Few facts about Les 2 Alpes,a Summer and Winter ski resort,a Summer mountain biking resort.

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Les 2 Alpes resort and The Ecrins massif from our balcony in Mercure hotel on the Sunday morning.

        As I got last night from my sister Marie, a text message with bad news and as I'm fan of mountain hiking in summer,I suggest  her this morning a weekend in the French Alps  to enjoy ourselves,despite of the average weather forecast.Checking booking.fr,I find  immediately a great bargain (see review below) in Les 2 Alpes at the 3 star Mercure hotel (108 euros halfboard for 2!).

        Les 2 Alpes is a famous ski and mountain biking resort for advanced sportsmen close to L'Alpe d'Huez,75 km far from Grenoble in the Isère department and 170 from Lyon at the point where the northern and southern French Alps meet.

Roche de la Muzelle,3465m.Les Ecrins not as popular as Massif du Mont Blanc offers however a large variety of mountaineering and rock climbing.
It sits at 1650 m with lifts running to 3600 m to the largest European skiable glacier and then with a good snow cover even in summer.The resort  with 55 lifts in winter offers 220 km of runs and 2300 m of vertical drop.I would like to point out to you that the lower slopes down to the resort are steeper and more challenging than the higher skiing areas.The resort is the renowned mecca for snowboarders in France.From the very top lift,advanced skiers with a guide may access in winter to the resort of La Grave.

        In summer Les 2 Alpes becomes a popular venue for downhill and free ride mountain biking and provides an access to the glacier with the Jandry Express gondola lift,the world's fastest gondola which after a cabin change at 2600 m can get you after a 7km journey of only 25 minutes from the bottom of the resort to the glacier.

speak normally,I'm dark-haired(a joke upon blondes)
This haven provides also in summer the world's highest funicular,the Dôme Express ,one of the few underground ones linked to the Jandri Express Gondola by an elevator.

                                           After our checking in mid-afternoon(1700,checkout 1000),we went down to the centre of the resort and had a walk on the 2 km long main street with plenty of bars,restaurants and shops.We had a little rest on a sunny terrace facing the Ecrins massif and could also admire lots of Italian mountainbikers,less snowboarders lazing after their performances and curiously many traditional Jewish people in"Saturday wear" contrasting with all people wearing sports clothing (I thought that they were attending a ceremony).

in summer the resort is a popular venue for downhill and free ride mountain biking from 3200 to 1600m
Then,lazy as usual,I suggested my sister to take the free shuttle to our hotel( there is a free shuttle every 20 minutes all around the resort).

                                          Starving after our very long walk,we headed to La Muzelle,the Mercure'restaurant to enjoy our dinner(see review below).Full we had a coffee in the next bar well-named Les Ecrins providing a panoramic terrace facing due south and the Ecrins massif and we had a good time listening to hot jazz.

                                          Come back up our room,after a short debate about our respective bed (we had 5 beds),we quickly fell asleep and five minutes later,perhaps because of the wine,I was sound asleep.

The Jandri Express cable car,the world's fastest gondola 1650-3200 m,a 7km journey in 24 minutes.

                                          The  sunny Sunday morning,as our checkout was before 1000,we had an "early" breakfast with good coffee,a nice choice of breads and Viennese pastries with some cooked meats ,cheeses...Full,we headed up to the Jandri Express cable car and bought  for 20 euro,a day pedestrian pass(as in winter,in order to use the lifts ,people first need to purchase a lift ticket.The bike day pass costs 1,50 euro,107,70 for a week.Less than an half-hour ,7 km later, and a quick stop at 2600 metres at the station La Toura,we reached the Glacier station at 3200 m and lazed nearby watching the snowboarders and mountainbikers,admiring the magnificent mountain panorama.

Summer skiing 3425-3200 metres

                                          Unfortunately we failed the Croisière Blanche(7 euro) which consists,after using the Dôme Express funicular to 3425 meters,in a discovery of the glacier aboard a specially adapted,caterpillar tracked minibus which takes you to the Dôme de la Lauze(3600 m).We also didn't see the ice cave located at 3425 m (ticket 5 euro) near the arrival station offering carved into the ice,ice sculptures of bygone trades and craftsmen under some 30 metres of ancient ice fields.We also missed the orientation table providing a 360° panoramic view over the Alps!

                               Then we went down by foot! to Le Diable station 2400 metres and 8328 km from Vail USA! where we had a quick meal,both a salad (the main courses seemed average) while the rain starts.

My sister along our hike
We reached easily(by the li;ft) the bottom of the resort and drove to Auris -en -Oisans and see again the mountain La Meije before coming back to Lyon.

 

 

 

 

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reikunboy says:
These pics are amazing Bernard
Posted on: Aug 16, 2009
almond72 says:
Love the pictures with the gorgeous views of the mountains ! Thanks for translating the 'blond joke'- must check myself, the last time I woke up, I wasn't.. lol
Posted on: Aug 13, 2009
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Summer skiing 3425-3200 metres
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a kind of castle!
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everywhere you meet mountain bikers
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there is a little golf
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my sister Marie
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Marie again
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at the beginning of our exploit!
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nice plant!
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Le Diable 2400 m in the background
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Le Diable au coeur,restaurant at …
Vail USA 8328 KM
Vail USA 8328 KM
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Queenstown NZ,only 18982 km
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