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Restaurant level, Le Diable 2400

DIABLE 2400:  SECTOR INTERCHANGE

Sector:  Diable
A compact ledge perched at 2400 m (7872 ft) altitude on the flanks of the Tête Moute, directly above the Venosc end of Les Deux Alpes, with superb vistas over the Vénéon Valley.

The area is focused around the upper terminal of the Diable Chairlift and the excellent Le Diable au Coeur bar/restaurant. As well as the Diable chairlift, this area is also reached by the Cretes, Thuit, and Vallons chairlifts, although access to the bar/restaurant level is slightly inclined from all lifts except the Diable chairlift.
Orientation
The entrance to the bar/restaurant is almost immediately to the right on dismount from the Diable chairlift. There are deckchairs on a snow patio here, clustered around a large piste map/information board & tool point.

The Vallons chairlift arrives just beyond the restaurant's terrace, which is facing south overlooking the Vénéon Valley with views directly towards the imposing peak of La Muzelle.

You can put your gear on at this level and immediately slide away to sweep down to the skier's right in front of the terrace, out on to the wide shoulder of the mountain below; the steep piste joining from above/behind is the Super Diable, together with its blue-graded variant. Ahead skier's left is the entrance to the Vallons 2 piste, which also gives access to the Vallons du Diable off-piste route. Just to the skier's right of this is Les 2 Alpes' paragliding hotspot, which provides a spectacularly sited launch pad into space above the deep Vénéon Valley ahead. There is also a good spot for a picnic nearby, on the high ground to the looker's right of the finish of the Super Diable piste, overlooking the launch site.

Continuing round to the skier's right, the Super Diable chairlift is then an easy link ahead-right. Beyond this point begins the ungroomed original Vallons run, down to the base terminal of the Vallons chairlift and a little-known link-track over to join the Diable 1 run in order to make a full descent to Les Deux Alpes.
North from Diable Chairlift
To get to the northern side of the Diable chairlift terminal from Diable 2400 you have to stroll/skate up a short inclined slope, against the flow of piste traffic.

The Cretes piste dips away ahead-left towards Cretes 2100, down the line of the Cretes chairlift which arrives on slightly higher ground ahead-right; with the upper terminal of the Thuit chairlift slightly higher just beyond that.
The Bellecombes 1 route begins beneath the line of the Thuit chairlift, a further short inclined walk away from the Diable Chairlift level: this route accesses the lovely [red-grade profile] upper section of the excellent Thuit 2 run; novices can also use the Bellecombes 1 route to make a long but easily manageable excursion, via the Lac du Plan area and across the impressive Thuit Coomb, leading all the way to Cretes 2100.
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