Les Deux Alpes boasts the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is Franceâ??s second oldest ski resort behind Chamonix.
The village sits at 1650m (5,413 ft) and the lifts run to 3600m (11,811ft.) Les Deux Alpes offers approximately 220km of pisted runs (51 lifts) and it is said to have as much off piste as groomed piste. There are excellent nursery slopes covering a wide area at the bottom near the town and wide and forgiving glacier runs up top for less advanced skiers.
The glacier enables year-round skiing (the lifts are only open from mid-June to the end of August in Summer and December to end of April in Winter with some dates in October too). Summer skiing takes place between 2800 and 3600m on the Girose and Mont de Lans glaciers above resort offering 110 hectares of ski area for summer ski entusiasts.
Also in summer, Les Deux Alpes is a popular venue for downhill and freeride mountain biking, with access to the glacier via the Jandri Express gondola lift. This opens up a vertical mile of trails down to the resort and an even bigger drop to the Barrage du Chambon.
A funicular railway tunnelled under the ice transports skiers and, in summer, tourists to 3450 m (11,319 fr.), from where panoramic views can be seen of the surroundings, including Mont Blanc, some 100 km (62 miles) distant, L'Alpe d'Huez and the Plateau de Vercors above Grenoble.
The resort of La Grave can be accessed from the very top lift at the Dome de la Lauze by either walking or at certain times by ski-tow behind a snowcar. It is only recommended for advanced skiers under supervision of a qualified guide.