If authenticity is what you are craving for your skiing holidays, it doesn’t get much more authentic than Les Deux Alpes, France.
Often stylised as Les 2 Alpes, the ski area is France’s second oldest resort falling just behind Chamonix, and that isn't the ski areas only claim to fame... the resort also owns bragging rights to the largest skiable glacier in Europe.
In 1925, La Berarde ski was founded in the area that we now know as "The Two Alps", with a tow rope used as the resort's first ski 'lift' - we'll pass on that! Fast forward 19 years to 1946 and some impressive developments had taken place.
It was in 1946 when the first local ski school was opened, and it can be said this was quite the turning point for the resort. Three instructors and 45 pupils enrolled on its first day, and from that point onwards the resort started to earn a name for itself and began to transform into Les Deux Alpes that we all know and love today.
From property for sale in Les Deux Alpes to the best times to go skiing, here's a round-up of everything this diverse resort has to offer.
Property in Les Deux Alpes France
If extravagant ski holidays are your means of indulgence, and a journey to the slopes is a regular event for yourself and your family, buying a luxury ski property in Les Deux Alpes might answer all of your Alpine prayers.
With outstanding ski facilities for the whole family, exceptional panoramas, and a place you can escape to during the warmer months, investing in Les Deux Alpes ski property is a decision that you wouldn't regret.
How to Buy Alpine Property in La Plagne
There's so much to consider when buying a new home. Whether you're buying a home in the UK, or an investment property in the French Alps, it starts to like a never-ending to-do list of documents, applications, surveys, fees, taxes.
Bearing this in mind, buying abroad can seem overwhelming. However, if you purchase from a developer, agent and management company all-in-one, the process seems simple!
The process to buy a ski apartment in La Plagne - or any French Alps ski resort - has a multi-step process that can take years to complete, the biggest factor being the length of completion is what stage in the process your luxury Alpine development is at.
Step one of buying a property in La Plagne is paying your deposit. Buying in France can see buyers paying anywhere between 20% and 30% of the total property value, which is a little more than the UK. However, if you really fall in love with a chalet that you can't risk losing, you are typically allowed to secure the property with a 2% deposit before you sign the contract.
Step two is signing your VFEA Contract, also known as Contract of Reservation. After signing your VFEA, you will need to find the funding - or secure a mortgage approval - and then you will be able to sign your Signature of the Deed of Sale.
Full payment of taxes and fees are due at different stages of the development if you are purchasing a new-build Alpine property that is not yet completed. Once your luxury home is finished and the move-in date has arrived, your agent will 'deliver' the property and hand the keys to you, the now rightful owner.
Getting Your Finances in Check
Mortgage or Cash Buyer?
If you're buying an investment property in the French Alps, it might be sweet music to your ears that French banks offer fantastic interest rates to international applicants. However, they are a lot more stringent than most UK lenders and require a lot more documentation, so it's worth having it all ready prior to your application.
On the other hand, cash buyers of La Plagne property will reap the benefits of our amazing transfer rates. Despite buying a property with cash or via a mortgage, payments are required at manageable and staggered stages during the development.
You've found it. You've found the dream luxury ski property that you want to make your home, so it's time to secure it with a deposit.
Deposits in France are around 2% to 5% of the total value of the property, but if you want to land a deposit from a French bank or mortgage broker, expect this to rise significantly to 20% to 30% of the property value.
Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort
The pistes at Les Deux Alpes ski resort are often described as being "upside-down", interestingly because the slopes in the lower half of the resort are steeper and more of a challenge than those higher up.
There is a fairly equal amount of off-piste and groomed ski runs in the ski area, and while there is a dedicated area of nursery slopes for families and beginners to enjoy, the structure of the mountains is naturally geared towards intermediate and advanced ski fanatics.
Let's take a look at the ski resorts' stand-out facilities and features:
Les Deux Alpes Overview:
- 220 km of posted runs - 137 miles of glacier skiing
- Longest run 16 km
- 70 total pistes
- 2,300 m of vertical drops - 7,546 ft
- 69 ski lifts
- 4 gondolas, 17 chairlifts, 18 drag lifts
- Highest lift 3600 m
- One of Europe's biggest and most admired snowparks; remodelled each season
- Halfpipe, kickers, boardercross courses, grinding rails
- Resort Altitude 1651 m
Map of Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort
From lift and piste maps, street, hiking and biking, you can access all of the Les Deux Alpes maps that you will need to plan your exciting skiing itinerary well ahead of your arrival!
Les Deux Alpes Ski Passes
Whether you want to ease your children into the slopes with a half-day of afternoon skiing in Les Deux Alpes, you want to make the most of every second of a 6-day pass, or you're looking for something a little longer, there is a range of lift passes to suit your preferences.
Examples of the available Les Deux ski passes include;
- 4-hour ski pass for the lower slopes
- a half-day or 1-day pass
- 2 to 15-day ski passes
- a family ski pass
- 20 consecutive day ski pass
- season ski pass; if you're really lucky!
We recommend buying your Les Deux Alpes ski pass online. Not only will this save you some money, but it will also save you time upon arrival and you can get yourself on the slopes in the quickest time possible!
Best Time to Visit Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort
The village of Les Deux Alpes and the surrounding Alpine areas are a sanctuary for outdoor fanatics. From skiing, snowboarding and snow parks to be enjoyed throughout the winter, and an adventure park that comes to life in the summer, there is no such thing as a hibernation season for Deux Alpes.
Having said there, although there are ample ways to spend your days during any season of the year, there will be a "preferred" time to visit the resort if you have a particular activity in mind.
For example, if you have your heart set on a week of skiing, you will be filled with disappointment if you make the pilgrimage in July!
Snow Report and Weather in Les Deux Alpes
The "warm" season at the resort typically starts from the first week in June, and lasts until mid-way through September, with an average daily temperature of 15°C and an average high of 19°C. There's also fairly minimal rain during these warmer months, making it the perfect conditions to grab your hiking boots or mountain bikes and hit the trails.
If skiing is your preferred jaunt, Les Deux Alpes' "cold season" starts towards the end of November, stretching to mid-March. These months bring about an average daily high temperature of 3°C, but a blisteringly average low temperature of -9°C.
You are almost definitely guaranteed snow if you visit Les Deux Alpes at any point between December and April, but historically, the resorts snowiest week is the first week of March.
Average Monthly Snowfall in Les Deux Alpes:
- December: 35 cm of snowfall across 2.9 days each week
- January: 44 cm of snowfall across 3.2 days each week
- February: 36 cm of snowfall across 3.7 days each week
- March: 39 cm of snowfall across 3.7 days each week
- April: 27 cm of snowfall across 4.0 days each week
Les Deux Alpes Ski Season and Opening Dates
Historically, the Les Deux Alpes ski season, and most of the French Alps resorts, will open for the public mid to late November and remain in action until mid to late April. This is subject to change depending on snow and general weather conditions.
We know that 2020 and 2021 have not gone to plan for French and Swiss ski resorts due to COVID-19 restrictions, but this just means the mountains will be prepped and ready to welcome you back this upcoming season.