- 220km of varied pistes to explore
- A varied and renownedly good fun apres ski scene
- Plenty of activities to try, including snow-mobiling, paragliding and segways.
The clue is in the name with Les Deux Alpes. The name comes from the fact that the resort was founded due to the joining of the alpine pastures (alpes) of 2 villages, Mont-de-Lans and Venosc, which sit in the valleys either side of the hanging valley where the resort now lies. With an extensive ski area of 220km pistes to explore, as well as an excellent après-ski scene, it is not difficult to understand what attracts skiers to Les Deux Alpes. They come in multitudes, with ski lifts carrying over 17 million passengers last year. There's a range of south facing slopes so skiers can ski with the wind in their hair and the sun on their face. Statistically, the resort measures up at 20% difficult, 44% intermediate and 36% easy runs. The top skiable elevation stands at just under 3,600 metres, with an impressive vertical of 2,300 metres. And let's not forget the snowboarders; a snow park, half pipe and plenty of wide open spaces gives boarders a real opportunity to show off their moves.
Les Deux Alpes has a reputation as a lively ski resort and indeed there is an energetic party scene. Live music, cocktails and dancing is the order of the day. The aptly named Polar Bear Pub and Avalanche are amongst the most popular in the resort. However, as the resort has a good range of easy and intermediate ski runs, there are also plenty of mid-range restaurants which cater for families.