A circuitous trail with long flat traverses and switchback bends, snaking down above Les 2 Alpes 1800
in order to provide the ‘easiest’ home run to resort.
This route is a dirt track in summer, cut into the mountainside to provide off-road vehicle and mountain bike access; during the winter ski season, as well as serving as a piste, it is also the route taken for evening snowmobile excursions
Although the route is viable, it is prone to poor snow cover; its narrow width makes it hard work when the surface is patchy, but when conditions are good it does allow confident beginners to make a full home-run descent.
It starts from the lower end of Cretes 2100
, following the waymarked track towards the junction for the Valentin piste
. Unfortunately, this section is a real bottleneck, particularly towards the end of the day when most people are heading back to the resort. Just after the point where you pass under the last of the overhead chairlifts, the Valentin
drops away to the skier's left; continue traversing straight ahead for the Demoiselles
The track is well defined and easy to follow, winding its way down languidly towards town. When snow conditions are good enough, advanced-ability riders can take off-piste shortcuts down the slopes between the straights, a route known locally as Les Posettes.
Once you reach the lower hairpin bends, you then have a choice of onward routes: the first is to cross to the lower section of the Valentin piste
in order to link with the traverse track towards the central base-area slopes around place des 2 Alpes;
the second, by the upper terminal of the Petite Aiguille chairlift
, is to take the Petite Aiguille 2 piste
to link with the Cote chairlift
, heading across town into the Vallée Blanche sector, or to reach the start of the Mont-de-Lans run
to the village of Mont-de-Lans; otherwise, simply remain on the Demoiselles
to reach the upper Grand Place area at Les 2 Alpes 1800 ahead, and/or to continue straight past that towards the Champame slope
at the northern end of the base-area slopes.