Les Deux Alpes
In the heart of the Oisans region, Les Deux Alpes is flanked by the Oisans massif to the west and the Ecrins national park to the east. Discover a fascinating world of peaks and summits, rock and ice. The national park alone boasts the finest collection of glaciers in France.
Whether you want to enjoy a peaceful holiday on the water or to fill your days with adrenaline pumping activities, Les Deux Alpes really does have it all. It offers an amazing array of more than 80 activities, from quad biking to via ferrata, paragliding to sledging and summer skiing. During the summer, Les 2 Alpes' ski area turns into a paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts.
Don't miss the chance to ski one of the highest ski areas in the world. With skiing from 2800m to 3600m (11,800 ft) the largest skiable glacier in Europe is open in Les Deux Alpes for summer skiing and snowboarding – from the resort, you can be on the glacier in less than 30 minutes. Snowboarders will love the snowpark where they may well find yourself practising alongside professional riders in training. Since 2017, the glacier has been equipped with snowmaking machines. A summer activity pass allows access to skiing areas as well as free or reduced entrance to more than 25 attractions and activities. The pass is available from the tourist office.
Play a round of golf facing snow-covered mountain peaks or have a go at one of the 45 different ascents that Les Deux Alpes’ climbing wall offers. You can even bungee jump from one of the highest cable cars in Europe. Canoeing, rafting and hydrospeed (where you swim downriver in a wetsuit, steering yourself with a streamlined float) are just some of the other activities that are available in the resort.
The area’s highest summits can be reached from Bérard, a mecca for walkers and climbers in summer. Use the pedestrian pass on the tourist lifts to reach the scenic villages of Mont de Lans and Venosc. The Mont de Lans tourist office organises hikes with qualified guides and storytellers.
Some recommendations for places to visit in Les Deux Alpes this summer
- Adventure Park: For adults and children, with monkey bridges, rope ladders, barrels and bungy jumping. In the Vallée du Vénéon – take the cable car to Venosc
- Grotte de Glace: Several caves dug through 1000’s year old thick ice, are decorated with ice sculptures. At 3425m, they can be reached by the lift system and a funicular
- Discover eternal snow and some of the most stunning views of the Alps from one of Europe’s highest glacier. From the mountain restaurant at 3200m to the top of the funicular at 3425m you will be amazed by the surrounding summits –La Meije, La Barre des Ecrins and as far as far as Mont-Blanc. From there, try the tracked minibus excursion to the Dome de Lauze at 3568m. Known as Croisiere Blanche is offers a memorable experience in a high mountain environment
- The pretty little village of Venosc is accessed from a main road turn-off and is linked to Les Deux Alpes by an 8-minute gondola. Its cobbled streets, old chalets, fountains, 14th century church and old-style architecture gives the village and its hamlets a traditional feel. Stroll along the village cobbled streets and discover vaulted ceilings, sundials and craft shops selling silk paintings, jewellery, wood carvings, wood paintings, woven goods and more.
Top summer activities to experience in Les Deux Alpes
Summer skiing on the glacier
With guaranteed natural snow on a glacier culminating at an altitude of 3,600 metres, Les 2 Alpes is one of the rare ski areas to stay open even in SUMMER! Summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes is from 7 am to 12.30pm every day from the 23rd of June to the 1st of September 2018!
Number of lifts: 17 (2 chairlifts, 8 ski tows, 2 gondolas, 1 cable car, 2 drag lifts, 1 funicular lift, 1 elevator.
Number of runs: 11 (1 green, 9 blue, 1 red)
Call us to book your lift passes and equipment!
Please note: Summer skiing is normally at its best in June and early July due to snow conditions. Conditions on the glacier can deteriorate quickly in late July and August with unseasonably hot temperatures and this could lead to early closure of the ski area. Sadly it is difficult to predict this until quite late.
Please note Peak Retreats do not book any of the activities below and most activities are payable.
Les 2 Alpes Bike Park - European leader in its field!
Les 2 Alpes Bike Park is the official name for the entire Les 2 Alpes mountain biking area, open in July and August. 2,300 metres of vertical drop, going from altitudes of 3,200 metres to 960 metres in one fell swoop makes it one of the largest bike parks in the Alps! If you’re the adventurous type, you’ll want to head to the area’s more 'hard-core' routes. From the fast, high altitude downhill tracks to the more technical single tracked enduro-style routes, you definitely won’t have time to be bored!
Here are the stats:
- 4 sectors: VALLEE BLANCHE, JANDRI, LE DIABLE and VENOSC
- 6 ski lifts
- 91 km of runs
- 22 downhill runs including 2 green, 8 blue, 8 red and 4 black with 1 élite trail "la Fury".
- 5 enduro itineraries and 2 cross country itineraries.
- 1 dedicated beginners’ site: VALLEE BLANCHE, with green runs and Alpine mountain biking discovery workshops (handling park)
- One brand new video zone on Les Lutins slope
- One PUMP TRACK zone
- 4 bike wash stations: Vallée Blanche, Diable, Venosc and resort centre.
- Geolocalisation system for rescue on the LES 2 ALPES App.
Mountain Guides Office
Mountaineering, hiking, via ferrata, glacier treks, mountain biking and climbing
Information and reservations
Maison des 2 ALPES - ESF
Tel: 0033 476 11 36 29
Les Deux Alpes Walking
Situated where the northern and southern Alps meet, in the heart of the Oisans and on the doorstep of the National Ecrins Park, Les Deux Alpes is an ideal starting point for some incredible hikes. From footpaths through mountain pastures to steep ridges, a secluded stream to a large lake, an urban resort to a forgotten hamlet, the region nurtures its differences. The tourist office has edited a guide of daylong hikes. Ask at the tourist office for a copy. If you wish to be accompanied, the Mountain Guides office is always ready to help you.
Discovery walk to Venosc village
At the end of the resort, a footpath goes down to Venosc village under the telecabine. The sloping track leads to the green Veneon valley, with a nice viewpoint on the Muzelle spring in background. From this path, you can also access to the Perron via ferrata. Be sure to take time to visit Venosc, a typical mountain village with charming small local shops and craftsmen.
Time for the way down: 1 hour / For the way up: 1:45 hour
La Buissonnière Swimming Lake
Leisure lake located at the entrance to the resort, with children’s play area and boules. Open to the public from June to September. Supervised bathing periods.
Les Deux Alpes free access Skate Park is behind the Maison des 2 Alpes, the skate park is open to everyone from the age of 8. Helmets and protective clothing obligatory. Unsupervised, parents are responsible for under 18s.
Take the Alpette ski lift.
Treetop Adventure Parc in Venosc
(use cable car from Les Deux Alpes)
At the heart of the forest, near the cascading rapids of the Vénéon river, experience maximum sensations.
Giant’s footsteps, tunnels, monkey bridge, suspended ladder, double zip-line, bungee, scrambling net, hanging logs, roped wall, balancing beam and more!
Open to everyone with a choice of 4 different trails: kids trail (from the age of 8), discovery trail, adventure trail and the challenging trail. A games area is available for children under 8. There is a drinks/crêpes kiosk on site.
La Croisette swimming pool
2 heated open-air pools measuring 25 m x 12 m
Swimming lessons: Ask on site for details and to register.
Rue des Sagnes
Immeuble la Croisette
Tel: 0033 476 79 22 73
Les Deux Alpes Bowling
Open every day from 5 pm to 2 am. 6 Lanes (child-friendly) for up to 8 players per lane. Le Strike has a bar, pool tables, table football and arcade games.
Other Activities in Les Deux Alpes (so many to choose from!)
Beach volley, volleyball, golf, football, squash courts, paintball, grass hockey, paintballing, quad-biking, 9-hole golf course, trampoline, horse riding, ice-skating, water chute, treasure hunts, street hockey, skateboarding, rollerblading, BMX, basketball, water sports, badminton, karaoke, a bouncy castle area, boat/pedalo rides, fishing, beach soccer, table tennis, mountain board, big air bag, ice cave…
Other activity contact details
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Les Deux Alpes Tourist Office
Tel: 0033 476 79 22 00
Restaurants and bars in Les Deux Alpes
From themed restaurants to haute cuisine, local specialities or traditional French dishes, whether you want fine dining, home delivery or a take-away, Chinese, Indian, Italian - it's all available!
At the end of the day, the après-ski scene starts revving up. There's a warm welcome at the resort's bars and pubs and you can party right from happy hour until the disco-ball finally stops turning above the dancefloor at 4am!
Les Deux Alpes is a very lively resort.
Amenities in Les Deux Alpes
120 shops from newsagents, butchers, bakeries, sports shops, gift shops, clothes shops, supermarkets...
Also: cash points, doctors, pharmacies, physiotherapists… All the facilities and services that you would find in a large resort.
There is also a self-service 24/7 petrol station.
Accessing Lake Annecy
By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Driving distance from Calais to Annecy 817km (approx 7hrs30)
Driving distance from Calais to Les Deux Alpes 587 miles (approx 8hrs25)
From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, A480 Motorway to Grenoble, exit no8 (Stations de l’Oisans), then N91 road to Briancon via Bourg d’Oisans. At the Chambon dam, take D213. It takes approximately 1 hour from the motorway exit to Les Deux Alpes
By Rail (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Grenoble station 85km
By Plane (not pre-bookable):
Grenoble Airport is 118km from Les Deux Alpes (1 ¼ hours)
www.grenoble.aeroport.fr - Shuttle bus Monnet +33 476 93 40 00
Chambery Airport is 140km from Les Deux Alpes (1 ¾ hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery is 160km from Les Deux Alpes (2 hours)
www.lyon.aeroport.fr - Shuttle bus Satobus
Turin Airport is 182km from Les 2 Alpes (2 ½ hours)
Geneva Airport is 219km from Les 2 Alpes (2 ½ hours)
Les Deux Alpes Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email email@example.com for a quote and availability.
Les Deux Alpes free shuttle
During the season there are free shuttle buses running in the resort every day. At various stops, flash the code with your smartphone, track the position of the shuttle and the waiting time.
Les Deux Alpes Events 2018
Outdoor Festival - 22nd-24th June 2018
A new concept to kick off the summer season, combining the main outdoor activities in one festival, from MTB, trail running, paragliding, slacklining, street golf, to skiing and snowboarding... Many different brands will be present at this huge festival in the centre of Les 2 Alpes. Beginners sessions: climbing, yoga, slacklining, golf...As well as concerts, entertainment, guest stars, equipment trials...
You can sign up to take part in one or more different activities, have a go with the 'festival pass' or join the spectators.
Mountain of Hell Episode XIX - 29th June-1st July 2018
One departure at 3200m on the snow ...one enduro downhill freeride with adrenaline guaranteed ... one crazy altitude drop ...
Bastille Day (French National Day) - 14th July 2018
A spectacular fireworks display over La Buissonière Lake at the entrance to the resort and a traditional "bal" (dancing) to celebrate Bastille Day.
Venosc Day - 18th July 2018
Les Deux Alpes News 2018
Off the glacier this year, Les 2 Alpes has spent €100,000 on a new slopestyle skatepark culminating in a bowl (a permanent module recessed into the ground, located between the street and the ramp) in the resort centre at an altitude of 1,600 metres.
The airbag park (airbag, drop bag) is also offering a brand new activity: launch yourself into the air on a donut-style rubber ring from a launch ramp and land safely on an airbag (crash mat).