Les Deux Alpes resort overview
Sat in the heart of L’Oisans and the Ecrins mountain ranges, Les Deux Alpes was named not for two mountains, but for the two high pastures belonging to the neighbouring farming villages of Venosc and Mont de Lans. With a glacier rising to just under 3,600 metres above sea level, Les Deux Alpes provides a pretty snow sure place to ski. Discover 222km of pistes made up largely of long, open runs.
Filled with shopping options, restaurants, and bars to soak up the après atmosphere, you won’t be short of options in the village of Les Deux Alpes located at 1650. One word of warning here, because the main blue run back to the village gets notoriously slushy by the end of the ski day, so beginners may be better off getting the lift down.
Skiing in Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes boasts some impressive skiing, with its highest point rising to 3,568m. The ski terrain excels when it comes to off-piste and offers loads of choice for intermediate and advanced skiers. Legendary off-piste area La Grave provides an unspoiled off-piste mecca for skiers and snowboarders alike. In addition to the varied higher-level terrain, Les Deux Alpes prides itself on being a family-friendly resort; there’s ample space for beginners to improve on the slopes coming down into 1650m.
Steep runs and natural canyons provide plenty of variety, and there’s lots of room to pick up speed on the wide glacier slopes. One run even boasts an impressive 2,300m descent, making it possible to go from the top of the glacier all the way down to the village of Mont de Lans at 1,300 metres, without so much as stepping foot in a lift queue.
Summer skiing is possible on the glacier from mid-June to early September (and again in France’s October half-term) while the resort officially opens its doors for winter from early December until late April.
Les Deux Alpes après ski
Après ski kicks off at 3pm and you’ll find the biggest party at Pano Bar located at 2600m and boasting - as you might expect - impressive panoramic views of Les Deux Alpes. Expect all the usual après ski trappings of table dancing, saxophonists, and dry ice galore. Beyond Panobar, you’ll find a variety of bars and restaurants in the village, located at 1650m, Umbrella Bar being a particular favourite for extended après. A lively nightlife scene means you can set the bar when it comes to going hard or going home.
You’ll find a number of of traditional mountain Savoyard cuisine in the village with cheese dishes aplenty. Those looking for fine dining should head to the Michelin starred Le P’tit Polyte, run by the same family since 1879, serving inventive dishes such as farmed duck magret cooked on walnut shells, with mulberry and beetroot.