Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort

Glacier skiing at over 3,500m, mighty off-piste, long blue runs, excellent nursery slopes, lively nightlife and a very large snow park: Les Deux Alpes packs a lot into its medium-sized, ‘upside down’ ski area.

High up in a narrow valley above the Lac Du Chambon lies the sprawling town of Les-Deux-Alpes, or ‘L2A’ for short. The resort’s main drag is 2km long but seems even longer and is lined with numerous hotels, apartments, bars and restaurants. Needless to say, the nightlife is pretty hectic, particularly if you want something that’s fun, loud and brash. (If quiet charm is more your thing, consider staying in the pretty village of Venosc 700m below Les Deux Alpes and linked to it by lift.)

The ski area is not massive but is very high and snowsure. The resort base is "only" 1,650m but five lifts, 2,300 vertical metres and three valleys later, you are at the top of the highest skiable glacier in France, the Dôme de la Lauze (3,568m). From here strong novices and above can descend over 2,000m on blue pistes, which, together with the excellent nursery slopes next to the resort and the wide choice of ski schools, make Les Deux Alpes a good place to learn to ski. And experts are not forgotten about either: there are 12 black and dotted-black runs and most deserve their grading.

But piste skiing is just part of what’s on offer. Boarders and freestyle skiers will love the large impressive snow park. And then there's the off-piste, both in L2A itself, and in the legendary ‘experts-only’ ski area of La Grave, to which it is semi-linked (you’re pulled waterski-style by a snowcat over the Glacier de la Girose). Bring a guide with you if you want to return in one piece.

So what’s not to like about this Las Vegas of the Alps? Well firstly, the mountain has an ‘upside down’ feel. Instead of the easy pistes being near the bottom of the ski area, in L2A they are mostly near the top, and as nervous skiers descend, they get funnelled into steeper, icier, narrower and more crowded runs. The resort has tried to ease this by creating a new gentler home run, but even this is crowded and often icy too. And secondly, strong, keen skiers who insist on sticking to the pistes will find there are simply not enough of them for a full week’s skiing. (The resort’s claim of 200 kms of runs is only true if the off-piste is included.)

But there is a solution to that: just North of Les Deux Alpes is the larger ski area of Alpe D’Huez, The two resorts are not (yet) connected by lift but they are by bus and helicopter, and most passes entitle you to at least one day’s free skiing in the other one. The tree lined slopes of Serre Chevalier are not much further away and are also worth a visit.

Ski hire in Les Deux Alpes

There are plenty of ski and board rental shops in L2A but don't expect a bargain if you just walk into the nearest one. And be suspicious of the outlets recommended by hotels and tour operators: they rarely offer the best value. If you want a proper discount, you have to book online in advance. 

ALPINRESORTS.com works with several ski hire shops in and around Les Deux Alpes, and can secure discounts of up to 60%. Click here to see their shop locations and latest offers>.

SKISET has 4 outlets in L2A, and will arrange discounts of up to 50% if you book online here >

Les Deux Alpes Pros and Cons

+ Snowsure 
+ High mountain runs to suit all standards
+ Excellent nursery slopes
+ Excellent off-piste, in L2A & La Grave
+ Lively nightlife
+ Less expensive than most high altitude resorts
+ Short transfers from Grenoble

- Fewer pistes than other major resorts
- Some very crowded slopes
- Limited tree skiing in bad visibility
- Spread-out, traffic congested, ugly resort

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Les Deux Alpes Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionIsere
  • Base Elevation2,700 meters
  • Summit5,400 meters
  • Elevation3,000 meters
  • Ski Area125 km
  • Beginners40 %
  • Intermediate40 %
  • Advanced20 %
  • Longest run25 km
  • Ski Lifts256 
  • Cable Cars65 
  • Funicular55 
  • Gondola45 
  • Chair-lifts145 
  • Surface area / size1,200 hectares
  • # of riders300 
  • Cost of day passeuro 250
  • Cost of 6 day passeuro 3,600

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