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.
- Resort Altitude1250m
- Ski Alt. From1250m
- Ski Alt. To3330m
- Longest Run16
, 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
Free with lift pass. Runs until late.