Les Deux Alpes officially opens for the summer season on 23rd June this year. The schedule is full of both sporting and cultural events and there is always plenty to do in between.
The warmer months show another side to the resort when adrenaline sports co-exist with more relaxing pastimes in a beautiful Alpine setting. Unlike the winter, when the choice is between skiing and snowboarding, summer brings a huge range of outdoor sports to Les Deux Alpes.
You can still ski or snowboard, but you can also mountain bike, trail run, rock climb, go horse riding or paraglide. Hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails lead out of the village and there is a via ferrata route a short walk away. The gondola ride to Venosc gives access to water sports including kayaking and white-water rafting.
Other sports on offer range from golf to tennis, swimming to football. There are plenty of more or less adventurous activities too, such as paintball, summer luge, farm visits, museums, crazy golf or a nature walk.
Mountain of Hell June 29th – July 1st
The three-day mountain bike event is back for the nineteenth year, giving competitors the chance to ride a 2500 vertical metre+ from the snow-covered pistes of the glacier. This year the theme is ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. After a training day on Friday, Saturday’s qualification determines the start order for the Sunday final. The final itself begins with a Le Mans style mass start at 3400 metres. The course descends on snow, rock and then dirt trails to the resort, where a brief urban section leads to the steep, twisty track to Venosc.
Fête National July 14th
Marking the storming of the Bastille in 1789, the 14th is the biggest holiday on the French calendar. In Les Deux Alpes, the festivities are organised by the local fire service. There will be a boule tournament, a parade of fire engines and varied activities in the afternoon. In the evening there will be a barbecue, crepes and bar. Then, as night falls, there will be fireworks at Lac de la Buissonnière followed by the Firefighters’ ball.
Vintage Motor Show July 21st
Another new event in 2018, the vintage motor show will see the square filled with classic cars, vans, trucks and bikes. Last year the vehicles ranged from pre-war classics to American muscle cars and hot-rods. After parking in the square for a few hours allowing the public to admire them, the show takes to the road for a tour of the town. Afterwards, you can expect live music and food at one of the bars in town.
Fête des Foins August 4th – 5th
The annual hay festival celebrates the farming heritage of the local villages. There will be a traditional parade, games, hay-cutting demonstrations, open-air church service, a market selling traditional produce, vide-grenier (car boot sale), and folk music and dancing.
1 2 3 Tribu August 6th – 10th
Les Deux Alpes’ summer family week is scheduled for early August. Few details have been released as yet for this year’s programme, but we can expect a range of child-friendly activities and games in the main square and around the resort. There may be some discounts on activity prices and family lift passes. Check back for more information nearer the time.
Haute Route Alpes August 28th – 29th
One of the toughest events in amateur cycling, the Haute Route Alpes passes through Les Deux Alpes on its way from Megeve to Nice. The seven-day route covers 787 kilometres with a punishing 20,650 metres of climbing. Day three of the race will see the riders climb the Galibier and Sarenne cols before finishing with the 600-metre ascent to Deux Alpes from the Chambon dam. Day four will start with a descent of the same road, before heading east to Briançon, the Izoard and Saint-Véran.