Les Deux Alpes Region
Les Deux Alpes Region
Les Deux Alpes is the second oldest ski resort in France, however this doesn’t mean it is outdated. In fact during the summer the resort is lively, without being over crowded and boasts a modern lift system to efficiently take downhill and cross-country bikers up the mountain. Les Deux Alpes has a young, international feel thanks to the variety of activities on offer, including mountain biking, cycling, summer skiing, golf, quad biking and the summer luge, as well as a large range of restaurants, bars, shops and clubs.
At the south end of the resort the valley drops away into the Veneon valley and the unspoiled medieval town of Venosc. A high speed gondola links the village to the resort. Venosc is a beautiful cobbled medieval village easily accessed by road from Le Bourg d’Oisans, or via the gondola to Les Deux Alpes.
Les Deux Alpes Biking:
Les Deux Alpes is a hidden gem for the down hill mountain biker, with quiet, well designed and maintained trails for all abilities. The lifts open from the middle of June until the end of August. The resort has hosted the World Downhill Cup and annually hosts a popular downhill event, the Mountain of Hell. It previously hosted the Crankworx event.
Mountain biking is serviced by nine summer lifts which run from 9am until 8pm, with over 100km of dedicated mountain bike trails stretching from the glacier at 3200m down to the forests in Venosc at 720m. Terrain varies from year-round snow on the glacier, to a lunar type landscape, down to steeper switchbacks through the meadows leading back to the resort and on through forests to the lower villages of Venosc and Mont de Lans.
All trails are colour coded, ski slopes style, with greens as the easiest, through blue, red and finally black for the experienced rider.
Les Deux Alpes location also has great interest for the road cyclist being close to the Col du Lautaret, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez via the Col de Sarenne. It has also been used as a finishing stage to the Tour de France, thanks to the forested switchback roads leading up to the resort. For a breath taking balcony ride back to the resort you must not miss the alternate climb via Le Ponteil hamlet and Bons on the D220.
Les Deux Alpes Events:
Mountain of Hell a three-day event open to professionals and amateurs towards the end of July, culminating in a a derby style, Enduro Freeride race on the Sunday. Starting on the glacier above Les Deux Alpes, the course descends 25km through snow, ice, lunar landscape shingle trails, single track and finally the switchbacked forest to the finish in Venosc.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE LES DEUX ALPES:
Winter – From the end of December through until late April, Les Deux Alpes is open for the winter ski season. Bikes are generally not allowed on the ski lifts except for certain events. Electric Fat Bikes are also available for rent to discover the winter wonderland
April – Generally in April, the weather can be mild and the days are getting longer. At some point in early April when the weather is warm enough for the snow to have cleared Les Deux Alpes opens the Vensoc Downhill Mountain Bike Track, with access enabled via the Venosc gondola.
May/June – The climate can be unstable during May and June, with periods of very warm weather combined with late afternoon thunder storms or even snow showers to quite low level. The Les Deux Alpes mountain bike park and lift system are closed until late June. Road cycling is possible via the resort access roads. However these are largely north facing, so can be cold at this times of year.
July – Les Deux Alpes can be very warm in July. However there can also be cold periods. MTB trails can be wet early season and then dusty in periods of intense heat. During late June and early July, higher trails may still be covered in snow.
August – Usually lovely and warm with the chance of late afternoon storms. Towards the end of the month the mountain greens start to turn Autumnal yellows and oranges. MTB trails can be dusty. Very high trails from the glacier at over 3000 metres may only be clear of snow and officially open in August.
September – Often one of the loveliest months of the year to ride in Les Deux Alpes, so long as you don’t mind ridding up, since the lifts are closed. Warm sunny days, with cool evenings.