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LES DEUX ALPES

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Les 2 Alpes, FRANCE is one of the oldest ski resorts in France offering fantastic ski and snowboard terrain set above a picturesque village.

Les 2 Alpes winter season stretches from mid November until late April when summer skiing and snowboarding commences on the famous Glacier de Mantel - Europe’s largest summer skiing and snowboarding glacier.

Les 2 Alpes Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

With a vertical drop of 2,300 meters the skiing and snowboarding terrain at Les 2 Alpes is spread across glaciers, open powder fields, natural gullies and cliff drops, endless linking groomed trails and gentle beginner only areas. All the terrain is supported by a fast and efficient lift system.

Since the 2006/2007 winter season Les 2 Alpes and the neighbouring resort of Alpe d'Huez are accessible on the one lift pass. If a six day or more pass is purchased in Les 2 Alpes skiers and snowboarders can access Alpe d'Huez for two days. Buses connect the two resorts as does a helicopter link. For more information on Alpe d'Huez click here

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Les 2 Alpes Photo: Bruno Longo

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Les 2 Alpes

Access the Glacier de Mantel for excellent deep powder skiing and snowboarding from the top of the Jandri Express Gondola second station and the Glaciers Chairlift.

The legendary run to the lift linked Village of La Grave is a descent of almost 2,000 meters through off piste advanced challenging terrain under the Meije’s 1 and 2 Gondolas. It should only be attempted by very confident skiers and snowboarders; guides are highly recommended. For information on La Grave click here

All the terrain leading down into the Village from under the Super Diable Chairlift is very steep ungroomed and littered with drops and tight chutes.

For huge moguls head to the Aymes trail under the Fee Chairlift.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Les 2 Alpes

Intermediates can explore the entire resort of Les 2 Alpes on long linking groomed trails.
From the Village catch the Jandri Express Gondola to the first station and turn left down the Gours trail for a long curving run down to the Fee Chairlift.

From the Jandri Express Gondola second station groomed trails lead off in all directions across the Glacier de Mantel. Turn left down the Roche Mantel run to access the fast Signal trail or right for the long winding Jandri trail leading back down to the Village area.

The Dome Express Funicular transports skiers and snowboarders further up the glacier to access the scenic Lauze trail. To go even higher hitch a ride on the snowcat to access the Trifides and Girose lifts servicing more groomed terrain.

The Pied Moutet area directly behind the Les 2 Alpes Village has fast groomed trails branching out on either side of the Vallee Blanch Chairlift as well as a couple of advanced trails for intermediates to test their skills on.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Les 2 Alpes

Gently sloping wide beginner trails rise upwards from the Les 2 Alpes Village. First time skiers and snowboarders head to the Gentianes and Rivets Chairlifts to access well groomed flat terrain.

Once confidence grows catch the Village Chairlift for a long curving run back down along the ski area boundary line on the Chemin des Demoiselles trail.

Catch the Jandri Express Gondola to the second station for open gentle glacier skiing and snowboarding on the Roche Mantle and Puy-Salie 2 trails. To return to the Village catch the Jandri Express Gondola.

The Les 2 Alpes Ski and Snowboard Schools offer group, private and day long lessons for all ages and ability levels with professional bilingual instructors. Freestyle and off piste powder lessons are also available.

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Les 2 Alpes Photo: Bruno Longo

Les 2 Alpes Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Les 2 Alpes has a world class competition style terrain park, halfpipe and boardercross course.

The Snowpark Terrain Park at La Toura has tables, rails, boxes, quarters and huge jumps. It has a beginner area with small rails, low jumps and a mini halfpipe.

The 1 kilometre long boardercross course hosts international competitions throughout the season.

Other Activities at Les 2 Alpes

Other activities at Les 2 Alpes include snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice skating, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice climbing, hang gliding, snowmobiling and scenic helicopter rides.

A must try is ice gliding it is a fun cross between snowmobiling and bumper cars on ice.

Indoor activities include playing tenpin bowling, playing bridge and getting massage and beauty treatments.

Shopping at Les 2 Alpes

Les 2 Alpes has over 125+ shops lining the main street. There are ski and snowboard shops stocking the latest equipment and rental stock, fashion boutiques, children’s ski shops, gift and souvenir shops, jewellery shops, perfume shops and pharmacies.

The Village has chocolate shops, patisseries (bakeries) butchers, well stocked grocery markets and delicatessens.

Les 2 Alpes Restaurants

Les 2 Alpes has over 40 restaurants serving traditional French, Italian, Austrian, Thai and Mexican cuisine.

Restaurant Casa Nova is open for lunch and dinner serving French local mountain speciality dishes and seafood. Go to Restaurant Le Charbon de Bois in a big group for fondues, raclette and grilled meats.

Creperie Les Sagnes located in an old stable in the Village serves delicious sweet and savoury crepes accompanied by good wines. The Italian Restaurant Le Tourra serves home made gourmet pizzas and sweet crepes.

The main street has small takeaway outlets open until late in the evening selling pizzas, hamburgers, kebabs, sandwiches, crepes and sweet snacks.

On the slopes stop for lunch at Restaurant La Moliere and sample the smoked hams, barbequed meats and raclette.

Restaurant Les Glaciers located at 3,200 meters above sea level is a self service cafeteria with two bars. It seats 400 people inside and 240 outside on the sun terrace overlooking the glacier.

Les 2 Alpes Nightlife

The nightlife at Les 2 Alpes is vibrant with bars, pubs and nightclubs scattered throughout the Village packed full of international visitors.

The popular Bar La Grotte du Yeti is a favourite meeting spot open all day and late into the night.

Pub Le Pressoir plays a wide variety of music from country to jazz while Pub O’Brians has daily après ski happy hour cocktails and a disco after 10pm.

The two nightclubs L’Avalanche and L’Opera have DJs huge dance floors and theme nights open until 4am every morning.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
11,811
3,600
Base
4,265
1,300
Average Snowfall
Lifts
51
Trails
104
225 km
Terrain %
advanced
25
intermediate
45
beginner
30
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
2
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