Les Deux Alpes
Why Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort?
- High-altitude skiing and excellent snow record
- Les Deux Alpes has one of the largest glaciers in the Alps and one of Europe’s largest summer skiing areas
- It has above-average sunshine conditions
- 'Famille Plus' resort - good children’s facilities and great for families
- It’s excellent for all standards of skiing, with massive off-piste potential
- There’s very good après ski with plenty of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs
- Winner European Resort of the Year - World Snow Awards 2015
Les Deux Alpes Information
The impressive selection of bars, restaurants, and shops is also spread over the mile-long narrow stretch of the bustling resort.
Les Deux Alpes - a mere one-hour drive from Grenoble (75km) - has a varied après-ski scene that caters for all ages with various inviting bars and clubs. On the mountain, there are great views from the glacier to the rugged Ecrins peaks and across to the Briançon valley. In addition to a heated outdoor swimming pool, outdoor ice rink, and sports centre, Les Deux Alpes has a “tanking centre” with flotarium, sauna and Turkish baths to help relax any aching limbs at the end of a hard day of activity. What else could possibly make Les Deux Alpes skiing holidays better? Well worth a visit is the charming little village of Venosc with a direct gondola link (eight minutes) from Les Deux Alpes. But don’t whatever you do try to ski down to it!
LES DEUX ALPES SKI AREA
As one of the very few internationally renowned resorts in our programme, Les 2 Alpes was chosen for its high-altitude ski area - one of the highest in the world. It boasts an excellent snow record, well above average sunshine conditions and an amazing 223km of snow-sure ski slopes.
The ski area is well suited to all standards of skiers/boarders and most runs are above the treeline. The pistes are separated into three areas: Pied-Moutet, Mont de Lans village and the high summits (on the glacier at 3,600m). There are two sides to the Deux Alpes ski area: the main sector with the glacier and majority of pistes, and the Vallée Blanche side opposite, with blue and red runs. The main slopes are all above the tree-line, with runs suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts. One of the boasts of Les 2 Alpes is that ‘the higher the altitude, the easier the pistes’. Some 60% of the pistes are for beginners and intermediates and 40% for experienced and expert skiers.
There are 417 hectares (a hectare is roughly 2½ acres) of signposted pistes (of which 80 hectares are on the glacier) and 1,400 hectares are off piste, including the famous link to La Grave. Above 2200m most of the runs are north-facing and the top glacier section guarantees good snow.
LES DEUX ALPES SKIING
LES DEUX ALPES BEGINNERS
Beginners will enjoy the magnificent views from the top of the glacier (at high altitude) with wide, easy runs - or the nursery slopes at resort level beside the village. There are five lifts which are free for all skiers on the lower slopes of Les Deux Alpes. Beginners with three or four days’ practice (depending on how quickly they pick up the basic skills) could potentially ski from the top of the glacier down to resort level on green runs and easy blues. That’s 8km worth of skiing! Beginners can buy smaller area passes on a daily basis that cover certain lifts. See our lift pass price section for the prices to buy these in resort.
LES DEUX ALPES INTERMEDIATES
Intermediates are well catered for with a good array of blue and red runs. The top Glacier du Mont de Lans area has some easy slopes with superb views. You can ski all the way from the top down to Mont de Lans (a descent of 2270m vertical, possibly the world’s biggest on-piste vertical).
LES DEUX ALPES EXPERTS
There are plenty of black runs and off-piste descents to keep the expert skier busy. For the more adventurous, an outing to the slopes of La Grave is recommended but a guide is necessary.
La Grave is reached by snowcat from the top of the ski area to the Dome de la Lauze (3568m) or a short walk.
LES DEUX ALPES OFF-PISTE
The extensive off-piste terrain is huge (with five different areas) and challenging. There is a good selection of serious routes with impressive vertical drops.
LES DEUX ALPES SNOWBOARDERS
Les 2 Alpes also ranks amongst France’s best resorts for snowboarding. In fact about 25% of clientele are snowboarders here. At mid-mountain, there are two boarder-cross courses and a big terrain-park (said by many to be the best in Europe) including a half-pipe. Higher up there are several innovative terrain features such as ledges, gullies, and canyons, all of competition standard.
LES DEUX ALPES RESORT RUNS
Currently there is a long very narrow green run (sometimes icy), black runs (again sometimes icy) and (new for winter:13/14) a red run was built down the side of the newly built Diable chairlift and under it, continuing towards the central green slopes which take you back down to the resort. So beginners who might be slightly lacking in confidence and even cautious intermediates might be better off riding the gondola back down. See our news section for further developments for 15/16 including a blue run.
Did you know?
The glacier, situated between 3,200m and 3,600m, is a great asset. To preserve it and counterbalance the wind at an altitude of more 3,000m, they have been using a specific technique in recent years: snow traps. The lift company stockpiles snow with wooden barriers or half-tubes dug into the glacier. Snow groomers then collect this snow daily to distribute it on all the glacier slopes. The work carried out during the winter allows us to guarantee high altitude skiing and ensure perfect conditions in the summer season.
AT THE SUMMIT
At an altitude of 3,400m, discover an extraordinary 360° panorama across the French and Italian Alps, from Mont Blanc to Mont Ventoux - not forgetting La Meije and the Les Ecrins mountains. Thanks to their unique geographical location, the summit slopes offer stunning and exceptional views.
UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO
The White Cruise: a 45 minute circuit in a snowcat at 3,600M to discover the mountains in all their splendour.
Visit the Ice cave, an extraordinary site created in 1993. After 17 years, it is now at an altitude of 3,200m. There’s been a big change of place and decor, with 20 sculptors and six months of hard manual work. The sculptures are a surprise - you’ll have to come and discover them for yourself!
There are helicopter trips to neighbouring Alpe-d’Huez for around 65 euros return and a shuttle-bus also makes the link on Wednesdays and Thursdays (booking essential).
Les 2 Alpes has night skiing using the Téléski des Lutins ski lift – open from Dec-April.
Les Deux Alpes Ski Hire
Pre-book your Les Deux Alpes ski hire with Peak Retreats.
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6. Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.
Les Deux Alpes Ski Passes
Pre-book your Les Deux Alpes lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
5 ski lifts free for all at the bottom of the pistes at 1600m. Ideal for beginners or finding your feet again.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros)
4 hour mini ski pass (2019/20):
Access to all the ski-lifts (Téléskis) of the snowfront of the resort during 4 hours from the first run at a lift - €20
1/2 day - Adult: 44.50€, Child: 37.50€
Day - Adult: 52.50€, Child: 42.00€
Les Deux Alpes Ski School
Pre-book your Les Deux Alpes ESF ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school
Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years in Les 2 Alpes, with Peak Retreats. Children aged 3-5 years go into Piou Piou. Children can learn to snowboard from 8 years+ (from 6 years if booked direct with ski school).
For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays, the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Les 2 Alpes private lessons 19/20 (not pre-bookable, book direct):
Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.
Around €49 per hour for 1-2 people.
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change.
Ski school Les Deux Alpes contact numbers for private lessons:
Ecole du Ski Francais 2 Alpes: 0033 4 76 79 21 21
Les Deux Alpes Child Care
Les Deux Alpes has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. It also has the Top of the French Alps award. Please view here for more information on the Famille Plus & Top of the French Alps label.
Le Bonhomme de Neige
Creche, day nursery and leisure centre all under one roof! Located close to the snow garden, caters for children from 6 months to 14 years, without ski.
Contact: 0033 476 79 06 77
6 months - 2 years:
1.30pm - 5.30pm: 31€ (including snack)
From 4yrs - 2.00pm to 5.00pm: 31€ (without nap)
After ski school from 4yrs - 12.30am to 5.00pm: 35€
Day - 30€
½ day with meals - 18.50€
½ day without meals - 14.50€
Top winter activities to experience in Les Deux Alpes!
Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.
Kuma & Co
During the winter season, go with the flow and let the Nordic dogs set the pace as you enjoy a ride through an unspoilt and preserved natural environment, admiring snowy landscapes. Discover kind-hearted dogs and the world of our mushers, who will be happy to share their passion with you. Husky rides and beginner’s sledge-drive sessions every day on prior booking.
Baby snow with the ESF
The baby snow is a snow sports device comprising a snowboard with handlebars attached to the front, a saddle, and a handle for the adult to hold onto. The baby snow was created for parents to be able to share a wonderful experience with their child. It was designed for children between the ages of 1 year (when they are able to stand upright) up to the age of 4 years.
3 sledging runs reserved for children (including one dedicated to children from 2 to 6). Free access. Secured but unsupervised area. Depending on snow conditions.
Dedicated ski touring trails Les 2 Alpes has created several trails where visitors can try ski touring. One purposely-designed route is reserved exclusively for ski tourers. The Parcours des Vallons is well marked and features an 800m altitude difference. Two others are located in the Vallée Blanche area. Ski touring blends downhill skiing and hiking.
Discover unforgettable thrills behind the handlebars of a one or two-seater snowmobile; every evening our official 15km long track located in the upper part of the Les 2 Alpes resort welcomes you to enjoy exceptional views of the resort at night.
Patinoire De La Croisette (ice rink)
1800m2 open-air ice rink. Open during the winter season.
Discover the joys of sleigh rides through an idyllic setting on one of our daily departures.
Grotte de Glace 3200m D’Altitude
In Winer season the ice cave is open. Make the most of your trip to the summits to delve into the magical world of the ice cave situated at an altitude of 3,200 metres, at the top of the Jandri Express.
Les Coulisses du Domaine Skiable
Find out more about the snow factory as well as the machinery behind the glaciers funicular and meet people passionate about their work! A fantastic opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of a ski resort and discover the different aspects of working with ski lifts.
Ski Premiere Trace
Every Wednesday morning, meet the ski patrol team at the foot of the Jandri Express; join them to opening the slopes before everyone else arrives and enjoy around 2 hours of skiing and learning about the job of a patroller. Bring your ski pass. 3-star skiing ability required. Information and bookings are available from the main ski pass office.
Daily hikes for all ability levels to explore the Oisans region (snowshoes, poles and minibus transport provided).
From beginner’s sessions, open to everyone with a general level of fitness, to the most beautiful routes in the Oisans region(equipment provided).
Off-piste skiing and snowboarding free ride (safety equipment provided). Vallons de la Meije, Les 2 Alpes, Alpe d’Huez or Serre Chevalier, Oisans’ legendary corridors. Heli-skiing in Italy.
In winter season open from Sunday to Friday. Whirlpool bath with access to the swimming pool 8 seat Jacuzzi.
Le Studio 22
Audrey is a professional sports coach who runs fitness sessions in the resort. With 10 years’ experience and additional qualifications, Audrey will check your moves and positioning, helping you train without injuring yourself.
Souffle de sagesse
Since returning from India, where the teacher studied yoga and Ayurveda massage, and have recently trained in Reiki, she set up an association called ‘Souffle de Sagesse’ to share her knowledge.
New to Les 2 Alpes! Enjoy a new skiing or tobogganing experience in 100% fun surroundings! Land your jumps on an enormous 10x15 metre mattress. For the over 7s. Group special offer (over 20 people) available on request.
Supervised by professionals, come and enjoy a unique experience with friends or family. Carry out skiing or snowboarding jumps and land on a 15 metre by 11-metre inflatable mattress in absolute safety.
In winter the snow covers the mountains and forests in a blanket of white. It’s a unique spectacle! Winter is also the ideal season to discover paragliding accompanied by an instructor.
Belvedere des Ecrins 3400 m d’altitude
A suspended aerial footbridge will give you an unforgettable experience, with a view of the Ecrins mountain range! Accessible from 4yrs, the bridge is a 10-minute walk from the funicular station (3,400m), and can also be reached by ski from the summit of the Puy Salie ski lift.
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
Les 2 Alpes Resort News and Events 21/22
- New Super Venosc gondola lift - on the Vallée Blanche sector, enabling easy ski-in/ski-out access for guests of the Alpe de Venosc Residence (including Les Clarines residence), as well as faster access to the “Glacier 3600” mountainside runs.
- The new Pierre Grosse gondola lift (La Fée sector between 2,100 and 3,100 metres) - which was up and running in January 2020, will be serviced as part of the creation of the new Pierre Grosse (1) blue run it serves. This new run will delight experts and intermediates by offering easier access to the Col des Gours and by making steep zones safer.
- Construction will begin on the new 3S tri-cable gondola lift (in 2022, and which should conclude by 2024) to replace the Jandri Express gondola lift (central access). This new more comfortable gondola lift will be more reliable in varying weather conditions and will be able to take customers between the resort and the glacier (3,200 metres), with a mid-station at Les Crêtes (2,100 metres), a stop at 2,600 metres, and then another gondola lift between 2,600 metres and 3,200 metres. It will be able to transport 3 times as many people as the Jandri lift; a total of around 4,000 people an hour compared to 1,200 today!
Future Resort News:
Alpe d'Huez, over the next few years, is investing in upgrading the ski area. The main flagship project to be undertaken is to build a gondola link between Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes, which will create one of the largest linked ski areas in the world (475km). It will be larger, currently, than Tignes-Val d'Isere and Paradiski. Work should be starting in 2019, for a completion date TBC, and will cost 60 million Euros. The cable car that will cross the valley is planned to take 18 minutes. Starting at 2200m in the area Signal de l’Homme, the cable car will cross the valley passing over Freney-d’Oisans to Mont-de-Lans in Les 2 Alpes.
- 27th November - 4th December 2021: POWDER WEEK - celebrating the start of the winter season! Not just winter sports there will be an open-air après ski area as well as fun competitions like snow volleyball and an icerink tournament. DJs are also waiting for you in the best party locations in the resort.
- 11th to 18th December 2021: RISE FESTIVAL - music and skiing event throughout the resort and on the slopes!
- December 2021: CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVITIES
- 21st to 28th December 2021: MAGIC AVENUE - after a day of skiing, enjoy the Magic Avenue experience with its shows and wanderings on Avenue de la Muzelle. Enjoy the entertainment with a parade, bands, all things Christmas and street bands!
- 24th to 31st December 2021: LES 2 ALPES SKI SHOW - aki instructors demonstration, snow groomer demonstration, torchlight descent, fireworks, wine and hot chocolate for this festive and convivial evening proposed by the Tourist Office.
- 26th January: LES 2 ALPES NIGHT SNOW TRAIL - there are 5km, 10km, 15km, and 20km distances to partake in running through the snowy trails of Les Deux Alpes in the dark. Don't forget your headtorch! All of the races start at sunset from Les Crêtes at 2,100m and finish at Place des Deux Alpes, descending via the ski trails towards the lights of the resort below.
- 5th to 12th March 2022: SNOWZONE - hip DJs lace up their moon boots to make a pilgrimage to Les Deux Alpes!
- 12th to 19th March 2022: UNICHAMP - the student ski trip in Les Deux Alpes! A week full of powder, action, and park! The German University Ski Championships are usually held as part of this event, but at the time of typing, it's unclear if that will be part of the event.
- April 2022: MICRO KIDS - the only snowboarding competition in France for children! Around one hundred kids from different ski areas come together for giant slalom in a border-cross at 2,600 metres (la Toura sector) in Les 2 Alpes freestyle land. Keep your eye out for future champions.
- 30th April to 1st May 2022: THE SNOW 2 BIKE - Celebrate the end of the season with teams by taking part in the snow 2 bike event.
- Night Snow Trail January 21st 2023
Check the Les Deux Alpes tourist office website for more exciting news from Les Deux Alpes: www.les2alpes.com
Les Deux Alpes Après-ski, Bars & Restaurants
Over 60 restaurants to choose from including takeaway pizza and burgers, gourmet restaurants, typical French restaurants and international cuisine. 7 mountain restaurants and 5 bars on the slopes: le Pano Bar, la Rotonde, le Patachon, le Blvouac et 'Umbrella.
Les Deux Alpes nightlife – over 30 bars (usually opening until 2am) & 3 nightclubs in Les Deux Alps (opening until 5am).
5 rue du Cairou, Tel. +33 (0)4 76 80 52 44
Located at the heart of the resort, the Avalanche Nightclub is known as the resort nightclub, open for 15 years.
Rue des Vikings, Tel.+33 (0)6 07 87 76 15
Open 7 days a week from 11pm to 5am during the week and from 7pm to 5am on Saturday and Sunday.
Noted for its international exhilarating party atmosphere and warm welcome, the Café Brésilien Night Club is the perfect destination for a fun night out. Host to international DJs for over 25 years, the explosive dance floor is also the home of live concerts.
Added extras:Crêperie and snack bar open until 4am
IRISH O’BRIANS A F2
Centre d'animation, Tel.+33 (0)4 76 79 55 94
Authentic Irish Pub, themed nights, happy hour, disco bar. Free shuttle bus taxi for customers.Nightclub open from midnight.
There are also quieter places too, plenty of choice of restaurants from budget Italian to 4 star classic French, a cinema… Les Deux Alpes is a very lively resort. Les Deux Alpes 1800 has a further selection of bars, restaurants, and shops reached by car or shuttle bus.
Les Deux Alpes Amenities
Les Deux Alpes is served by a range of amenities including open air heated swimming-pool (with 3 baths, incl a paddling pool), Olympic sized ice-rink, two sports centres with indoor pool, squash court, gym…), bowling, cinema. Cash points, doctors, pharmacies, physiotherapists, several shops, bakeries… Les 2 Alpes has all the facilities and services that you would find in a large ski resort. There are various mini supermarkets dotted around the resort (Carrefour, Spa, Sherpas etc). All open until 8pm. Various shops, bakeries, boulangeries, laundrettes, souvenir shops, sports shops, clothes shops including Billabong, Volcom & DC...too many to mention all here!
SWEETY’S A Q5
102 avenue de la Muzelle
More than 150 kinds of sweets. The greedy meeting point. A balloon offered when you buy something.
Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and Sat 9am-11.30am - collection every Sat/Sun at midday.
PHARMACIE DU GLACIER
80 avenue de la Muzelle
Tel: +33 (0)4 76 79 21 37
Open daily from 9am to 8pm (non-stop opening hours in high season).
3 public laundrettes:
- La Buanderie (self-service) – 11 Rue des Sagnes
- La Diablotin (not self-service, linen is washed, dried and folded for you) – Rue des Vikings
- Mister Clean (self-service, washing powder and money machines available) 37 Avenue de la Muzelle.
Wifi available in tourist office and many bars have the facilities to check your email.
STATION SERVICE DES CIMES A G6
8 avenue de la Muzelle - BP 28
Tel. +33 (0)4 76 79 20 96
Getting to Les Deux Alpes, France
Les 2 Alpes by Road:
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 at no. 8 (Briancon, Vizelle, Stations de l’Oisans), then take the RN91 towards Briancon via Le Bourg d’Oisans. As you come out of the tunnel at the Le Chambon dam, turn right onto the D213.
Les 2 Alpes by Rail:
Grenoble station 70km – Shuttle bus to Les Deux Alps
+33 476 80 51 22 www.vfd.fr
We can also arrange car hire from Grenoble station
Airports close to Les 2 Alpes:
Grenoble Airport is 118km from Les Deux Alpes (1 ¼ hours)
Chambery Airport is 140km from Les Deux Alpes (1 ¾ hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery is 160km from Les Deux Alpes (2 hours)
Turin Airport is 182km from Les 2 Alpes (2 ½ hours)
Geneva Airport is 219km from Les 2 Alpes (2 ½ hours)
Public shuttle bus transfers from airport
Lyon Airport - Les 2 Alpes via Grenoble (www.lys-altibus.com).
Getting around Les 2 Alpes
A Free shuttle bus service runs in winter from 8am-7pm in Les 2 Alpes (except on Saturdays it runs until 11pm).
Visit the tourist office on arrival for a timetable.
Les 2 Alpes Airport Transfer
For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here.
Les Deux Alpes Opening Dates
27/11/21 - 01/05/22