About Family Activities in 2 Alpes
Whatever you choose to do on your family holiday, you are sure to find a huge range of activities across Les 2 Alpes. There is something for everyone, every ability and every age. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!
Practice your Robin of Sherwood skills in a tranquil Alpine setting. Beginners can learn 'tir l'arc' from scratch and those with more experience can put their skills to the test with a variety of courses.
If you want to take a break from the mountain activities, do something with the family or in a group, then bowling is a great option. On a bad weather day or if you just fancy doing something in the evening after a day on the mountain, you'll find one or two places in resort where you can bowl, watch live sport on the big screens and maybe find some arcade games and pool tables to keep you entertained.
Canoeing / Kayaking
Canoe rafts are an unsinkable, stable type of inflatable canoe that allow you, without too much technique to profit fully from the joys and fun of white water river descent. The descents are taken on by groups of 4 to 5 boats, accompanied by a fully qualified guide. You are equipped with neoprene suits and shoes, a safety jacket and a helmet. The course which you take is chosen according to the water levels and experience of the participants.
A not-so-gentle but extremely refreshing summer activity is one way to describe canyoning! Plunge yourself into the mountain streams via a series of abseil descents, jumps and natural water slides – just make sure you choose a warm day! You will make your way along rivers and rapids, using the river bed as a natural obstacle course. Not suitable for very young children, but anyone over the age of about 8 can take the (very cold) plunge and try canyoning. With the safety of a guide everyone can abseil down cascades, splash into pools and ride the river rapids. You can choose from short beginners’ routes or longer ones for the more adventurous.
Different companies will have their own policies on age limits but usually, unless they are booked onto a children's activity course, anyone under the age of about 14 years old will have to be accompanied by an adult. A basic level of swimming ability is required for safety reasons. There are a number of adventure companies that offer guided descents down the local waterways.
Depending on the age of your child there are a number of childcare options available in 2 Alpes. There are also numerous babysitting and nursery facilities available in the area.
The main winter establishments are the ski schools which offer a combination of tuition and childcare for children 3 years and older. You can book your child in for full or half day programmes and lunch can also be provided for an extra charge.
You may find that the main sports centre of each town host a kidsclub during the summer holidays, normally from 1st July to 30th August, with activities such as swimming, climbing, tennis, basketball, ice-skating, etc. and organised hikes & picnics.
Catch the latest films and releases in Les 2 Alpes on your winter or summer holiday. Some cinemas open their doors early on a bad weather day, otherwise you'll find most screenings in the evenings. Look out for VOST for English speaking films.
Enjoy a number of cycling trails and routes in Les 2 Alpes and what better way to explore Les 2 Alpes than on a bike when you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Have a look at our cycling guide for more information and explore the cycling routes that are in the area. If you are in Les 2 Alpes without your biking gear there are a number of cycle hire shops in who rent and sell bikes, gear and more.
Also see: Cycling in Les 2 Alpes
The Ferme de la Molliere is on bend 1 of the road up to Les 2 Alpes. It's open for visits in summer and winter and is a great place to take the children, or to visit for cheese tasting. In winter the children can meet the animals in the farm and pet them, whilst in summer they roam their fields which you can visit on a walk to the farm and its restaurant. In winter they're closed on Saturdays but open every other day of the week from 10:00 to 18:00. The on site restaurant is open in both summer and winter and tasting sessions of their locally made produce are available by appointment (in French). Call to reserve on +33 (0)682409175.
There are small football pitches at the foot of the slopes. They also organise a friendly match one Thursday per month for anyone over 8 years old, free of charge, for which you can sign up by the pitch from 14:30. Balls are available on loan.
There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in Les 2 Alpes! It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!
There is a horse riding centre just down from the resort on the first bend in the road as you leave, or the last bend as you're coming up the hill. They're closed on Sundays but open every other day of the week in summer.
One of the best ways to take the spectacular mountain scenery from a different point of view is on a hot-air balloon. There are activity companies in Les 2 Alpes offering balloon rides, which usually take up half a day including preparation and inflation.
Ice-skating / Hockey
Ice skating is the perfect activity to do with the family or in a group of you fancy something a little bit different for après ski. There is an artificial ice rink located in the heart of the resort where you can enjoy ice skating everyday throughout the winter season.
Fancy something a bit different to do with the kids? How about bumper cars on ice? The cars are powered by a battery and allows you to bump, slide and crash into the other cars on the rink. Open on Thursdays from 15:00 to 19:00. This is a new experience to bumper cars as the ices makes the movement even more slippery and even more fun! Located at the ice skating rink there is a small admission charge but it can be a fun activity for everyone! 3.40€ for 6 minutes. Cars seat two people.
A great activity for the whole family, if you want to give climbing a go in an indoor centre, then Les 2 Alpes has somewhere for you to go. Climbing equipment is normally provided, or you can bring your own and insurance is normally needed before you hit the climbing wall.
Enjoy a few hours of fun in the summer months on the miniature golf course in Les 2 Alpes. Great for some gentle exercise on a sunny day, Les 2 Alpes also has "Pit-Pat" mini-golf, a cross between billiards and crazy golf.
Les 2 Alpes is a mecca for mountain biking, with varying terrain and fantastic views it is perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts. With the whole of the mountain area to explore, the different and varied terrains suit bikers of all levels. So you can enjoy a leisurely cycle around some of the lower level trails with the whole family.
Les 2 Alpes bike park is one of the greatest in the Alps. With 4 sectors (Vallée Blanche, Jandri, Le Diable and Venosc), 6 lifts, 88km of runs and various downhill tracks, enduro itineraries and touring courses, it is a paradise for mountain bikers!
Also see: Mountain Biking in Les 2 Alpes
Nature Reserves & Parks
The Ecrins National Park is one of the highlights of the Southern Alps region; a haven for all sorts of wildlife as well as a magnet for outdoor sports enthusiasts, it is well worth a visit at any time of year. The 750 000 people who visit the Ecrins National Park each year are a diverse bunch including families with children hoping to spot a marmot or two!
Challenge your family to a game of paintball! This exciting activity offers fun for groups of all ages. In most cases you're split into teams and a variety of scenarios and courses are offered at the beginning of all games, with each game lasting approximately 2 hours; the ultimate aim is to shoot your opponents with paint pellets and capture their flag before they get hold of yours. There are a number of adventure companies and courses that offer you paintballing fun in Les 2 Alpes.
Skiing & snowboarding
The main draw for people coming to Les 2 Alpes in winter is of course the skiing and snowboarding. The 2 Alpes ski area has something for every level of experience.
If you thought skiing was reserved only for winter, think again! In Les 2 Alpes you can head out skiing on the glacier throughout the summer months. Located on the Girose and Mantel glaciers, there are 11 runs open in summer, so you can enjoy a morning of skiing and then an afternoon of hiking. Learn more about summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes.
Also see: Ski Areas in Les 2 Alpes
Sledging / Tobogganing
In winter there are four areas where your children can enjoy sledging or tobogganing in Deux Alpes It's free to enter, and parents must stay with their children and supervise them.
In French it's called the Espace Luge. The 4 zones are located:
- Sledge Zone 1 is behind the Bonhomme de Neige day nursery for children aged 2 to 6
- Sledge Zone 2 is below le Jandri 1 for children aged over 6
- The snow play zone is on the Petite Aiguille run near la Côte chairlift
- Sledge Zone 3 is behind the Diable chairlift
The different runs are mainly designed for children but adults can have a go on Tuesday and Thursday evenings when the slopes are flood-lit for night skiing.
Raquette à Neige or Snow-shoeing in and around Les 2 Alpes is a perfect activity for bad weather conditions or for non-skiers. Don't forget to wear comfortable and waterproof boots. Either set out on your own, or join a group led by a knowledgeable local guide and explore the hidden parts of the ski area. Snowshoes and ski poles are provided by most companies offering this as an experience, or you can hire snowshoes from most Sports Shops or Ski Hire Shops, grab a trail map from the Tourist Office and head off on your own adventure. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go.
Sledging or luge takes place on the hillside close to the Alpette gondola. Take the lift up and sledge down to the bottom. There are two trails of different lengths and difficulty levels. The lift runs from 14:00 to 20:00, non stop.
Whether you like to take a dip indoors or outdoors, you'll be able to find somewhere to go for a swim in Les 2 Alpes. Most hotels, lots of chalets and apartments have their own swimming facilities, however there are also municipal swimming baths that you can visit, which often come free with your lift pass purchase. In summer and winter you should be able to find somewhere to take a dip, so don't forget your towel and your swimming costume or shorts.
Tennis is a great way to get the legs moving and to enjoy the sunny summertime weather. You can play a friendly game or have a lesson, whatever you choose to do it is a great way to have fun with friends and family. Open during the summer season there are tennis courts and training walls in Les 2 Alpes. Lessons are usually available in groups or privately. Perfect as a family outing you can hire a court and when tiredness hits you can enjoy some refreshments and snacks at the tennis club or café.
Tours & excursions
The Les Deux Alpes ice caves are a magical grotto of glistening sculptures and fairytale figures. Dug out many years ago by two local guides they have become an annual feature; each winter expert ice sculptors arrive to create a new exhibition based on a different theme every year. At 30 metres below the glaciers surface and 3200m altitude the caves are accessible via a ski lift and a funicular.
Tree-top / Forest adventures
Head to the adventure park for a day, and everyone is guaranteed to leave with a big smile on their face. Adventure parks are designed for children and adults to play, explore, exercise and have fun in the natural mountain surroundings.
Enjoy the thrills of adventure courses created in the forest in the mountains. The ropes, swings, tunnels, trees and activities will be a great day for children and adults alike. With all the protective gear provided and safety information given you can head out and enjoy the trees and wilderness. Qualified guides will be around the course throughout to make sure you are safe and having as much fun as possible. Different courses and tracks can be tried and tested, each one with a varying level of difficulty. There are courses designed for children only and tracks for juniors and adults to enjoy.
Via Ferrata climbing offers an element of security that still allows beginners to enjoy the achievement of having scaled a mountain! This form of climbing was invented by Italian soldiers in the Dolomites who used it to enable them to scale vertiginous faces easily and quickly. These days it is a popular sport that makes the thrill of mountain climbing more accessible to children, beginners and those who want a bit more security when they climb. Following marked routes through the mountains you are helped along by steps, bridges and ladders whilst being roped up for extra safety. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 8, guides can be arranged on request.
There are numerous maintained routes throughout the Oisans region on which to explore the mountains from another angle. Recommended sites are the Gorges de la Durance near Vénosc and alongside the river in St Christophe.
Walking & Hiking
In the summer months Les 2 Alpes is a mecca for walking and hiking in the beautiful Alpine mountains. As the snow melts and the sun begins to shine the mountains make an excellent place to head out on a hike or walk. Walking is the perfect activity for groups, families and friends. You can pick from a number of routes ranging in difficulty, including easy child friendly walks. Along the way enjoy the fantastic mountain views, beautiful scenery and wildlife that is normally hidden in the winter months. Check out our walking and hiking guide for more details on hiking in Les 2 Alpes.
Also see: Walking Routes in Les 2 Alpes
If you haven't experienced white water rafting before then this is a definite 'must try' on your list of activities to do! There are a number of trained guides in resort who will let you experience some of the best white water rafting available in the Alps. From the middle of May until September, the mountain rivers flow furiously as they are fed from the melt waters running off the glaciers high above the town. There are various options available from a three hour adrenaline rush to a full days excursion - this activity is guaranteed not to disappoint.