plates for the bindings on the soles ruined by walking around on tarmac and concrete.
March 06, 2022
Sue from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Les Deux Alpes is much improved compared with previous seasons. The grooming of the slopes is now some of the best I've seen. It's always had the good snow record and now has plans to improve the lift system after a change of ownership from Compagnie des Alpes to SATA. It's definitely a resort I'd recommend for all levels of skier.
February 06, 2022
Ski Bum from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Les Deux Alpes is an ok resort and has some great terrain for a snow heavy season. I would say that their maintenance of the area is ok. But compared to other major French resorts like La Plagne, Tignes, 3V there is less snow-making particularly higher up. So, in seasons with less snowfall it will suffer far more quickly. Another point worth noting is the lack of variability in aspect of slopes. Almost everything is on a north facing valley, or north facing. This means a lot less sun, which is again fine on good snowfall seasons, but will make for lots of unrelenting ice if there is a warm spell and freezing thereafter. Also, because the area is on a north valley, you will find the dominant winds run directly uphill a lot of the time, particularly in the popular Toura area where their park is. Having had a look at their park I could see it again is not on par with other major centres, and noticed the groomers had made a complete mess of the XL line areas by dragging loads of stones into the line both on the kickers (less so) and in between them on the run in and out and on the landing areas, presumably while building up the snow for them. This is rather dreadful preparation to be fair, and I've not seen anything like that at any other resort, large or small. There are also not a lot of cross over options to go from small to large to XL if you get my meaning. Lastly, and very importantly, if you are a beginner or not very competent I would not recommend this resort at all really. Almost every route back into town is an unpleasant affair if you're not pretty competent, being as the hillside is black run steep, and you'll only have narrower road type tracks cut into the side of the valley, which get cut up and very busy in the holidays. I would definitely suggest going somewhere like Courchevel 1850, La Plagne (any of the towns will be fine here), Val Thorens, or Alpe d'Huez. All of these examples are far better setup for people just starting out or without lots of experience, or simply those of us that want a nice easy stroll back to town after an afternoon meal and maybe a bottle of vino :-) All in all, I would not recommend it as there are better options around, but I could see it being nice on the right day, and the town itself is fairly nice.
July 01, 2021
Carles from Ski Spain Spain
Second year I come to the glacier in June-July for summer skiing. It is very sad to see there is a lot of people with priority in the queues, only for knowing the workers. That happens a lot. What also happens a lot is the lifts stopping many times per day. In particular, the main lift to the glacier, the Jandri. It is quite old. There is also a very bad maintenance in the slopes, and full, really full of schools with private slopes, reducing the amount of skiable domain. And of course, the schools also have priority. I would rather go to Hintertux or Tignes next time.
January 29, 2019
Punchy England from Ski France France
Lifts are old fashioned and slow; way behind the times. No modern interactive ski maps of the hills. Town has good bars. Skiing compared with other more modern joined up resorts: 5/10 overall.
January 19, 2019
Alexandra Chapman - TipTop Ski Coaching from Ski France France
This is a fantastic resort for all the family. There are plenty of beginner slopes all along the long thin resort and easy skiing from 3600m right down to 2200m. The return to the resort is still tricky despite the new blue run. This is an excellent run throughout the day but can by busy at 4pm. There are plenty of lifts to take you back to resort if you prefer. The summer skiing is also excellent here in Les Deux Alpes and with all the other activities to do makes for a fantastic summer holiday! Watch the latest snow conditions on the front page of my website each week or on my facebook page and instagram! - don't forget to say hi if you come here to Les Deux Alpes we are always out on the slopes!
April 13, 2018
Ollie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited L2A for a week's skiing in early Feb 2018 and was surprised by just how good some of the skiing was. Having not skied for over 7 years I was apprehensive regarding some of the reports: busy resort runs/poor grading of runs etc. But having skied the hills there is nothing to worry about. It really does have it all: Mellow blue runs - head up to the glacier and take in the views whilst lapping the T-bars Long blue runs - glacier down to the resort base all in one epic leg-burning lap. Quiet reds/blues - pop over the road to Vallee Blanche and wonder where all the people are! Steep reds - take the Diable lifts and enjoy the corduroy at mach 4 Blacks - steeps/bumps/unpisted runs all over the place. Slack country - some great, easily accessible lines off the Fee lift Big back country - grab a guide and head over to La Grave. Park - massive kickers or small jumps, take your pick. Yes, it's a little confusing as the gentle runs are at mid station or up on the glacier. But is it really an issue to download back to resort at the end of the day? The narrow green (Demoiselles) can be avoided by taking the bubble back to base if you don't want a 5 min snowplough lesson, then use the drags to bring you back up to your accommodation. IMHO, the run from the top of the glacier down to Mont De Lans is one of the best (and longest) in the Alps, with multiple options for avoiding any queues, and some great opportunities to lay down long Super-G turns and really open the taps. To its credit, I did visit in a quieter week and the snow was epic. So we benefited from all the runs being open and the off-piste being bottomless :-) The bars weren't cheap (6 euros for a large coke, 4 for a cappuccino at the mid station) but the views almost make up for it. I'd happily ski there again. It's a big hill with big runs, big lifts and loads of terrain.
February 18, 2018
Ashish M from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We visited Les 2 Alps over half-term with my early intermediate 12 year old parallel skiing daughter and although it was overall a good tripI I think it's worth highlighting the following: Pros: Excellent high altitude glacier skiing as long as there is good enough visibility to get up there. The blues on Jandri 5 and Signal 1 are awesome and fantastic views on the former coming down from the top. Good variety of lift options to get up alongside the more popular and busy Jandri Express I and II lifts. Good Freestyle fun park for jumps, time trials and even some experimental safe off-piste. Lift system efficient and reliable and hardly any outages. Ability to ski from 3400m down to 1650 meters in one go. Cons: Too much pole pushing and narrow flats along Thuit 1, Access to Toura and Demoisellies 1 which is the only green down to the bottom. which are overpopulated and sometimes a bit on the scary side as they are on high ledges with no fencing at all over the edge ! especially when icy. Pole pushing drained your energy. Many of the blues should actually be reds and the only true blue slopes are at the top of the glacier 'till you get to Toura from there you have either steep or narrow blues which are one of the few ways down so have too many people on them and / or are over-skied so become bumpy and patchy. Limited options for intermediates to come down to the bottom and once again Jandri 1 like other blues is challenging icy and narrow in parts on top of being over-used and busy due to the limited options down. The piste marking is clearly inaccurate with a blur between reds and blues. This is the case on the main mountain but more pronounced at Valle Blanche. If you are an experienced and confident skiier and can go outside of busy school holiday periods i would definitely recommend this resort for some good challenging skiing options and tremendous views. For complete beginners it is also very good as a result of the numerous drag lifts at the bottom which offer plenty of opportunities to practice and learn. However, in between the two levels of skiing i would chose somewhere with more moderate options to ski back to the village and more accurate piste level markings across the board and more ski options down which avoid the kind of bottlenecks and over crowded slopes that we were presented this week.
October 02, 2015
Gavin Greenway from Ski United Kingdom 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. Cons: 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. Pros: 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. Staff friendly. 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. General: 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
January 11, 2013
lee james from Ski United Kingdom 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.