Les 2 Alpes

Ski resorts in France
A beautiful view, sun and snow. If this sounds exactly like what you are after, you should take a closer look at Les 2 alpes in the French Alps.

Les 2 Alpes is located at an altitude of 4,200-11,800 feet and offers glacier skiing at an altitude of 11,800 feet. Freestyle riders from all different parts of the world gather here to train in the two snow parks located on the mountain. Various different "summer camps" for skiers and snowboarders take place here every year.

If you would like to take a break from skiing in Les 2 Alpes for a day, you can jump on a ski bus that will take you to the neighboring town of Alpe d'Huez. Or why not go visit one of the Alps' most famous off-piste areas, La Grave?

When in one of the bars, there is a good chance that you will run into seasonal skiers from Sweden, both during peak season and in the summertime.

Les 2 Alpes Snow forecast

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Best Off-Piste:
Where do you start? An impossible question to answer for La Grave I’m afraid. There are just so many options to suit all different skiing and boarding tastes. The one definite is that you should take an experienced guide with you.

Best Black Run:
My favourite pisted black run has to be Diable – it has all you really expect from a challenging black run with the pose factor thrown in, and it has to be the steepest easily-accessible powder close to your place in town. All this means you have to get there early!

Best Red Run:
Dome from Dome de Puy Salie across and down the Glacier de Mantel to link up with the laid-back scenic Signal blue.

Best Blue/Green:
Route de la Fee is the answer on this one, taking you all the way down the valley into La Fe. For a very different green option, if you can hack the lifts, get all the way up to Soreiller – surely one of the highest green runs on the planet?!

By: Chemmy Alcott Britain’s top female downhill skier and 2010 Olympic hopeful

Facts about Les 2 Alpes

Slopes (Total: 96)
Green Learning / beginner:14
Blue Easy:52
Red Intermediate:17
Black Advanced / Expert:13
Evening skiing:3 number of slopes
Artificial snow:1 number of slopes
Longest slope:59055 ft
Total length of pistes:139.8 miles

Lifts (Total: 49)
Gondola lift:4
Aerial tramway:3
Chair lifts:18
Lift capacity:  60000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Les 2 Alpes Vertical drop
Mountain high: 11811 ft
Vertical drop: 6398 ft
Mountain low: 5413 ft
Skiable vertical drop: 6959 ft (The vertical drop you can ride in one go on skis)

Childrens area:3
Country: France
Rhone Alpes / Isère / Oisans

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Mathias A
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Stayed here for four days in the 10th 2018 with the kid's gang after four years in Chamonix and have to say that this place did not disappoint us. We were lucky and got some loose snow the same day we arrived so the first day of skiing became quite magical with the glorious sun and lots of easy-to-use snowshoeing! The nice ride both on and off piste was hanging all day and compared to Chamonix so I think the skiing was very good even if it did not reach the lovely rides we had from the top of Grand Montet in Cham!

The village is relatively small and very nice although it does not feel particularly "genuine" (what it means now :))! Plenty of good quality bars and restaurants and a lot of even easier (and cheaper) places.

The only negative from "grab-gang perspective" is that we lacked a place with great apres ski with live music. At Umbrella bar, however, it was still quite OK with a just DJ who played even though we lacked the feeling of singing (screaming) us hese to classical after-ski music live. However, we made a brave attempt to support a local troubadour that had the talent to play Robbie Williams "Angels" when we passed by ;-). "a big round of applauds to the gentlemen in the corner" :-)

As a whole very good and I had not hesitated to go here with the family sometime too. There is also the possibility of variation by visiting other systems nearby if you would get tired of just L2A during longer stays.

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We were fortunate enough to dab in a sick week when the snow completely wrecked almost every day; one should keep that in mind with this review. I don't think the experience had been as good without it. We were a large group who went and with the trip there were also toddlers. One requirement was to live close to the lift, which can be done both in hotels and by renting houses in private.

Les 2 alps offers a nice system, easy and accessible without too much hassle for family and children. The slopes are fine, great variation in slope and length so there is something for everyone. There are a lot of steeper slopes to choose from. Bonus for the easier off-piste skiing offered in connection with the slopes. It was easy to bother between slopes and lifts in order to be able to utilize all untracked terrain. As it continued to dump while we were there, there were no real reasons for embarking on a more advanced trip.

Despite its size, the village was no more than ok, with relatively much traffic on the curved main street. The village, however, offers a lot of different restaurants and an occasional après-ski pub - it may be all you can ask for from an alpine city anyway.

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Very nice place. As with all ski resorts, the weather and other external conditions will be immensely crucial for the experience of a place. We had gotten a very nice house right by the elevator at one edge of the system, so everything was hugely accessible to us. When we went with several toddlers and several families, we prioritized just that kind of accommodation so that it would be easy to change your childcare. The system is very big, but it was easy to navigate. As our external conditions were a bit amazing with two real dumps during the week, we did not spend a lot of time exploring the piste range, but what we went on in the system can be seen that it is mostly about long sweeping slopes. Fairly far from the Swedish system with straight slopes right in the line in a row.

Back to the dumps. We used to be in a system when it dumped but then felt it was quite difficult for an "outbreak" to get good off-piste but the layout in Les2 made it always easy to access and it was relatively easy to get off the lifts how to go. There were also always winding transports that ensured that they got back to the lift from their adventures.

Because we went with little children, the outdoors became somewhat limited, but the village is relatively big and genuine. We are not talking about any tourist complex on a mountain top without a real city. In order for me to get good food and drink I do not doubt a second. However, there was a pretty good store offering for the child-watching part of the gang to engage with.

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Can really recommend L2A - here's everything! Good and many slopes, easily accessible offpiste, amazing views and very snow proof. I was there on week 9 2018 and enjoyed this legendary ski resort (second oldest in all of France). Very efficient lift system and a gem that Sweden seems to have missed a little ....

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Going to this amazing ski resort every year! Nice atmosphere in the village and good skiing. Good prices.

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Week 8 2017, bad with snow at the village, bad with slopes on top. Excellent accommodation and cozy city.
3 adults, 3 children and one adult with a gypsum wrist.
Possibly due to lack of snow, the piste system becomes too small and monotonous. Many and long transport stretches that are sometimes narrow. Two series clocks in one week, feel B. The position of the lifts demanded more strike than usual. Top flat slopes, at the village good slopes if there is snow. In the middle a fun park like the kids 11,12,14 and 15 liked. Mixed grades from the group, but my rating is under funds. I would choose another Alpine peak.

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Les 2 Alpes is a cozy ski resort that has slopes of varying difficulty and length.
Les deux Alpes has a snow-proof glacier that has well-prepared slopes. The area is large with a long fall height, but the slopes are divided into lots with many flatter parts.
The backs are always well prepared and it is usually possible to find backs protected from wind.

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We were there at the end of March 2017 and were lucky enough to have a good snowfall the day before. It was lucky otherwise there would have been no snow. Les2Alps is a relatively small ski resort and very quiet. We hired an offpist guide one day to get some untouched snow and have a fantastic day. You can also go to La Grave.
Tip, take the lift down to the cozy little village of Venosc if you want to take a break from skiing.

It is possible to take a day trip with the ski bus to Alp D'huez. It includes a day's skiing there with the lift pass. Fun to test a system but when we were there late in the season there was not much snow.

Went with Langley and lived quite close to the piste

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Have just done a week in L2A. Unfortunately, there was no way outside the slopes due to lack of snowfall, it was mostly rock and grasslands.

Despite the snow shortage, a brilliant work was done with the slopes, every morning there was well prepared manchester and only a few slopes were shut down due to poor ground. Even late in the afternoon, most of the system was fine. It did not feel like there were a lot of people despite the fact that the queue line queue was long in the morning. If you do not want to queue, take advantage of the little white egg on the mountain instead, a little crowded but no queue to talk about. Once upon a time there were no queues at all.

Very positive is that there are slopes with quite wide variety and even easier slopes at high altitudes where the snowfall is safer so that even those with moderate skills can enjoy the magnificent view. However, it seems to blow more than fresh quite often. There is not much forest so in the worse view you have few options. Fall height is clearly approved.

There is also the possibility to get from the top over to La Grave, if weather permits which of course did not happen during my visit. It still gives a big plus when it comes to a bit more adventurous ride.

The village itself is very nice, good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. It's quite small so the distances are short. There is a cab ride down to the village of Venosc which is worth visiting. There are also a number of other ski resorts on a reasonable distance for those who want to see themselves a little more.

The final score will be very good despite the lack of snow.

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Recommend the slopes throughout Les Deux Alpes, where there was last week in Mars when it was a bad winter, but still got a great skiing. Several good slopes that were well-groomed and really long beautiful yesterday. Did not test on the offpiste because I did not even go on all the slopes. No lift queues in principle and definitely not crowded in the slopes. Good après ski drag on the Pano bar in the middle of the hill and the evening life in the village was lovely. The village had no less than 15 Michelin guide restaurants with reasonable prices, and unfortunately he only tested four.

The only negative I can get is that it was a bit rocky at the end of the hill down towards the village, but it is also late in the season. I will definitely be back.

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Nearby ski resorts

Alpe d'Huez6.8 miles
La Grave9.3 miles
Vaujany10.6 miles
Alpe Du Grand-serre13 miles
Chamrousse14.3 miles
St Sorlin d'Arves15.5 miles
St Jean d'Arves16.2 miles
Le Corbier17.4 miles

Airports near Les 2 Alpes

Grenoble Alpes-Isère Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 36 minutes (69 miles)
Distance: 46 miles
Chambery Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 48 minutes (84 miles)
Distance: 45 miles
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 57 minutes (98 miles)
Distance: 70 miles
Torino Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 53 minutes (114 miles)
Distance: 76 miles