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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 to hear that a blue alternative has been built and is due to open in December 2015. In the meantime, a new red run back to the village opened a couple of seasons ago; we look forward to trying them both.

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).

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

 

You can ski from Les Deux Alpes to...

Ski Club Freshtracks holidays to Les Deux Alpes

Season's Start-Up
Development zone: 7 nights, 13 Dec 2015
Get your ski legs back quicker and better than ever before! An early season ski holiday with six...
Season's Start-Up - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 13 Dec 2015
Get your ski legs back quicker and better than ever before! An early season ski holiday with six...
Christmas Ski Instruction
Development zone: 7 nights, 20 Dec 2015
Why not treat yourself to a Christmas getaway and enjoy a snow-filled festive season? Six full...
Christmas Ski Instruction - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 20 Dec 2015
Why not treat yourself to a Christmas getaway and enjoy a snow-filled festive season? Six full...
Deux Alpes Development 1
Development zone: 7 nights, 10 Jan 2016
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, 10 Jan 2016
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, 31 Jan 2016
There is so much excellent off piste in Les Deux Alpes this is a perfect chance to spend 6...
Learn to Ski Off Piste 1 - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 31 Jan 2016
There is so much excellent off piste in Les Deux Alpes this is a perfect chance to spend 6...
Deux Alpes Development 2
Development zone: 7 nights, 07 Feb 2016
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, 07 Feb 2016
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, 21 Feb 2016
There is so much excellent off piste in Les Deux Alpes this is a perfect chance to spend 6...
Learn to Ski Off Piste 2 - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 21 Feb 2016
There is so much excellent off piste in Les Deux Alpes, now this popular holiday has a...
Deux Alpes Development 3
Development zone: 7 nights, 06 Mar 2016
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, 06 Mar 2016
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a course only option on this popular holiday. Five...
Deux Alpes Development 4
Development zone: 7 nights, 20 Mar 2016
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a relaxing holiday, combining ski instruction and...
Deux Alpes Development 4 - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 20 Mar 2016
Head to the dizzy heights of Les Deux Alps for a course only option on this popular holiday. Five...
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...

tour operators in Les Deux Alpes

RocketSki
15% discount for Ski Club members
RocketSki has been around for more than ten years offering the best ski deals for those looking for...
Skiworld
10% discount for Ski Club members
Largest independent ski operator in the UK. Featuring over 100 catered chalets, plus self-catering...
Club Med
10% discount for Ski Club members
INCREASED MEMBER OFFER FOR 2016/17 BOOKINGS with CLUB MED At Club Med you can expect style and chic...
Neilson Holidays
10% discount for Ski Club members
As a Ski Club of Great Britain member, you can receive a 10% discount on all Neilson Ski, Beachclub...
Mark Warner
10% discount for Ski Club members
Mark Warner have been providing ski holidays in the Alps for over 35 years and have Chalet Hotels in...
Erna Low
6% discount for Ski Club members
Erna Low is an independent ski specialist offering the widest range of self-catered and hotel...
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 33 years experience and offers over 100 high quality...
Crystal Ski Holidays
5% 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 Solutions
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Solutions is Britain's original and largest specialist ski travel agency and tailor-made...
Sunweb Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
Sunweb Holidays - Offers fantastic deals for accommodation in the top ski resorts in France and...

ski accommodation in Les Deux Alpes

Madame Vacances - ski & summer holidays in France
20% discount for Ski Club members
Madame Vacances has been specialising in hassle-free holidays throughout France since 1991. With 45...
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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