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Bird's-eye view of central Les Deux Alpes


Starting Off
Because Les Deux Alpes stretches out in a linear fashion along the flat floor of a long col, its main base-area slopes also sprawl along the lowest flanks of the mountains that rise up on both sides of the resort. This means that no matter where you are staying in the main resort, you are never more than a short stroll from the pistes.

The central base-area slopes, spread out behind the main tourist information & lift-pass offices at place des 2 Alpes, serve as the principal base focus at the resort: as a departure point for the main lifts to the core ski area; for ski school classes and for children discovering the joys of snowsports on the gentlest lower pistes & Snow Gardens; for weekend dabblers availing of the free-of-charge button tows; and for non-skiers & locals simply relaxing alongside snowsports enthusiasts, sipping an aperitif, sunbathing and/or seeing-&-being-seen at the piste-side bars & restaurants, or stating or driving bumper cars on the ice rink or swimming in the heated outdoor municipal swimming pool.
On this eastern side of Les Deux Alpes, columns of ski lifts rise perpendicular to the line of the town, from various points almost all the way from one end of the resort to the other: a total of 18 running side-by-side, 14 of which serve the sparsely wooded, and almost totally pisted, hillside covered by the main base-area slopes.

You can stroll on to the pistes from various points along the main arterial roads, but the principal access points are the place des 2 Alpes and the rue des Vikings.
First Day
Equipment rental is best organised either first thing after arriving in resort or early on your first morning before heading to the slopes. If you are travelling with a tour operator, your rep can handle logistics and take you for equipment fitting en masse with other newly arrived guests.

If you are booked into ski school, you will be advised where to meet or accompanied to whichever rendevous area is nearest to your accommodation;
ski school generally begins around 10:00hrs.
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