What is an ice cave?

Caves are entirely underground, creating “exhibition galleries”. Exhibitions consist of a series of sculptures, made of snow or ice.

You will be surprised by the softness of the snow and the warmth of the ice, and by your imagination. Come and explore the secrets of the glaciers.

La Grave Ice Cave

Buried deep within the Girose glacier since 1995…

This was the first cave dug in Oisans in 1995. A fantastic world, over 30 m underground, is waiting for you. You’ll be amazed by the softness of the ice.

It has been a huge task to open the cave this summer as it is sinking 24 m a year!

Galleries close in, sculptures are distorted and the cave has a tendency to shift… Working with nature requires adjustments! Take advantage of this display while there is still time.

Open only in the summer (in winter the cave is under metres of snow!)

2010-2014: What a surprise to see a penguin meeting animals from the Savanna, maybe it’s the greenhouse effect!

2005-2009: Mountain animals

2003-2004: Fairy world

1999-2002: 20 000 leagues under the sea

1996-1998: The origins of Christian-Jewish thought

1993-1995: How humanity started

 

Les 2 Alpes ice cave

At an altitude of 3200m in the Roche-Mantel glacier since 1996

Re-discover the ice age – the 200m long gallery has been dug 30m under the surface of the glacier! This is the paleolithic universe immortalised in ice.

At a height of 3,200m on the Roche-Mantel glacier, the 200m long gallery is 30m under the glacier!

You’ll be amazed by the impressive dinosaurs. The star of the show is the 6m long and 10m wide Manny mammoth which weighs over 6 tons! Open winter and summer.

Since 1996:

The dinosaurs died. Not the prehistoric ones, we’ve known that for ages. No, these are the ice dinosaurs carved in the ice cave at the top of the Deux Alpes resort. After fourteen years, they have melted and disappeared, victims of global warming.

So the managers of the La Meije Ice Cave Company, Bernard Lambolez and Bruno Gardent, decided to recreate the dinosaurs.

Manny the mammoth from the “Ice Age” movie and prehistoric characters … the theme of the new cave has turned out to be a continuation of the previous theme.

 

Alpe d’Huez ice cave

120 m of amazing galleries at an altitude of 2700 m…

In the winter of 2017, you had an opportunity to dive into the “Caribbean Sea”. A unique and memorable experience!

This ice cave, which has been completely redesigned each year since 1997, only opens in winter.

Past themes in the Alpe d’Huez ice Cave include Ancient Greece, the War of Fire, the Sea (of ice?) and the Fables of La Fontaine.

The Incas, the Circus, Egypt, Music and China.

The Enchanted World, American Indians, the Inuit and Abstract art.

What on earth could the next theme be?