About this place....
Les Deux Alpes is a ski resort in the French Isère département. The village sits at 1,650 m and lifts run to 3,600 m. It has the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is France's second oldest ski resort behind Chamonix,
Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes sits high, with a ski area ranging from 1300m to 3600m in altitude. And it is at 3600m where you'll find one of Europe's largest skiable glaciers.
This kind of altitude gives the resort snow-sure conditions most of the year round. Couple this with the neighbouring off-piste mecca of La Grave, the area offers some truly world-class skiing.
There are 225 kilometres of pistes here. 47 ski lifts and a funicular on the glacier give you access to a total of 96 pistes of which 17 are green, 45 are blue, 22 are red and 12 are black. Which means there is something for everyone.
The ski area in Les Deux Alpes is split into two areas, hence 2 Alpes.
Most runs are west facing and enjoy a lot of sunshine which unfortunately means the snow quality can be lost in the afternoon and completely gone at the end of the season.
The Glacier side
You'll find the majority of the skiing here. From the glacier, you can actually ski blue runs all the way back to resort, with a descent of around 2000 metres.
But what makes this resort a little bit special is La Grave. Natural terrain that is accessed by lifts, heaven and many feel this has to be on your top 5 runs to do n the world. La Grave is a raw and unforgiving off-piste, glaciated area. A guide is a must and safety equipment and the knowledge of how to use it.
Les Deux Alpes also has a summer skiable area. Snowparks up on the glacier, well-groomed pistes as well as gentle nursery slopes. It is that good it attracts all the top ski teams and freestyle skiers / boarders from around the world.
What Freeride Ambassador Anthony Gannon thinks...
I enjoyed my visit to Les Deux Alps, not the biggest ski area but at 225kms there is plenty to get your teeth into. The purposely built village is looking a little aged (on the outskirts) but its kept really well. Unfortunately the same goes for the infrastructure on the piste too. Too many slow lifts and it just seems like they could do with a few high speed lifts as an over hall. The Glacier is big, and they even have a superpipe in the summer ski season. But what makes this place so special is La Grave. One of the best lift accessible natural runs out there. Hire a guide and ride it all day and then go back for more, it is that good. If this was my last ski/board run I would be a happy man.
A great ski area, great for the apres ski, good for beers. Worth a visit... Hell yes
Less Deux Alps Ski Area - Info / Piste map from;
If you are travelling from outside of France, then flying into Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva is the quickest way to get to Les 2 Alpes. Les 2 Alpes is then a bus ride or private transfer , unless you’re driving yourself.
Grenoble is the closest airport (1.5 hours) but flights can be more expensive,
Geneva is cheaper but it is a 3hrs transfer.
You can also get the fast TGV trains to Grenoble or Lyon but there are no dedicated “snow-train” services for Les 2 Alpes.