Reviews of Les Deux Alpes, France

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arronleeds
Reviews: 2
West Yorkshire
    3 of 5,  "Nice town but the ski area and lifts need to be improved"  05/03/2014 @ 22:04
Price Paid
£830 including lift passes
Booked Trip Through
Neilson
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
I went with the family a group of very mixed abilities and my girl friend who was pregnant at the time so didn't snowboard. We stayed in a Neilson challet Alendre it was really nice and the food was very good, the rooms were basic but had everythig you needed. The town it's self is quite big and theres plenty of bars and shops not that much apres ski though. the ski area isnt that big even though its spread over two mountains. They need to address the runs as well most mornings we were findings runs that hadn't been piested and alot of the runs that were coloured blue were quite steep in places.
Strengths
Big town
Park
Lots of off piest
Hot Spots
Pano bar
Weaknesses
Steepness of blue runs
some slow chair lifts
Begineer area
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RatoSaco
Reviews: 14
Singapore
    4 of 5,  "Mixed Feelings"  11/03/2007 @ 18:37
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Price Paid
£670 (inc lift pass)
Booked Trip Through
Neilson
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
1st thing I noticed about the actual town/resort is just how big it is. It's a decent trek from one end to the other and it's full of bars, hotels and ski/boarding shops. This made it pretty difficult to work out where all the hotspots were, unlike Meribel for example where it doesn't take long to work out that everyone goes to Rondpoint for apre or Le Pub/Dicks in the evening. Never the less after asking about it seems the Red Frog, Smokeys, Secret Bar and the one with the hanging fire place are all pretty busy in the evenings. We never really found a decent apre bar with live music and sweaty bodies getting smashed until 7 or 8pm before dinner although Windsor bar was nice and relaxed and served up a great pint of Hoegarrden. The owner also dished out a few free comedy drinks when you've been in a couple of days. It's pretty easy to get carried away in the evening and get absolutely wasted in Brazil, Smithys and then next door in Avalanche. As far as clubs go they're good, better than Dicks Tea bar in Meribel and Chamonix.
As for the runs I found them to be slighty boring. The queues in the morning were frightening, though we later learned that it was the French holidays so guessing they accounted for a lot of the waiting round. It did seem that as soon as you were up one gondola that you stepped out and waited for another. The 3 lifts servicing the resort to the mountain are just not able to cope. The red (Telecabine du Diable) and and white eggs (Telecabine du Jandri 1) are accient and only able to carry 4 people at a time (but normally just have 2 in) and the Express (Jandri Express) is therefore mobbed every morning.
There are some very good runs to come down from the Glacier 3200m, red Breche and blue Jandri. These were good wide runs with a decent gradient for gunning down at top speed. The black Super Diable run is also a good laugh. Off piste is also quiet good. We were lucky enough to have several over night dumps so could enjoy some quailty powder. Snowparks were probably the best I've been to so far, good selection of kickers and rails and a well maintained half pipe. We also got a posh taxi in the form of a helicopter over to Alpes D'Huez for the day which was a real bonus. Some decent runs over there too, loved the black one with the tunnel.
Overall the resort is pretty good, enough runs to keep you busy for a week, great snowpark too. Not great for drinking between 4:30 and 7pm, lots of places open but nowhere particularly rocked. After dinner drinking was good, decent clubs. Shame about the queues and having to walk 10-15 mins around the resort from hotspot to hotspot
Strengths
Good snow coverage
Good for all levels of boarder
Excellent Snowpark
Wide variety of bars, shops, restaurants
Hot Spots
Red Frog
Smokey Joes
Brazil
Smithys
Avalache
Windsor Pub
Weaknesses
Queues
Possibly not enough to keep you busy for a season
Town is fairly spread out so be prepared to walk about a bit
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cascharlie
Reviews: 1
West Yorkshire
    4 of 5  20/03/2005 @ 15:16
Price Paid
£330
Booked Trip Through
Neilson
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
Our first boarding holiday so nothing to compare it to, but we had a great time and found the resort to be a great place for beginners to quickly improve their skills.
Strengths
Nice mix of runs which allowed us newbie boarders to quickly build up confidence throughout the week - we were riding red runs on our third day and managed to get down the black run home twice on the last day with no traumas. There's also a nice wide blue accessed via an 8-man chairlift which is great for getting some serious speed up and getting used to straightlining. It wasn't too crowded when we went (early March) and despite the last snowfall being two weeks before we arrived, the pistes were still great to ride. There's a nice boardpark which we unfortunately didn't have time to fully explore but there are also freestyle elements built into freeride runs, such as the pipe at Cascades which also has a few kickers. It's also possible to ride all the way down from 3600m to the resort at 1650m without resorting to hiking or skating if you plan your route carefully. We were fairly impressed with the lift system - mostly nice fast chairlifts and cable cars apart from a few buttons at the very bottom of the resort for the beginners' runs and a nasty T-bar running up from 3200m. While we were there the weather was fairly kind, it was easily possible to ride all day in just a t-shirt (although you'd probably want to take a hoodie for the lifts) even up on the glacier. We had no problems with our breathing at high altitude and we're not exactly the fittest bunch ever to have taken to the slopes, and the views from up top are awesome.
Hot Spots
The Red Frog pub is great for a quick snack (great chicken burgers/combos etc) and the internet access is only 10c a minute. "Pub" has friendliest bar staff willing to tell you all the best places to go. We'd also heard good things about Smokey Joes but when we went there for a meal they messed us around for an hour before offering us four barstools and a high table, so we left. Avoid.
Weaknesses
If you're not confident enough to ride a steep (but wide) black or an icy, narrow green then you'll have to get a lift back to the resort. Late in the day the queues are long (up to half an hour for a lift from 2600). The nightlife wasn't anything to write home about and the prices of drinks and food were a bit on the high side (4-5 euros for a beer and 10 euros for a modest meal) although there are plenty of cheap supermarkets if you're on a bit of a budget.
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koos
Reviews: 2
Netherlands
    4 of 5  10/03/2005 @ 09:35
Price Paid
unknown
Booked Trip Through
private booking
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
Les deux Alpes is 'behind Grenoble' coming from my country (the Netherlands). A bit further drive than a lot of the other well-known French resorts.

Les deux Alpes is a little town completely aimed at wintersports. Going up from there are some green slopes, aimed at beginners, followed by black slopes. Further up high (reachable by long-haul lifts) are different pistes, green, blue, red, black, all you want.

Further up high is a snowpark, with bordercross and jumps. Great for practising too when you're not that good at those yet.

Up high (and I mean high!) is the glacier. Can be a damn cold place when it's windy (can be closed due to winds even). The glacier has fabulous views.. and some nice pistes downwards.

We went there with a group of five, 3 skiers and 2 snowboarders, and we noticed this place has a nice balance of skiing and snowboarding.
Strengths
Serious amount of snowboarding going on at Les Deux Alpes, which gives a lot more choice in snowboarding classes.

Good classes too (with Ecole du Ski Francaise). I really felt I learned new things.

A good and well-designed lift system.

A good system of signs on major locations where you can see which pistes and lifts are open.

Really great views, especially from the glacier.

Good restaurants!
Weaknesses
Some (blue) pistes are so flat on certain parts that even the fastest skier/snowboarder will have to walk parts. This is ofcourse a result of the terrain, but it would be nice if there was some warning about it on the piste map or at the beginning of the piste.

The low runs back to the village are either black (straight downhill) or green (small and very long paths winding down the mountain). The green runs are crowded at the end of the day, making the lift down a better choice.

The height of the glacier (3400-3600 meters) can be a problem for certain people (like me) who have trouble breathing at high altitude.
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congogo
Reviews: 1
Buckinghamshire
    4 of 5  06/04/2004 @ 17:26
Price Paid
£400ish
Booked Trip Through
wasteland/busc
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
Runs: Did not seem to be too many mogles. A reasonable variety of types of run. Being late season (27th March to 3rd April) the only run open back to the resort was a black which was majorly icy in the morning and very busy and slushy in the afternoon. There are a few hidden gems on the other side of the mountain, on a poor weatherafternoon we found a bit of powder and built a nice sized kicker. We also found some untouched powder (it snowed for a couple of days) really close to some of the runs, some were basically cut throughs, can understand why people look when the are out riding.

Park: Les 2 Alpes really excels here, it was BUSC week and the previous week was the Brits, so the slopestyle course was amazing even if a bit to hardcore for a beginner freestyler like me. To the left of the slopestyle there is a cool hip and table top both leading to a pretty big quaterpipe. This carries on down to a choice of pipe or massive spine, I was loving the spine for a while then the left hand side got covered in a load of snow from a snow cat. The main park has 6 kickers of various sizes and 3 rails which did seem slightly hard for a beginner as there was a quite steep run up to them.

Resort: Unlike some places L2A is a proper town. There are free buses that run around the town to the main lifts but these get crazy busy at peak times. I stayed in the residence d'soleil (or something like that) it was pretty much on the outskirts quite high up so a sobering trek was in order after an any nights out. There are loads of shops to by kit in but prices do seem to be very similar so dont expect any really bargains. All of our evening entertainment was put on by busc, this meant spending most nites in Smithys (with the hottest barmaid ever) following on to avalanche. The other bars we ventured into were good but not memeorable, but if I were to go again I would carry out much more research on this matter.
Strengths
Sick Park, the best I have been to.
Summer Riding.
The town doesnt feel as cramped as some resorts.
Good powder runs not far from the piste.
Good number of bars.
Hot barmaid in Smithys ;-).
Weaknesses
Some residencies are quite far out of the town cos the roads loop round loads of times.
Its quite a big resort, if u wanna have a walk around its best to dump you gear first.
All the main beginner runs are at the top of the resort which seemed slightly odd to me.
Big ass T-Bar on the glacier, and one of the most painfull button lifts in the park.
Watch out for fallling rocks, my mate got hit by a boulder on a flat blue-> 14 stiches in leg.
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