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.

 

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Ski Area

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.

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Town Centre

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.  

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UCPA Centre

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!

 

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LES DEUX ALPES FACTS

Best For: Partying!
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Nearest Airport: Grenoble (70km)
Coach Available: No
Fun Fact: Nicknamed 'Las Vegas of the Alps'
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UCPA was originally set up to provide affordable adventure holiday packages for people aged 18 to ​45.

Today the UCPA has a wide variety of excellent value ski & snowboard packages for people of all ages.

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Testimonials

  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent.  Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon tea and cake and you can drink your own wine at dinner.
    Anna R
  • The food is PHENOMENAL at UCPA – brilliant for those with eyes bigger than their belly. 
    Asim A
  • Lunch and dinner were epic. Buffet style with delicious and varied options each day and night. Not cheap foods either - Full roast chickens, ribs, roast beef, etc. Unreal!
    Ron H
  • Having never used UCPA before I was not sure what to expect but the week I spent there was absolutely fantastic and I genuinely can’t wait to go back.
    Richard J
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • The food provided was up to a very good standard for all meals with a soup starter available every dinner followed by two or three hot meal choices, a salad bar and a variety of tasty deserts and fruit.
    Richard J
  • There is always such a friendly and open atmosphere and the nights provide a great opportunity to meet new people. Making new friends from all over the world is a virtual certainty and for me personally, this was the...
    Richard J
  • UCPA is a unique and brilliant experience, I would not describe it as a hotel but also not hostel it is somewhere in-between. Its a place where meeting people and making friends...
    Peter E
    

REVIEWS – READ WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US!

Tignes, Chamonix, Les Deux Alpes |

All 3 resorts provide continuity and meet expectations. It's so refreshing to have an organisation in which really is in it for the SNOW! Affordable, hassle free and a fantastic all round experience catered via, amazing food, comfortable accommodation, excellent equipment. Finally the instructors are patient and great teachers. I don't want to write a long review because I could go on forever!

Les Deux Alpes | Snowboarding

The UCPA centre at Les Deux Alpes was in top shape and was very comfortable. The food was really good. But the real attraction is how close the centre was to the slopes which made it easy to go back for lunch. In addition there was a good selection of bars and activity places to unwind in the night.

Les Deux Alpes | Snowboarding Full Time

Had a fantastic stay at UCPA in Les Deux Alps. Food was amazing, as ever. Accommodation nice and comfortable with more space than in the Tignes UCPA. One downside is it was nearly all people in their late teens/early 20s the week we were there - 23 February-2 March. I don't know if Les Deux Alps generally has a younger crowd or if it was due to holidays in France during the week we picked. Slopes were wonderful - for beginners/improvers there's the slightly annoying issue that most of the slopes at the bottom are black meaning you can't snowboard all the way down. But just a minor issue. All in all, a very happy week was had by all!

Les Deux Alpes | Snowboarding

It was a fantastic holiday, great location, good snow and really nice hostel.
The rooms were modern and well maintained, and the food supplied was amazing, especially after a long day on the slopes. The hostel had a great atmosphere, and really pleasant staff.

Les Deux Alpes | Snowboard Full Time

We were a group of 6 people going on our first snowboard trip in France. We went to Les 2 Alpes, and reserved a vacation through Action Outdoors to the UCPA. We had a great time. The guides were professional and awsome, the equipment was in great condition. We really enjoyed our stay there and we are coming back for sure! The food was great, and although we wanted to eat out we found ourselves coming back again and again to the dining room at Les 2 Alpes. The rooms were nice and warm. UCPA, Les 2 Alpes, 5 star fun for 2 star price. Best ROI I have seen in a long time

Les Deux Alpes | Skiing

As a first time person going to UCPA I was a little hesitant.  However the food was brilliant, the atmosphere was excellent and the lodgings were very clean.

Les Deux Alpes | Skiing

We flew into Grenoble and had no problem finding the bus that action outdoor had organised for us. When we got to the UCPA centre they knew we were starving so they told us to go straight to the dining area. The food is unbelievably good. Not having to worry about cooking makes the snowboarding/skiing so much more enjoyable. The facilities in our UCPA centre were more than adequate and the staff were very friendly. I cant recommend this holiday highly enough!!!