Ski Clinics – Les Deux Alpes

Rod Frazer - BASS

Long Time Snowboarders Turning to Skiing

At 14 years old, whilst visiting my sister on her working ski season in the late 80’s, I was lucky enough to discover the relatively new sport of snowboarding. Back then a ski holiday was generally reserved for the well off. The mountain gear was skinny and retro and the off-piste was a play ground for the only the best skiers. Skis were long and thin, which made them a challenge to turn on piste and difficulty to use in the fresh off piste powder snow. As a result the holy grail of fresh powder remained untracked for days after a snowfall.

Snowboarding changed all this. Clothing was baggy and leaned more towards a skateboard style. The snowboards larger surface area made riding off piste accessible to almost anyone who could link a turn and their exaggerated side cut helped easily carve tighter turns on piste. Snowboarders were building their own jumps and with their twin tips, were doing tricks never seen by skiers. Terrain parks with purpose built freestyle zones and half-pipes started popping up. Basically snowboarding was cool and all the kids wanted to do it.

However over the past 25 years, the ski industry has reacted and evolved to the sport we see today. These days, even the most basic ski is shorter, wider and has a tighter turning circle or carving angle. Skis turn quicker and easier. Off piste skiing is much more achievable for a half decent skier and the back country requires carrying less equipment than with a bulk snowboard on your back. Terrain parks are no longer the exclusive domains of the adolescent baggy clad snowboarder. Now free style skiers are commonplace in the parks and actually have more variety of tricks due to having two skis.

The long and short of it, is that it is definitely cool to ski again. Actually, if I think about it, it has been cool for a long while now. As a longtime snowboarder, I have been in denial and resisting the urge to give it a go, since I was reluctant to head back to the nursery slope.

However, like so many similarly placed mid 40’s longterm snowboarders I have spoken to recently, the draw of a new challenge has finally convinced me to switch to two planks. Now I’m not totally new to skiing. In fact I first hit the dry ski slopes back in the mid 80’s and have even strapped them on periodically over the years. But I have never got to a confident stage with two independent skis, where I’m not in constant fear of wrapping my knee around my shoulder.

Ski Clinic – Les Deux Alpes

So after a number of weeks nervously sliding around the mountain and generally loosing more and more confidence, I finally took the plunge and signed up for my first lesson in over 20 years. This was a very small group lesson hosted by Rod Fraser from Bass (British Alpine Ski School) that turned out to be with just three people, plus the instructor. During the first afternoon, the weather limited us to going back to absolute basics on the lower slopes. However after years of bad technique, reverting to total basics was exactly what I needed.

Rod from Scotland, literally started off with the most basic snow plough turn but, with the help of some handy on snow video analysis, we advanced quickly through the various stages of turning all the way up to a simple carve buy the end of the first afternoon. For our second day we had perfect fresh snow conditions and beautiful sunshine. Here Rod was able to take us all over the mountain and helped us put into action all the basics we had learned the first day. This was a truly eureka session for me, as something totally clicked. No more burning thighs, gone was the fear and tension that has plagued my skiing over the years. In short one professionally led intensive ski clinic had done more for me in two afternoons, than years of self-teaching.

So thanks to Rod at Bass – Les Deux Alpes, I now have a totally new focus for my life in the Alps. I suspect I will still drag the snowboard out for those perfect powder days, but thanks to a short amount of professional lessons, I look forward to becoming a much more accomplished skier.


For anyone interested in joining one of these amazing clinics, Rod has some availability for next week.

Dianne Frazer – “We have one or two spaces left next week on three levels of Clinics – Complete Beginner, ‘almost Beginner’ (i.e. those already booked have done quite a few snowdome sessions, but usually those skiers are a bit taken aback by the open environment, so we will still be starting at very much an introductory level) and Intermediate Clinic (you know we work hard to ensure a good ‘fit’ – those booked on already are shaky rough parallel blue run skiers this time). For a change our Intermediate Clinic is mornings this week – please get in touch if you’d like more details or timings etc on any of the above. Maximum six in these groups.” 

To book another ski clinic with Rod, contact Dianne via the following email.

Rod & Dianne Frazer – British Alpine Ski School

or follow their Facebook page on – BASS FaceBook Page

Bass British Alpine Ski School

Chalet Freeride – Catered and self-catered ski and bike holidays, Les Deux Alpes


Bike Lodging Catered chalet – Marmotte Ride June 2016

Bike Lodging Catered and Self-catered chalet Les Deux Alpes/Alpe d’Huez.

Bike Lodging are pleased to announce that they are formally taking over the running of the Chalet Grand Rochail in Bourg d’Arud/Venosc and will be running great value catered and self-catered holidays for road cyclists and mountain bikers.

The chalet can officially take up to 14 people, however with other properties next door, has the potential of even larger groups. In fact the property has 14 bedroom and space for up to 34 people. Catering will be managed by our professional chef, who can offer a taylor made catering experience, including Bed and Breakfast, Half-Board as well as the option for a return from ride refuelling pasta buffet.

The region is particularly popular with road cyclists and the chalet sits in the valley close to the start of the climb to Alpe d’Hues at Bourg d’Oisans. Other popular rides include the Col du Glandon, and the Col du Galibier, with events such as La Marmotte, the Alpe d’HuZes and the Tour de France when it comes to town.

Mountain bikers find themselves just a couple hundred meters from the bottom of the Venosc downhill track and gondola link to Les Deux Alpes, which in the summer remains open until 20h. This lift gives you access to the huge Les Deux Alpes Bike Park and some of the best down hill tracks in the world.

We still have availability for the weekend of La Marmotte 2016

For more information about this chalet, or any other bike friendly properties, don’t hesitate to contact us at


Mountain of Hell Les Deux Alpes 2016

Registration opens today for the 2016 Mountain of Hell Mountain Bike in Les Deux Alpes

Mountain of Hell 2016

Registration for the 2016 Mountain of Hell enduro mountain bike event in Les Deux Alpes opened today. The event which sees amateurs racing side by side with professional riders, takes place over the first three days of July with the aim to qualifying for the main race on the Sunday. This starts at 3500m on the Glacier on the upper slopes of Les Deux Alpes, before racing for 25km with 2500metres of defending and finishes in the village of Venosc, below the main resort.

Find accommodation in Les Deux Alpes for this event via the following website

Bike Lodging – Les Deux Alpes

Ski Chalets and Apartments Les Deux Alpes

Ski Chalets And Apartments Les Deux Alpes

The snow has arrived across the Alps.

So aside from getting you ‘Fatbike’ out, its time to start thinking about a winter ski holiday and what better location than Les Deux Alps. Many of our bike friendly properties double as ski chalet and apartments in the winter. This year Bike Lodging is managing and running a number of properties in and around Vensoc, a beautiful village with a cobbled pedestrianised centre,which is connected to Les Deux Alpes by high speed gondola.

Chalet Grand Rochail – Sleeps up to 14, 400 meters walk from the Venosc gondola. Available catered or self-catered.  Prices from €1500 self-catered in January or €400 with half-board catering per person per week.

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Chalet Les Ecrins – Beautiful new 6 bedroom chalet in La Danchere, with views over Les Deux Alpes. Prices from €1500 in January

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Chalet Chardon – 2 bedroom chalet sleeps 5. Recently renovated to a very high standard, now with wood burning stove. Perfect for a small family or a group of friends.  Weekly rental from €600

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Apartment Les Cristallieres – 2 bedrooms, plus a mezzanine and large balcony with views over the Ecrins National Park. Central Venosc. Sleeps 6 comfortably, but up to 8. Weekly rental from €550

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Studio Bourg/Vensoc – Cosy studio built from a vaulted cave in a beautiful stone building surrounded by pine forest and mountain stream. 5 minutes drive from the Venosc Gondola. Weekly rental from €350

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For information about these or any other properties in the Alps and Pyrenees, then please contact me on

Les Deux Alps Bike Park opening weekend

Les Deux Alpes MTB
Les Deux Alpes MTB

This weekend see the opening of Les Deux Alpes lift system, bike park and summer skiing.

To mark the start of the season, Les Deux Alpes host the La Free Raid Classic Opening Party on 19th 20th 21st June. Formerly called the Free Raid Classic, this event is offering the first 600 riders exclusive use of the lifts system on this Friday the 19th prior to opening to the public on the the Saturday.

This year to go with the usual events and live music put on by the resort, the event coincides with the Summer solstice and Fete de La music. On this night all across France, live music, bands and DJ’s spill out onto the streets for an all night party.


With a 1-day MTB pass
+ «MTB OPENING PARTY» race number plate
+ lunch
+ dinner
+ free gift: personalised Les 2 Alpes / Giant pedals
+ concert
Price: 50€ per person

The MOON – SATURDAY 20th JUNE 2015

For an unforgettable experience Les Deux Alpes and the Diable restaurant have teamed up to offer ‘The Moon’ event, where after a fantastic dinner at the restaurant an exclusive group of riders get to desend back to the resort on the diable traxck by moon light.
With an MTB pass for the journey up the mountain in the Diable ski lift
+ dinner
+ supervision provided by qualified instructors who will ensure your safety throughout
To take part in the MOON you must be over the age of 18.
Price: 30€ per person

Price for both the MTB OPENING PARTY – FRIDAY 19th JUNE 2015 and The MOON – SATURDAY 20th JUNE 2015

Price: 80€ per person

Price for all three days days mountain biking with discounts

Price: 82€ per person

Price for all three day of the opening party, including the Moon experience on the Saturday night

Price: 112€ per person

Click here to book your event

Advice to a customer about mountain biking in Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez

Mountain bike Alpe d'Huez
Riding our favourite back county above Vaujany on the Alpe d’Huez mountain bike trails.

I just wrote this email to a client looking for accommodation in either Alpe d’Huez or Les Deux Alpes and the advice seem relevant enough to post.

Hi (client), if I can offer some local knowledge. Les Deux Alpes is mostly about the downhill. Pads, full face helmets, doing laps of super fast DH tracks with berms, jumps and plenty of north shore. I’m a keen mountain biker and now in my early 40’s tend to go for the minimal protection, lift assisted (during the season), natural flowy or technical single track, back country and all mountain riding. Despite living closer to Les Deux Alpes, I spend the majority of my time over in Alpe d’Huez. Plus if you want to do some crazy downhill, you can always take on the Mega Avalanche course.

Les Deux Alpes has a much livelier night scene than Alpe d’Huez. There’s more roadies over in Alpe d’Huez preferring to polish their bikes, then head out for a beer. That said, with the Tour de France coming through that week there will be plenty going on.
If I could pick up a chalet and put it anywhere, it would be in Vaujany, which is linked to the Alpe d’Huez mountain bike lift system. Aside from the fantastic skiing in the winter and very sunny location, this little town has a hand full of bars, enough to enjoy a post ride beer and is at the end of a couple of my favourite MTB trails.
I have heard back from the owner at the Vaujany catered chalet there and he can offer you 7 nights for €540 or the 8 for €620 per person.  18th – 26th July 2015
Please let me know if you have any questions, or need any advice.