Maison des Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes
Telephone: (476) 792200
World class resort with one of the largest ski areas, summer ski areas and maximum verical drops to be found anywhere. Add to this a huge range of apres-ski options and the now lift-linked descent to La Grave – a legend which attracts all advanced skiers, although a local guide is essential for these unmarked trails. It is easy to reach the main slopes from most points in the resort. There is also a free ski bus. The resort has its own radio station at Radio 2 Alpes (96.2 FM),
Now officially known as ‘Les 2 Alpes’, the resort formerly spelt ‘Les Deux Alpes’ began life shortly after World War 2, when in 1946 the local ski school was formed and three ski instructors employed, with an impressive 45 pupils on the first day. It was in fact based on the old French ski area of La Berarde which sprang up in 1925 after the first road to the area was completed. That was France’s second ski area after Chamonix so its had plenty of time to establish its excellent snowfall and sunshine records.
Today with around 60 lifts, including an underground funicular, serving 220km (143 miles) of terrain including year round glacier skiing, over one of the world’s biggest lift-served vertical drops, and accommodation enough for over 35,000 guests per night, Les 2 Alpes may safely be regarded as one of the guest success stories of the global ski industry.
Although now more than 50 years old, it was ten years after it began life that the resort really started to take off. Success followed the opening of the Diable gondola in 1956 and a year later the creation of one of the world’s first known ski pass – covering all the lifts in the young resort. By 1970 there were 40 hotels and 46 lifts, including two gondolas and six chairs and by 1980 150km of trails were groomed and lift-served.
In 1984 the lifts extended to the current peak of 2568m giving year round access to the glacier ski area with the fast Jandri Express gondola, the world’s fastest, up to the glacier opening the following year and one of the world’s few underground funiculars, the Dome Express, following in 1989.
Les 2 Alpes, Les Deux Alpes, DauphinÃ©-IsÃ¨re, Alps, Venosc – VÃ©nÃ©on
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