Les Deux Alpes Summer Skiing Skiing on the Mantel Glacier for summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes
Les 2 Alpes is a well known haunt for mountain biking and summer skiing being home to the Mantel glacier - one of the largest in the Alps.
With 300 acres of skiable terrain that starts from 2900m and rising up to 3600m, there is normally some good challenging off-piste skiing as well as 11 groomed trails.
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The Mantel glacier ski area is open most of the year except for a few weeks at the beginning of June and September. The summer season normally starts around the 20th June and runs through to the end of August.
During the summer, the lifts normally opens around 7am in the morning with the last lift for skiing around 1pm - after that, skiing in slush is not a lot of fun so a popular option is to chill out and sunbathe by one of the hotel pools or by the lake.
The ski school operates during the summer and offer group or private lessons for both children and adults. For more information please see our ski schools and guiding page.
Les 2 Alpes Summer Skiing
Les Deux Alpes is one of the few remaining resorts that offers great summer skiing on the Mantel glacier and is very popular with ski clubs and snowboard pros either practising for the next winter and / or testing new equipment. It has one of the best summer snowparks in the Alps with a superpipe, air bag and bunch of rails and tables.
Summer Ski Area
- 3600m top lift
- 21kms of pistes
- 1 X Red
- 9 x Blue
- 1 X Green
- 17 ski lifts in operation
A popular hangout is the snowpark with music and BBQs and you can watch some of the pro's do their summer training.
There is a wide choice of summer rental accommodation in Les Deux Alpes for all budgets and tastes including some great chalets and town centre apartments.
Unlike many purpose built ski resorts, Les 2 Alpes is busy during the summer so booking your accommodation in advance, especially for July and August, is highly recommended.
The summer months are generally warm with long sunny days with the average daily high during July and August reaching 25°C. However, sitting at 2100m means the evenings can get chilly and occasionally, it may even snow on the higher peaks!
From Les 2 Alpes, there are many possibilities for doing day trips to neighbouring resorts - perhaps for a spot of lunch, shopping and sight seeing. Some of our favourites include...
Val Cenis & Lac du Mont Cenis
For something different, drive to the very pretty valley of Val Cenis just 60kms away. The scenic drive will take you past Val d'Isere's summer ski area and over the high mountain pass before dropping down in to the valley. Val Cenis is home to the pretty and historic villages of Lanslebourg, Lanslevillard and Termignon plus the magnificent Lac du Cenis which is a nice place to stop for a picnic.
Home to the 1992 Winter Olympics, the modern city of Albertville also boasts the medieval city of Conflans within its boundaries where some of the buildings date as far back as the 14th century. Wander around the narrow winding streets which are lined with cafes and experience alfresco dining in one of the fabulous ancient squares. Being just over an hours drive from Val Thorens makes Albertville an easy day out.
Annecy is a stunning town which resembles a smaller version of Venice with pretty waterways cutting through the historic centre. Lake Annecy is a cool place to hang out with lots of summer time bands and amusements plus you can hire a small motorboat and go for a spin around the lake. Getting to Annecy from Val Thorens takes a little over 90 minutes via Albertville.
Hiking & mountain biking
During the summer there are nine different lifts open in Les 2 Alpes, which give access to the high altitude trails. For mountain bikers there over 100 km of cycling routes ranging from 700m up to 3200m.
There is also over 200 km of marked hiking routes in the National park Les Écrinsa from one hour to all day walks.
There are children’s clubs for one to six year olds as well as six to 17 year olds ,with everything you can imagine to keep them and you occupied including...
Our view on summer holidays in Les 2 Alpes
If you like outdoor adventures then a summer holiday in Les 2 Alpes within the stunning Vanoise National Park will not dissapoint - there are activities for all ages including excellent children's clubs that will keep the younger one entertained.