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Day 4: Last day Les Deux Alpes skiing

By on March 9, 2007 in France

Today was my last day of Les Deux Alpes skiing. Overnight we had received a little snow in the town, but it had melted before I had finished breakfast. I had a bad start to the day. I had got all my ski gear on, was walking down the road, when I looked back and saw a note on the car. I went back and had a look; it was all in French. I got out of my boots (I hate taking ski boots off once I have them on for the day), went back to the hotel and found someone to translate the note for me. It was from the hotel asking me to move the car so they could get the rubbish out!

To make the start of the day even worse, by the time I got to the lift the queue was so long (see photo below, once in the building the queue snakes twice) that I estimated it would be a good hour before I got up the slopes. The wait was annoying, fresh snow and sunshine, and an hour in the queue, I just don’t understand why the resort does not have more (or even better) lifts out of the town to the main ski area.

In the end, I decided to walk the half mile to the next lift (slightly larger than the four person bubble at my end of town).

Les Deux Alpes skiing - A lack of lifts from the town makes it difficult to get to the main ski area at the start of the day

A lack of lifts from the town makes it difficult to get to the main ski area at the start of the day

I finally got up to the main ski area, and as the weather was so nice, I decided to push-on to the top and had a look at the glacier area that had been shrouded in cloud, with high winds, the day before (see post). And it was worth the effort.

Les Deux Alpes skiing - First view of the top from one of the nearby summits (note the drags up the slope, there are no chair lifts at the top)

First view of the top from one of the nearby summits (note the drags up the slope, there are no chair lifts at the top)

I found the funicular railway (a lot easier to find when there isn’t a howling gale and driving snow) and took it to the top; I still find it very weird that there is this underground railway at the top of a mountain.

Les Deux Alpes skiing - Main entrance to the funicular railway, the diagonal on the left is a car down from the top restaurant

Main entrance to the funicular railway, the diagonal on the left is a car down from the top restaurant

Les Deux Alpes skiing - The underground railway to the top of Les Deux Alpes Glacier

The underground railway to the top of Les Deux Alpes Glacier

Les Deux Alpes skiing - The underground railway to the top of Les Deux Alpes Glacier

The underground railway to the top of Les Deux Alpes Glacier

At the top the view is fantastic. I had no idea where I was in the fog yesterday (see earlier [post]( http://nickswanderings.com/2007/03/08/day-three-bad-weather-in-les-deux-alpes/)), or what was around me, so it was surprising to see how high and exposed the summit is.

Les Deux Alpes skiing - The view from the top of Les Deux Alpes

The view from the top of Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes skiing - The view from the top of Les Deux Alpes

The view from the top of Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes skiing - The view from the top of Les Deux Alpes

The view from the top of Les Deux Alpes

Skiing was great. The snow was in perfect condition. The terrain at the top is not challenging and is just cruiser trails, that is, easy skiing, and in the sunshine, it was great fun. I did run several times (using the drag to get back to the top).

Interestingly, it is also possible to ski the other-way off the top to another couple of drags. However, the only way to get back to the top seemed to involve an uphill walk. In the exit shed for the funicular railway, there also seemed to be an entrance to an ice sculpture area(?).

Les Deux Alpes skiing - Only drags at the top

Only drags at the top

Up the centre of the piste at the top of Les Deux Alpes, there are two drags and no chair lifts. (Looks like my guess yesterday (see post) for a reason for building the underground, i.e. high winds, maybe correct.)

Off the top, to the right when skiing down, there are a number of really fun, and quite steep, runs down to a lift. These runs were great fun.

Les Deux Alpes skiing - Runs from the top!

Runs from the top!

Les Deux Alpes skiing - Runs from the top!

Runs from the top!

The last run of the day (season) was from the top of the four person bubble (see top picture for the start of the bubble) down a black run, back to the hotel. It was a great run. The top was hard packed powder, and very fast, halfway down I entered a mogul field full of large, rock-hard bumps, which after awhile gave way to soft spring-like moguls, and at the bottom, it was just slush! A good way to end the season…

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