Winter is on its way and we can’t wait to be on the top of the mountains. This week, Yannick and his team from the Volcom Store in the ski resort Les Deux Alpes, introduce you to their resort by sharing their favorite places.
Les Deux Alpes could be called a small paradise for snowboarders. The ski area is huge and you can ride almost all year round thanks to its high altitude glacier at 3600m. Park rats will without doubt find happiness with one of the best snowparks in France. For freeriders, the off-piste areas offer many great opportunities. Snowboarding is one thing. But Les Deux Alpes will also not let you down with the party life, offering you entertainment night and day. To make a long story short, there is something for everyone here.
Where to eat ?
If you think a ski resort can’t accommodate a true gourmet restaurant? The Raisin d’Ours will prove you wrong, every day in the winter season. You can expect the most passionate food there. The place offers a warm atmosphere and the team will surely put you at ease. The greediest will enjoy different dishes of fish and meat. But will leave it to you to discover the menu.
Casa Nostra: this Corsican restaurant will take you to the top. At the heart of the resort, Casa Nostra can be describe as the official ambassador of the beautiful island that is Corsica. You’ll be welcomed into a nice house with exposed stone, giving it an authentic vibe. It’s the perfect place to taste fine wines while enjoying tapas. To be honest, 98% of the menu can be claimed to be the truly "homemade". You can even take a look at the many bottles of Corsican wines as the winery is open to the room.
For a Savoyard and traditional cuisine, but always delicious, go to “La Porte d’à Coté”. On the main street of the resort, you can’t miss “La Porte d’à Coté” which actually means “the door to the side”. That name because the lovely couple Nikki and Frank are the owners of The Windsor pub adjacent to the restaurant. Thus, we can go directly from a deckchair on the solarium of the pub to a chair on the terrace of the restaurant to extend the pleasure of being in the heart of the resort. All wrapped up in a relaxed atmosphere explained with two words: woody and cowhide.
At the Tribeca, all of the furniture came from second hand market. On the walls are family's photos and some of unforgettable evenings, cause when it goes mad here it goes crazy! You will find a large sun terrace to enjoy your meal and perfect your tan.
Smithy's Tavern is known for offering fantastic food in the upstairs Char-grill restaurant to rocking nights in the bar dowstairs. Here, there's no doubt that you will find a nice restaurant experience or a full on party night.
Maybe you are looking for a slightly more gourmet cuisine in an authentic atsmophere? Le Chalet Mounier will please you. Here is the Michelin-starred highest restaurant of the Isère since it's at an altitude of 1650m.
Where to have a drink / party?
From 3pm onwards you can plan to take a break at Pano Bar, located at 2600 meters. For two hours, the most party loving riders come to dance to the electro mix of the resident DJ. A glass of champagne or a shot of vodka will help you recover from the last slope. If you want to be lazey around a bottle, you can find a VIP area for more private chilling. The view across the valley is sublime. Take off your coat, up on the table and enjoy the electrifying atmosphere. Pano Bar closes at 5pm for a final descent to the station.
It’s too early to go home so let’s continue at the bottom of the slopes. Forget the change or the shower and go directly to the Umbrella Bar. The place takes its name from the huge umbrella that unfolds over the bar to turn the bar into an improvised tent. A large terrace is also available for the less chilly. Cocktails can be enjoyed in a musical atmosphere that mixes electronic music and hits.
Royal! Normal for Windsor, a historical figure of Les Deux Alpes, since it is the last bar that still exist after opening together with the station 20 years ago. This royal house will please those who want to find the best pub atmosphere in this Alpine resort. A very nice pub with banknotes from everywhere glued to the ceiling. All ages and all nationalities intersect with the same happiness no matter what your cup might contain. They have a great selection of beers and whiskeys so you’ll have reason to keep going back for a new one. Also worth mentioning is that you can go to this address early in the morning for a perfect English breakfast before hitting the slopes.
Motown Café welcomes you every day from 8am to 2am in a elegant, friendly and warm atmosphere. If you like to listen to Soul, Jazz or Funk, you should go there and enjoy a free plate of tapas with your aperitif after 6pm. The sun lounge is open until 5pm.
After all the raclette and fondue, it might be time to loose a few calories on the dance floor of the Avalanche, the nightclub of Les Deux Alpes. Run by the same team as the Pano Bar during the day. The sets tend to be quite focused on electronic music and so it runs until 5am with seasonal tourists setting the mood on the dance floor and around the bar.
Where to stay true to this?
Don’t hesitate to ask the team at the Volcom store for the best riding spots!
If you want to try something new, it’s possible to be dropped off by helicopter for the day at l’Alpe d'Huez (the adjacent station) from Les 2 Alpes for a reasonable price.
Then last but not least –Take a ride through the Volcom Store of Les Deux Alpes and update your wardrobe with some of the season’s new arrivals.
Raisin d’Ours 98 Avenue de la Muzelle, 38860 Deux Alpes
Casa Nostra 106 Avenue de la Muzelle, 38860 Deux Alpes
La Porte d’à Côté 70 Avenue de la Muzelle, 38860 Deux Alpes
Tribeca 8 Route de Champané, 38860 Deux Alpes
Smithys Tavern 7 Rue de Cairou, 38860 Deux Alpes
Le Chalet Mounier 2 Rue de la Chapelle, 38860 Deux Alpes
Pano Bar Les Deux Alpes 2600, 38860 Mont-De-Lans
Umbrella Bar Pieds des pistes, 38860 Mont-De-Lans
Pub Windsor 70 Avenue de la Muzelle, 38860 Deux Alpes
Motown Café 61 Avenue de la Muzelle, 38830 Deux Alpes
L’avalanche 5 Rue du Cairou, 38860 Deux Alpes
Volcom Store 88 Avenue de la Muzelle, 38860 Mont-De-Lans