The Rough Diamond Of The Ski Slopes
Les Deux Alpes is known in ski-ing circles as a bit of a diamond in the rough! It’s a busy, action packed resort with lots of nightlife to help loosen up those ski-weary limbs! The mile high resort is really two alpine pasture mountains – hence the name. The area became known as a ski resort about 50 years ago, so you have the snow in the winter season, and beautiful alpine meadows in the spring and summer. The two mountains are Mont-de-Lans and Venosc. Farming and pasture has been replaced with a thriving ski resort and approximately 35,000 tourists visit the resort during the ski-ing season. Whatever your budget, there is plenty of choice in terms of where to stay. From cheap rental and house shares, to the big, mid range comfortable hotels including Les Deux Alpes Hotel, where you can crash out and recouperate!
Landscape For Skiers
So, for ski-iers there’s an extensive, mostly treeless terrain, reliable lifts and lots of sun on the southern slopes. There is a whopping 220 km of maintained slopes at Les Deux Alpes, with about 20% falling into the black category, 44% intermediate and 36% classed as easy-peasy. The highest ski-ing point can be found on Les Deux Alpes at a breathtaking 3600 meters with a vertical drop of 2300 metres – pretty impressive terraine especially for those wanting to extend their ski-ing skills. Snowboarders have plenty of opportunity to show off the latest moves too with massive half pipes. There’s lots of space for play time with an extensive fun park too.
Stout-hearted skiers have a mile-long couloir – not for the faint hearted! The Mont-de-Lans glacier at Les Deux Alpes, near the top of the main mountain, is claimed by the tourist office to be the largest skiable glacier in Europe, so if you are looking for a truly different ski-ing experience, try this one for size.
Spring this year, has been fantastically good – so don’t be surprised to leave your hotel kitted out in full ski gear to be confronted by someone in T Shirt and jeans! You’ll still need appropriate gear up the mountains, so young skiers are advised to leave thelightweight gear behind for mooching around the town – cold conditions and the north wind keeps the snow crisp with great grip. With another six weeks to go before close of season, get a bargain flight out there and head for the snow and blue skies in the day, and the great club sounds at night – a real holiday hot-spot!