Les Deux Alpes is as bald as Bruce Willis – there’s not a tree to be seen: not a bush, not a blade of grass, just a wide-open monochromatic landscape. When there’s good snow, this is a lot of fun, though when it’s actually falling, making out where you’re going can be tricky! A resort that’s always welcomed snowboarders, Les Deux Alpes has long been a favourite with Brits and it’s easy to see why. In the summer it is THE place to head; the park high up on the glacier at 3200m is beyond huge.
The town itself is a mixture of old and new buildings, all strung out ribbon-like along the floor of a valley that sits on a plateau over-looking the village of Venosc. From the old-town end the views of the titular “two alps” are fantastic, and there’s a decent mix of places to stay, with something to suit all budgets.
The strange thing about the resort is that it feels sort of upside down. The glacier at the top is very flat and often wind-blown, the mid-section of the mountain has most of the best intermediate terrain and the stupidly steep, sometimes icy black runs are at the bottom – leading you back into the resort’s base.
Did you know?
Les Deux Alpes is home to the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is France's second oldest resort, behind Chamonix.