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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Les 2 Alpes to Venosc

We parked near to the village of Venosc (900m) in the lovely Oissans region not far from the mythological Alpes d'Huez and caught the gondola up to Les deux Alpes  also known as Les 2 Alpes (1650m)



From here we took the Jandri Express cable car which took us 7km up the mountain to the foot of the Mantel Glacier 3200m in 24 mins



This glacier is the largest summer ski area in Europe. It was strange to cycle through the town passing skiers and snow boarders all dressed up in their gear in a temperature of 20 degrees.


By the time we reached the summit the temperature was down to 4 degrees.
There are stunning alpine views from here even across to Mont Blanc approx 62 miles to the north


We started our ride down on the blue Nord route which was very steep in places with a loose stoney surface.


We rode across various pisted areas.


When we had the chance we stopped to admire the view and pose for photographs.





Les 2 Alpes is very popular in the summer with both downhill and free ride mountain biking.


We crossed over from the blue Nord to the red Vallons trail. The terrain changed to more typical alpine style with green pastures and wild flowers but it was still incredibly steep with switchback after switch back.




There were quite a few timber features thrown in for good measure.




The last section from Les 2 Alpes down to Venosc was basically a ride down a cliff with huge berms to slow you down.




An exciting ride to complete a great visit to the area.

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