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 – 2017/18

    Dedicated tracks for ski touring training have been created in the Diable and Vallée Blanche sectors.

    News – 2016/17

    More snow-guns have been installed on the bottom part of the new Jandri blue run back to the village, which opened for the 2015-16 season. A panoramic viewing platform has been built at the top of the glacier, at 3400m.

    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 being built (at great expense); it eventually opened for the 2015-16 season. But we’ve heard mixed reports about it and look forward to trying it ourselves real soon.

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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