About Beginner Areas in Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes has four beginner zones or nursery ski areas, 17 green pistes and 45 blue, split across each side of the ski area, allowing you to learn the basics and then progress further up the mountain.
Nursery Ski Areas
Three of the four nursery ski areas in Les 2 Alpes run along the base of the ski area, on the glacier side of the mountain. All of them are easily accessible as they run parallel to the main road that comes through the centre of the resort.
There are 13 ski lifts in total in this area, all of them quite short, giving access to the nursery areas and low lying pistes. Five of the lifts here are free, so if you’re a complete beginner you can practise the basics before buying a lift pass.
If you’re feeling more confident after getting used to the low level nursery areas, you can take the Jandri 1 gondola (Oeufs Blancs) to 2100m and you will find the fourth nursery ski area ‘Les Crêtes’. You can also take the Diable chair lift up to get there and you’ll need a lift pass for both these lifts. Once at Les Cretes you can use the Crêtes chair and Petites Crêtes magic carpet which give you access to two longer green runs, one of which returns down the nursery areas.
Pistes such as Bosquet, Les Limaçons, Les Vikings and Rivets are some of the easiest runs in the resort, all of which have drag lifts which run slowly in order for easier access for complete beginners and for those still looking to find their legs at the start a week of skiing.
A lovely low altitude green run that weaves through the village from the top of the Champame beginner area to the Côte and Petite Aiguille chairlifts is the Liaison Vallée Blanche. The start of this piste isn't very obvious - the easiest way to get to it is to traverse right, across the top of the beginner area from the Grand Bosquet Poma and look for the narrow entrance on the right above the road. Return is via the Petite Aiguille chair and the end of the Demoiselles green run.
When you’re ready to progress onto blue pistes, there are 45 available and you can even ski blue runs from the top of the glacier all the way back down to resort. Take the Jandri Express from resort, through the mid station at 2600m, up to 3200m. From here either take Puy-Salie 1 drag lift just across from the exit of the Jandri Express and admire the views all the way to 3400m or, if not confident on these drag lifts, you can drop down 20m to take Funiculaire Dôme Express to 3400m. Once at 3400m there are 3 blue runs to enjoy, Jandri 5 and Puy Salie 1 & 2, all leading back to 3200m.
Or to go to the roof of Les Deux Alpes at 3568m, from 3400m traverse across to Téléski du Dôme de la Lauze. Here you can very often enjoy La Lauze piste all to yourself, cruising all the way back down to 3200m or for those feeling hardy, join on to Le Signal blue piste down to 2800m.
The Jandri 1 blue piste offers a sweeping descent back down to the centre of resort at the end of the day. Be warned though, the end of the piste is a little bit harder to ski than the beginning and it gets quite crowded at the end of the day so it’s best to plan on skiing before the very end of the day.