The name 'Deux Alpes' comes from the two different sides of the valley in which 2 Alpes was built. It has connections to Mont de Lans (on the way into the main resort) and Venosc and La Grave by ski lifts.
Les Deux Alpes resort lies along a wide valley referred to by locals as 'le plateau', with a magnificent view down the main street to the Muzelle on the other side of the Veneon valley. The village sits at 1,650m above sea level with skiing available up to 3,600m on the glacier.
Nearby the local market town of Bourg d'Oisans only a 20 to 30 minute drive away can supply pretty much everything a visitor would need - decent sized supermarket, garages, car hire, vet (don't forget to get Fido wormed for the trip home) and the rest, not to mention a thriving Saturday market and numerous cafés, ideal on a sunny weekend.
Sights & Attractions in 2 Alpes
The pretty village of La Grave, notorious for its challenging off-piste terrain is about 30 minutes away by road - ride the old gondola for some of the most spectacular mountain views in the region. The ride up to Pic Blanc at Alpe d'Huez an hour away offers views of distant Mont Blanc. Further afield you can tour the Chartreus distillery at Voiron on the other side of Grenoble, visit the museum and grounds of the chateau at Vizille on the D1091, or take a ride on the old funicular railway at St Hilaire du Touvet towards Chambery.
Events in 2 Alpes
In the winter the resort is host to a number of freestyle events in the snow park and also in the summer where ski camps and racers come to train. Summer snowcamps and freestyle competitions take place on the galcier every year, attracting teams from all over the world.
Things to Do in 2 Alpes
In winter 2 Alpes and neighbouring La Grave are renowned for their incredible ski areas - on and off piste. There's something for every level of skier or snowboarder, plus a snow park and access to the glacier. The glacier can also be skied in summer when the resort transforms into a mountain biking and hiking mecca. There are so many summer activities to choose from, including golf - the nine-hole course at Deux Alpes starts appearing out of the snow around May, and is open for business when the resort opens for summer in June. Golfers looking for more of a challenge should head for the course at Uriage les Bain near Grenoble, just over an hour's drive away.
Dining in 2 Alpes
Deux Alpes caters for everyone from the gourmet to the fast food fan. At the top end, the Chalet Hotel Mounier offers tasting menus and an extensive wine list, and the Raisin d'Ours is owner-run by the Mounier's Michelin-starred former chef. Les Sagnes serves excellent crepes and a range of local specialities in a rustic atmosphere in front of a roaring log fire. Tribeca at one end of town and l'Etable at the other both have great pizzas, and anyone looking for a decent burger 'n' chips need look no further than the British-run Le Takeaway in the centre of town.
Nightlife in 2 Alpes
Deux Alpes has a well-deserved reputation as a party town. The fun starts daily at the Pano Bar at 2,600m, with a regular DJ. Later you can find live music and DJs at British-run bars Smithy's Tavern, Smokey Joe's and The Secret, and follow it up with a visit to the popular Avalanche nightclub next door to Smithy's. The Boardroom is popular with French seasonnaires, instructors and lifties, the Red Frog and Smokey Joe's show big screen sport, and the Brasilienne has a late-night club atmosphere.
Chalets in 2 Alpes
There are a small handful of chalets to choose from in 2 Alpes and the surrounding villages.
Apartments in 2 Alpes
There are literally hundreds of apartments to choose from in 2 Alpes, mostly self catering, suiting couples right up to large groups of 18 or 20 people.
Hotels in 2 Alpes
There are a number of hotels in 2 Alpes from chalet-hotels with traditional fixtures and fittings to the more contemporary ones with swimming pools and spa facilities.