Les Deux Alpes
Why Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort in Isere?
- 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. 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!
The Inside Track: Read about when a member of the Peak Retreats team visited Les Deux Alpes as part of a group of 10! See how Les Deux Alpes is great for groups of people with various ages and skill levels.
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 200km 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 that 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
There is a long, quite narrow green run called Demoiselles (sometimes icy), black runs called Valentin and Diable 1 (again sometimes quite icy), the red run (built for 2014) called Vallons du Diable was built down the side of the Diable chairlift or the Jandri 1/Diable blue run (built for 2016). Of course if you don't fancy any of these, then you can take the Jandri Express gondola back down the mountain.
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 splendor.
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.
Led Deux Alpes ski hire & lift passes (pre-bookable)
Pre-book your 6 day+ Les Deux Alpes ski hire and/or Les Deux Alpes lift pass with Peak Retreats.
To download the ski extras form see 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note that prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Other lift passes are available to buy in the resort such as half or full-day passes (for those who only wish to ski the odd day) or one-use lift passes for pedestrians. Some resorts also offer specific beginner area passes and cross country passes.
Les Deux Alpes group ski school (pre-bookable)
Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years in Les Deux Alpes with Peak Retreats. Children can learn to snowboard from 8 years+. We can also book private lessons.
First skiing experience for the little ones from 1 to 3 years old! Before going to kindergarten, little ones from 1 to 3 years old can discover the joys of skiing with the 'Babysnow' lessons under the supervision of professional instructors. The 'babysnow' is skiing equipment with a surfboard, a fixed handlebar at the front, a saddle and a handle controlled by the instructor. The sessions are only available for private lessons with qualified ESF instructors and will allow parents to become familiar with the 'Babysnow'. This activity is offered as part of the "Famille Plus" label in the resort of Les 2 Alpes. Book direct.
To download the ski extras form see 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note that prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Les Deux Alpes private lessons (not pre-bookable)
Private lessons with an instructor can only be arranged directly with the ESF ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these. Private lessons are usually around €40-60 per hour (depending on resort, time of day and period) and becomes cheaper the more hours you take and the more people you have to share the hours with i.e with family members or friends. Some resorts insist on a minimum of 3 sessions to be booked at once.
Contact ESF Les Deux Alpes for private lessons - 0033 4 76 79 21 21
Les Deux Alpes childcare (not pre-bookable)
Childcare from 6 months-2 years (non-skiers)
Les Deux Alpes has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here for more information on the Famille Plus label.
Please contact direct as we cannot pre-book this kids club - 0033 4 76 79 02 62
It is advisable to book before you go and in good time as spaces get filled quickly, especially in Peak times. A childhood vaccination record will be needed.
Babysitters (not pre-bookable)
A list of babysitters is available from the tourist office.
Top winter activities to experience in Les Deux Alpes!
Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.
Every week night skiers and snowboarders can jump on the Super Venosc gondola.
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.
Children under 10 have their own dedicated freestyle area, 'Kids Park', with banked turns and jumps - they can have fun and test their skills like the pros.
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 news and events
What's new for the 23/24 season:
- 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.
- Creation of a first green slope on the Vallée Blanche slope - started in 2022, a new green run has been created in Vallée Blanche with two sections completed in 2023 for increased accessibility to all on this low altitude sector (2100m to 1600m).
- The Diable chairlift becomes the Diable telemix - a mix of cabins and seats that optimises the flow and allows skiers, beginners and pedestrians to access 2400m quickly and easily.
A total of 86 6-seater chairlifts and 28 6-seater gondolas.
- 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!
- New Coolidge magic carpet - in 2024, the Coolidge area will see two button elevators replaced by a new, free and beginner-friendly magic carpet. Part of a redevelopment project started in 2022, this will make learning areas more accessible across the foot of the slopes,
- Night skiing - every weeknight skiers and snowboarders can jump on the Super Venosc gondola.
Events taking place in the 2023/24 season:
- 9th to 15th December 2023: RISE FESTIVAL - music and skiing event throughout the resort and on the slopes!
- December 2023: CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR'S END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS
- 19th & 26th December 2023/6th, 13th, 20th & 27th February 2024: 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
- 20th January 2024: NIGHT SNOW TRAIL - Les lumières de la Muzelle is an unmissable white trail race organized by the association Les 2 Alpes Trail with the sunset, the lights of the city, the parade of frontals, the race in the snow!
- 2024 - TOUT SCHUSS CUP - the 8th edition of these speed skiing competitions for kids, as well as introductory workshops to speed skiing.
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 (Vizelle, Stations de l’Oisans), then take the RN91 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
3/12/22 - 14/04/23