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Les Deux Alpes

LES DEUX ALPES

Introduction
Les Deux Alpes (now more commonly written as Les 2 Alpes, particularly when referring to the ski domain) is one of the biggest and most important ski resorts in France's Isere departement; perched high on the edge of the wild and beautiful Parc National des Ecrins, at the latitude where the Northern and Southern French Alps meet.

The station is consistently at the vanguard of new-school snowsports and has one of the biggest snowparks in the Alps, plus innovative in-bounds freeride features marketed under the ‘Slide Zones’ brand. The ski area is most famous for having Europe's largest skiable glacier; with high-altitude snow-sure pistes which are just as busy in summer as they are in winter. The descent from the summit to the lowest piste-accessible point in the domain delivers an incredible on-piste vertical drop of 2220 m (7282 ft), one of the world's biggest.
Alpes in the Alps
In the regional dialect, the word ‘alpe’ refers to a high meadow; Les Deux Alpes gets its name from the fact that it straddles both ends of the mountain pastures between the two nearby parish villages of Mont-de-Lans and Venosc, whose originally separate summer-only farm settlements have now merged into one large, year-round, international mountain-sports resort, strung out along the meadows on a long flat col high between the Romanche and Vénéon valleys.
Pronunciation
Les Deux Alpes = LAY-DOOS-ALP
Avenue de la Muzelle, Les Deux Alpes

RESORT VILLAGE LAYOUT

Avenues & Alleyways
Les Deux Alpes sprawls for almost 2 km (1¼ miles) in an urbanised strip along a linear plateau, edged by the main base-area ski slopes.

RESORT AMBIANCE

Character
Les Deux Alpes is a large and lively town, with over 2000 permanent inhabitants; a figure that swells 16-fold during the height of the winter season with the influx of snowsports visitors, making this one of France's most animated resorts.
It offers a wide choice of accommodation and a large and vibrant selection of bars, restaurants and shops. The resort may have an unpolished appearance, but it does have a discernible soul.
Traditional Villages
The two local parish villages, in their respective valleys below either end of the long flat col containing Les Deux Alpes, have an authentic regional character which is still redolent of times gone by. Both are linked by ski lift with the main resort, accessible on foot by all visitors (Pedestrian Pass required for non-skiers).

Mont-de-Lans is the small hillside village which straddles the sole access road rising to Les Deux Alpes from the Romanche Valley. Reachable on-piste, it marks the gateway to Les Deux Alpes and the lowest altitude boundary of the ski area.

Venosc is a tranquil commune of nine hamlets, terraced together on the sheltered wooded slopes of the Vénéon valley; here, local craftworkers have developed a charming artisan's village of handicraft boutiques amongst the steep cobbled paths
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SKI AREA DATA

Statistics given are for the
entire Les 2 Alpes domain
(excluding La Grave):

Resort Altitude
1650 m (5413 ft)

Altitude Range
1300–3568 m
(4265–11,706 ft)

Access Points
10

Ski/Snowboard Schools
11

Hands-free Lift Passes
Yes
Ski Lifts
50 in total
(7 of them free)
Total capacity =
71,047 passengers/hour

Pistes
100 in total
= 225 km (141 miles)

Medical Centres
2

Tourist Office
Tel. +33 (0)4 76 79 22 00
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