Winter comes early to the mountains of Les 2 Alpes - one of Europe's highest with the glacier at 3600m - giving skiers fantastic conditions from the season opening on 28 November right through to the end of April, 2010, and representing FIVE months of skiing "bliss". The resort offers "doorstep skiing" so it will not matter whether you are looking for extreme sport or gentle blue and red pistes, this resort(1600m) is for you.
Les 2 Alpes is set high in the picturesque Dauphine region of the southern Alps and is one of France's oldest and most prestigious ski resorts. It is ideal for singles, couples or families, young and old alike and the season here opens early and provides 225km of pistes or 104 ski runs with the longest run being 16km.
Situated in a high valley about 40 miles drive beyond Grenoble, the resort of Les 2 Alpes is located where the northern and southern Alps meet in the heart of the Oisans. The village has a long, long main street where you will find numerous shops, cafes and bars, so after skiing there is no lack of interesting things to see and do - including visiting several British pubs, the Olympic sized ice rink or a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Because of the resort's altitude the snow record is good and the Mont de Lans glacier (3600m) is the largest glacier in Europe. The resort has high altitude skiing for all abilities and for something really different, the resort organises Full Moon Evenings where you ski on the glacier up to sunset and then enjoy a delicious rustic mountain supper, moonlit descent as far as the lift station - a difference of 1600m! But if beginners and parents with one children prefer, there are ample areas in and around the resort where you will find good nursery slopes. If you want to ride on the world's fastest gondola then take a trip on The Jandri Express, which links to the glacier and both exciting and challenging runs back to the village.
There is no shortage of uphill transport; Les Deux Alpes has 51 ski lifts including 23 chair lifts, 19 draglifts, 3 gondola lifts, 2 detachable cabin lifts, 1 cable car, 1 funicular, an elevator and a ropelift. For those who enjoy statistics there are 102 runs comprising 14 black, 18 red, 45 blue and 27 green (beginners). There are 211 snow cannons keeping every run well topped up throughout the long season. Les 2 Alpes has 9 mountain restaurants and if you are looking for a ski teacher, there is no shortage with 300 of them based at the resort!
For something really special FULL MOON EVENINGS have been taking place for the past 20 years with glacier skiing from 3200m offering an unforgettable experience. Skiers then ski back down the mountain, stopping for dinner en route and afterwards completing the 2300m vertical drop back to the resort. However, only the first 200 can be accommodated so BOOK EARLY!. For added interest there is an ice cave at 3400m and this is reputed to be the highest and longest of its kind in the world. Inside the grotto sculptors from all over Europe have shaped many ephemeral works of art. The temperature within the grotto remains constant throughout the year at around minus one degree Celsius.
The 2009 winter season attracted 1,287,406 skiers and on a weekly basis the resort has accommodation for 29,452 with 1583 beds in hotels and the remainder in apartments and residences.
The resort provides a good choice of shopping in the resort's very own "5th Avenue" with jewellery, clothes, souvenirs and the usual array of winter sports goods. There is a good choice of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as night clubs and other places of entertainment.
The resort of Les 2 Alpes organises a new event for the holidays of the All Saints Day, the Rock On Snowboard Tour, on October 24 and 25 with two exclusive days of consumer tests - FREE!
24th & 25t OCTOBER ROCK
ON SNOWBOARD TOUR
THE glacier FROM SATURDAY,
OCTOBER 24TH TILL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2009.
So whilst the majority of French ski resorts have yet to open, Les 2 Alpes offers enthusiasts the opportunity to ski and snowboard on freshly fallen snowe on the resort's glacier (3200-3600m) which opens especially for the events.
A wide range of entertainment is on offer during this event - and for the rest of the 2009-10 winter season - at the resort village, located at 1650m. The main skiing season is from December through to the end of April.
You can reach the resort by car from Calais in approximately 10 hours or fly into Chambery or Grenoble/Lyons from where there are good transfer arrangements. The journey will take about 2/3 hours.
We have teamed up with PV Holidays, leading supplier of French Skiing accommodation to offer a Christmas offer of one night free with every booking.