High up in the southern Alps, Les Deux Alpes is a large, narrow, good-value village, with lifts all along its length into glacier ski terrain that goes up to an ear-popping 3570m. The terrain parks are great for everyone from beginners through to the pros who come for competitions, and as well as a long winter season, there’s summer skiing on the glacier.
The high, snow-sure off-piste is renowned, and good for novices too. The ski area even links up with the terrain of La Grave, the famous single-lift, freeride resort. The pistes themselves are less impressive, but fans of the resort don’t care – they’re just not here for the pistes.
Once a concrete monstrosity, many of the main street’s buildings have now had face-lifts, leaving them looking like authentic alpine chalets – much better. There is no clear centre, so most of the restaurants are around the main gondola stations, while many of the hotels, bars and shops are at the lower end of town. There’s a good après scene and plenty of cheap and cheerful food options. The six-day lift pass encourages exploration – visitors can try out Alpe-d’Huez to the west and Serre Chevalier to the east.