Les Deux Alpes Overview
The second-oldest ski resort in France after Chamonix is Les Deux Alpes.
Les Deux Alpes is a purpose-built resort known for its reliable snow and vibrant party scene along a 2 kilometre-long Vegas-esque “strip”.
Les Deux Alpes ski season starts in…
Info & Stats
November 27, 2021 – April 24, 2022
The altitude ranges from 1,300 metres up to 3,600 metres, where you’ll find the largest skiable glacier in Europe, the Girose, with access to the neighbouring off-piste ski area of La Grave.
There are 53 lifts over 225 kilometres of trails, including 19 green runs, 43 blue, 19 red and 11 black, plus a great terrain park.
- 225 km of runs
- 96 runs (17 greens, 45 blues, 22 reds, 12 blacks)
- 47 Lifts
Non-ski activities and experiences
Les 2 Alpes has a bowling alley, leisure centre, outdoor pool, outdoor ice-skating rink, ice caves and sculptures.
Other activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog sledding, scenic helicopter flights, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and parapenting.
Grande Galaxie lift pass
FREE access to the following ski areas with Les Deux Alpes 6 days or more lift pass:
- 2 days in Alpe d’Huez from 05/12/20 – 24/04/2021 (except during Tomorrowland Winter from 20 – 26/03/2021 inclusive)
- 1 day in Serre Chevalier ; Puy St Vincent from 19/12/20 – 18/04/2021
- 1 day in Montgenèvre / Voie Lactée / Sestrière from 19/12/20 – 11/04/2021
Location & Trail Map
Transfer time to Les Deux Alpes from:
- Grenoble train station: 1hr 15min*
- Grenoble airport: 1hr 30min*
- Lyon airport: 2hrs*
- Geneva airport: 2hrs 40min*
Resort altitude: 1,650m
*Transfer time is approximate, by private transfer vehicle and subject to weather and road conditions. Shared shuttle/bus transfers have set departure times, take much longer to travel and don’t offer door to door service which is why we recommend private transfers only.
Les Deux Alpes Video
Les Deux Alpes’s unique 2 km long strip of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars provides a lively atmosphere. Snow is guaranteed all winter season thanks to its high altitude Glacier (3,600m). Access to the iconic “La Grave”.
Watch this video to find out more…
What makes Les Deux Alpes ski resort unique?
- Les Deux Alpes has the largest skiable glacier in Europe. It provides great skiing conditions all winter and is one of the few glaciers in Europe offering summer skiing.
- It is the 2nd oldest ski resort in France after Chamonix with great mountaineering history
- Les Deux Alpes provides access to the iconic “La Grave”, a must-do on every serious advanced skier’s bucket list. La Grave is world famous among free-riders and extreme off-piste skiers for its lift-accessible terrain of legendary steep lines and deep powder.
- The ski town of Les Deux Alpes has a unique 2km long shopping strip with restaurants and bars, making it one of the liveliest ski resorts in the French Alps for après-ski
- Les Deux Alpes has one of Europe’s longest ski runs – 16km. The run starts at an elevation of 2280m on the glacier of Dôme de la Lauze and ending at Mont de Lans at the lowest point.
Who would love Les Deux Alpes ski resort the most?
- Couples, friends and families without young children. The town strip is 2km long and very spread out, as are the lifts.
- Groups of friends and/or families wanting to stay in cheap, self-catered chalets or budget accommodation with a French atmosphere.
- There are no 5 star hotels in Les Deux Alpes and only 1 great 4 star, Hotel Chalet Mounier (food is excellent and the hotel very charming with a great atmosphere and stunning views).
- If you’re after luxury, this ski resort is not for you, but if you are after good 3-star lodging such as the Hotel des Mélèzes (the best 3 star in Les Deux Alpes, ski-in ski-out and in a great location) or a good-value self-catered chalet, this place definitely has your name on it!
- Thanks to its high-altitude Glacier (3,600m and offering summer skiing) and the town itself’s reasonably high altitude (1,650m), Les Deux Alpes is one of the best ski resorts for reliable snow in early season and spring skiing.
- Young people looking to party in a French ski town, there are over 30 bars in Les Deux Alpes on its long 2km strip and this ski resort is one of the best for après-ski in the French Alps
- Advanced and serious skiers wanting to have a go at the legendary La Grave off piste run. La Grave and La Vallée Blanche in Chamonix are the most famous off piste ski runs in France, in Europe and indeed the world.
What is there to do for non-skiers in Les Deux Alpes?
Les Deux Alpes provides a great selection of non-skiing activities. Besides the many lively restaurants and bars both in town and on the mountain, non-ski activities include horse sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowmobiling, paragliding, tobogganing, Yooner descent (Yooners are sledges with a single central foot, a mounted seat and a steering stick to help you direct the sledge which gives you more control than your usual sledge) but there is also an airbag park, ice water falls & snowshoeing tours.
There is also an outdoor ice-skating rink, an aquatic centre with swimming pool, spa treatments, yoga classes and other indoor activities such as Le Strike bowling Alley, Laser Game Warriors 3600…
How do we get to Les Deux Alpes?
Les Deux Alpes is a 2 hour drive by private transfer from Lyon Airport and 2.5 hrs from Geneva airport.
It’s a 1hr 15min drive from Grenoble train station, the closest train station in France to Les Deux Alpes.
Due to the long distance and transport options available, Top Snow Travel doesn’t offer shared shuttle transfers from either Geneva or Lyon airport to Les Deux Alpes as the journey is far too long and inconvenient including restrictive set departure times which is why for Les Deux Alpes, we only provide private transfers to our clients.
How long does Les Deux Alpes ski season last?
Next winter, Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort is scheduled to open from November 28th 2020 to April 25th 2021.
Which other ski resorts are part of Les Deux Alpes ski area?
For the moment, Les Deux Alpes is not connected to any other ski resorts but there are talks that are gathering momentum that Les Deux Alpes will be linked to its neighbour, l’Alpe d’Huez, by 2023 making it one of the biggest linked ski areas in the world.
We will keep you up to date on this massive and exciting project in our Be Inspired snow blog section.
When is the best time to go skiing in Les Deux Alpes?
January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).
For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season. This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time. Even all the restaurants are booked out!
Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.
So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!
Les Deux Alpes Accommodation
29 hotels including two 4-star hotels, eight 3-star hotels, eight 2-star hotels, eight unclassified hotels, three club hotels, six tourist associations and nine luxury tourism residences.