Resort & Les 2 Alpes après ski
Les 2 Alpes is made up of 3 sectors, as you enter the resort firstly there is Les 2 Alpes 1800, not as convenient for shopping and the nightlife although it does have it own offerings. Next is the major centre with all the main lift, nicely spaced all along the valley. Lastly at the southern end of the valley is Alpe de Venosc which is the most characterful, accessible by gondola and situated right next to the Ecrins national park, it definitely worth a visit. Les 2 alpes offers a magnitude of other activities other than skiing and boarding, including glacier walking, paragliding, snow shoeing, tobogganing and ski joering. Ice climbing is also popular with a 30m artificial wall and the frozen waterfalls in the Ecrins national park. Other off slope activities are outdoor swimming, the facilities at the Acquacentre, ten pin bowling, snowmobile excursions and ice skating. You can also take a crawler carrier and do a “cruise” around the glacier at 3600m. There is an interesting avalanche exhibit with simulator and the Grotte de Glace is a must see, created by two mountain guides a number of years ago, the caves have ice sculptures of fairytale figures and dinosaurs, although these may alter slightly year on year. You need to take a ski lift and funicular to get there. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to entertain you in the town itself.
There are more than 50 rstaurants in les 2 alpes ranging from creperies to fine dining with traditional food. Some recommendations include La Grange, The Patat and Crepes a Gogo, which does more than just crepes. Good value food can be found at Bleuets Bar, Vetrata, Spaghetteria and Smokey Joe's, which also shows sports and stays opne late.. Apres ski is big in Les 2 alpes with jumping bars open till late. Try Smithy's Tavern, Pub le Windsor, the Polar Bear Club and Secret which has live music. In 1800 O'Briens is a good choice and the Opera nightclub is the recommended by locals. In Town the main nightclub is at the Venosc end of town, The Avalanche.
Skiing and snowboarding in Les 2 Alpes
Les 2 Alpes is also know as the “upside down resort” and this is for two reasons, firstly the ski area fans out an up the mountain to the Glacier and secondly, the steepest area of the ski area is lower down, geared more for the expert skier, and the lovely wide runs on the Glacier at the top, great for beginner and intermediate skiers. There is only one easy route back into town and is now has with sno cannons to ensure snow cover. Les deux Alpes has a vertical of 2000m, a top altitude of 3568m, 225 km of pistes service by 55 lifts, 191 snow cannons covering 16 slopes (about 30km). Piste profile: 11 Black, 19 red, 43 blue and 20 Green, many of these are along the valley at resort level serviced by surface lifts. There is reported to be as much off piste terrain as groomed piste. La Grave the off piste mecca, with a 2100m descent is linked up the Glacier. Les deux Alpes is a choice destination for snowboarding too, often playing host to international competitions. There is a world class snowpark, with 3 park bullies, a pipe magician and plenty of handrails a few attractions. There is also a Slide Zone, with a 1000m boardercross, canyons, ledges and waterfalls. For those who enjoy cross country skiing there are 52km of trails to discover. 75% of the pistes are south facing and with not many trees, you are sure to have lots of blue sky skiing and boarding.
The ski pass gives you links to the nearby ski areas of Vaujany, Oz, Villard-Reculas and Auris-en-Oisans, also includes are 2 days at Alpe d'Huez, which you can reach by bus or helicopter, and days in another few resorts including Serre Chevalier.