The Deux Alpes Glacier (Glacier de Mantel) offers high altitude skiing both summer and winter. The glaciated terrain runs from the bottom of the Signal Chairlift at 2815m to the top of the Dome de la Lauze at 3560m.
At up to two vertical kilometres above the resort, the weather on the glacier can be very different from that in the village. It can be up to 20 degrees colder and significantly windier so be prepared with warm clothes and a spare neck warmer in a pocket.
On a clear day the view from the glacier is spectacular. You can see right across the Alps, picking out peaks like Mont Blanc on the skyline and the Barre des Ecrins or La Meije closer by. Remember that you are at altitude and it can take a little getting used to. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself a little out of breath when you are above 3000 metres. This is perfectly normal. Up here, staying hydrated and protecting yourself against the sun are even more important.
Some of the best blue runs in the Deux Alpes ski area are to be found on the glacier. This is the place for wide open cruising pistes. With easy blues at the top of the mountain, and some steep blacks and reds nearer the village Les Deux Alpes is sometimes described as being an upside-down ski resort.