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Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes

With its international reputation, Les Deux Alpes offers 200 km of pistes with guaranteed natural snow.

Les Deux Alpes in short

Why come to Les Deux-Alpes?

Les Deux Alpes offers more than 200km of pistes, with 80% of the area at an altitude of over 2,000 metres, including the 3,600-metre-high glacier. It's possible to ski almost all year round, even in summer (mornings only), and for those who like a challenge, it's possible to ski down a 2300-metre slope in one go.

Of course, you can enjoy all the other winter sports: snowboarding, freestyle skiing, ski touring, ski jöering, snowmobiling...

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Who is this destination for?

Let's face it, Les 2 Alpes is undoubtedly the place to be for all sports enthusiasts.

The proof is in the many events organised here, such as the Winter X Games, the winter benchmark for freestyle, and the World Mountain Bike Championships. It has to be said that the resort has plenty of surprises in store. Mountain bikers can try their hand at the many downhill runs (be warned, the level is quite high, even on the green runs) or practise their acrobatics on the gigantic jumps. In summer, you can go go-karting down the slopes, play paintball, thrill to the thrill of a bobsleigh without ice, take a dip in the pool or go sliding on the ice rink. Not far away, La Grave offers you the chance to go white-water rafting, while paragliding instructors offer first flights.

It's also worth noting that all the surrounding mountains are extremely well developed, making the area a hiker's paradise.

Les Deux Alpes ski resort, France ©

Thanks to its Famille Plus label, Les 2 Alpes offers a wide range of facilities for children, making it an ideal destination for families. There are crèches, nurseries and leisure centres for children from 6 months, with activities for all ages, and the resort is completely flat, so you can get around on foot or with a pushchair.

And even without children, whether you're a couple or with friends, you'll appreciate the wide choice of bars where you can have a drink and even have a party: pubs, wine bars, tapas bars, discotheques. There's plenty of entertainment on offer, including sports broadcasts, themed evenings and concerts.

What to eat in Les 2 Alpes

Lovers of good food will swoon over the many mountain specialities on offer in the many restaurants. Tartiflettes, fondues savoyardes, bourguignonnes, pierrades and raclettes are all high-calorie dishes, but so welcome after a long day of trekking in the mountains. There's even a restaurant that organises a competition for the biggest fondue eater, a real challenge for all gluttons.

The main avenue is lined with craft shops selling sausages and a variety of local specialities. Don't hesitate to treat yourself to a glass of Génépi, a digestive that is both strong in the mouth and particularly floral in flavour.

Delicious raclette in a traditional appliance

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Les 2 Alpes: what to bring back

There are no specialities in Isère, but the neighbouring regions that specialise in cheese are not far away. It's hard to resist the many delicatessens and cheese factories that spread out before the eyes of tourists. In fact, many vendors have adapted to demand, offering packages so that you can take several sausages with you in your luggage, some with surprising tastes, such as the génépi sausage. This alcohol is also available in a wide range of specialities. For example, there are sweets and lollies made with génépi.

Below Les Deux Alpes, the village of Venosc is entirely devoted to mountain crafts, which will delight the uninitiated. Wooden objects, kitsch souvenirs and honey sweets will quickly find their way into your suitcases.

How to get there?

By plane, the nearest airport is in Grenoble (120km), then you'll need to get to the resort by bus, carpool or taxi. If you prefer the train, from Grenoble station, go to the bus station to catch a bus. From the road, by car or camper van, remember to bring winter equipment between 1 November and 31 March: chains or snow socks or 4 snow or 4-season tyres. You are also advised to consult the website itinisère to avoid roads and passes that are closed in the event of severe weather.

Where to stay?

For accommodation during your stay, you'll have plenty of choice, with chalets at the foot of the slopes or a little further away from the entertainment for a quieter holiday. Going on holiday to Les 2 Alpes and staying in a chalet will appeal to families and groups of friends, who will be able to share the same accommodation and enjoy the privacy of their own home.

Practical information

When should you go to Les 2 Alpes?

Les 2 Alpes is unique in that it welcomes holidaymakers in all four seasons.

Autumn sees the start of the ski season at an altitude of 3200 metres, with the snow starting to fall while the beautiful autumn colours are still there. It's the ideal destination for the All Saints' Day holidays.

Winter is still the star season at Les 2 Alpes, so it's essential to block off your dates, especially during the school holidays, and even your activities if you want to make the most of your stay. The winter season is always awaited with great excitement, and if you want to avoid the crowds, the periods outside the school holidays are best. Are you a fan of skiing and outdoor activities? February and March offer longer days for riding, as well as good quality snow.

In spring, the snow melts (except on the glacier) and nature comes back to life with magnificent colours. It's time to try your hand at mountain biking, with or without electric assistance, as well as hiking, rafting and other activities. Skiers who want to go longer? You can ski until 1 May, perfect for the Easter holidays.

In summer, come and recharge your batteries as a family with a wide range of activities: mountain biking, cycling, trail running, hiking and skiing. Breathtaking panoramic views await you, with wide open spaces to enjoy during your summer holidays in the mountains. The lifts for mountain bikers, walkers and skiers are open from the end of May to the end of August. However, due to global warming, the summer ski season no longer lasts until the end of August. In 2022, it ended on the evening of 10 July.

What to wear on holiday in Les 2 Alpes

Whether it's December or July, it's important to remember that the town is first and foremost a high-altitude resort. So don't expect to be walking around in a T-shirt and shorts after dark. In summer, temperatures often plummet below 10°C once the sun goes down. Jumpers and trousers are therefore essential.

If you want to ski on the glacier (especially in winter), be aware that it gets really cold at 3,600 metres, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing. And in summer, wetsuits are still essential.

Things to avoid

Although it is possible to ski in summer, beware of devoting your entire summer holiday to it. The slopes only open from 7am to 12.30pm. Freestyle enthusiasts, on the other hand, will be delighted.

Similarly, there's no point in going to Les Deux Alpes at the end of August, unless you want to enjoy absolute peace and quiet. Most of the attractions close, giving a ghost-town feel to the area, which only comes into its own in high season.

If you want to take home some sausage and cheese, look out for shops offering 5 for 10 euros. At this price, the quality is more than mediocre. The same goes for the cheese!

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Free parking is available on the Avenue de la Muzelle and nearby side streets. There is also a free car park at the entrance to the resort, the Passerelle car park, where you can leave your car for the duration of your stay and take free shuttle buses to get around the resort.

Useful links
Les 2 Alpes Tourist Office

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