The opportunities for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy other experiences in alpine mountain resorts during the summer continues with a host of activities in Les 2 Alpes.
Car free roads for cyclists
Located in the Oisans valley, Les 2 Alpes is the perfect base camp for road cyclists who want to climb famous passes.
Every Tuesday during the summer, as part of the Oisans Col Séries, a road or a mountain pass is closed to cars and on 16 August, the road between the lake of Chambon and Les 2 Alpes will be vehicle free that day.
Les 2 Alpes is also a popular venue for downhill mountain biking. Riders from around the world come to Les 2 Alpes in the summer to enjoy its 100km of runs, located between the foot of the glacier at 3,200m and the villages of Mont de Lans at 1,300m, and Venosc at 900m.
The number of riders using electric bikes keeps growing and Les 2 Alpes has dedicated and signposted runs which include the Vallée Blanche area, the Venosc area, a track to go from 1,600m to 3,200m, and a track along the Vénéon River.
It is possible to hire e-bikes from most sport shops in the resort, and bike schools organise outings on dedicated itineraries.
Ride into the sunset
Aventure Electrobike organises rides at sunset. Riders cycle up to the Diable au Coeur restaurant at 2,400m, where they enjoy an aperitif and a barbecue before riding down by night (with a headlight). It costs €50 per person.
There are several mountain biking and e-mountain schools in Les 2 Alpes: BIKE INFINITY/M.C.F, VTT UCPA, le bureau des guides (GRAVITY BIKE), Chez Bob and Aventure Electrobike. They all have qualified instructors.
On 23-24 August the famous cycling race Haute Route des Alpes will have a stage in Les 2 Alpes.
Les 2 Alpes is popular with trail running enthusiasts. It has four marked trails for different levels: a green run, Les Balcons de Venosc, which is 11km long, a blue run, Pied-Moutet, which is 20km long, a red run, La Brèche du Grand Creux, which is 30km long, and a very challenging 2.4km run between Venosc village and Les 2 Alpes, with a 700m climb.
Four day race
Les 2 Alpes is hosting a new trail running race on 17-20 August, called Le Defi de la Muzelle – www.ledefidelamuzelle.com/
It is a four-day race with four stages:
Stage 1: Le Tour de Pied Moutet – 29km / 2,000m d+
Stage 2: Du Diable à la Fée – 21
km / 1,300m d+
Stage 3: La Descente du Glacier – 21km / 800m d+
Stage 4: La Grande Surprise! – 30km / 2,500m d+