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Top 10 non-skier things to do in Les 2 Alpes winter 2018/19

Some great ideas for non-skiers in your group

Featured in: | Ian Huyton, Les 2 Alpes Reporter | Published

Les Deux Alpes is a great place to come skiing but, what can non-skiers get up to?

As a non-skier, it is well worth buying a six-day pedestrian lift pass. At €56, this costs a fraction of the price of a skiing lift pass and provides access to many of the activities below, including the lifts up to the glacier and mountain restaurants, and the lifts down to Venosc and Mont de Lans.

Skywalk

The panoramic views from the Deux Alpes Glacier are truly spectacular, and the good news is that you can get there without skis by taking the Jandri Express as a pedestrian to 3,200m. Look over to Mont Blanc to your left as you arrive, before turning right to head for the lift marked Ascenseur Funiculaire. This will take you to the underground funicular railway and the viewpoint at 3,400m. The viewing platform is equipped with a telescope, and the names of the visible mountains are marked. The Skywalk is a bridge above the void which is not for those with a fear of heights. Follow the track from the viewing platform to reach it. Don’t forget to visit the ice caves at 3,200m on the way back down. The entrance is on your right as you head back to the Jandri. Entry is €5.50 for adults and €4.50 for children.

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Pano Bar

You don't have to ski to do après-ski, and it could be argued that dancing on the tables is easier without ski boots. The Pano Bar is easily reached from the Jandri Express mid-station. Just follow the noise from 15:00. Earlier in the day the bar and self-service restaurant are open, but minus the DJs.

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 Le Diable au Coeur

Over half of the mountain restaurants here are reachable by ski lift. Our recommendation for fine dining is the Diable au Coeur by the summit of the Diable chairlift. A more energetic option is to take a half hour walk up the Vallée Blanche slopes to the Kanata with its open fire and farmhouse atmosphere. There is a signposted pedestrian route but good hiking boots or snowshoes are still a must.

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Café-musée Chasal Lento de Mont de Lans village

The Oisans region is full of museums devoted to local history and culture. Down in Mont de Lans, the Musée Chasal Lento is reachable by chairlift or by a five-minute drive from Les Deux Apes. The museum is free to enter and has exhibits describing everyday life in the region from Roman times right up to the construction of the ski lifts.

Sights in Les 2 Alpes

Mont de Lans Church

The unspoilt alpine village of Venosc is easily accessed by gondola. When you get there, follow the winding cobbled streets up the hillside. Wander past artisanal shops and the odd traditional restaurant and take in the atmosphere of the Alps of a different era. At the other end of Deux Alpes, a two-man chairlift takes you to the village of Mont de Lans. The market here is open every Wednesday morning selling traditional local produce. There is a free bus from Les Deux Alpes Information Point, near Bus Stop 1, on market days, and you can make the most of the trip with a visit to the museum – see above – afterwards

Towns & Villages in Les 2 Alpes

Ice skating

Ice skating beneath the snow-clad Alps is an unforgettable experience on the outdoor ice rink. Located beside the main square, it is open from 15:00 every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays when it is reserved for Ice Gliders. These dodgem cars on ice are another fun activity you don’t need skis for.

2 Alpes swimming pool

The town boasts two swimming pools – an outdoor one in the centre and another in the Espace 1800 sports centre. The latter also offers squash courts and gyms while both have a sauna and jacuzzi. The Amphibia sports hall has courts marked for badminton, basketball and football along with a small bouldering wall.

Sports & Fitness in Les 2 Alpes

Horse-drawn sleigh

Whether on a sedate sledge drawn by horses, a faster one pulled by huskies, or riding your own skidoo, there is an excursion choice to suit all levels of adrenaline. Horse-drawn sledge rides depart three times a day from the Parking de la Passerelle, the huskies are based at La Moliere, and skidoo trips run in the evening from beside the Lutins ski lift.

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Snow shoeing in Verbier

Book a snowshoe excursion with an activity company to see a side of the mountains that most skiers will never see. Full-day, half-day and night-time options are available to take you into the heart of the Oisans – from the peaks to the wildest valleys. Equipment and transport are provided by the Bureau des Guides. Electric fat-bike trips are also available.

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2 Alpes snow groomer

The guided tour of the “snow factory” gives you an insight into how the resort is run. This tour runs every Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday mornings during French school holidays. It includes a look at the snowmaking facilities and a tour of the Funicular beneath the glacier. Book in advance at the main ticket office.

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Read more from Ian on his website.