Alpe d'Huez ski resort
Alpe d’Huez forms part of the fabulous 'Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski Area' combining the resorts of Alpe d’Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas into one giant, heavenly playground.
Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine has 249kms of pisted runs to explore and infinite off-piste possibilities, so you will find terrain to suit everyone here. There are 84 ski lifts here giving access to 41 green pistes, 34 blue pistes, 40 red pistes and 16 black pistes (see the piste maps). On top of this there are two snowparks, a boardercross park and a halfpipe.
From its highest point, at the Pic Blanc (3,330m), you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the Ecrins National Park, La Grave, La Meije, Les Deux Alpes and Mont Blanc, before skiing the 2,175m of vertical drop down to L’Enversin d’Oz at 1125m.
Alpe d'Huez has some amazing skiing for all different levels and abilities. The ski area is home to the longest ski run in Europe, La Sarenne (16km) and the infamous ‘Tunnel’ run, which is for experienced skiers and thrill seekers only.
The gentle slopes on the outskirts of the resort provide the perfect terrain for beginners to build their confidence on and intermediate skiers will find plenty to entertain themselves with on the network of blues and reds.
Set in a large sunny bowl, the resort is aptly named ‘l’Isle au Soleil’ (Sunny Island) due to the high percentage of sunny days it enjoys throughout the year. Snow conditions permitting, it’s open from early-December until the end of April.
It is worth taking note of where you are staying to get the best out of the ski area. Those choosing to stay in the main resort will get the best choice of skiing as its central location in the ski area allows easy access to all levels of pistes. The smaller villages that link into the area can offer a more charming and peaceful base and each has its own quick and easy access the main ski area. You can buy ski passes for these smaller villages only but for those wanting to get the most out of a trip here, we'd recommend buying a Grande Domaine ski pass which covers the whole area.