Les Deux Alpes, France
How to get there
The popular French ski resort, Les Deux Alpes, sits in the very heart of the Oisans, at the top of the beautiful Veneon Valley. It is located just 70 kilometres from Grenoble and 160 kilometres from Lyon. Most visitors to Les Deux Alpes choose to fly to the international airport at Lyon, before taking the Satobus to Grenoble. The resort can then be reached by VDF coach. If this sounds like too much hassle, you can fly to Paris and then take a flight direct to the airport at Grenoble. Those not on a tight budget can arrange a helicopter transfer from the airports at Grenoble or Lyon. The contact number for making such arrangements is +33476797515.
If you would prefer to drive to Les Deux Alpes, the travel time from Calais is approximately nine hours. However, toll fees will set you back about 100 Euros. From the port, you should follow the main autoroute to Grenoble and take the exit at junction 8. This junction will have signposts for Vizille and the Oisans resorts. Follow the RN91 through Le Bourg d’Oisans and then, at the Chambon Dam, turn right on to the D213. Les Deux Alpes is just 70 kilometres from this point.
Rail transport is another option and is actually a very convenient choice. Take the Eurostar to Paris and then catch the high-speed TGV to Grenoble station. This will take just three hours. When you arrive at Grenoble, take the VDF bus direct to the resort.
Who does the resort cater for?
Les Deux Alpes is suitable for skiers of all abilities, although those of an intermediate standard are likely to be the happiest at this resort. Expert skiers will no doubt be impressed by the off-piste options available to them and beginners will be reassured by the wide, open slopes found in the glacier area. Children are well-served by the famous ski school and there is also an impressive snow park specifically designed for snowboarders.
Although the resort is sometimes described as a wild party town, it offers entertainment for families with young children as well. The various nightclubs are complemented by a cinema, ten-pin bowling, and two history museums. Non-skiers will be kept busy by tobogganing, ice-climbing, sleigh-riding, and ice-skating.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
The standard of accommodation on offer at Les Deux Alpes is impressive. Many visitors choose to stay in chalets and there are several excellent choices on offer. White Garnet is a luxurious chalet available for rent and can sleep up to 12 people. It is located just 150 metres from the slopes and has 5 comfortable bedrooms, a jacuzzi, a sauna, and private parking facilities. White Sapphire chalet is another great choice. It sleeps up to 14 people and has a private heated swimming pool and sauna.
If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, there are many options available. Residence Le Cortina is a luxurious and convenient choice. Visitors to this hotel have direct access to the resort’s slopes and ski lifts. After a hard day on the slopes, guests can unwind in the spa, sauna, and hamman area of the lovely hotel.
There are 11 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 11 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), 31 blue runs (suitable for beginners), and 17 green runs (suitable for those learning to ski). The resort is unusual in that its steepest slopes are towards the village, whilst the higher slopes are far less challenging. However, nervous skiers do not need to worry, since they can take a gondola down to the bottom of the resort. All the slopes are served by modern cable railways. Over 61,000 skiers per hour are taken up the mountains by modern and reliable ski lifts. There is also a magnificent tube train that goes right through the mountain summit, providing visitors with breathtaking views.
The main ski season at Les Deux Alpes starts in late November and lasts until May. Good rates can often be found during the opening weeks of the winter season. The snow conditions will not be at their best during this time but the cheap offers really do compensate for this. Furthermore, the resort has the largest skiable glacier in the whole of Europe which offers great skiing throughout the year.
- Downhill Pistes: 220 km
- Cross Country Trails: 25 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 55
- Maximum Vertical: 2300 m
- Highest Lift: 3600 m
- Altitude of Resort: 1650 m
- Lowest Piste: 1300 m