Welcome to Les 2 Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is perched at an altitude of 1650 metres on a high plateau at the edge of the Ecrins National Park, south-east of Grenoble. The steep slopes rising to the east of the town provide access to the main ski area, which culminates in glacier skiing at 3421 metres. The ‘Two Alps’ of its name refers not to the mountains, but to the high pastures that once belonged to the neighbouring villages of Venosc and Mont de Lans.
Les Deux Alpes itself stretches between these two old farming communities, with the town’s main street dominated by the sharp pyramid of La Muzelle (3465m) in the distance, standing guard over the Vénéon Valley. The resort is the largest in the Oisans area and, in winter, it makes up part of the Grande Galaxie ski area with Alpe d’Huez, Puy Saint Vincent and Vaujany. This is not a linked area as such, but they can all be skied with a single ski pass.
Due to some challenging lower terrain but easier glacier pistes at altitude, Les Deux Alpes is sometimes called an ‘upside-down resort’. Pedestrians can ride the lifts to the viewing platform at 3400m, take photos of Mont Blanc and visit the glacial ice caves at the same time. Les Deux Alpes also boasts the largest skiable glacier in Europe, guaranteeing the winter skiing conditions, and providing snowsports action throughout the summer.
Latest news, reviews & events in Les Deux Alpes
Find out all about what is happening in Les Deux Alpes and how to make the most of your time here. The latest news, reviews of fun activities, current events and the trendiest restaurants, as well as interviews with leading locals, insider's guides and our top choices for things to do, see, and experience in the valley. Plus, during the winter season, our famous snow reports and dump alerts all in the same place.
In winter the resort is host to a number of international festivals and skiing events. The Rise Festival just before Christmas features big name bands and DJs, while other big winter events include the Mad Snow Race in January. In the summer, snow camps and freestyle ski competitions take place on the glacier, while the legendary mountain bike race, the Mountain of Hell, takes place at the end of June.
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What to see & do in Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is most famous for its top-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter and in the summer, but there are plenty of other things to do here throughout the year. During the summer, Les Deux Alpes turns into a big mountain biking destination while, in the winter, you can try ice skating and snowshoeing. The area also has a number of more leisurely pursuits including forested trails, markets and a number of spa facilities.
There are lots of places to visit in and around Les Deux Alpes. From the centre of resort, take the Jandri Express up to the top to enjoy the breathtaking views from the glacier, all the way to Mont Blanc. While you're there, visit the ice caves decorated with beautiful ice sculptures. The neighbouring old villages of Venosc and Mont de Lans provide a welcome change of scenery with their historical cobbled streets and artisan workshops.