- Ski area
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Les Deux Alpes
Elevation: 3600 m
Fall: 2300 m
Lenght of ski – trucks: 225 km
Number of elevators: 46
Ski-trucks: 34 km black, 56 km red, 110 km blue, 25 km green
Elevators: 4 cabin, 17 with seats, 23 with pull, 2 railways
Les Deux Alpes
It is located at the meeting point of the Northern and Southern Alps, on the edge of the Écrins National Park, between Briancon and Grenoble. Its special feature is the shopping line running through the whole settlement, where, among other things, there are plenty of restaurants, entertainment venues, a disco, a bowling alley, arcades and a cinema. For those who want to skate, there is a 1800 square meter indoor skating rink, but there is a 25 * 12 meter open swimming pool with jacuzzi and sauna, which can be used free of charge for a two-day or longer ski pass.
The ski area can be visited all year, and even the glacier can be skied! Starting at an altitude of 3,200 m, France’s highest glacier railway, the Dome Express, handed over in 1989, terminates in a magnificent ice cave. There are green and blue pistes on the glacier, so even the most insecure skiers can enjoy the breathtaking view from an altitude of 3600 m.
The ski area also offers plenty of exciting programs in summer:
- look around the area with a paraglider or ski on the glacier
- race down the hill on downhill tracks or try the Tour de France sections by road bike
- climb to incredible heights via ferrata routes, or just hike in the woods
Le Grave – La Meije:
For free ride lovers, Le Grave is a lifelong adventure and a huge challenge. From the village the ski lift takes you 3200 m, from where you can start the descent. The whole mountain is yours, you go wherever you want. Of course, there are designated hiking trails to the valley, and it is highly recommended to take a local guide who will walk you through the wild terrain full of forests, rocks and streams. Recommended for trained professionals only!
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, a region in east-central France, created in 2016 by the merger of the former Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes regions. The region offers a wide range of destinations, with the city of Lyon, the Alps and Mont Blanc with the top of Europe, Drôme and Ardèche, Provence, Auvergne and its volcanoes.
The spectacular Parc National des Écrins is one of the ten French national parks and the second largest after Vanoise. The 1,000-square-kilometer protected area is located between the departments of Hautes-Alpes and Isère, and stretches between Bourg d’Oisans, Briançon and Embrun.
The Provence cuisine:
There is quite a big contrast between the heavier, filling dishes of the mountains (e.g. the creamy baked, sliced potatoes called gratins dauphinois; the ravioli; the chicken croquette; the Creuzets des Ecrins, which is a meaty-cheesy pasta dish) versus the Mediterranean, or Provence cuisine’s light courses: ratatouille, aioli mayonnaise with garlic, pistou vegetable soup, bouillabaisse and bourride (a special kind of fish soup).
The ones with the sweet tooth will appreciate the local honey, the calissons (chocolates with almonds and melon), the mendicants (chocolate with sun-dried fruits and seeds) and the pâte de coing (a thick, sliceable marmalade made from quince).
Out of the aperitifs we need to mention the anise-flavored liqueur, the pastis; or any of the tasty local wines (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-de-Provence, Rasteau, Bandol).
It is located in the southeastern part of France, the capital of the Isère region. Grenoble is the second largest city in the Rhône-Alpes region after Lyon and the eighth largest university university in France.
The second highest city of Europe after Davos, this settlement bears the title of France’s cultural and historical town. Several houses and buildings were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of the fortifications planned by Vauban.
It is a well-known destination amongst the Hungarian skiers, its 250 km long track system is fully accessible.
The area can be divided into 4 smaller regions: Villeneuve, Chantemerle, Monetier and Briançon, the latter being the biggest settlement of the ski site and is a very atmospheric historical city, 1300m from sea level. The ski paradise provides myriads of sporting and entertainment opportunities (snowmobiles, public pools, paragliding).
Le Grave – La Meije:
Hungarian relevance to Les Deux Alpes: Emil Zsigmondy
Zsigmondy’s outstanding achievements included the first conquest of the 3983-meter-high eastern branch of Meije, in the Massif des Écrins, by his brother Otto and Purtscheller on July 26, 1885.
At the age of just 24, he died in the Alps in 1885, during the second climb of the Pic de la Meije, because of a rope break. This short life was enough for him to earn a medical degree, climb many of the tops, many of them first, and write several books, of which “The Dangers of the Alps” is a ‘must have’ book for climbers. It has11 editions so far in three languages.
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur The Southern Mediterranean region of France, which is bordered by Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea from the South, Italy from the East, and French areas from the West and North. It can be reached from Paris via the TGV in just 3 hours.
One of the most important tourist regions of the country.
It’s a region that is ideal for rest and relaxation all year long.
From the white rock waterfronts of Marseille (Calanques) through the port of Saint-Tropez to the port of Toulon, the blue waves of the Mediterranean Sea embrace your holiday. The regions of the Ecrins National Park, the Queyras Regional Conservation Park and the Massif des Maures mountains are all abundant in tourist paths. The waters of the river Durance at the Verdon Gorge are perfect for kayaking, rafting and other whitewater sports.
During the winter the ski tracks of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Hautes-Alpes fulfill the expectations of all winter sports fans, whether it is snowboarding, sleighing, skiing, snowkiting or winter trekking. The average height of the Southern ranges of the Alps is higher compared to the Northern ones, even if its peaks scarcely go over 4000 metres. Its uppermost point is the Barre des Ecrins (4 102 metres).
In summer the mountains are great for hikes or via ferrata tours.
The sunny days are prevalent, with more than 300 of them per year! The climate is dry and sunshiny. The region’s fabulous scent can be smelt almost everywhere: pines, lavender, thyme.
Historical landmarks, sights:
- The Palais des Papes in Avignon
- The Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille
- The Arles Amphitheathre
- The Fortifications of Cité Vauban de Briançon
- The castle of Les Baux-de-Provence
- Picasso’s, Matisse’s, Cézanne’s and Van Gogh’s works at the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence
The Provence cuisine:
A charming, small city with a gorgeous lake and a temple, with rustic and narrow streets lined with flowers, located only 5 kms from Les Orres. The city and Lake Serre-Ponçon provides an opportunity to enjoy multiple water sports, such as rafting or kayaking.
This seat of the Hautes-Alpes region is also nicknamed the entrance of the Southern Alps. The Route Napoléon – also called the N85 main road – crosses the city and takes you to Grenoble to the North, and the seaside town of Grasse to the South. This is the road Napoleon took while returning to Paris from his first banishment in 1815, he himself staying here overnight.
It is the highest nightclub in Europe, at 2,600 meters. The venue has been set up to host festivals with the most modern and expensive sound equipment! We don’t even write about it anymore because you have to see it and hear it!
For 4 years now, the image of Les 2 Alpes has been colored by the typical April Ski Bar at the bottom of the slopes, where not only festival participants but local ski instructors and travellers gather between 5pm and 7pm to celebrate another successful ski day! Usually no one leaves it soberly.
The most cozy pub in the city center, where the interior wooden furniture and the polar bear of the mascot were carved for them by a Hungarian carpenter from Transylvania. The best place for a pre-music concert in the city and their selection of draft beers is very varied.
The real underground techno place run by a young English girl. Anyone who visits here is guaranteed to have an amazing party.
The oldest bar in Les 2 Alpes also hosts live music evenings, beer pong tournaments and poker nights.
Nice pub for drum and bass and breakbeat lovers.
Le Diable au Coeur
The almost Michelin-starred restaurant has 3-course fine dining menu for EUR 45 per person. Located at the top of the Diable cable car. Slippers are provided in the restaurant so you do not have to eat the menu in your ski boots.
Le Refuge du Glaciers
The restaurant is in 3200 meters and has a wonderful panorama of the Glacier and France’s largest National Park. The restaurant serves basic cooked food and is arranged to have a canteen-style service so that you can have a delicious lunch quickly and get back to the slopes as soon as possible.
Chalet de la Toura
In France, there are chalet restaurants on the ski slope. Chalet de la Tour is on the largest such Les 2 Alpes track system overlooking the huge Snow Park of Les 2 Alpes. Their pizza is the best all over the ski area!
The most cozy Chalet restaurant on the Les 2 Alpes piste system. Those who freeride on the Challanceon can hop home to a Plat du Jour, as this is the cheapest and most delicious daily menu.
Hotel Le Sherpa
The restaurant in the middle of the city has everything from a daily menu to fondue to food specialties.
Its characteristic feature is that you can sit outside in the winter cold, as each table has a separate living flame heater.
Chalet Atmosphere, outdoor tub and cozy mountain restaurant environment await guests. It is located opposite the Sherpa supermarket.
Crepes á Gogo
The best Fondue in the city!
The only Michelin Star restaurant in the county. Since they only have 5 small tables, it is worth booking by phone at least 2 weeks in advance.
Qalitative fast food restaurant.
Fast Food, the cheapest menu costs 5 EUR