Ski holidays in Alpe d'Huez

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

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.

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, spread over a huge area, giving endless opportunities to explore and visit different villages without feeling that you are doing the same run more than once. The altitude of the resort means that it can boast of an excellent snow record, with the Sarenne Glacier and over 900 snow cannons.

The Pic Blanc summit at 3,330m affords breathtaking 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. 

Added value

50% off ski/snowboard hire or carriage when you pre-book your lift pass (must be booked 6 weeks before departure)

  • from£1359pp
  • 106 rooms
Grandes Rousses, Ski Back To The Door

The Hotel Les Grandes Rousses is a family-run, ski-in/ski-out hotel in the heart of the resort and excellent hospitality and standard of service are assured.

  • from£1469pp
  • Sleeps 16
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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. Sleeping 16 with eight bedrooms, the chalet can be booked by room or for sole occupancy by a group. One the lower ground floor there's an après-ski room with two infra-red saunas and there's an outdoor hot tub.

  • from£1069pp
  • 192 rooms
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The Hotel 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£1339pp
  • 94 rooms

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£1689pp
  • 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.

  • from£869pp
  • 48 apartments
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 in/ski out possibilities. The residence is cosy and luxurious, with a great spa area and spacious apartments.

  • from£644pp
  • 101 rooms

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.

  • 79 rooms

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£619pp
L'Eclose Apartments Exterior

The brand new 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.

  • from£1002pp
L'Eclose Apartments Outside

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. 

  • from£1219pp
  • 46 rooms

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

  • from£709pp
  • 65 apartments
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The 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 Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
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 Altitude 1860m
Ski Alt. From 1125m
Ski Alt. To 3330m
Longest run 16 Km
Lifts Lifts 69, Chairlifts 27, Cable car 3, Draglifts 25, Gondolas 14
Lift Times

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

Lift Ski LockersYes
Whole Area Pass Lifts69
Night Skiing IncludedYes
Snow Cannons963
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 DirectionS, SW, NW
Snowpark Info

2 Snow parks 

Boarder cross park

Half pipe

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 known as Lounge 21 has one of the most varied menus, ranging from traditional Savoyard specialties to tapas. One of the most popular restaurants in town, the Passe Montagne provides a traditional dining experience with a delicious menu of classic, French food. We’d also recommend Genepi, in the centre of town. This charming restaurant has a truly authentic atmosphere and it makes a great raclette.

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. Less expensive is La Trappeur burger shack at the bottom of the DMC lift. 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, here the dancing and live music continues until late into the night. Nevertheless, 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. The Etalon in the centre of town is Alpe d’Huez’s only rum bar and the pirate themed décor is truly unique. The Etalon serves multiple flavours of homemade rum, and the rum cactus is certainly worth a try. 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.


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 including tabacs and even a sweet shop.

Spas and relaxation

Many of the hotels in Alpe d’Huez have spa facilities which are available to their guests. The Hotel Pic Blanc has an excellent spa complete with sauna and whirlpool as well as an indoor pool. Guests of the Pic Blanc can also take advantage of the massage and beauty treatments which are available to buy locally. The Hotel Alpenrose also provides a massage service which can be bought locally, as well as an incredible outdoor heated pool, sauna and whirlpool facilities.

Both the Hotel Le Royal Ours Blanc and Les Grand Rousses have wellness facilities as well as an indoor pool for guests. And let’s not forget the Chalet Hotel Les Cimes which has a wonderful sauna and steam room for its guests. Public facilities in the resort include an indoor swimming pool at the local sports complex, the Palais des Sports, situated in the centre of town.

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 every Sunday. 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, which shows English language films every Tuesday. 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. 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.

Resort Activities

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.

Dog sledding

A popular activity: dog sledding is a classic winter past-time and a thrilling way to explore the mountain. Dog sledding trips run several evenings a week and your Inghams representative can help you to arrange this exciting experience when you visit the resort.

Ski away-day to Les Deux Alpes

You can practically wave to Les Deux Alpes from Alpe d’Huez and vice-versa. With your lift-pass entitling you to one days skiing in this neighbouring resort, it would be a shame not to make use of it. Your Inghams representative can help you to arrange an away-day to Les Deux Alpes so you can explore the full extent of this amazing ski area. Trips run from 8am to 5pm.

Night skiing

The flood-lit Signal piste is regularly illuminated throughout the season providing visitors to resort with an opportunity to enjoy the thrilling experience of night-time skiing. Speak to your representative in resort to organise this excursion locally.

Heli touring

Another fantastic way in which to visit the neighbouring resort of Les Deux Alpes. Taking a helicopter to the slopes sounds like the preserve of the super-rich, but this five or six-minute transfer between Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes is not only glamorous but also reasonably priced! Trips run three times a week and drop you off in Les Deux Alpes in the morning before picking you back up later that afternoon (pay locally).

Ice skating

The Open-air ice skating rink is located in the heart 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).

Other activities in Alpe d’Huez:

  • Cinema (English screenings on Tuesdays)
  • Ice cave visit
  • Indoor climbing
  • Snowmobiling (pay locally)
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pool (pay locally)
  • Biking (arrange and pay locally)
  • Parapenting (book and pay locally)
  • Pub quiz night
  • Sledging
  • Ice driving (book and pay locally)
  • Pub crawl
  • Snowshoeing
  • Zip lining

Tomorrowland Winter Music Festival

14th March 2020

Ski Extras

Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

Save up to £66 per person

Book your lift pass with us and we’ll give you 50% off equipment hire or carriage. See our Ski Bundle page for details. 

Lift Passes* Days Adult 13-64  Senior** 65 -71 Child* 5-12 Family 2 adults &
2 children 5-18
Whole Area Pass






Lift pass covers two days in Les 2 Alpes & one day in Serre Chevalier (transport extra). 

*0-4 Free (issued locally, photo required)

**Over 71 years costs €86 for 6 days (issued locally, photo ID required)

Equipment Description Blue   Red   Black
Adult 13+ Skis £85 £98 £111
Skis & Boots £114 £132 £148
Snowboard - £98 £111
Snowboard & boots - £132 £148
Child* 6-12 Skis & boots - £62 -
Snowboard & boots - £62 -

Equipment Hire (6 days) – Please see here for description of hire categories.

*White Category skis and boots for children 3-5yrs: £49.

*Child snowboard & boots 8-12yrs

Tuition Days Hours  Adult 13+ Child* 3-12
Ski 6 9.15am - 12pm £165 £165
Ski/Snowboard  6 2.15pm - 4.45pm £149

*9:00-11:30am (ski) 2:45pm - 5:15pm (snowboard) 3 Feb-2 Mar. Child snowboard tuition 7-12yrs. 

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

Useful Information
Information about Alpe d'Huez
Resort Code FRAD
Languages spoken French
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.0935
Longitude 6.0839
Travel and Transportation

Flights depart Saturday

To Chambery

From Gatwick


Transfer 2 1/4 hours by coach

To Geneva

From Stansted

Leeds Bradford


Transfer 3 hours by coach


Flight supplements may apply.
Self-Drive Save up to £100 per person.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: Yes

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
  • 249km of varied and scenic slopes
  • Free ski bus service in resort
  • Short transfer from Chambéry Airport
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