About Summer Activities in 2 Alpes
Whatever you choose to do on your summer holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across 2 Alpes. From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in 2 Alpes. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!
The multisports court in the Palais des Sports is available for badminton games in Les 2 Alpes.
You can book the multisports court in the Palais des Sports for a game of basketball.
Beach volleyball in the heart of the French Alps may sound strange but in Les 2 Alpes you can hop on the sand and play a game of football or volleyball with your friends or family. Located at the entrance of the resort, the two beach volleyball courts can be used free of charge, and there are even beach volleyball tournaments arranged on a weekly basis. You can also try out beach football there! Balls are available on loan.
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. Head to Le Strike Bowling Alley on a bad weather day or if you just fancy doing something in the evening after a day on the mountain.
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.
Kayaking is a fun watersport that can be enjoyed as a team or on your own. Unlike canoeing, paddlers face forward and have a double bladed paddle. It is a versatile sport that you can enjoy on rivers, lakes and the sea. You can take your inflatable or plastic kayak and make your way down the water. Using the double-bladed paddle you can control the speed, direction and enjoy the experience and wonderful views in your own time. There are some watersports centres and adventure companies who can take you out for your kayaking experience.
In the Ecrins National Park, there are several rivers you can descend on a kayak or canoe, including the Vénéon, the Rive, the Eau d'Olle or the Romanche, offering different levels for diverse experiences.
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 riverbed 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.
Catch the latest films and releases in Les 2 Alpes on your winter or summer holiday at the Cinema des 2 Alpes. It is open every day except Sundays and Mondays with 2 screenings at 18:00 and 20:30. Look out for VO or VOST for English speaking films.
Even if not as famous as the neighbouring resort of Alpe d'Huez, the cycling routes in Les 2 Alpes are quite challenging. Some of the most famous cycling climbs in the area are the Col du Jandri (3141m), the ascent from Les 2 Alpes to the Chambon lake as well as the road from Bourg d'Oisans to Les 2 Alpes. Riding in the Alps is much more demanding than your favourite local route back in the UK. The roads around Les 2 Alpes are the setting for some of the most gruelling sections of the Tour de France, but they can be tackled by enthusiasts as well as professionals. To gain the most from your riding in the area it goes without saying you need to have a reasonable level of fitness.
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. Open every day from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 16:30 to 18:00. Tasting sessions of their locally made produce are available by appointment (in French).
There are a number of beautiful mountain lakes, rivers and streams where fishing is permitted in Les 2 Alpes. The lakes are Lac Besson, Lac des Bergers, Lac Blanc, Lac Noir, Lac de la Faucille and Lac de Milieu. You can also fish the waterways of the Sarenne, the Rif Nel and the Rif Brillant. You can expect to find rainbow trout ("truite arc en ciel"), brown trout ("truite fario"), brook trout ("saumon des fontaines") and Arctic char ("omble chevalier"), amongst others. You must, however, ensure that you have the correct fishing permit and are aware of the local fishing regulations.
There are small football pitches at the foot of the slopes. They 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 also indoor courts at the Palais des Sports.
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!
For a truly unique experience, clamp on your crampons and go hiking on Les Deux Alpes' Glacier 3200 or on one of the many glaciers in the Ecrins National Park. The breathtaking views and spectacular crevasses make this an incredible adventure and if you are quiet you can sometimes even hear the creaking noise of shifting ice! There are a number of glacial hikes, of varying difficulty, in this region of the Alps. We strongly advise hiring a qualified guide for any activities on a glacier; most mountain guiding companies and some of the adventure companies will run organised excursions to the most accessible.
With excellent courses and beautiful scenery, you can play golf in the summer in Les 2 Alpes surrounded by the fantastic mountain views. The 9-hole 2 Alpes golf course is open in summer from 09:00 to 18:00. Although not very long, it is a very technical course due to the nature of the terrain with natural and artificial obstacles.
Gym / Fitness centres
A public gym with cardio training and weights can be found at the Espace 1800 Fitness in Les 2 Alpes as well as at the Aqua Centre 2A. Many hotels also offer fitness facilities.
Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up. Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps. From Les 2 Alpes, helicopters can take you over the Aravis mountain range, the Mont Blanc and Lac Leman.
There is a horse riding centre in Les 2 Alpes offering not only tours but also riding lessons. You can find it 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. From Les 2 Alpes you can fly around Lake Annecy, the Aravis mountain range and Mont Blanc. Anyone over 1.2m tall can take part, flights last for around 3-4 hours.
Hydrospeeding is one of the newer 'extreme' water sports to hit the market, it's a fun and exhilarating way to get yourselves down a river!. Using a large float, which bears resemblance to a bodyboard, be ready to cling on for dear life as you send yourself hurtling down the rapids! This activity is a little more demanding physically than rafting or canoe rafting but allows you to discover the unique sensation of surfing down whitewater rivers. It is also accessible to all, no need to be a professional diver or swimmer, you just have to be smart at using the water movements, obstacles and waves. In Les 2 Alpes, you can descend the Veneon river near Venosc on a board wearing a thick neoprene and fins.
If you don't fancy climbing outdoors, or you're new to climbing and want to give it a go in an indoor centre, then Les 2 Alpes has somewhere for you to go. The Palais des Sports offers an indoor climbing wall, although here climbing equipment is not provided.
Light Aircraft / Microlight Flights
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Alps from a light aircraft. If you've ever wondered what it's like to fly a plane, then this could be your chance to try. The nearby resort of Alpe d'Huez has its own small airport where you can partake in a number of flying activities including offers flying courses, initiation (first flight) sessions and air excursions. Open all day, every day according to the weather – reservation necessary.
There is also an array of airborne activities for the more adventurous including microlight, hang gliding and parapenting. Book in for an experience you'll never forget, and see the mountains from a totally different perspective.
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 Deux Alpes is one of the more recent ski resorts to develop its summer programme to include mountain biking. The bike park is one of the greatest in the Alps. With 4 sectors (Vallée Blanche, Jandri, Le Diable and Venosc), 100km of marked tracks, 26 descents, 5 cross country routes and 10 lifts that can transport bikes it is definitely worth checking out! There are various downhill tracks, enduro itineraries and touring courses, a paradise for mountain bikers!
Also see: Mountain Biking in Les 2 Alpes
There are a number of companies who can take you mountaineering in both summer and winter, from local guides to ski schools, private instructors and activity companies. The summits of the Ecrins National Park, especially the Barre des Ecrins (4101m) and La Meije (3984m) are the most popular peaks in the area.
Museums & Galleries
If you're after a more cultural affair, you can visit the Chasal Lento Museum in Mont de Lans to learn about the region's history and customs, or to the Mémoires d'Alpinisme Museum to know more about mountaneering and how it came to be such an important discipline. You can also head to the Ice Cave, located at 3200m, an unique experience to enter inside a glacier and discover amazing ice sculptures.
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 ranging from serious alpinists, ramblers, hardcore rock climbers, families with children, adrenaline junkies and day-trippers hoping to spot a marmot or two!
Challenge your friends to a game of paintball in Les Deux Alpes. You can take part in groups as a team or take on your rivals individually, For children, they organize a special game where their instructors hide in the woods and children are free to shoot at them at their will. No shots are ever fired at the kids. It’s great fun and children love it!
Paragliding / Parapenting
If you’ve never tried paragliding before then Les 2 Alpes is a great place to learn how to fly. Known as “parapenting” in France, there are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is to give you the experience of flying. From the heights of the mountain tops, you can glide down to the bottom of the valley on a tandem paraglider controlled by the instructor. He manoeuvres the parachute while the passenger enjoys the ride and fantastic views. The main departing area is accessible via Le Diable chairlift.
Petanque / Boules
Boules are one of the most popular pastimes in France. There are petanque facilities by the Buissonière Lake.
Les 2 Alpes is a great place rock climbing for both beginners and experienced climbers. Experienced climbers can tackle the mountainside rock and enjoy the fantastic views (just make sure you have all the right gear and safety equipment). For beginners, there are a number of adventure companies or mountain guides who can take you out on your first climb and show you the 'ropes'.
The Oisans region boasts great climbing for those who wish to see more of the area. Le Vernis (750m) has 30 routes that are accessible all year round; Venosc (950m) has 51 routes and the climbing season runs from May to October; La Bérarde (1500-2000m) has a whopping 100 routes and is open throughout spring, summer and autumn; La Chalp (1000 m) has 37 routes and is also open throughout spring, summer and autumn.
The Ecrins National Park offers a range of climbing routes amongst them; the south face of La Barre des Ecrins, a massive 2000m wall with moderate 5c climbing; La Meije, a huge south face with more than 20 pitches of bolted 6b routes; the granite slabs at Ailefroide. Maps and guides for the various routes can be bought from one of the park information centres.
There is also an artificial 30m outdoor wall at the entrance of the resort with more than 45 routes ranging from 4a to 7c. To climb the south face you need to book at the Mountain Guides Office, while the other 2 are free to use.
There are 3 signalled trail running routes starting at Les 2 Alpes and a longer route from Venosc to Les 2 Alpes. These range from 10 to 30 kilometres with up to 2300m of ascent. You can also try a vertical kilometre in Les 2 Alpes. The wider Oisans area is a paradise for trail runners offering 470 km of paths on 25 marked trails, ranging from 3 km to 51 km and with an elevation gain from 250 m to 3339 m. There are also 4 bases welcoming trail runners in Les 2 Alpes, Auris-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas (this town also offers a Trail Station with 5 technical activity areas to prepare your run).
Many people would not automatically think of Les 2 Alpes as a place to shop. However the town boasts some great stores. As you would expect from an outdoor sports Mecca, there are plenty sports stores where you can get your hands on some of the top mountaineering, ski and snowboard brands but there are also some fashionable clothing stores, and plenty of shops selling traditional mountin goods.
Skiing & snowboarding
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
2 Alpes has an amazing snowpark which is open in winter and summer as its high elevation allows good snow cover year round.
Also see: Snowparks in Les 2 Alpes
Spas & massages
If it is calm and relaxation you are after then head to a luxury day spa or book in for massage therapies and beauty treatments. A day spa is also the perfect activity when the weather turns. You can keep warm and revive aching muscles in saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis or take a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Most hotels in Les 2 Alpes have a spa opened to the public. There are also large wellness areas such as Espace 1800 where you will find indoor heated pools and jacuzzi or Aacqua Centre 2A with sauna, hammam, jacuzzi and offering massages and beauty treatments.
At the Espace 1800 in the centre of Les 2 Alpes there are 2 squash courts available year round. You can also rent squash equipment.
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 13:30 to 20:00, non-stop.
Most hotels, lots of chalets and apartments have their own swimming facilities. There are also several public swimming baths that you can visit in Les 2 Alpes. The outdoor Piscine de la Croisette has 2 semi-Olympic pools open from 10:00 to 19:00. At Espace 1800 there are indoor and outdoor heated pools, open also from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Buissonière you will find a pleasant lake open from June to September offering also petanque grounds and activities for children.
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 4 artificial tennis courts in Les 2 Alpes which you can book ar the tennis club or in the tourist office. At the Palais des Sports you can also practise tennis indoors.
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 glacier's surface and 3200m altitude the caves are accessible via a ski lift and a funicular. Open every day from 09:00 to 16:00, accessible via the Jandri Express lift.
Tree-top / Forest adventures
Enjoy the thrills of adventure courses created in the forest at the Aventure Parc in Venosc, by the Vénéon river. The ropes, swings, tunnels, trees and activities will be a great day for children and adults alike, with an area for children 3 to 5 years old and tree-top adventures accessible to those over 1m55 (arms stretched). 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.
If climbing up sheer rock on the end of a piece of rope sounds a bit scary then 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. There are 200km of paths in the area and you can pick from a number of routes ranging in difficulty, from easy child-friendly walks to challenging day-long hikes. 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 Vénéon river flows furiously as they are fed from the meltwaters 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.