Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is a vast outdoor adventure playground for mountain lovers and is one of the rare European destinations where you can ski in the summer thanks to its glacier, at an altitude of 3600m.
At the heart of the Oisans region, it is flanked by the Oisans massif to the west and the Ecrins national park to the east. Les Deux Alpes will lead you into 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 lazy holiday on the water or spend the days in an adrenaline-filled haze, Les Deux Alpes really does have it all... the list of activities feels literally endless. It offers an amazing array of more than 80 activities, from quad biking to via ferrata, paragliding to sledging to summer skiing. During the summer, Les 2 Alpes' ski area turns into a paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts also.
Skiers won’t want to miss the opportunity to ski on one of the highest ski areas in the world, and from 2800 to 3600 metres (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. 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 at 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 visits 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. High up 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 mini bus 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 a lot of craft shops including silk paintings, jewellery, wood carving, wood painting, weaving…