Les 2 Alpes is in its final week of winter operations but will re-open for summer skiing and boarding June as usual. The resort will also return to construction work on the mountain and in the resort as part of multiple long-term development projects which will see more than 500 million Euros invested in the resort by 2023.
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This summer work on the slopes will include installation of new lifts with the aim of improving the flow of skiers around the ski area from next winter 2019-20.
The work includes a new cable car, the ‘Pierre Grosse’ lift, which will link the Toura/ La Fée area at 2,100m to the glacier, arriving at the top of the Signal chairlift at 3,100m. In addition, a new 8-seat chairlift will replace the existing quad chair in Les Crêtes area at 2,100m.
There will also be a new quad chairlift to replace the triple in the Thuit area.
The aim of the resort’s planners is that thanks to these new lifts, skiers will be able to access new areas and the second part of the Jandri Express (2,600m – 3,200m) will be less busy. Work on expanding the snowmaking network will also get underway this spring, although this is a multi-year project that will continue to 2021.
A new reservoir, La Mura, is being built to hold snowmaking water, and the network between Les Crêtes (2,100 metres) and Le Grand Nord (2,600 metres) is being expanded. The goal is to eventually guarantee a minimum 30% coverage of the ski area surface in artificial snow.
Currently, Les 2 Alpes has 250 artificial snow cannons and can produce 360,000m³ of artificial snow.
With spring now upon us, Les 2 Alpes is bringing a range of impressive new activities to the slopes for those heading out for some springtime shredding!
New in Les 2 Alpes: tandem speed riding
The paragliding school Air 2 Alpes now offers tandem speed riding experience. Speed riding is an activity combining freestyle paragliding, freeriding and snow kite. Until now, skiers could take a lesson to learn speed riding, but having an introduction with a tandem flight is new. Adrenaline seeker will love it! It is necessary to have a good level of skiing. It costs €60 per session.
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New in Les 2 Alpes: tour in a snow grooming machine
The ski lift company offers a new experience to its client, at 3,000m. Every Thursday afternoon, between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm, visitors can do a 30-minute tour in a snow grooming machine. Enjoy breathtaking views at this high altitude and learn about the job of the snow grooming machine drivers. It costs €30 for 2 people.
On top of skiing, Les 2 Alpes has many other activities: e-bike on snow, snow scooter, jump on to an airbag with a doughnut-style inflatable rubber…
Freeride Attitude: every Tuesday, the Tourist Office offers a free awareness-raising workshop about the risks that come with going off-piste, including a presentation and demonstration of safety equipment (avalanche beacon, shovel, probe), discussions and Freeride sessions supervised by professionals.
First Tracks: every Wednesday morning, tourists can open the slopes with the pisteurs and learn about their jobs, before sharing breakfast with them. It must be booked at the Lift Company and costs €15 per person.