Skiing Les Deux Alpes

6 April 2014

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After an amazing ski holiday in St Moritz in December, we decided to book a slightly less extravagant resort for next ski trip. After a lot of research we eventually found a resonably priced ski package with Neilson Holidays to Les Deux Alpes in France, staying at the Hotel Aalborg.

Les Deux Alpes is located in the south-east of France, and is the second oldest ski resort in France after Chamonix. It’s also known for having the largest skiable glacier in Europe.

While we did have an enjoyable time on the holiday, I do have mixed feelings about the resort itself and the hotel we stayed in.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced especially considering it was peak season (February)
  • Excellent snow coverage - a few days of fresh snowfall during our stay
  • Spectacular views
  • Ski in/ski out hotel, with views of the piste from our balcony
  • Staff at the hotel were helpful in booking other activities (ski lessons, skidooing and a relaxation massage)
  • Crepes! I couldn’t get enough of them

Cons

  • Pistes are not very well maintained. Always bumpy and uneven. St Moritz was much better at this
  • Pistes were overcrowded, but I suppose this is to be expected during February. It was also half-term school holidays in France which meant there were lots of young ski school groups on the slopes
  • If, like me, you are a fairly inexperienced skier, there aren’t many good options for skiing back down to the resort. There’s a green run, which is easy to ski but long and overcroweded. Otherwise, your only options are a challenging red run or ungroomed black runs. I recommend getting the chairlift back down!
  • A few niggling issues with the hotel. The wifi was unreliable and some of the dinners were of poor standard.
  • We flew in and out of Grenoble Airport, which is tiny and doesn’t seem to cope well with the number of people travelling during ski season. All the departing flights were leaving in close proximity of each other, and the waiting area on the other side of security is very small. This meant staff would not allow people through security early, resulting in long queues and a struggle for a lot of people to make it to their flight on time for boarding. All in all we had a great time, and Les Deux Alpes is a good low-budget option. I think next time I’d prefer to stick with the Swiss resorts, though.
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