Les Deux Alpes

Nestled in the majestic French Alps, Les Deux Alpes is the oldest and most complete ski resort in Europe, allowing skiing even in the height of summer.
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Les Deux Alpes is a renowned mountain resort in the heart of Oisans, at the gateway to the Ecrins National Park. Divided into two municipalities on both sides of the Alps, Mont-de-Lans and Vénosc, in the Isère département, Les Deux Alpes offers a variety of wonderful landscapes to explore and experience in the open air in both summer and winter. It is undoubtedly one of the oldest ski resorts in Europe and France.

Only 75 km from Grenoble, Les Deux Alpes boasts a unique feature: thanks to its proximity to the immense Mont-de-Lans or Roche-Mantel glaciers, one can ski here all year round, even in midsummer. For this reason, the resort attracts mountain enthusiasts in all seasons, especially those who wish to practise winter sports during their summer holidays.

The ski slopes in Les Deux Alpes

The skiing area of Les Deux Alpes covers more than 417 hectares with a total of 223 kilometres of ski slopes. The winter season runs from December to April and the summer season from June to September.

The Les Deux Alpes ski area is divided into 7 sectors with 42 ski lifts and 90 pistes of which 14 are green, 49 blue, 17 red and 10 black, thus suitable for all levels of ability.

Those who prefer off-piste skiing will have 800 hectares at their disposal in all directions: Chalance, la Fée, les Vallons du Diable, les Posettes, Bellecombes, la Selche.

For cross-country skiing, on the other hand, there are 3 trails for a total of 25 km around Les Deux Alpes and Venosc.

Le Glacier Sector

This is the highest sector of the ski area, which starts at the peak at 3600 metres and ends at 3200 metres. The pistes in the Le Glacier sector are ideal for all levels of skiing and are served by a convenient cable car that quickly covers the difference in altitude.

In addition to skiing, you can take incredible photographs on the footbridge suspended in the void of the Belvédère des Ecrins, visit the ice grotto or enjoy mountain specialities at Le Refuge des Glaciers.

Toura Sector

2Les Ecarcaliats, 38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

The Toura sector is the meeting point for freestyle enthusiasts who wish to try their hand at the dedicated snowpark accessible at all levels.

Redesigned spaces, themed areas divided by level, carefully designed signage for a new snowboarding and freestyle skiing experience, all designed for demanding and prepared athletes , as well as for those approaching for the first time.

Cooperation with the best experts in the field has made the winter snowpark one of the best in France and the summer snowpark a world reference.

After hours on the slopes you can relax and refresh at the Pano Bar or the Chalet La Toura.

La Fée Sector

3Mont-de-Lans, 38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

The La Fée sector is dedicated to freeriding, i.e. off-piste skiing on fresh snow: here you can experience it at an altitude of 2400 metres. A landscape characterised by calm, serenity and unparalleled beauty awaits you.

In addition, the brand new Pierre Grosse 8-passenger gondola lift connects the La Fée sector to the glacier (3175 metres) with a difference in altitude of 952 m and a capacity of 2400 persons per hour. To relax, there is also the family-run restaurant La Fée.

Le Diable Sector

47 Rue des Gorges, 38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

At Le Diable you will find the red slopes and the black slopes for the more experienced skiers: it is from here that you can ski down the big slopes, the steepest and most adrenalin-pumping ones.

This is the area favoured by the really good skiers, who have years of practice and familiarity with the most demanding descents.

As a reward for the effort, stop at the family restaurant Le Diable au Coeur, with an exceptional view.

Vallee Blanche Sector

5Vallée Blanche, 38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

Vallee Blanche is a less frequented and quieter area, surrounded by magnificent landscapes and breathtaking views of the resort and the valley. However, this area requires a fairly technical level of skiing. It is not recommended for beginner skiers. The sector is accessible to pedestrians thanks to the snowshoe circuit.

To go up, you can use the brand new 10-seater Super Venosc gondola and after enjoying a morning of intense skiing, we recommend you stop for lunch on the large terrace of the Bergerie Kanata or at the La Troika restaurant.

Les Crêtes Sector

638860 Les Deux Alpes, France

Les Crêtes is the beginners’ sector, where most of the blue runs are concentrated: here all beginners will be able to try out easy and accessible descents for everyone.

Easy to reach, it is served by numerous lifts from different points of the resort: from the centre there is the Les Œufs Blancs lift, or you can take the 1800 chairlift, the Belle Etoile chair lift or the Diable chairlift. A covered conveyor belt has been installed to ensure greater comfort and convenience for beginner skiers of all ages. The TDS8 chairlift, which has been in operation since last winter, provides quicker access and better glide for all-day fun.

The descent on skis from the Crêtes sector is via the green Demoiselles slope or the new blue Jandri slope. To catch your breath and for a lunchtime stop, there is the family restaurant with large terrace Le Patachon.

Stazione Sector

7Rue des Vikings, 38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

This sector is more commonly known as Bas des pistes or Front de neige: it is the ideal area for beginners of all ages with five free lifts.

There are several meeting points for ski schools and instructors to schedule private or group lessons. This is the area frequented by families with young children, who are wearing skis for the first time. For this purpose, a brand new free conveyor lift has been installed to replace the Vikings lift located opposite the Les Mélèzes hotel and the new telecord replacing the Rivets lift next to the Diable chairlift.

Here you can also stroll along the family-friendly cross-country skiing or sledding tracks.

What to do in Les Deux Alpes in winter

This renowned resort is also accessible to those who are not particularly sporty: the beauty of its mountains, the exceptional panoramas and the experiences that can be had will satisfy even hit-and-run visitors who visit the area without putting their feet on skis.

Belvedere des Écrins

838520 Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, France

You must first take the Jandri Express, the cable car, and then the funicular that takes you to an altitude of 3400 m where you can experience the Belvédère des Ecrins: this is a famous walkway in the void that offers a 360° panorama of the Ecrins massif, the Aiguilles d’Arves and Mont Blanc.

It is accessible to everyone from the age of 4 and can be reached in 10 minutes on foot from the exit of the funicular station.

La Grotte De Glace

938520 Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, France (Website)

At an altitude of 3200 m, at the arrival point of the Jandri Express, the 2 Alpes ice grotto, modelled by two high-mountain guides, Bernard Lambolez and Bruno Gardent, two unusual sculptors, allows visitors to discover what lies beneath the 30 metres of millenary ice: a marvellous world of impressively large sculptures, housed in a labyrinth of underground tunnels that will delight young and old alike.

The cave is renewed every year by the sculptors who change the protagonists of the sculptures, often changing the themes of the exhibition. The most popular section is definitely the Palaeolithic: impressive ice dinosaurs will surprise you, first of all Manny, a mammoth more than 6 metres high and 10 metres wide, weighing more than 6 tonnes of ice.

Snowshoe hiking

This open-air activity is undoubtedly a favourite with holidaymakers, due to the beauty of the landscapes traversed.

Accessible physically, technically and economically to everyone, it will delight both mountain-loving adults and children. There are many different paths, both short and well-trodden, suitable for families with children, and long for experienced walkers, accompanied by professional guides, to follow difficult and complex trails.

Snowshoeing is a great way to discover beautiful, unspoilt landscapes. If you choose to undertake them with a guide, he or she will tell you many anecdotes, share their passion for the mountains and nature with you, and you may even be lucky enough to come across some animals.

Ice diving

Ice diving is an activity that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Absolutely safe and accompanied by careful instructors, it will allow you to discover the mountain from a completely new perspective. Thanks to a thick neoprene suit that protects you from the water and the cold, you can undertake the descent in complete safety.

The light under the ice seems unreal and incredibly beautiful, enriched by decidedly fascinating blue and green colours. A unique and unparalleled experience.

Fatbike on the snow

For those unfamiliar with the fatbike, it is a mountain bike equipped with oversized tyres that guarantee perfect grip on the snow surface. There is also an electric version and the fatbike allows all the pleasure of mountain biking in the middle of winter.

In the heart of the village you will find a rental bike park where you can choose the model that best suits your needs.

Snowmobile Excursion

Snowmobiles have always been used as a convenient means of transport, but today they are also suitable for recreational use.

This activity is quite expensive, around 100 euros for one hour: the standard circuit stretches for fifteen kilometres amidst larch trees and pastures.

Excursion with sled dogs

Husky, Malamute, and Samoyed dogs are all characterised by their thick coat and pleasure in hard work. Thanks to them, you can enjoy an incredible experience.

Let yourself be carried away to the rhythm of the Nordic dogs, for a walk in the heart of unspoilt nature, to enjoy magnificent snowy landscapes.

Ski joëring and horse-drawn sleigh rides

Ski joëring, or harness skiing, is a sport that combines skiing and equestrian harnessing. It is practised with a draft horse or a pony for the little ones. All you have to do is put on a pair of skis, a harness and let the horses pull you through the wilderness.

A softer alternative is the classic horse-drawn sleigh ride, along a route that runs entirely through the forest for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. A farm snack is also offered during the ride.

Ski touring

Ski mountaineering enthusiasts can try their hand at unprotected peaks in a unique environment consisting of large expanses of glaciers.

Located only 15 minutes by car from Les Deux Alpes, the area of La Meije - La Grave10 is a destination for experts with a high level of preparation. Steep corridors await you where you can draw turns according to your inspiration.

Given the level of difficulty, we strongly recommend that you do this extraordinary session always accompanied by a mountain professional, who will know how to guide you without risk.

What to do in Les Deux Alpes in summer

The huge Les Deux Alpes ski area allows you to ski in the middle of summer, thanks to the presence of 16 lifts to reach the slopes at altitude.

But Les Deux Alpes is also a summer holiday destination: its marvellous mountains, surrounded by extraordinary nature, allow a plurality of outdoor sports, suitable for all tastes, ages and passions.

Trekking

The magnificent mountains surrounding Les Deux Alpes offer plenty of trails to explore in the Ecrins National Park: enchanting high mountain lakes, picturesque villages and wonderful valleys await you to be discovered on foot.

The route leading to Lauvitel Lake11 is suitable for everyone, including children, and is one of the easiest but also one of the most beautiful walks that the Massif de l’Oisans has to offer. As is the one leading to Venosc village12, where you can lose yourself in the narrow streets and its beautiful craft shops.

Breathtaking views, on the other hand, can be enjoyed along the hike leading to Les Perrons13 and the Balcon du Veneon, from where there is a wonderful view over the valley. The path to the lake and the La Muzelle refuge is also wonderful.

Via ferrata

The via ferrata is a practice similar to rock climbing and mountaineering, but technically more accessible. It involves following a route along a rock face equipped with metal hooks that serve as holds to continue the route.

There are trails for different levels of difficulty in the area with an average duration of 3 hours.

Climbing

In Les Deux Alpes, climbing is an institution: enthusiasts of this discipline will find no less than 45 routes ranging from 4 to 8c, almost all concentrated at Le Champ de l'Aiguille14, one of the most varied and complete wall parks in the region.

Under the supervision of instructors, you can try out all the techniques of wall climbing.

Rafting

Rafting is the descent of a torrent in an inflatable boat designed to accommodate up to ten people. In the Les Deux Alpes area is the Vénéon torrent, perfect for rafting.

Accompanied by a guide, equipped with a helmet, paddle and life jacket, you will be able to try your hand at several rough and adventurous stretches.

Considered an extreme sport, whitewater descent remains a completely safe outdoor activity to do, choosing carefully the stretch that suits your needs and level.

Other water sports, such as hydrospeed, canoeing and kayaking, can also be practised on this torrent in calm portions.

Mountain biking

Les Deux Alpes boasts over 90 kilometres of mountain biking trails, including 20 km for e-bikes, the electric bikes, which allow you to tackle the climbs without too much effort.

In order to enjoy the mountains more quickly, you can use the ski lifts, which are divided according to the type of activity you intend to undertake: downhill, enduro, cross-country, downhill, freestyle and freeride.

In the village there are several agencies for daily rental of all the necessary equipment: bikes, helmets, technical assistance, maps, routes and the possibility of relying on specialised and experienced guides for the more challenging trails.

Paragliding

One of the most popular activities in Les Deux Alpes is definitely paragliding. This adrenalin-pumping sport is perfect for those who want to experience the thrill of high altitude, flying over the magnificent panorama of the Vénosc valley from a height of about 2,826 metres.

Paragliding can also be practised here for beginners, through lessons and courses, or by opting for a tandem flight with an instructor, in complete safety and without risks, for a unique experience suitable for 7 to 77 year olds.

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In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article

Where to stay in Les Deux Alpes

This high mountain resort has taken advantage of its enchanting landscapes to offer a wide range of entertainment, attracting visitors from all over the world all year round.

In addition to outdoor activities, Les Deux Alpes offers a cosy and stimulating environment, with gourmet addresses where all mountain specialities are available, a lively nightlife and many musical and cultural events.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation: from cosy and charming wooden chalets, to hotels with spas and wellness centres to regenerate after hours of intense physical activity, to flats that guarantee independence and tranquillity.

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How to get to Les Deux Alpes

For those who choose to fly to Les Deux Alpes, the nearest airports are Grenoble Isère airport (120 km), Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (160 km) and Geneva-Cointrin airport (220 km). Once you have landed, the best solution is to rent a car or plan a bus ride to the ski resort.

If, on the other hand, you travel by train, you should always arrive first in Grenoble, the capital of the Alps. The Grenoble TGV station is only 70 km from Les Deux Alpes: the connection to the station is by bus, taxi or carpooling.

Les Deux Alpes Weather

What's the weather at Les Deux Alpes? Below are the temperatures and the weather forecast at Les Deux Alpes for the next few days.

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Where is located Les Deux Alpes

This important ski resort is divided between the resorts of Mont-de-Lans and Vénosc, in the municipality of the same name in the Isère département.

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