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Resort guide to Les Deux Alpes - France

Good value resort with lively apres ski & nightlife scene. Glacier skiing makes it snow sure

Overview

Les Deux Alpes resort guide - a general overview

Les Deux Alpes is a narrow long village situated on a high but remote col, with a sprawling collection of haphazardly placed buildings ranging from old chalets to monstrous 1960's apartment blocks. One of the main reasons for the resorts popularity is the excellent snow reliability especially on the higher slopes, however, the network of lifts are susceptible to closure due to bad weather and extremely low temperatures high up. The varied high mountain terrain has everything from motorway cruising to seriously steep blacks, off-piste slopes, a gentle glacier with a fine array of easy runs and the world's biggest on piste vertical descent of 2,268m. For such a large resort the piste area is deceptively small with long narrow and fragmented pistes, which lead to crowding especially around key season dates.

This is certainly not a resort to take a non-skier as Les Deux Alpes is very quiet during the day, although the apres ski scene is one of the liveliest in the French Alpes with numerous bars and nightclubs open until the early hours.

If you like a good value for money, chalets in Les Deux Alpes are your answer as there are many and cover most budgets.

200km

1,650m - 3,570m

Airports

GRENOBLE
(2 hours)
CHAMBERY / LYON
(3 hours)
GENEVA
(3hr 45mins)

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Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • High, snow-sure slopes, including an extensive glacier area and some great off piste
  • Great resort for boarders with lots of boarder friendly facilities and an excellent terrain park
  • Excellent south facing sunny nursery slopes
  • Nightlife is vibrant with a good selection of bars and restaurants
  • A good value for money ski resort

Cons

  • Limited number of good mountain restuarants
  • Not very picturesque. There is quite a British feel to the resort
  • Piste network is modest by mega resorts standards and limited cruising runs
  • The resort is quite spreadout with very few ski / out properties
  • Home runs potentially get very busy and icy so people queue for a lift down

Les Deux Alpes Resort Restaurants

Les deux alpes offers a wide range of restaurants catering for all budgets. At the top end of the market there is the Chalet Mounier, which has a great reputation, serving excellent food. Bel' Auberge has a very traditional French menu and is well worth a visit but do book in advance. If you are looking for more reasonably priced food then the Petite Marmite has a good atmosphere and the Papate, the cloche and Crepes a Gogo are also recommended. If you are looking for cheap and cheerful then Bleuets bar or the Spaghetteria are the places to go or Smokey Joe's Tex Mex.

Les Deux Alpes Mountain Restaurants

There are mountain restaurants near all the major lifts but none of them are of a particularly high standard. Chalet de la Toura has the best reputation with a lovely big terrace and the wooden interior makes it quite an atmospheric hut. The Panoramic is also well worth visiting but be warned it does get very crowded and there's no queuing system.

Les Deux Alpes Apres Ski

The apres ski scene in Les Deux Alpes is lively, unsophisticated and lots of fun. There is a wide choice of bars to choose from, most staying open until the early hours of the morning. Corrigan's and Smokey Joe's are popular hang out spots and lots of the British go to The Windsor and Smithy's. The Baron is always heaving with teenagers.

Les Deux Alpes Nightlife

If you are still looking to carry on partying after the bars have shut or looking to shake a few moves on the dance floor then the Avalanche is still the best club. The opera is worth a visit but a little bit away from the hub of the resort.

Les Deux Alpes Resort Map

Les Deux Alpes Ski Hire Shops

Location Name Stars Discount
A Skiset: Hibernatus
Up to 45%
B Skiset: Brun Sports
Up to 45%
C Skiset: Sports Village
Up to 45%
D Skiset: Slide Planet Ski Set
Up to 45%

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AlpineAnswers

The star rating for the ski hire shops is an indication of the level of service; quality and variety of stock, and the space and decor of the shop. It is also a reflection on the price. A five star rated shop will offer great service and equipment but also will charge the highest price. Ski hire shops with a two star rating have less variety and older, poorer quality of stock but are cheapest.