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Catered Ski & Cycling Holidays - Les Deux Alpes - Alpe d'Huez - Other Activities

Hiking and Mountaineering

The Lodge literally backs onto the Ecrins National Park which is one of the most spectacular areas in France for hiking, mountaineering and wildlife watching. A winding valley path runs right through our property and leads you along the river up to the stunning old village of Vénosc in one direction or past beautiful waterfalls to the market town of Bourg d’Oisans in the other direction. A short 90 minute hike up from the Lodge takes you to the Lac Lauvitel, a beautiful glacial-fed lake populated by marmots, chamois, eagles and the more elusive bouquetin. For the more adventurous there are numerous day hikes or overnight treks into the Ecrins National Park, where you can stay in a number of stunning catered mountain refuges.




Vénosc is our local village, 4km along the valley from the Lodge. It is a classic example of a traditional French mountain farming village. The village is clustered around a beautiful historic church with cobbled streets and quaint restaurants selling local mountain-inspired food. During the summer these streets seem to overflow with mountain flowers and on Tuesday mornings there is a crafts and vegetable market.

Les Deux Alpes is a seven minute gondola ride up from Vénosc. Here you have a large number of shops, restaurants, and stunning views over the glacier.

Water Sports

In the summer months the Veneon river, which runs past the Lodge, swells dramatically with snow-melt water and produces fantastic opportunities for rafting and kayaking.


From Les Deux Alpes it is possible to organise a tandem paragliding trip, landing back in the village of Vénosc. This is one of the most popular paragliding sites in the area, thanks to the favourable and stable conditions in the valley.


Les Deux Alpes has a beautiful and relaxed nine-hole golf course, open throughout the summer months.


Summer Skiing/Snowboarding

Les Deux Alpes is home to the largest ski-able summer glacier in Europe. It features a high-speed gondola that takes you directly from the town to the glacier with access to 10 different lifts as well as an underground funicular that services four blue, two green and two red runs. The glacier also features a snowpark and half-pipe that attract some of the best skiers and snowboarders from around the world.


For the odd day when you don’t fancy heading up the slopes, there are a number of other activities to keep you amused.

Cross country skiing and snow shoeing

When the conditions are favourable, a cross country skiing and snow shoeing track passes right in front of our Lodge connecting to 30km of tracks between Bourg d’Oisans and the Vénosc area. There is also great cross-country skiing at Alpe d’Huez and the Col d’Ornon, both about 25 minutes’ drive from the Lodge.

Donkey sleigh rides

Popular with adults and children, these can be organised in the nearby village of Vénosc.

Helicopter/ Plane trips

Sight-seeing trips can be organised locally to view the impressive glaciers and peaks of the Ecrins National Park.

Indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool, ice rink and ten pin bowling

All at Les Deux Alpes.

Ice climbing

Popular in the area from December to March.

Ice cave

carved into the Les Deux Alpes glacier.

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