Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes is a vibrant resort on the doorstep of the Ecrins National park and not far from the town of Grenoble. The twin villages of Les Deux Alpes are linked by a 2km long strip of bars and clubs which give the resort its nickname, ‘Las Vegas of the Alps’. The villages are certainly not as tacky as their nickname suggests and still retain much of their charm. The nightlife does however fulfil its reputation vying for the title of best parties in the Alps. The Les2Alpes ski area is also superb and with a maximum altitude of 3600m and the largest skiable glacier in Europe it is also an excellent snow sure destination.
The ski area has a total of 60 lifts (including the world’s highest funicular and the world’s fastest gondola) which give access to 220km of piste, 1400ha of skiable off piste terrain, Europe’s largest skiable glacier and Europe’s largest snow park! There is a good spread of varied terrain for all ability levels from beginner skiers and snowboarders through to the advanced and expert, it is a fantastic resort for mixed ability groups. Les Deux Alpes is often called an ‘upside down’ resort with harder steeper skiing lower down and wide easy runs higher up on the glacier. It’s a great place to learn where beginners can enjoy the high mountain views and better snow conditions usually reserved for advanced skiers. For the experts there are plenty of challenging pistes with as many black runs as red runs and the off piste is vast and varied including links to the infamous ‘La Grave’ ski area.
Les Deux Alps takes its name from the twin villages of Venosc and Mont de Lan which make up the resort they are linked by a 2km strip of road which is lined with vibrant hotels and bars. The area has officially been a ski resort since 1925 making it France’s second oldest resort (after Chamonix) and there has been quite a bit of development over that time. Whilst much of the resort is purpose built it has generally managed to retain much of its charm. In the last ten years the lift company has also been buying up run down properties and tastefully renovating them which has all helped to create a very pleasant environment. Les Deux Alps is also a proper party town with a really energetic atmosphere and a wealth of bars and clubs. There are a number of regular events passing through which help keep things entertaining and Les Deux Alps is generally considered as a top contender for best nightlife in the Alps.
UCPA Les Deux Alpes is located in the village of Venosc which has more character than the Mont de Lan as well as most of the bars and shops and less of the traffic. The centre is in a fabulous location just 100m from the ski area and a couple of minutes walk from the town centre. The centre is one of the smaller UCPA centres sleeping 168 people. It is a large wood and stone traditional chalet which has all the usual UCPA services including a restaurant, bar, ski shop, social areas and games room. The restaurant is of particular note with a stunning terrace overlooking the Ecrins National Park. Plus it also has a sauna and jacuzzi for those that need a bit of pampering after a hard day on the hill!