Les Deux Alpes
If you ski Les Deux Alpes (or 2Alpes) invariably there's lots of sun and snow at peak holiday periods on Europe's largest glacier at 3600m. For skiing and snowboarding in France this is one of Europe's premiere destinations without a doubt. Read our review to find out more.
What's not to love when you ski Les Deux Alpes? It's considered one of Europe's most snowsure resorts and is enjoyed by skiers and snowboarders alike not only for the skiing but for the beautiful scenery and glacier. And with the slopes of La Grave now available on the same lift pass there is even more choice of skiing. The nearest airports are Grenoble and Chambéry about 90 minutes away.
On the Slopes
So who should ski in Les Deux Alpes? As a world class resort with the highest skiable glacier in Europe - just about everyone! Beginners are well catered for, with lots of gentle runs above the village, while intermediates will love the wide open pistes of the glacier. More experienced skiers can try a mile-long couloir, or explore the off-piste skiing of La Grave, now linked on the same lift pass.
Boarders will find a challenging boarder cross, fun park and half pipe, which is one of the best in Europe. In fact skiing and snowboarding-wise this is a great resort for variation. For the more daring amongst you - La Grave is another resort to do once in your lifetime - but you need to be advanced as it's virtually all off-piste and ungroomed!
If you Ski Les Deux Alpes you are also in the ski region of Grand Galaxie .
Off the Slopes
The fun starts at lunchtime in Les Deux Alpes, with Chalet de la Toura recommended for both food and views - other great lunch options include the accurately named Panoramique, and the Pastorale. Foodies will find haute cuisine at Chalet Mounier or the Hotel Berangere restaurant. Cheaper options worth trying include the Spaghetteria or the Vetrata. Après-ski is lively, with plenty of bars to choose from. The British crowd favour Mike's and The Windsor, or else you can head to Smokey Joe's and The Baron.
Who's it Best For?
Experts will love it here particularly as it is so easy to ski La Grave as well. But the slopes are varied so this resort will suit mixed ability groups and families. Its nightlife is also good so we think Les Deux Alpes is one of those resorts that ticks a lot of boxes!
At an altitude of 1650m and surrounded by glaciers Les Deux Alpes is a great choice if you want snow all year round, glacier skiing and one of the most modern lift systems in Europe. In addition this resort has great nightlife and the transfer times from nearby airports are good. No wonder it is so popular with Brits year after year.
There are a good choice of package options to Les Deux Alpes from leading ski operators. We can also help you as an independent traveller by showing you a good choice of chalets and apartments that you can book directly with the owner. So whether you want a cheap package offering or you want to go it alone check out all the holiday deals we have to Les Deux Alpes.
Why Choose les Deux Alpes in France?
1. Its one of the most snow sure resorts in Europe.
2. Great terrain park.
3. Good choice of slopes and access to La Grave on the same lift pass.
4. Relatively cheap resort.
Is it Right for You?
If you are sure that Les Deux Alpes is right for you then check out the holidays that we have. If you still have questions or need more help then let our Les Deux Alpes tailormade ski holidays service help you.
Chalets are a great option for your ski holiday as for many they epitomise what a ski holiday is all about. They also come in all shapes and sizes to meet different needs. So whether you want a large 20 person chalet to suit your large skiing group or a more intimate 1 bedroom chalet we will help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Les Deux Alpes offers a good choice of chalets, apartments and hotels. Some chalets come complete with Mitchelin starred chefs, others will be more basic affairs. Whilst Les Deux Alpes is not the ugliest ski resort it also is not the most attractive. If you are looking for a really attractive place to stay check out Venosc, an ancient village connected to Les Deux Alpes by gondola.
Where Should I Look For a Ski Chalet?
Accommodation in Les Deux Alpes is quite a mixture with some traditional old chalets, 1960's blocks and now some quite funky modern buildings. The old chalets tend now to be catered chalets. But most accommodation here is very reasonably priced so its good for large groups looking for chalets. One major benefit of Les Deux Alpes is that a lot of the accommodation is ski in ski out.
If you want a little more character and peace and quiet you would be better looking for accommodation in the Venosc part of the resort. Here you will find lots of beautiful chalets in traditional alpine charm. If however you want to be in the heart of it and noise doesn't bother you simply head for the centre of town.
Apartments can be a great choice for a ski holiday. Many new apartment blocks are being built in resorts, but gone are the monstrosities from the 1960's. Now apartment blocks are more modern. low rise affairs and often their facilities match any hotel, with swimming pools and spas often included.
Les Deux Alpes has a great number of apartments so it wont be difficult to find what you are looking for. But as with anything, you will get what you pay for. If you opt for budget then do accept that your bed could be a sofa bed. The great thing about this resort though is that most of the apartments sit along the main road, the Avenue de la Muzelle, which runs along the bottom of the valley so most of the apartments are near to lifts and are ski in ski out. If you want more luxury apartments then head into the Venosc part of Les Deux Alpes.
Are Apartments a Good Idea?
Well, they can work out cheaper, so if money is an issue you will undoubtedly find a cheap apartment here. But even if you have a good size budget apartments can come with a chef and other facilities that would fit into a luxury hotel like saunas and spa facilities.
Apartments can also be a great choice if you are travelling with a large group or other families. If you all stay in the same block you are together but you also have more space and privacy than you may get in a chalet. Also, in Les Deux Alpes your apartment will probably be ski in ski out which in other resorts you may only get with a luxury chalet. So don't discount apartments, they are certainly giving a lot of chalets a run for their money now.
This winter, a Les Deux Alpes hotel could be perfect accommodation for your skiing or snowboarding break. GoSki.co.uk makes it simple for you to get organised with our search available to find ski hotels in Les Deux Alpes at your budget or with your specification. Whether you choose budget or luxury, compare les Deux Alpes hotels and then once decided simply go through and book online with our hotel partners. You can then sit back and look forward to your winter holiday!
You will find a good range of hotels in Les Deux Alpes from budget through to luxury and also a number of apart hotels which, as the name suggests, combine apartment style rooms with hotel amenities. There are also a good choice of hotels for families here as many are situated right next to the main lifts and nursery slopes.
What Hotels are Available in Les Deux Alpes?
If you are looking for luxury then check out Hotel Mounier which has been developed to look like a luxury chalet. Its restaurant is probably the best in the resort. the hotel has a spa, swimming pool and fitness suite. It is also still family run, so service is very good. There are also a number of good 3* hotels including the Cascade Hotel built in the late 1800's which has great mountain views.
If you are on a tight budget then check out UCPA in Les Deux Alpes , its just a 100m from the ski area and is more hostel based accommodation. But, whilst basic and you will need to share some facilities, it's good! There are also a number of good 2* hotels located in the centre of town which offer good value for money, but do remember they will be at the centre of all the nightlife and therefore noise!
Getting to Les Deux Alpes is relatively easy. The nearest airport is Grenoble about 1 1/4 hours away. Next best options are Chambery or Lyon followed by Geneva. Geneva probably offers the best choice of airlines and flights. There are then a number of different options open to you getting to Les Deux Alpes once you have landed.
Taking the Bus to Les Deux Alpes
There is no train station in Les Deux Alpes but if you want to use public transport and keep your costs down why not take a bus? From Grenoble Gare Routiere you can take a public bus to the resort-bus 3030 is the one you are looking for. Private buses also run to Grenoble Airport with prices starting at £45 pp return and £25 pp single.
Private Taxi to Les Deux Alpes
There are a number of taxis that can get you to and from Les Deux Alpes to many airports. If 8 of you are able to share it can work out very cost effective. But do book before you leave home as it will be cheaper. From Geneva a one way seat in a private taxi will cost you about 90 Euros, from Grenoble will cost about 50 Euros and from Chambery about 70 Euros.
You can of course simply pick up a taxi from the airport but this could cost you more than pre booking. Always agree the price before you get into the taxi and start the journey. Do remember though that the driver will be obliged to leave his meter on even if you have agreed the price.
This winter, Les Deux Alpes ski schools offer you the chance to get some ski or snowboard lessons to improve your skills and technique! Whether you're after private, group, beginner or advanced lessons, don't leave anything to chance and book before you leave.
Les Deux Alpes ski schools
Using the links below, why not compare the ski schools in Les Deux Alpes to book your ski and snowboard lessons for your holiday. From improving your technique, to learning to ski for th efirst time, their professionally qualified instructors offer some great deals. So come on, boost your confidence and learn some new things on the piste this winter.