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

Les Deux Alpes – European Resort of the Year

In November 2015, Les Deux Alpes in France was voted European Resort of the Year, at the World Snow Awards ceremony

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By Will Corder in Les Deux Alpes

Well, after a slow start across the Alps, the snow has arrived here in Les Deux Alpes we are now enjoying beautiful blue skies with perfect skiing conditions. So while you are searching for your winter ski holiday, it is worth remembering that in November 2015, Les Deux Alpes was voted European resort of the year at the World Snow Awards at the London Ski and Snowboard awards.

This award is a recognition of the fantastic variety and scale of skiing available in the resort. Although not as large as some of the interconnected resorts available across the Alps, the 220km of marked piste is more than enough for most holiday makers. If this is not enough, then included on your 6 day ski pass are 2 free days skiing in neighbouring resort Alpe d’huez, which can be reached either by a shuttle bus, or if you fancy doing it in style, but helicopter transfer.

One of the significant benefits of Les Deux alpes is the amount of easy skiing above 3000 meters, a domain that is usually reserved for the best skiers. Here even the newest of skiers get to experience that top of the world feeling and the best of the snow conditions. In the summer this area doubles as Europe’s largest skiable glacier and a world centre for freestyle skiing and snowboarding. During the winter the  Freestyle and terrain parks (slide zones) move down to more sheltered positions, dotted all over the resort and offer perfectly maintained kickers, rails, pipes, cross tracks and even an airbag to safely practice your jumps.

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For the more adventurous, Les Deux Alpe backs onto La Grave, one of the last true ski wildernesses of the Alps, which offers north face skiing from 3600 meters on terrain which is left entirely for off piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. This area is only for expert skiers and snowboarders and it is advised that you only venture there with a guide and full avalanche kit such as transceivers, shovels and probes. For top quality ski guiding and free ride courses take a look at the British Alpine Ski School.

Since being taken over by the Compagnie des Alpes a few years ago, much has been spent on the resort infrastructure. Most noticeably are the vast amount of snow making facilities present to keep the resort running even on the leanest of snow years. During the early weeks of both the 2014/15 and this season, when snow was sparse through out the Alps, coach loads of tourists were being shipped in to Les Deux Alps, when other resorts had to remain closed.

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The Polar Bear – Les Deux Alpes

Once your ski day is over, the party starts, first with the daily après ski piste party at the Pano Bar at 2600m, with live DJ sets from 15h – 17h. Then its down for more live music at one of the many popular bars in the resort such as the Polar Bear, or Smokie Joes who have live acres ski music and serve their own locally brewed beers. During the later evening Smithies Tavern is highly recommended before dancing into the small ours in L’Avalanche Club.

Not resting on the accolades bestowed in 2015, this year Les Deux Alpes has addressed it’s only former negative issue by building the Jandri 1 blue run, creating a much needed easy return to resort piste option. In addition in the coming years it has been decided that Les Dexu Alpes and Alpe d’hues will build a huge gondola system which will link the two resorts, resulting on one of the largest linked ski resorts in the world.

But for now, if you were keen to discover this world class resort and were looking accommodation option in the area here are a selection of options for you.

Catered of Self-catered chalet sleeps 14+
2 Bedroom (+ mezzanine) sleeps 7
2 Bedroom Chalet sleeps 5
Studio sleeps 2

Alternatively send us an enquiry to enquiries@bikelodging.com

E-Bikes Alpe d’huez and Les Deux Alpes

 

Electric bikes / E-Bikes / E-Fatbikes Le Bourg d’Oisans, Alpe d’Hues and on snow with at Les Deux Alpes

ebikeFor some years now the electric bike or eBike revolution has been gathering pace and is no longer limited to the elderly or unfit getting around the streets of Amsterdam. Many major bike brands have developed their own versions of E-Bike with some selling for as much as €6000 for what is fast becoming a totally new type of bike experience.

The modern E-bike is not a moped or motorbike since it still requires the rider to push the pedals. The small battery powered motors are simply there to offer a little more forward momentum to each stroke of the peddle. The amount of assistance can be easily regulated on the handle bars to match the riders fitness or different slopes. These days these bikes are significantly lighter and batteries last a good deal longer. This is having the effect of opening up vast areas of riding for those who perhaps don’t quite have 100km or 1500 meters of Alpine climbing in their legs.

Take the famous 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez. The last time I climbed it, I noticed at least three people using an e-bike. They were far from sitting back and letting the motor do all the work and looked as hot and bothered as the rest of us. These were perhaps not your regular club cyclists who have put in plenty of training, but possibly family members joining their partners for a holiday in the Alps and not wanting to miss out on the chance to take on a Tour de France climb.

v21-logo-oisans-e-bike-service-191x300The Oisans region has embraced this new craze and many local bike shops are now stocking high level E-bikes. In addition, an initiative by Bike Oisans, has encouraged local businesses to provide free park and charge points at various locations around the region. These are of course an incentive for you to visit their restaurant, bar or shop, while the bikes charge up. However who doesn’t want to plan their trip around a leisurely lunch part way through your ride in a beautiful mountain village.

Places to charge your bike for free around the Oisans

The E-Bike phenomenon is no longer limited to the road bikes. Huge advances have been made with mountain bikes, which have resulted in its own E-Bike Series,  linked to major mountain bike events across France, including the famous Megavalanche. These bikes are now ready to take you anywhere a regular enduro mountain bike can reach and still give you fantastic handling on those technical single track turns.

E-Fat Bike on Snow – Les Deux Alpes

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 17.32.10The E-bike has also crossed over into another pioneering branch of biking with the emergence of the Electric FatBike. These bikes with huge tires run at very low air pressure, make them great for very muddy conditions, sand or in this case snow. Les Deux Alpes has become one of the first resorts in Europe to offer a magical guided E-FatBike tours on snow around the resort. These are available two times a week, during the day for 3hours on Wednesdays, or in the evening for 2h30 on Tuesdays. The tours which include equipment and MTB guide are just €49 per person. Trips can be booked from Les Deux Alpes Guides Office, or through Sylvain on +33 (0)4 76 11 36 29

Fat bike sur Neige – Les Deux Alpes

 E-bike rental shops

Bleach Xtrem Sports – Le Bourg d’Oisans
Cycle et Sports – Le Bourg d’Oisans
Rocky Sports – Alpe d’hues

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Image curtesy of Christoph Buyer www.ebike-mtb.com

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 enquiries@bikelodging.com

Bike Lodging take on their own catered bike & ski hotel/chalet

During 2016, Bike Lodging will be running their own bike and ski hotel/chalet in Venosc, close to Les Deux Alpes, Le Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez.

This property which comfortably sleeps group of up to 14 is perfect for road cyclists wishing to explore the roads around Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Glandon and the Col de La Croix du Fer, as well as for mountain bikers riding in the neighbouring mountain resort of Alpe d’Huez.

This former hotel has been converted into a more homely chalet style, with a large communal living room and dinning area. It retains the former bar area, which mikes a nice place to socialise after a tough day on the slopes or bike. The chalet comes with a modern, industrial style kitchen, which can be used by guests when rented self-catered, or looked after by our catering staff and host for catered holidays.

The hotel actually has 14 bedrooms, but is officially limited to just 14 guest thanks to some French red tape. Most of these bedrooms have south facing balconies. This however makes it a great property for groups of friends who might prefer to have their own room. There is also a large secure bike and ski storage rooms.

During the summer meals may be taken on the terrace in front of the building. There is a municipal open air swimming pool  a short walk away (open from mid June till end of August).

Cycling from Venosc – The property is just 14km from Le Bourg d’Oisans and the start of the climb to Alpe d’Huez. Its also a great starting position to ride to Col du Galibier, the Col du Glandon and the Col du Le Croix du Fer. The chalet will also be idea for groups looking to take part in local events such as La Marmotte, Alpe d’Huzes, La Vaujany and the Alpe d’Huez triathlon. Your local chalet host will also provide you with a cycling guide book for the region and be happy to point out some of the lesser known, but beautiful cycling routes in the area.

During late June, July and August, bikes make be taken on the Venosc gondola to Les Dexu Alpes, providing a short cut to the Col du Galibier and the Sarenne Valley.

Road cycling routes in Oisans

The chalet is located right on the popular cycling route to La Berarde. This is a must do ride into the heart of the Ecrins National Park. The ride along a quiet mountain road takes you along the beautiful Veneon river valley and passes a number of beautiful huge waterfalls and picturesque alpine villages.

Le Bourg d’Oisans – La Berarde

Mountain Biking from Venosc – The chalet sits just a couple of hundred meters form the bottom of the Venosc mountain biker downhill track and the gondola link back to Les Deux Alpes. The Les Deux Alpes Bike Park will be open from 18th June until the 27th August 2016. The bike park features 91km of specially designed mountain bike trails located between 3200meters and 720meters. It has 18 separate downhill tracks and 6 specially adapted lifts to carry you bike. The resort is designed with a wide variety of slopes of all levels and features, table top jumps, north short, pump tracks and a slope style area. The Venosc gondola which gives you access to the resort of Les Deux Alpes is open from 8am until 20h.

Les Deux Alpes Bike Park

This chalet will be hosted by Will Corder, who previously ran the successful Ecrins Lodge, just down the road and gained extremely favourable reviews on Tripadvisor for his catering and general personality and professionalism running the chalet.

Will Corder – Ecrins Lodge on Trip Advisor

This property may be rented self-catered, bed and breakfast as well as with half-board catering and a full chalet hosting service.

La Marmotte

Next summer over the weekend of La Marmotte, Bike Lodging will be running a long weekend catered holiday package for  guests who can only make it out to the region for a few days. Most hotels in the region ask for a minimum of seven nights stays for these peak weeks. However we appreciate that many of those taking part in La Marmotte, prefer not to spend days cycling in the region prior to the even, when they should be resting. Many prefer to fly in at there last minute with fresh legs for the race and then leave soon after. So we will be running a catered chalet service, with an early breakfast the morning of the event as well as helping with logistics of getting back from the even at the end of the day. Please enquire for details.

Winter skiing in Les Deux Alpes

This winter we will also be taking bookings for self-catered and catered ski holidays for skiing trips to Les Deux Alpes. Located just a couple of hundred meters form the Venosc gondola linked to the ski resort of Les Deux Alpes, this is a great location for a budget ski trip to the Alpes.

10% off ski rental in Les Deux Alpes

The property has just four comunal bath/shower rooms, and no en-suite bedrooms.

New Mountain bike track in Les Deux Alpes

Finally one of my favorite Mountain Bike trails (Sapins) in Les Deux Alpes has been rebuilt. Destroyed by the building of a new ski piste link back to the resort, Les Duex Alpes was without this fantastic trail through the pine forest all of last summer. This video shows some the work completed to redevelop the track and some sneak previews of on board footage to get you in the mood.
Les Deux Alpes bike park opens this weekend.

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.

MTB OPENING PARTY – FRIDAY 19th JUNE 2015

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

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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.

Plenty of snow and skiing at Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes 15th December thanks to Arnaud Guerrand
Les Deux Alpes 15th December thanks to Arnaud Guerrand

For those coming to les Deux Alpes for Christmas or New Year this year and have heard reports of the lack of snow across the Alpes, then the general consensus is that you are coming to possibly one of the best resorts in the Alpes with current conditions. Les Deux Alpes has a huge summer ski glacier area, so benefits from state of the art snow making and maintaining technologies. Where most resort let the winter snow melt away throughout the summer, Les Deux Alpes, with altitude on its side, uses various techniques to store and maintain a good level of snow on the Glacier. This combined with huge developments in snow making facilities, a reasonable snow fall across the southern Alpes at the beginning of the month and a vast ski area above 2000 meters and plenty above 3000 meters, means that there is plenty of open slopes to be enjoyed.

8 person chairlift from the mid station to the Glacier open for skiing.
8 person chairlift from the mid station to the Glacier open for skiing.

The glacier obviously has the most snow, with skiing for all abilities above 3000 meters. However currently there are plenty of red and blue runs open down to the mid station and plans to open down to 2100meters by the weekend. The huge snow park area is already open for business. Les Cretes has undergone even more development as the resort gears up for the opening of the brand new blue, return to the resort piste which is due to be open for the start of the 2015/16 season. This generally beginner area is now open and for young beginner children since ‘le garden de neige’ (snow garden) has been temporarily moved here from the resort slopes.

Due to the mild temperatures and the general low levels of snowfall across the Alps, many well know resorts we be closed for all but a handful of higher slopes. Thanks to plenty of altitude skiing and great snow making, Les Deux Alpes will be open for business as usual.

Venosc Chalet - Hot tub, Sauna, Home cinema, games room
Venosc Chalet – Hot tub, Sauna, Home cinema, games room

If you fancy a last minute Christmas ski trip take a look at Venosc Chalet, sleeping up to 12 people in 5 stylish and modern en-suite rooms. This beautiful luxury chalet at an affordable price has a hot tub, sauna, games rooms, private cinema room, heated wooden floors throughout, free wifi and a professional chef to cater for you.

Available for Christmas week and all weeks in January.

Les Deux Alpes – Venosc Downhill mountain bike track set to open 12th – 26th April 2014

The downhill track from Les Deux Alpes to the valley in Venosc is due to open this Saturday the 12th April until the 26th. The track always rides well at the start of the season after a winter under the snow, although the full pre-season preparation will not take place until May and June, ready for the official summer opening on the 21st June. 

A MTB pass for the Venosc gondola and the DH track will cost €10, but those with a valid ski pass wImageill also be able to use the lift. 

Some locals who couldn’t wait for this opening have been spotted on the trail, relying on an uplift back to the resort.

The Venosc bike trail has been around for over 10 years now and over the years have evolved into a very well respected down hill track. It’s now wider, faster and after a huge redevelopment in 2013 now has loads more features such as table tops, gap jumps, redesigned berms and north shore. 

Venosc provides the perfect location for groups of mountain bikers looking for somewhere to stay out of the busy resort. It is a picturesque medieval village with cobbled streets, great bars and restaurants and a lovely open air swimming pool to relax in after a hard day on the bike.

For information on accommodation in Venosc, check out the Bike Lodging website.

French rider Vincent Pernin shows how the trail should be ridden.