Home to Europe's largest and highest skiable glacier, Les Deux Alpes is an awesome french ski resort for groups of every ability. It's been welcoming skiers to its slopes since 1946 and tends to offer cheaper ski holidays than more mainstream resorts like Val Thorens, Meribel, Tignes and Val d'Isère.
Les Deux Alpes' affordable price tag doesn't mean it comes up short in other departments, though. As well as 220km+ of superb skiing and an incredible terrain park, there are loads of après ski venues to keep you fed and watered once the slopes shut for the night.
If you don't fancy a 3.5 hour trek to reach your resort, Les Deux Alpes has one of the shortest transfer times as it's just two hours from Grenoble airport. Get in touch with your Packed planner who canset you up with one of the resort's top ski chalets and give you tailored suggestions on where to dine, drink and dance throughout your trip.
Nestled at an impressive altitude and with one of the world's best snowparks, you can't fault Les Deux Alpes when it comes to the actual snowsports. But it delivers down the mountain too, with more après ski venues than Tignes and Val d'Isère combined. What's more, it's the location of Rise Festival which turns the whole resort into a buzzing party spot every mid-December.
Les Deux Alpes is laid out in one long strip that's lined with myriad great restaurants and drinking venues. There's also a handful of gondola stations in easy reach, meaning you'll never have far to walk to get up to the main ski area.
While a large chunk of the resort was purpose-built for skiing, the bottom end of Les Deux Alpes (known as Venosc) is more your typical mountain village - think classic alpine chalets, narrow lanes and traditional French restaurants.
Les Deux Alpes' après ski scene gets better every year and there's now more than 30 drinking holes spread across the resort!
Pano Bar kicks off the festivities from 3pm onwards with its awesome live DJ sets. You'll find it opposite the Jandri Express mid-station and at a jaw-dropping 2600m, making it one of the highest party venues in Europe!
Another lively pick further down the piste is Umbrella Bar which is always packed with people dancing and drinking in their ski gear. Later on in the evening, plan to meet up with your group for a round at Red Frog Bar in Venosc which has a happy hour from 8pm. Yeti Bar is also just around the corner and keeps crowds entertained til 2am with its live music and fun themed events.
Foodies are well-catered for in Les Deux Alpes, with restaurants to suit any kind of craving or budget.
Sample gourmet French cuisine made from local produce at Alisier, a restaurant set in a traditional alpine chalet at the heart of the resort. Family-run La Porte d'a Côté is perfect for fuss-free French fare - don't forget to ask about the plat du jour.
If you fancy a carb fest, you can't go wrong at Le Châlet à Pizza. As its name hints, it exclusively serves up pizza to hungry powder hounds at its tiny venue on Rue Des Vikings. K's Croute a few doors down is also ace if you're after cheesy takeout pizza after the bars shut.
Les Deux Alpes' late night bars and clubs are ideal for groups that want to keep the party going into the small hours.
Begin by quenching your thirst with a few pints of craft beer at Smithy's Tavern. It's lodged inside a huge wooden chalet and usually has some decent music playing between 7pm and 9pm. Nearby The Spot will definitely hit the spot (Dad joke intended) if you get the munchies while you're drinking with its huge, build-your-own burgers.
If you're heading back up Avenue de la Muzelle, look out for a giant polar bear statue that marks the location of the Polar Bear Pub. A cosy spot for a more relaxed drink and a chat, it also hosts live bands five nights of the week.
When it comes to late night venues where you can completely let your hair down, Avalanche is your best bet. It's been a clubbing favourite in Les Deux Alpes for nearly two decades and keeps the music pumping until 6am every single night. Bresilien is another club worthy of a mention that's known for hosting international DJs and throwing awesome themed parties.
If you get peckish on the pistes, you'll discover numerous dining spots on the mountain.
Chalet La Toura sits at 2600m and boasts a spacious terrace where you can soak up snowy scenery and dig into delicious pizzas or classic French dishes like tartiflette and beef bourguignon.
Chalets de la Fées in the Vallon de Gours and Le Diable au Coeur at the top of the Diable chairlift are ideal places to tuck into tasty, local specialities. For skiers hoping to maximise their time on the slopes, nip into Refuge des Glaciers near the Jandri Express lift for simple yet filling lunch options. The panoramic views across the Oisans region are nothing to sniff at, either!
If you've got people in your group who want to steer clear of the pistes, Les Deux Alpes has an abundance of non-skiing activities for them to get involved with.
Head out into the snow to tick off classic alpine experiences like ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The more daring among you might want to try ice caving or even paragliding.
If the cold gets a bit much, head indoors to the Espace 1800 fitness centre which has two heated pools and a spa. You could also challenge your mates at the resort's bowling alley, test your strength at an indoor climbing wall or have a quieter night watching the latest blockbuster at Les Deux Alpes' cinema.
You'll find a nice choice of accommodation in Les Deux Alpes, including an unusually large number of self-catered chalets and apartments. They're ideal for groups who want to save a little extra cash by cooking some of their meals themselves.
Most of the chalets in Les Deux Alpes comfortably sleep around 14 people, although you'll find some like the five star Chalet Chamois Volant fit a few more in. There's also the Chalet Hotel Berangere, a chalet hotel which can accommodate up to 100 people, that's a good pick for large corporate retreats.