Alpe d'Huez Ski Resort

Alpe d'Huez and its Massif des Grandes Rousses has an extensive variety of terrain for all different levels of skier, high sunny slopes split into different sectors and a lot to offer the skier and non-skier.

The slopes (ranging from 1000m – 3330m) offer skiing for all abilities. There are plenty of black runs and off-piste areas for experts, a good selection of runs all over the mountain for intermediates, and good facilities for beginners with a large network of green runs, all running into resort. Alpe d'Huez is home to the longest piste in the Alps, the Sarenne, which starts from the top of the Pic Blanc. It is a 16km long black run with a mixture of mogul fields, steep sections and a long flat run-out at the end. Gondalas and chairs service the majority of the ski area with a few old T-bars and chair lifts dotted around.

The resort is a purpose-built village with a lot of local charm. You can stay in the large purpose-built resort of Alpe d'Huez or the smaller satellite resorts of Vaujany Villard-Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans or Auris-en-Oisans. The mountain restaurants are generally good with a mixture of table service and self-service options.

The nightlife and après ski is good with bars such as Smithy's, Underground, Pacific and O'Sharkey's attracting a large British crowd. Non-skiers can enjoy the large sports centre and outdoor heated swimming pool.

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Alpe d'Huez

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Did You Know?

Alpe d'Huez has been called the 'ile du soleil' (the island in the sun) due to its impressive sunshine record of around 300 days a year.

The Stats

Resort altitude 1860m
Highest lift 3330m
Vertical drop 2230m
Ski-in/ski-out 2 Star
Total pistes 249km
Nursery areas 2
Pistes: beg/inter/adv. 32/36/17
Funiculars/ cable cars 0/6
Gondolas/ chairs 10/25
Drags 40
Parks 2
Pipes 1
Night-skiing Yes
Summer skiing No
Environmental rating 2 Stars
Glühwein factor 2 Stars
Cost indicator ££

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