Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort

Les 2 Alpes ski resort France
Les Deux Alpes is super on a powder day in the trees just above the village
Les 2 Alpes on-piste skiing
The mountain village at Les Deux Alpes is at least two photos wide - this is the southern end above Venosc.
The northern end of the Les 2 Alpes mountain village extends to above Mont de Lans
Summer skiing on the glacier above 3200m is a feature of Les Deux Alpes in France
The new Pierre Grosse gondola at les 2 Alpes provides a great view of the expansive freeride terrain below.
The Jandri Express heads up the frontside from the centre of Les Deux Alpes village
The Jandri Express II on its way up to the Les 2 Alpes glacier with the luscious Sautet in the background
The La Fee restaurant is one of several excellent Les 2 Alpes on-mountain eateries
The super-wide Jandri slope extends for 16km from top to bottom at Les Deux Alpes (this section - Jandri 4)
Top of the superb Fee sector at Les 2 Alpes with Alpe d'Huez in the background
Super Diable (Devil) advanced piste will get your speed up!
Powder on the Les 2 Alpes frontside Diable 2 ski route
La Fee sector off-piste heading into Pierre Grosse at Les Deux Alpes
Crepes a GoGo is the 'go to' place in 2 Alpes for world beating crepes in an electic setting
Les Deux Alpes freeride terrain & piste on a glorious January day
Les @ Alpes range of bars is huge, including this one near the skating rink, Le Bivouac
The Valentin piste plunges down into the 2 Alpes village
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Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort

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     Les Deux Alpes Ski Trail Map
  • Les 2 Alpes Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,300m – 3,568m (2,268m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m+
  • Lifts (43)
    7 Cable cars/gondolas/funiculars
    16 Chairlifts
    Summer ski lifts - 12
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Winter
    Late Nov to end April
    9:00am to 5:00pm
    Summer
    Late June to early August
    7:00am to 12:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 200km
    Longest run – 16km
    Advanced - 17%
    Intermediate - 28%
    Beginner - 55%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €42 to 52.50
    Child - €38 to 42
    Child u/5yr – Free

Les 2 Alpes Ski Resort France

Les Deux Alpes ski resort is a southern French Alps behemoth providing skiing across expansive terrain opposite the equally massive Alpe d'Huez. Statistically the resort stacks up against all the world's biggest with over 2,200m of skiable vertical, 200km of piste trails & a longest run of 16km. And all for less than half the lift pass price of a similar sized resort in Nth America! Les 2 Alpes has the additional advantage of summer glacier skiing & easy (albeit seasonal) access to legendary La Grave from the top end!

Pros & Cons for Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort

Pros

  • High elevation ski area with a reliable snow cover including a glacier.
  • Gargantuan skiable vertical of over 2,200m.
  • Ski lifts extend from multiple points within the village.
  • 200km of on-piste ski trails.
  • Extensive novice learn-to-ski terrain & lifts.
  • Super long on-piste trails for beginner skiers & snowboarders.
  • Loads of easily accessible off-piste terrain on east, west & north aspects including tree skiing.
  • Extremely quiet in the off-piste terrain at most times of the season, so lots of first tracks & freshies after lunch.
  • Wonderful on-mountain dining (one of the best combinations of affordability & quality we have come across in the French Alps).
  • Super après ski, bars & nightlife throughout the village.
  • Abundance of affordable ski-in ski-out accommodation.
  • Off-mountain accommodation links well with the mountain via Venosc.
  • Particularly good value lift pass price.

Cons

  • Surprisingly little for intermediate skiers & snowboarders.
  • Some aging lift infrastructure desperately requires replacement (i.e. the perfectly named Oeufs Blancs gondola - regardless of how nostalgic it makes people feel!).
  • Lift queues during peak periods can be long at the main village lifts (they dissipate beyond the village!).
  • The village is a hodgepodge of seemingly random buildings reducing the overall visual amenity of the resort.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Summer skiing available on the glacier.
  • The resort village is a tangle of hotels, apartments, bars, restaurants, shops, ski rentals that can be hard to navigate initially.
  • Few high-end (5-star et al) accommodation in the area.
  • Public transport to the mountain is patchy at best.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

A slightly strange terrain combination of beginner piste trails & advanced on & off-piste, Les 2 Alpes is a pleasing venue for any powder hound on a mission when the snow falls. Due to the sheer size of the place, intermediates will find more than enough to keep themselves occupied, Les Duex Alpes is not the middle of the road paradise that exemplifies so many ski areas. And that makes for an interesting point of difference.

See the Les 2 Alpes ski trail map here.

The ‘frontside’ westerly aspect terrain above the village is exceptional. From the Diable chairlift across to the Village chair 2km away, the lower novice lifts & slopes rise quickly to a wonderful selection of advanced groomers plus wide nicely pitched off-piste, trees, spurs & avalanche fences. The 750m of vertical of the frontside face is skiable in all weather & gives one an immediate impression of a ski hill to be reckoned with. Good news for intermediates is that the black piste trails are generally is such good condition that all abilities can pick their way down.

On the opposite side of the village, the easterly aspect Vallèe Blanche provides a quiet alternative to the frontside, plus it gets the early morning sun. The main chairlift serves a series of mellow piste trails plus some steeper options on about 400m of skiable vertical.

The major difference from a Powderhounds viewpoint between Les 2 Alpes & its neighbour Alpe d'Huez is the ease of access into tasty off-piste terrain. At Alpe d'Huez, the complexity can be baffling (confuzzled was a term bandied around). In Les Deux Alpes, aside from a few notable exceptions, the freeride is plain to see & discover, with relatively little danger to one's life. For the holiday maker, that is a prize indeed. And whilst one would expect in a resort this size that the powder would be plundered early by the masses, that is not the case. We skied fresh powder days after the last snowfall in the Fee/Pierre Grosse sector in January. And had no problems reaping first tracks during a blizzard across the entire mountain in the February peak season.

Unknown to many, there are several long off-piste valley descent possibilities on the northern side of Deux Alpes. The descents are essentially on the exact same aspect as nearby La Grave. The difficult L’Ecorchoir & the easier Malaprisure can provide over 2000m of skiable vertical in good conditions. Both require ground transport back to the village. Enjoy them, then head across to La Grave for some real challenges! Connections between 2 Alpes & La Grave don’t appear to open until around March, so anyone venturing that way earlier will be under their own steam.

Where is Les 2 Alpes France?

Les Deux Alpes is in the Isère department of the Auvergne Rhone Alps region, southeast France. The closest major city & transport hub is Grenoble, 67km by road to the west. Closest international airports are Lyon St Exupery (LYS) & Geneva (GVA).

The Powderhounds usually recommend taking the train & bus from the airports to any ski resort, but due to COVID 19 concerns & the awkward nature of public transport to 2 Alpes, for reasons of value & efficiency, we recommend looking at a private transfer (particularly if in a group of 3 or more people). A private transfer from Geneva or Lyon is also the most efficient mode of travel if one doesn’t have a car but does come at a cost. Search & book all airport transfers here.

Anyone wanting to POW (Protect Our Winters) can take the quick (around 2hr) train trip from the airports to Grenoble & then continue the journey via bus or private transfers. Search & book train tickets to Grenoble here.

Driving up to the main village at 2 Alpes is an easier proposition than neighbouring Alpe d’Huez. However, the road from Grenoble, in addition to being choked with traffic on weekends, can also be surprisingly busy during the morning & evening work commute on weekdays. Further along, through the narrow Romanche River valley (before Le Bourg d’Oisans), is particularly vulnerable to weekend traffic jams. Coming from the east via Serre Chevalier requires an ascent of the Col du Lautaret before La Grave. The 2058m elevation pass is prone to road closures during poor weather. Day trippers are best to stay low and head to Venosc then take the gondola up to 2 Alpes village – it is included in the lift pass.

Les Deux Alpes Accommodation

Les 2 Alpes ski resort comprises one main village & two smaller ones; all ranging in size & altitude. Each of the three villages have lift access to the ski resort, with many 2 Alpes village ski accommodation providers offering ski-in ski-out convenience. The main resort village is a none too aesthetically pleasing sprawl across a high pass between 1650 & 1800m elevation. It provides the lion's share of accommodation, with a typically French predominance of apartments, but also several hotels. There are surprisingly few 5-star accommodations in the ski resort. If that is important to you, try Alpe d’Huez instead.

Search & book all Les Deux Alpes ski accommodation here.

North of the 2 Alpes village is the small Mont de Lans, the lowest skiable point in the resort at 1300m elevation. The village is in a more traditional French alpine setting, a world away from the relatively crass development up at 2 Alpes. Some lodgings are ski-in or very close to it.

Search & book all Mont de Lans ski accommodation here.

On the opposite side of 2 Alpes, to the south, the village of Vénosc is the third best option for staying in the area. A classic French hill town, the stone buildings are stacked beautifully together above the gondola base station. At around 950m, Venosc presents the simplest option for day trippers with their own car, avoiding the tortuous drive up to the pass.

Search & book all Venosc accommodation here.

If all else fails & you are after well priced accommodation in a central location, the main valley town of Le Bourg d'Oisans provides several options plus a range of local services not available in Venosc or Mont de Lans. Le Bourg d'Oisans is convenient for skiing Alpe d'Huez & Oz-Vaujany, as well as Les 2 Alpes. Due to the confusing & often unreliable local buses, staying here is best for those with their own transport to drive to the gondola at Venosc.

For details on the best places to stay at Les Deux Alpes see our Les 2 Alpes Accommodation Info page.

Ski Rentals, Lessons, Guiding & Services

Search & book ski or snowboard equipment rentals in Les Deux Alpes here.

Anyone looking to head into the extensive off-piste & are unsure about your abilities; off-piste ski lessons & guiding can make all the difference. See our Les 2 Alpes Ski Lessons & Guiding page for more information & booking.

If you need a new ski outfit comprising modern jacket, pants, gloves & goggles, Alpe d’Huez is one of the French ski resorts served by a ski clothing rental company. Order online & your ski outfit is delivered direct to your accommodation at the resort.

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Nearby ski resorts include the incredible Alpe d'Huez, iconic freeride mecca La Grave & larch forest tree skiing treasure Serre Chevalier.

There are plans to connect Les 2 Alpes to Alpe d'Huez (the Auris d'Oisans side) via a modern gondola in 2023. Looking at the distance firsthand, it seems a fantasy, but who knows? Mega resorts morphing into super-sized mega resorts seems to be 'du jour' across the globe.

Review

The Powderhounds skied Les Deux Alpes several times in 2020. We loved its easy access freeride terrain, great snow, lack of skiers & snowboarders in the off-piste & massive range of fun bars. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read its inciteful prose!

See how Les 2 Alpes compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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