While the resort’s glacier doesn’t have the pitch of Tignes or Hintertux, skiing and snowboarding on piste is possible for much of the year. The resort opens from mid June to early September and again for French half term week at the end of October, before firing up the lift system for winter from early December until late April.
As well as La Grave, it’s also possible to head off piste to St Christophe-en-Oisans, another ancient climbing community in this remote and beautiful corner of the Dauphiné.
There’s a whole variety of eating out to be had in this family-friendly resort, but 30-plus bars to keep party animals entertained. While accommodation may not be swanky, this resort offers a good combination of value options teamed with pricier and more luxurious hotels and apartments, with more upmarket places opening, so couples, families and groups are well-catered for.
Winter 2020/21 saw big developments in Les Deux Alpes. Significant changes in the ski area included an eight-seater gondola linking the La Fée sector (2,221m) to the glacier (3,175 m). In 2018/19, a four-seater chairlift on Les Crêtes was replaced with an eight-seater chairlift and a four-seater chairlift replaced the former three-seater chair in Le Thuit. A number of ski runs have also been reconfigured.