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Les Deux Alpes: Resort

Sprawling, lively modern resort with difficult skiing close to the village and easier slopes high up on a big glacier.

Les Deux-Alpes is a big resort, with a tall mountain. But it doesn't come from the standard major resort mould: it is not at all swanky, and good-value hotels are not hard to find. Its mountain is unusual, too: tall and narrow, offering a splendid Alpine feel, some long runs, but with pistes limited in total extent.

We've been complaining since 1994 about the dangerous home runs here - a hideously crowded green or blacks that are often mogulled and icy. So we are delighted that a new blue alternative has been created.



Les Deux-Alpes is a long, narrow village sitting on a high col. It is modern, but gives the impression that its development has been unplanned.

Four sectors can be identified. As you enter from the north you pass through an area centred on the tourist office; from here, roads go off left up to Les 2 Alpes 1800; go straight on instead, and you come to the effective centre, with the major gondola stations, outdoor ice rink and lots of shops and restaurants; at this point you enter a long one-way system, and finally come to Alpe de Venosc.

The six-day pass gives two days in Alpe-d'Huez, one day in Serre-Chevalier (an hour away) and other resorts and a reduced rate for La Grave. A car would be handy to make the most of these options. There are day-trip buses twice a week to Alpe-d'Huez, but a better plan is to splash out 70 euros on the splendid helicopter day trip (available three days a week). There are plans for a cross-valley lift (which, subject to permissions being granted, they hope to open by 2020).

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Opening times


  • 29 Nov to 25 Apr

Pros

Cons

 

High, snow-sure, varied slopes, including an extensive glacier

Piste network modest by big resort standards, and congested in places

 

Lots of good off-piste terrain

Virtually no woodland runs

 

Stunning views of the Ecrins peaks

Home runs far from ideal (but should be improved for 2015/16)

 

Wide choice of affordable hotels

 

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Ski Club Freshtracks holidays to Les Deux Alpes

Summer Ski Instruction
Development zone: 7 nights, 02 Jul 2016
Skiing season finished? Not a chance! This new and exciting opportunity of summer snow is perfect...
Deux Alpes Development 1
Development zone: 7 nights, 08 Jan 2017
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a relaxing holiday, combining ski instruction and...
Deux Alpes Development 1 - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 08 Jan 2017
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a course only option on this popular holiday. Five...
Learn to Ski Off Piste 1
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 05 Feb 2017
There is so much excellent off piste in Les Deux Alpes; this is a perfect chance to spend 6 days...
Learn to Ski Off Piste 1 - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 05 Feb 2017
There is so much excellent off piste in Les Deux Alpes now this popular holiday has a course only...
Deux Alpes Development 2
Development zone: 7 nights, 26 Feb 2017
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a relaxing holiday, combining ski instruction and...
Deux Alpes Development 2 - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 26 Feb 2017
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a course only option on this popular holiday. Five...
Deux Alpes Development 3
Development zone: 7 nights, 05 Mar 2017
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a relaxing holiday, combining ski instruction and...
Deux Alpes Development 3 - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 05 Mar 2017
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a course only option on this popular holiday. Five...
Learn to Ski Off Piste 2
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 19 Mar 2017
There is so much excellent off piste in Les Deux Alpes this is a perfect chance to spend 6 days...
Learn to Ski Off Piste 2 - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 19 Mar 2017
There is so much excellent off piste in Les Deux Alpes now this popular holiday has a course only...

tour operators in Les Deux Alpes

RocketSki
15% discount for Ski Club members
For more than ten years RocketSki has been offering the best ski deals for those looking for an easy...
Neilson Holidays
12% discount for Ski Club members
Up to 12% discount for Ski club members on all Neilson Ski, Beachclub and Sailing holidays!Ski...
Mark Warner
10% discount for Ski Club members
Mark Warner have been operating ski holidays in the Alps for over 40 years. They operate their own...
Skiworld
10% discount for Ski Club members
The largest independent ski operator in the UK. Featuring over 140 catered chalets in superb...
Club Med
10% discount for Ski Club members
At Club Med you can expect style and chic on and off the slopes for big and little kids alike....
Sunweb Holidays
10% discount for Ski Club members
Sunweb Holidays: From discounted lift passes to flights and transfers. Sunweb has everything covered...
Erna Low
6% discount for Ski Club members
Erna Low is an independent ski specialist offering the widest range of self-catered and hotel...
Ski Solutions
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Solutions is Britain's original and largest specialist ski travel agency and tailor-made...
Lagrange Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
Lagrange specialises primarily in self-catering ski holidays to France, featuring accommodation to...
IGLU.COM
5% discount for Ski Club members
Igluski.com is an award-winning ski travel agency, working with over 70 tour operators to offer ski...
Ski Total
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Total, the Ski Chalet Specialist, has over 34 years' experience and offers high quality...
Crystal Ski Holidays
£50 discount for Ski Club members
For us, the mountain is everything. We love it as much as you do. Since 1981, we’ve been finding the...

ski accommodation in Les Deux Alpes

Ski France - Summer France
20% discount for Ski Club members
Ski France - Summer France has been specialising in hassle-free holidays throughout France since...
Erna Low
6% discount for Ski Club members
Erna Low is an independent ski specialist offering the widest range of self-catered and hotel...
PowderBeds.com
5% discount for Ski Club members
PowderBeds is an online Ski Accommodation Retailer, offering a huge range of hotels, apartments and...

member discounts in Les Deux Alpes

Skiset
60% discount for Ski Club members
N.B. Online bookings will vary depending on resort and seasonal time. However Ski Club members will...
Evolution 2
10% discount for Ski Club members
Winter activities include: Ski & Snowboard courses, Husky rides, Ice Climbing, Snow-shoe tours,...
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