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Les 2 Alpes is a friendly resort in spite of being one of the largest. It's the second oldest ski resort in France and opened the first lift in 1947. Contrary to popular belief it's not a purpose built resort, and has developed in a rather eclectic way. Visitors usually find a warm welcome here, and most of the shop and barkeepers do their best to be helpful although their English might not be fluent. The lifties smile and hold the chairs, and the ski-ing has something for everyone. However, if you're looking for picture postcard alpine you won't find it here.

Nightlife is lively and varied with reasonable facilities for children. The restaurants are numerous and I recommend: Chalet Mounier if you really want to push the boat out; L'Abri and Il Caminetto for pizzas, and L'Igloo for a good cheap lunch in resort. Also highly recommended are La Porte d'a Coté, and Le Raisin d'Ours. There are a great variety of other restaurants including TexMex, For take-away pizzas the most ecommended is Pizza Cyan.

Bars are also very varied: "British" bars are: Smokey Joes; The Pub (Polar Bear), Smithys and The Red Frog . ; The Dutch up in the "Village" area is fun; with Les Lutins being more traditional.   Many of the bars have Eurosport and Sky Sports, and most have some sort of internet facility so you can keep up with everything you want. The bars are mostly open until 2am. My personal favourites are quiet French bars with no obvious tourist attraction such as Les Lutins. A very local bar, popular with tourists as well is the Board Room

Le Brasilien is a disco brilliant for music and dancing, at bar prices, but often very crowded after 10.30pm. It's open until 05.00.

L'Avalanche, a disco/night club is just off the centre of town and is becoming quite a legend. Be careful though, not to get too drunk, or at least to be able to remember where you're staying - remember this is a hostile environment.

Supermarkets are OK, there is Marche U, a Spar and a Carrefour Montagne on the main street. There are also two Casinos and another Spar at the Place de Venosc. Prices are reasonable when you consider how far up the mountain all the stock has to come.

Sports shops are plentiful,highly recommended are Ski Extreme, (carving and freeride skis, good boots, and run by Jutta who speaks fluent English),Sport Emotion (Skimium near the entrance to the resort) , a well run shop with a good, selection of equipment and very friendly staff who speak good english, and Jacques Sports (where Cedric the best boot man in LDA hangs out) very helpful and well placed at the bottom of the nursery lifts. They have lockers (bookable in advance) for storing your gear overnight in winter, which is particularly handy if you're staying some distance from the slopes or in Venosc.

There are also ski lockers at a number of shops near the pistes for those who are staying a bit further away, and the Umbrella Bar at the foot of the nursery slopes has very reasonably priced lockers too.

In addtion to Easi-apartments there are a number of hotels from very basic 2* Bed & Breakfast to 4* comfort. Easi-apartments is happy to advise if you decide you would rather be catered for.

Les 2 Alpes can be reached easily by road: 8 - 10 hours from Calais; by rail - Eurostar and TGV to Grenoble and then by bus or taxi to resort; and by air - fly to Lyon, Grenoble (probably the closest), Chambery or Geneva. There are regular buses from Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva airports to Grenoble bus station, and from Chambery airport to the town centre where there are trains to Grenoble. Flights to Grenoble and Chambery are normally only available during the winter season. Geneva is the furthest airport from here, but there is a regular bus running from the airport to Grenoble bus station. I've done all these journeys myself, and while some take a bit longer if the buses don't connect, they're all perfectly do-able. If driving, use of SatNav is not recommend in the mountains - some people have been sent 3 times as far as necessary and onto the old, tiny, mountain roads or closed mountain passes instead of the wider new ones!

If you would like any advice about specific options, or just a general chat about the resort, please feel free to contact us on bookings@easi-apartments.com.

The above are my personal opinions and favourites, so should be taken as such. Full listed information  is on the Les 2 Alpes tourist office website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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