The Les Deux Alps resort is good for summer boarding because it’s got it’s own glacier so you can board long past the end of winter. The snowpark here is called Nitro and it’s one of those places that is being constantly upgraded and is really really well looked after. Last time I was there they had an axe pipe for practicing, a half pipe and a range of other entertainments - kickers, rails, tables and ramps. They were also having what closely resembles a BBQ (DJ, the smell of char grilled food etc.) going on, which really impressed me. One of the championship snowboarding events is held here every October/ November. Most of the onpiste runs are of a tricky beginner to intermediate level, but there are some good gullies and ridges to keep you interested and a fun canyon run - I would recommend this to brave beginners looking for their first challenge, you may fall over, but you’ll be pretty enamoured with your effort. For me the best days I spent here were hanging around the glacier, the scenery was superb, but I also went on an skidoo, which was pretty awesome.
The town itself is pretty spread out which means you can stay in or out of nightlife central depending on your need for sleep, but you can still walk everywhere, but if your legs are dying there was a free bus service running in circles around the town when I was there.
Les Deux can be pretty busy (it’s not as big as a lot of the other French resorts.) but remember that you can board here out of season so time your trip and you should be ok.
Written by Sally James.
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