About Winter Activities in 2 Alpes
Whatever you choose to do on your winter 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!
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.
Fat bikes are made to ride on the snow and you can give this a try in 2 Alpes this winter on an electric fatbike with help from the local Guides Office.
Discover what it's like to be first on the mountain with the ski patrollers, every Wednesday morning with breakfast included.
Les 2 Alpes is a winter walker's paradise, with lifts giving access to the higher ground and a network of groomed trails in the winter, it's very easy to discover the resort on foot. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you set out as conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. You do not need any particular equipment, just a pair of sturdy boots and layers of warm clothing that you can take off or put on as necessary. A pair of walking poles will come in handy for extra balance on icy patches and for checking snow depth before you go striding forth. Top tip: buy ‘grippers’ for your walking boots to prevent slipping which you can buy from most local Sport Shops.
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.
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.
Get back to nature and explore the lovely tranquil cross-country ski trails. There are two different techniques – classic and skating. Classic is the easiest for beginners; you simply place your skis in two parallel grooves, push off and glide around the trails. Skating is more energetic and a slightly harder skill to grasp; you push your feet out to either side as though you are ice skating and use your poles simultaneously to gain momentum. You can hire the comfortable boots and lightweight skis and poles fairly inexpensively from most sports shops and book a group or private lesson to learn the basics from most ski schools or private instructors. A number of adventure companies also offer cross-country skiing guiding, tours and lessons too. Find your way around with the cross country skiing maps.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Les 2 Alpes
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!
Gym / Fitness centres
A public gym & fitness classes can be found at the main sports centre in Les 2 Alpes.
Handiski / sit-ski
Enjoying the thrill of being on the pistes need not escape you if you're less mobile or have special physical needs. Resorts all over the Alps offer equipment and fully qualified guides to help you get the most out of your experience. Sit-ski, taxi ski, Vertiski, Handiski.. whichever method you're used to, or would like to try there will be at least one ski school or activity company in Les 2 Alpes that offers this service.
Also see: Disabled Skiing in Les 2 Alpes
Unfortunately, heli-skiing is not permitted in France, however some of the ski schools, adventure companies, local flight companies and mountain guide companies will offer a pick-up/drop-off heli skiing service for you where you will be taken over the border into Italy or Switzerland. It is expensive, but definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
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.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides
Enjoy a leisurely, fun sleigh ride pulled along by a horse on the snow. There are three trips per day that you can choose from at 10:00, 14:00 and 15:30 and the ride lasts for an hour and 15 minutes. Children under 3 are free. Expect to pay around €25 for adults and €20 for children. You can book at the Tourist Office.
Ice climbing is great if you're the sort of person that likes a bit of adrenaline and a challenge. Whether you are an experienced climber or a beginner you can have a go.
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 16:00 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 it's free with your lift pass of 6 days or more. Cars seat two people.
There are a number of companies who can take you mountaineering in both summer and winter, from local guides to ski schools, private instructors or activity companies. Ask them for details.
Floodlit skiing and snowboarding takes place on the Lutins piste behind the central Tourist Office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through the winter season.
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 & Switzerland, there are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is 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. Top tip: go on a sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer. Some of the instructors here also offer Speed Riding a combination of flying on skis.
The Segway is a two wheeled scooter that allows you to transport around town on the snow. To move the Segway you use your own balance and just lean forward to make it move forward. You can take your Segway and have a scoot around Les 2 Alpes centre and on some off beaten tracks, a fun activity to do in a group or a quick and easy way to get around on the snow. Segways are available for hire from the Brun sports Shop and Loisirs Insolites will take you around the Les 2 Alpes valley, enjoying something fun and different.
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.
Ski joering is the original drag-lift. Before Pomas, chairlifts and cable cars were installed in the mountains the only tow to be found was either behind dogs or horses. Although the mechanisation of ski lifts has meant that we can now easily move around our resort of choice if you are looking to get back to grass roots, or if you fancy a trek through the woods away from the queues and ski schools then ski joering might be for you.
Ski joering hails from Scandinavia, indeed the word ski joering itself means ski driving in Norwegian. In France the preferred style is to use a rider-less horse which is controlled by the skier. A rig with reigns is connected to the horse’s bridle and the skier is towed along behind the horse on skis, holding onto the rig. The skier steers with vocal commands and by pulling on lines connected to the horses bit. Competitive ski joering is practiced all over the world. In France the skier guides the horse around a slalom course or takes on another skier in a head to head race. In North America a rider guides the horse while the skier negotiates a series of jumps and obstacles. Away from the competitive scene ski joering is a sport that is suitable for all ages and rides can be tailored to suit any standard of skier, from a gentle hack to a gallop through the snow.
Les 2 Alpes is popular for ski touring, whether it's going up the pistes that most people normally ski down, or tackling more of a back country route. A number of ski schools, private instructors and companies can show you around, or if you've got all the necessary equipment you can head out in your own group. Some of the guides can also take you on a night ski touring experience.
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.
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 have a go, and parents must stay with their children and supervise them at all times.
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.
Snow-grooming / Piste-bashing
For all those who have ever wondered what it is like to be inside a piste basher high on the mountain, you can find out for yourself. After the lifts close, you will be able to ride a piste basher from 2600m right up to the top of the glacier. You will be treated to champagne, cake and a 360-degree view of the sunset. Ask at the tourist office for details.
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.
Snowmobile / Skidooing
Those who enjoy speed will love riding a powerful snowmobile (like a motorbike with caterpillar tracks) around Les 2 Alpes. Discover the different dimensions of driving; carving turns, accelerating in a straight line, ascents and descents.
Snowmobiles are a great way to explore Les 2 Alpes especially as you get to ride them when the resort is at its quietest. Disappear into the woods and blast around empty snow fields on your scooter with your own guide. Remember to wrap up warmly especially if you go after dark, and bring goggles if there is powder. Booking is essential as it's a popular thing to do. You'll find the office on the snowfront near the ice rink.
2 Alpes has an amazing snowpark which is open in winter and summer, as it's 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.
Speed-riding / Speed-flying
The idea behind speed riding is to combine the sensations of skiing and paragliding into one activity, and then descend off-piste sections of the mountain using a mini-wing to enable you to access areas that you might not normally go. Learning and having fun with speed riding comes very fast as long as you are a competent skier; you need to be able to ski red pistes with confidence in any type of snow. Speak to one of the companies offering this activity who can show you the ropes (literally).
Play squash whilst you're in Les 2 Alpes either during winter or summer. Normally located in the main sports centre, you should be able to rent all you need on site. Alternatively some of the hotels or spas have their own squash courts too.
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.
Telemarking is a form of downhill skiing where you are only attached into the binding at the toe, so to turn, you have to lunge and bring your heel upwards. Talk to one of the ski schools or private instructors who can teach you how to telemark and take you out on excursions using this technique.
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