The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 2 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 2 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 4 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1650 m
Slopes1300-3570 m
Lifts47
Pistes200 km
Price index100

Les Deux-Alpes

France

Les  Deux Alpes

The upside

  • High, snow-sure, varied slopes, including an extensive glacier
  • Lots of good off-piste terrain
  • Stunning views of the Ecrins peaks
  • Wide choice of affordable hotels

The downside

  • Piste network modest by big resort standards, and congested in places
  • Virtually no woodland runs
  • Home runs not ideal (and new blue for last season gets mixed reviews)

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News – 2016/17

More snow-guns are being installed on the bottom part of the Jandri blue run. A trip in a snowcat from 2600m to 3600m to admire the 360º views at sunset while enjoying champagne and canapés is planned. So are a special Skywalk viewing platform at 3400m and a dedicated track just for ski touring.

Summary

Les Deux-Alpes is a big resort, with a tall mountain. But it doesn’t come from the standard major resort mould: it is not at all swanky, and good-value hotels are not hard to find. Its mountain is unusual, too: tall and narrow, offering a splendid Alpine feel, some long runs, but with pistes limited in total extent.
We’ve been complaining since 1994 about the dangerous home runs here – a hideously crowded green or blacks that are often mogulled and icy. So we were pleased to hear that a blue alternative was built (at great expense) and opened last season. But we’ve heard mixed reports about it and look forward to trying it ourselves.

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The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 2 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 2 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 4 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1650 m
Slopes1300-3570 m
Lifts47
Pistes200 km
Price index100