Ski holidays in Alpe d'Huez

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

  • 34 green runs, 31 blue runs, 30 red runs and 16 black runs
  • Resort altitude of 1,860 metres
  • Ski to Pic Blanc, the highest point in Alpe d'Huez at 3,330 metres

Alpe d'Huez is a lively ski resort and its position will make any skier or snowboarder happy. It has the double benefit of lying on high sunny plateau and being surrounded by an amazing snow bowl, with miles of varied and enjoyable runs and off piste opportunities. 

Skiing and snowboarding in Alpe d'Huez

This resort has everything to please no matter what your skiing ability is from wide open blues and greens to challenging black runs. There's 249km of skiing, giving you endless opportunities to explore and visit the different villages without feeling that you are doing the same run more than once. The altitude of the resort means that there is an excellent snow record, with the Sarenne Glacier and over 900 snow cannons, even late season skiing will have great conditions.

The Pic Blanc summit at 3,330m affords breath-taking views across the whole of the Southern Alps and provides a wonderful starting point for the Sarenne descent - one of the longest black runs in the world at fully 16km from top to bottom! Alpe d'Huez is ideal for snowboarders, providing two well maintained snow parks and plenty of boarder friendly cable cars and chair lifts. 

Where to stay in Alpe d'Huez

We offer a variety of accommodation in Alpe d'Huez, from self catering apartments, hotels with spa facilities and our own catered chalets. Many of the properties are situated close to the pistes and ski lifts making it incredibly easy to get onto the slopes. 

Bars and restaurants in Alpe d'Huez

With its lively apres scene, Alpe d'Huez has plenty of bars both on and off the mountain to keep you entertained. Head to the legendary La Folie Douce for an afternoon of dancing on the tables, if you prefer something a bit more laid back Smithys Tavern often has live music and streams live sports events. 

On the food front, there is a wide variety of restaurants suitable for all tastes and budgets. Enjoy restaurants serving regional specialities, cosy pizzerias or fine dining establishments. 

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Alpe d'Huez

Flights, transfers and accommodation based on self catering, bed & breakfast,  half board, full board or chalet catering. Please see the 'Ski extras' tab below for information on the optional extras including ski hire, lift pass and tuition. 

Ski hotels and chalets in Alpe d'Huez

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Perfect for families and friends a like, Chalet Secret de Neige offers a comfortable space that feels like home. With it's fantastic location it's hard to beat, not to mention the modern interiors and wooden architecture that reflects its traditional French alpine roots. This Chalet is offered on a chalet catering basis including breakfast,  afternoon tea and cake and dinner with unlimited wine. This chalet sleeps 12-14 people and can be booked for sole occupancy.

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The Hotel Les Bergers sits in a fantastic position on the side of the piste with ski-in access. This hotel is offered on a half board basis and a new outdoor pool and terrace are being built for next winter, a great addition to this hotel in one of the sunniest resorts in the Alps.

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This chalet has one of the best locations in Alpe d'Huez just to the side of the piste close to the 'Telecentre' lift. A good selection of bars and shops are close by. One the lower ground floor there's an après-ski room with two infra-red saunas and there's an outdoor hot tub. This chalet offers a chalet catering board basis including breakfast, afternoon tea and cake and a 3 course dinner with unlimited wine. This chalet sleeps 16 people and can be booked for sole occupancy.

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These good value self catered 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.

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L'Eclose Apart-Hotel Exterior

The brand new L'Eclose Apart-Hotel is perfectly located at the bottom of the ski lifts. The new building is a great mix being modern and traditional architecture, taking inspiration from its surroundings in the resort. This hotel is offered on a bed and breakfast board basis with breakfast taken in the hotel restaurant.

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The self catered L'Eclose Apartments are right at the foot of the ski lifts, ideally located to get out onto the slopes. The apartments are modern and well equipped with a kitchen and lovely living area, there's a heated indoor swimming pool and some wellness facilities, as well as children's entertainment and a bar area.

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Hotel Pic Blanc, Exterior (1)

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. Offered on a half board basis, you'll enjoy breakfast and dinner in restaurant 'Le Rif Briant'.

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  • 106 rooms
Grandes Rousses, Ski Back To The Door

The Grandes Rousses Hotel and Spa is a family-run, ski-in/ski-out hotel in the heart of the resort and if offered on a half board basis. Excellent hospitality and standard of service are assured and the hotel now has an official 5 star classification.

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  • 46 rooms
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Located in the heart of Alpe d'Huez, with direct access to the ski lifts at Les Bergers, this new hotel has been tastefully decorated and provides an ambience of luxury, well being and relaxation. This hotel is offered on a bed and breakfast board basis with the possibility to upgrade to half board. 

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With Panoramic views of the Oisans Massif, these self catered apartments are located right in the very heart of the resort, with the Grandes Rousses ski area easily reached by the well known bucket lifts going to the Rond Points des Pistes and ski school meeting point.

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Residence Daria I Nor Exterior

Residence Daria-I Nor is a 5 star residence that is in the centre of the Eclose District of Alpe d'Huez and there's direct access to ski lifts and ski out possibilities. The residence is cosy and luxurious, with a great spa area and spacious apartments. These apartments are available on either a self catered board basis or a half board basis with meals taken in the neighbouring Daria-I Nor hotel.

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  • 65 apartments
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The self catered Cristal de l'Alpe Apartments are situated in the heart of Alpe d'Huez, with a variety of local shops and restaurants close by. The apartments boast fantastic wellness facilities to relax after a days skiing. Apartments are spacious and stylishly decorated with a mountain chalet theme. 

Ski and Snowboarding Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
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 pistes are challenging enough for 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 resort for intermediate skiers and boarders, 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. It is notoriously tricky, with many skiers giving up halfway down and side-slipping the rest of the route. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

During the high season you should also head over to L’Alpette to attempt the much more enjoyable La Fare, a long, winding black run down to Vaujany. 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. You have to pay to use this facility but for the 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. Featuring kickers, rails and boxes of varying difficulty.

At the top of the Signal lift you can enter Marcel's Farm, a purpose-built 1.2-mile run of banked corners, boardercross style features, gates, a small half pipe, tunnel and a cow slalom course. There is also a couple of rails to tackle.


Mountain facts
Area 250 km
Resort Altitude 1860m
Ski Alt. From 1125m
Ski Alt. To 3330m
Runs 34 31 30 16
Lifts Lifts 84
Lift Ski LockersYes
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Snow Cannons963
Off-piste OptionsYes
Walking30
Things To Do

Restaurants, food and drink

The cuisine in Alpe d’Huez is typically French with a range of restaurants serving traditional mountain fare such as fondue and raclette. In the centre of town the cozy bar and restaurant Smithys Tavern has one of the most varied themes as it is a restaurant that turns into an après bar with live music in the evenings.  L’Alaska has a truly authentic atmosphere and serves a great raclette. There are also various takeaway options from the traditional pizza to a Thai takeaway. Alpe d’Huez caters for all tastes and its also reasonably priced.

If you’re looking to splash out on a meal, try the Fruiterie at the top of the Marmottes lift. Part of La Folie Douce family this stylish restaurant is an atmospheric place for lunch on the mountain. If you are looking for something a bit more relaxed, Captain Sandwich burger shack’ hidden away in town but incredibly popular with our Alpe d’Huez reps who rave about the huge variety of burgers on offer. 

Après, bars, clubs and nightlife

Alpe d’Huez has a loud and lively après scene, the dancing and live music continues late into the night. A trip to Alpe d'Huez is not complete without visiting La Folie Douce at least once, enjoy DJ's, dancing on the tables and live entertainment at 2300m.

The scene in Alpe d’Huez remains inclusive and you don’t have to be a pro-partier to participate in the table top dancing.  Les Cave’s bar and nightclub has a welcoming vibe and the vibrant schedule of events is both eclectic and lively.

The Freeride Pub, where the party continues until late into the night, is popular with seasonaires. It’s not often that we highlight somewhere for their toilet, but the slide down to the WC is one of the unique highlights of this bar, especially when it’s accompanied by shots.

With live music most evenings and snowboards decorating the ceiling we also highly recommend The Underground Bar for a great night out.

Shopping

Avenue Les Jeux is the main centre for shopping in Alpe d’Huez with a couple of supermarkets ideal for self-catering visitors. In the area around Place Paganon there are several sports equipment shops offering ski and snowboarding rentals. And if you are looking to purchase postcards and souvenirs to take back home there are plenty of suitable stores selling everything from jewellery to heavenly chocolate.

Spas and relaxation

Many of the hotels in Alpe d’Huez have spa facilities which are available to their guests. Most of the hotels and residences we offer have wellness facilities available for guest use. Enjoy relaxing in the wellness areas or swimming pools in Hotel Pic Blanc, L'Eclose Apartments or Residence Daria-I Nor. 

Public facilities in the resort include an indoor swimming pool at the superb local sports complex, the Palais des Sports, situated in the centre of town which offers everything from a climbing wall to a game of boules

Arts, culture and events

The lively calendar of events in Alpe d’Huez ranges from film festivals to elite sporting competitions. Particularly popular are the regular ice hockey matches which are held at the outdoor ice rink. One of the highlights of the sporting calendar is the Pyramide d’Oz held in the neighbouring small village of Oz-en-Oisans. This ski mountaineering race is held at the end of January, initially a competition held for enthusiasts the event is now the first stage of the Ski Mountaineering World Cup circuit.

Cultural activities in the town include the local cinema and the church with an organ in the shape of a hand. Movie buffs will also enjoy the annual International Comedy Film Festival, which Alpe d’Huez hosts every January. This festival showcases some of the best feature-length comedy films from across the globe as well as previously unseen short films. Visitors with an interest in sculpting should head to the ice caves at the top of the Grandes Rousses lift at 2700m. These magical caves are carved by expert ice sculptors and their appearance changes every year – it is a must see for every visitor to Alpe d’Huez.

Tomorrowland 2024 returns to Alpe d'Huez, the week long festival featuring sets from some of the best DJs in music. The event requires you to have a valid ticket, so make sure to book to avoid disappointment.

Things to do in Alpe d'Huez

It’s not all about skiing and snowboarding in Alpe d’Huez. There are plenty of alternative activities to keep you occupied both on and away from the pistes, many of which can be booked through speaking to your Inghams representative.

Night skiing

The flood-lit Signal piste is regularly illuminated throughout the season providing visitors with a six day pass an opportunity to enjoy the thrilling experience of night-time skiing. 

Ice skating

The open-air ice skating rink is located in the centre of town. The floodlit ice rink is open until late most days of the week, making it a perfect evening activity after a day on the slopes (pay locally).

Ice caves

Each year over thirty themed snow and ice sculptures are created for this unique art gallery. Located at 2700m in the Grand Domaine ski area, you can have a break from skiing and marvel at the ice sculptures. Previous themes have included farm animals and the funfair. This years theme is rumoured to be Egyptian themed. 

Indoor climbing 

Take to new heights on the indoor climbing wall located at the Palais des Sports centre. There are thirteen climbing routes for you to climb, whether you are just starting out or have scaled the walls before, its a fun activity for the whole family. 

Snowmobiling

Whizz around the snowy landscapes on a snowmobile. You can choose between a short ride around the luge area or go on a longer safari around the lower slopes of Alpe d'Huez. Booking is required for all of the trips, enquire with your Inghams representative for more information. Payable locally.

Swimming

Throughout the season you can enjoy the heated outdoor swimming pool with wonderful mountain views.  Alternatively the indoor swimming pool is located inside the Palais des Sports . Don't forget your speedos!

Parapenting

Take to new altitudes and experience Alpe d'Huez from above, glide over the mountains with a qualified instructor and take in the amazing views from above.

Sledging

There are two sledging areas in resort, one under the DMC1 and one at the Les Bergers slopes. Night sledding is available Butte de l'Eclose slope throughout the winter. Sleds and helmets can be hired from most sports shops in resort.

Ice driving

If you're looking for adrenaline off the slopes then ice driving is for you. Located in the E'Close area of town, there is 820m of icy tracks which you can whizz around. Fear not, if you haven't driven in icy conditions before, tuition is available to guide you so you can become the next Vin Diesel in no time. Payable locally. 

Snowshoeing

For those who want to experience the mountains on foot, why not try snowshoeing and discover the winter walking trails surrounding the resort. 

Mountain rollercoaster

For a thrilling experience, enjoy a ride don the 1km mountain coaster which has a number of twists and turns on the way down. You can also be transported to another world with virtual reality goggles. This is only possible on a two seater luge, with one person steering and one with the VR goggles. Payable locally. 

Festivals

Tomorrowland Winter Festival takes place 15 - 22 March 2025. 

Lift Pass

 

6 days Season Child
5 - 12 years
Adult
13 - 64 years
Senior
65 - 71 years
Whole Area Pass Low £212 £268 £212
High £235 £327 £235
Whole Area + Leisure Pass Low £236 £296 -
High £259 £327 -

 

Lift pass information

Lift pass covers two days in Les 2 Alpes & one day in Puy St Vincent, Sestriere, Montgenevre (transport extra). Excludes 15-22nd March 2025.

Leisure pass includes access to the resort's outdoor swimming pool, indoor swimming pool, outdoor ice rink and sports centre where you can play mini golf, table tennis and use the gym.

Free lift passes for children under 4 years are issued locally, photo ID is required.

A cheaper lift pass for seniors over 71 years is around €94 and are issued locally, photo ID is required.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Equipment Hire
6 days Category

Child

6 - 12 years

Adults

13 years +

Skis Red - £119
Black - £135
Skis & boots Blue - £135
Red £107 £158
Black - £181

White category skis, boots and helmet are available for children aged 3 – 5 years: £59

6 days Category

Child

8 - 12 years

Adults

13 years +

Snowboard Red - £119
Black - £135
Snowboard & boots Red £107 £158
Black - £181
Equipment information

A helmet is included for children.

Please see here for description of hire categories.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Tuition

Ski tuition 

Child

5 - 14 years

Adult

15 years +

Low

High

Low

High

6 days AM

£192

£208

£208

£208

6 days PM

£208

£222

£192

£208

 

Snowboard tuition 

Child

7 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

Low

High

Low

High

6 days PM

£192

£208

£192

£208

 

Kids club 

Child

3 - 5 years

Village des Enfants

6 days AM

£217

 

Tuition information

  • Ski 6 days AM timings: 9:15am - 12pm
  • Ski and snowboard 6 days PM timings: 2:15 - 4:45pm

Levels of tuition

  • Beginner: never skied before
  • Level 1: advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2: low intermediate; snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3: good intermediate; parallel turns 
  • Advanced: fully confident on all slopes and looking to improve technique

Season dates

  • Low season: 01 Jan - 04 Feb and 04 Mar - 30 Apr 24
  • High season: 18 - 31 Dec 23 and 05 Feb - 03 Mar 24

Please ensure you pre-book tuition for high season dates to avoid the ski schools being fully booked.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Travel Information

Flights depart Saturdays

  • Transfer time: approx. 3 hours 15 mins by coach from Geneva airport
  • Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 15 mins by coach from Chambery airport

Your transfer to Alpe d'Huez will stop as chose as possible to your chosen accommodation. In some cases there may be a couple of minutes' walk due to regulations on where coaches can stop.

Transfers may be longer during bad weather conditions or French school holidays. French school holidays span 21 Dec 24 - 06 Jan 25, 08 Feb - 10 Mar 25 and 05 Apr - 05 May 25.

Private transfers and self drive are available. Please call to book.

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing
  • 249km of varied and scenic slopes
  • Free ski bus service in resort
  • Short transfer from Chambéry Airport
  • Inghams rep based in resort
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