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Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes is home to the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is France’s second oldest resort (behind Chamonix).

Les Deux Alpes is a high-altitude resort in France. It lays claim to a number of records, including the largest skiable glacier in Europe, as well as the longest, normally open full on-piste vertical available in the world.

Beyond these achievements, it’s snowsure reputation and impressive off-piste terrain make it a firm favorite for many expert skiers.

The resort boasts 136 miles of on-piste terrain. Top skiable elevation is 11,811ft and a vertical drop of 7,545ft. The resort is often said to be upside down – the beginner-friendly pistes sit high up on the glacier. The more advanced runs return to resort.

Beyond on-piste terrain, the resort offers almost as much off piste as groomed snow, including a link to the famous experts’ resort of La Grave. Energetic skiers and boarders will also take advantage of one of the most extensive and respected parks in Europe, sitting high on the glacier.

Off-slope activities are just as lively. With a well-deserved reputation as having some of the best après options in France. Bars, clubs, and restaurants stretched out over the 1.5 miles of town.

The six-day pass gives two days in Alpe-d’Huez, one day in Serre-Chevalier (an hour away) and other resorts and a reduced rate for La Grave. A car would be handy to make the most of these options.

After years of speculation, plans for a cable car to Alpe d’Huez have been approved, with a forecast completion date of 2021. When completed, Deux Alpes will join the upper tier of world-class ski areas, boasting what is likely to be the second largest interconnected ski area in the world.

What’s Great

  • High, snow sure slopes, including an extensive glacier area
  • Varied high-mountain terrain, from motorway cruising to seriously steep blacks and off-slope slopes
  • Efficient, modern lift system
  • Excellent, sunny beginner slopes
  • Stunning views of the Ecrins peaks
  • Lively, varied nightlife
  • Wide choice of hotels