Les Deux Alpes is a well spread resort covering more than 2km along the valley! There are original villages at both ends but most of the resort is purpose built. The scenery is stunning and excellent skiing is possible for all abilities – we loved it so much we went there for 4 years in a row.
Our likes/dislikes: With a bottom height of 1650m snow is pretty much guaranteed in high season and you can even ski in mid-summer on the glacier. The resort is ideal for families with young skiers – there is a huge choice of easy runs and after a week most people will be able to cope with a trip to the glacier! On the downside, beginners cannot ski back to the village as the steepest slopes are at the bottom & the ski bus can be erratic and is often overcrowded.
Les Deux Alpes factfile:
- Resort height: 1,650 -3,600m.
- Access: Car is the only real option although there are shuttle buses from the nearby airports.
- Downhill runs: 11 black, 14 red, 27 blue, 17 green.
- Size of domaine: More than 200km of pistes!
- Snow cannon: 105 snow cannons.
- Lifts: Funicular, 6 cable, 25 chair lifts, 20 drag lifts.
- Lift Pass: Adults around €211* and children €168 for 6 days (note that children are 13 and under).
- Website: http://www.les2alpes.com/
Where to stay: Stay close to the Jandri Express or in the Alpe de Venose area, near to the original village. Avoid the “entrance to the resort” as this is a long way from anything.
The Edelweiss or Berangère hotels are very good. The Orion apartments are only 100m from the Diable gondola although they are rather basic. We recommend to avoid the hillside apartments.
Skiing Lessons: The ESF facilies here are excellent although we would recommend the European Ski School (http://www.europeanskischool.co.uk/) where our daughter learnt – this is the best ski school we have seen anywhere
Ski Equipment: The resort is packed with sports shops so you should have no problem at all picking up a ski pack when you arrive. If you want to book in advance there are numerous websites you can choose from. Actually there are too many to list here, but you can see a complete list on the Les Deux Alpes website (http://www.les2alpes.com/) under “Practical/Shopping/Sports Shops”.
Baby Sitting/Kindergarten: This is a very child friendly resort, there are plenty of childcare options. The main ski kindergarten is right beside the Jandri Express. We recommend you make child care arrangements in advance through the tourist office.
Food Choice: As the resort is so large you’re almost spoilt for choice with lots of good supermarkets and restaurants from budget to gourmet! We used La Spaghetteria a lot and can highly recommend it. However it is very popular so you must book ahead, especially on a Friday evening.
If you have older children looking for after-ski entertainment, this Les Deux Alpes will not disappoint with bars, cafes and discos aplenty!
* please note that all prices are subject to change, so check the providers’ website for latest information.
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