Les 2 Alpes say they plan to open their glacier ski slopes for two weeks in the autumn, from Saturday 21 October to Sunday 5 November 2023, conditions permitting.
The highest part of the ski area (3,200m to 3,600m – the highest lift-served ski area in France) will be open for skiers and boarders, conditions permitting as well as to pedestrian visitors. International athletes will also be there to train for the 2023–24 season, with uplift improved by a new ski lift: Le Dôme Sud which replaces the old Le Soreiller lift.
Les 2 Alpes will also welcome Snowboard Cross and Ski Cross teams and host the first FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup of the season on 1 and 2 December 2023.
For the first time, the bike park will also be open at the same time. Downhill mountain biking enthusiasts will be able to enjoy their final runs of the season. The Diable and Venosc areas will be open and, depending on the snow conditions, the resort's Vallée Blanche area will be too.
The resort looks set to overtake Tignes as having the longest ski season in France, having moved its summer ski season to take place in May and June after a few days closure at the end of the winter season. It means that the resort is open for about 7 months from early December, plus the autumn fortnight.
By contrast Tignes, which used to open year round, then for at least a day each month, appears to have given up on autumn skiing while its summer ski season has been shortened to just over a month. It's open for over five months from late November to early May, for a total of about 6.5 months.
"Les 2 Alpes attracts skiers from around the world thanks to its high-altitude ski area (at 3,600m, it is France's highest ski area), its events, and its friendly atmosphere. It is a big resort that doesn't take itself too seriously!" a statement from the resort explained.
The resort though does keeps evolving and innovating to become a four-season destination, and ski lift operators SATA have a 50 year plan designed to make the resort welcoming to all mountain users including hikers, bikers and pedestrians as climate change continues to impact the mountains.
The plan made by SATA is based on modernity, flows, accessibility, comfort and respect for the environment. It is a plan designed with aims for the long term, both in terms of local life and the changing needs of the visitors.