Where until about 1950 there was nothing but broad green alpine pastures, the second oldest winder sports village of France welcomes its guests today. Les Deux Alpes – as the name says – was created on the area of the two Alpine meadows of the lower villages Venosc and Mont-de-Lans and has meanwhile developed into one of the most popular skiing stations worldwide. As one of the oldest „skiing villages“ in France Les Deux Alpes at an altitude of 1.650 meters is still today characterized by traditional rustic buildings that blend in harmonically with modern architecture. Ski vacationers can therefore expect a cosy atmosphere as well as ideal comfort. At the same time Les Deux Alpes is characterized by international flair and offers a large and lively centre that invites you on shopping sprees and to relax. As all lifts and slopes come together in the centre of town, the main station of the skiing region with the same name Les Deux Alpes also scores with short distances and an XXL-slope network right in front of your door. The highlight of the skiing region is the largest glacier open for skiing in Europe, the Mont-de-Lans-glacier, its peak offering you an incomparable panorama onto the Mont Blanc, Massiv Central, Mont Ventoux and many more peaks.
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For skiing vacationers in Les Deux Alpes this means: From the highest point of the ski region you can get straight to the door of your own apartment or chalet and immediately continue with the relaxing Après-Ski-Program. However, before that, be sure to test the extraordinary slope network for all levels of skiing. Perfect areas for beginners and less practiced skiers are the gentle hills wet of Deux Alpes, starting on the „Pied Moutet“ and allows sunny coasting especially during the morning, before going on to the main region. Here even the glacier region has over 40 very easy and over 20 easy to medium slopes to offer and invites you to ski while enjoying the incomparable view.
Sun-hungry skiers will find what they are looking for in the afternoon, mainly on the slopes leading down to the ski station. However, you will need a little more skill here, as the slopes are dotted with numerous steep passages and even mogul fields. Well-practised skiers can find real challenges around the cable car Diable. But not only here, but actually all over the entire ski region black slopes and steep downhill drives can be found that provide true challenges. Like the slope „Piste des Aymes“ from the glacier to La Fée or the short but adventurous downhill slope „Grand Couloir“.
The skiing region Les Deux Alpes is however mainly famous and infamous for its countless deep snow slopes. Freeriders meet on the glacier fields of the „Pic de la Grave“ and enjoy the deep snow paradise above the skiing station La Grave that offers no prepared slopes, but only powder snow.
Don’t miss it: Approximately five times per season Deux Alpes-visitors are offered a unique skiing experience. During „Full moon skiing” up to 200 participants enjoy uninterrupted skiing pleasures on the glacier until the sun goes down. After dinner in a cosy mountain chalet comes you are pampered with the highlight of the event: Downhill to Deux Alpes in the light of the full moon.
But no matter whether practice slope or Freeride slope – all pistes of the skiing region Les Deux Alpes have one thing in common. Best snow conditions throughout the year, because most of the 228 slope kilometres are located at an altitude of above 2.500 meters. Best requirements also beneficial for cross-country skiers around Deux Alpes. Perfectly prepared tracks can be found in the village and also in the lower village Venosc. A special experience is certain on the high altitude slopes on the glacier or off-piste-tracks that can be explored together with a local guide.
Of course a deluxe skiing region like Deux Alpes has a lot to offer for snowboarders as well. It is known for its professional snowpark at an altitude of 2.600 meters in the area Tourra that leaves no wish unanswered with a halfpipe, various jumps, boxes and rails and a boardercross. Competitions are now held here on a regular basis since the construction of the funpark commenced ten years ago.
Small skiers are also well cared for in Les Deux Alpes and can prepare for the bigger slopes in an own children practice area or in numerous children’s ski school and ski kindergartens. Thanks to many more offered leisure activities for young guests the ski station even received the quality award „P`tits Montagnards“.
If you want to enjoy the advantages of a large skiing station but still want to pass your vacation a little bit away from the commotion you have come to the right place in the district Les Deux Alpes 1800. About 800 meters away from the centre of Les Deux Alpes there is a small independent station at an altitude of 1800 meters with everything that belongs to a perfect winter sports location: direct lift and slope connections, supermarket, swimming pool, squash hall, discothèque and Après-Ski-Bar.
Ski vacationers that decide to stay directly in Les Deux Alpes have a slightly larger selection of leisure activities and Après-Ski-offers. If you want to spend a day off skis you can shop your way through the numerous stores and small boutiques, relax in the swimming pool with sauna and whirlpool, make your rounds on the ice-skating rink, exhaust yourself playing squash, enjoy the beautiful landscape while snowing, driving a snowmobile or sledding, or enjoy true adventure in terms of ice-climbing, paragliding or a helicopter trip.
The selection of restaurants, bars, and discotheques in Les Deux Alpes is just as large, inviting the very international audience to bring a successful ski day to a fun end. A bowling alley, a cinema and a gaming hall round off the options of evening entertainment.
Extra-Tip: An excursion to the 3.400 meter high plateau of the glacier is sure to impress you. You will find a huge ice cave that serves as an icy gallery. Numerous ice sculptors come to Deux Alpes every year to create an exhibit of shiny ice sculptures under a new theme. The Grotte de Glace can be easily reached without skis by using the lift and cable car.