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Ski holidays in Alpe d'Huez

A wonderful open snow-bowl, dominated by the 3,300m Pic Blanc and Sarenne Glacier

You could hardly wish for a more eclectic ski network than Alpe d’Huez. The resort and its satellites are on a sunny, high plateau surrounded by an amazing snow-bowl with mile after mile of varied on-piste and off-piste opportunities. From challenging black runs to wide open blues and greens, the 249km of piste skiing is spread over a huge area, providing endless opportunities for all levels of skier and boarder.


The ski resort of Alpe d’Huez boasts an excellent snow record due to its high altitude, the Sarenne Glacier and its collection of over 900 snow cannons. It may then come as a surprise to learn that this resort also claims to be the sunniest in France. Whether you believe this claim or not one thing is sure, you’ve got excellent odds on a bluebird day when you have your ski holiday here.


Alpe d’Huez is also regarded as one of the most scenic ski resorts in France, the 3300m Pic Blanc summit affords breath-taking views across the whole of the Southern Alps. It provides a wonderful starting point for the Sarenne descent – at 16km one of the longest black runs in the world! Alpe d’Huez is also ideal for snowboarders, with two well maintained snow parks and plenty of boarder friendly cable-cars and chairlifts. 

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Snow report by
Upper Slopes 412cm
Lower Slopes 232cm
Last Snow 29/03/18
Temperature 2°C
Fresh Snow 5cm
Pistes Good
Off Piste Best up high
Lifts Open 43/49

Ski and Snowboard Information

Skiing Levels
  • Beginners
  • Intermediates
  • Advanced
  • Snowboard
  • Cross Country

Beginners skiing and snowboarding in Alpe d’Huez

An ideal resort in which to start your ski career with highly regarded ski schools and many easy blues to help practice your new found techniques! The lower slopes are typically gentle and criss-crossed with easily accessible green runs. The resort is also a great place for beginner boarders with few drag lifts and plenty wide open green and blue runs.  Le Petit Prince is a simple, long winding blue run leading all the way from the top of the Signal mountain into the delightful village of Villard. The piste will afford sufficient challenge to beginners while also offering spectacular views over the surrounding valley – enough to inspire even the most nervous skier or boarder.

Intermediates skiing and snowboarding in Alpe d’Huez

Absolutely perfect for intermediate skiers and boarders and with a combined total of over 100 blue and red runs there is plenty of scope for exploring the mountain. We’d thoroughly recommend the wide open slopes at Auris which are perfect for practicing your carving technique. On the opposite side of the resort, the red runs into Oz-en-Oisans and Villard Reculas provide more challenging descents sure to test even the most experienced intermediate.

The stunning winter landscape around the Dome des Petites Rousses offers skiers and boarders a wealth of exciting, powdery red-runs to explore. The more adventurous intermediates will want to try the tricky, energy sapping Sarenne descent from the top of the Pic Blanc.

Advanced skiing and snowboarding in Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez has some of the best on-piste, advanced skiing in the Alps. The Sarenne run from the top of the Pic Blanc, is well known as the longest black run in Europe and a real endurance test. The infamous Le Tunnel, trailing through an ominous old mining shaft, into a steep descent and over bumpy moguls, is required skiing for anyone who wants to be seriously challenged. Le Tunnel is notoriously tricky, with many skiers giving up halfway down and side-slipping the rest of the route. Don’t say we didn’t warm you! During the high season you should also head over to L’Alpette to attempt the much more enjoyable, long, winding black run down to Vaujany: La Fare. This quiet corner of Alpe d’Huez attracts serious powder after heavy snowfall.

The high altitude off-piste suitable for thrill-seeking expert skiers and boarders is extensive and well renowned. The Glacier des Rousses is an excellent freeriding area with fantastic powder conditions, which is easily enjoyed with the help of a qualified guide.

Freestyle and terrain parks in Alpe d’Huez

The massive snow park adjacent to the DMC 1 lift has been highly praised for its design. It has plenty of large kickers and challenging rails but remains accessible to beginners as well as advanced freestylers. The ‘Big Air’ freestyle practice area allows you to practice your most gnarly tricks before you plummet into the safety of the giant air-bag. It costs to use this facility but for dedicated freestylers the cost is totally worth it. A second, smaller park is situated in Montfrais near Vaujany, easily accessed from the Montfrais lift and Myrtilles blue run. 

Mountain Facts
  • Area 249 km
  • Resort Altitude1250m
  • Ski Alt. From1250m
  • Ski Alt. To3330m
  • Runs
  • Longest Run16
  • Lifts Chairlifts 24 , Free Baby Lifts False , Cable car 9 , Draglifts 42 , Gondolas 2
  • Lift Times

    Everyday 9am - 4:45/5pm. Lifts in satellite resorts close earlier (approx 4pm)

  • Lift Ski LockersNo
  • Whole Area Pass Lifts77
  • Night Skiing IncludedNo
  • Snow Cannons800
  • Cross Country Trails

    50km; 5 marked cross country trails

  • Nursery SlopesFrom Resort 1800 - 2100m; complete beginners Rif Nel drag (from Les Bergers up to Rond Point des Pistes)
  • Off-piste OptionsYes
  • Off-piste Restrictions

    Several areas available – guide advised, Certain areas not advised. Avalanche risk factor is high; Signal (2115m) - Oz (1350m) high risk

  • Slope Direction,S,SW,NW
  • Snowpark Info

    2 snow parks 

  • Walking30
  • Ski/Resort bus

    Free with lift pass. Runs until late.

  • from£558pp
  • Sleeps: 66-87 Guests
Chalet Hotel Les Cimes - exterior

Chalet Hotel Les Cimes has been a firm favourite with our guests receiving rave reviews. Offering high altitude skiing and sunny slopes, Alpe d’Huez is a popular resort for keen skiers of all abilities.

  • from£778pp
  • Sleeps: 8-11 Guests
Chalet Sarenne exterior

The Chalet Sarenne is a traditional chalet offering a stylish home-from-home in which to relax after a full day on the slopes.

  • from£918pp
  • 52 rooms

A friendly and welcoming family run hotel ideally located in the centre of resort, in a ski-in/ski-out position which makes it a popular choice for couples, families and groups.

  • from£898pp
  • 92 rooms
Hotel Pic blanc - exterior

This lovely hotel is located in the Bergers area with skiing to the doorstep and ski lifts just opposite. Tastefully decorated inside and out, this hotel blends well in to the environment and has awe-inspiring views across the valley.

  • from£368pp
  • 145 rooms
L'Ours blanc apartments - exterior

Located right in the very heart of the resort, the Grandes Rousses ski area is easily reached by the well known bucket lifts going to the Rond Points des Pistes and ski school meeting point.

  • from£1249pp
  • 46 rooms

Brand new 5 star ski-in/ski-out hotel ready for Dec 2018.

  • from£779pp
  • 194 rooms
Hotel club les bergers - exterior

The Hotel Club Les Bergers sits in a fantastic position on the side of the piste with ski-in access. Enjoy an après-ski drink in one of the sunniest resorts in the Alps on the hotel’s piste-side terrace.

  • from£412pp
  • 96 rooms
Les Bergers apartments exterior

These good value apartments with an outdoor pool are located in a traditional wood and stone residence in the Bergers area of Alpe d'Huez only 100m from the ski lift.

  • from£949pp
  • 46 rooms
Le Royal Ours Blanc - exterior

The Hotel Royal Ours Blanc is in a wonderful location for accessing the pistes and enjoying the activities on offer in this sunny resort.

High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
249km of varied and scenic slopes
Shorter transfers from Chambéry Airport