Alpe d'Huez has certainly earned its reputation as one of France’s top five winter destinations. It has it all – combining fantastic skiing, lively après ski, excellent facilities and an abundance of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to keep its inhabitants busy until the early hours. Alpe d’Huez has some outstanding views across the famous Ecrin National park and has even acquired the nick-name “the island of the sun” because of its seemingly constant sunny climes. Season 14/15 saw the arrival of the world famous après venue La Folie Douce to the resort, so it now caters for the serious post ski party crowd as well.
Located in the Espace Grand Rousses, all levels of skier and boarders will be well-served by the 220km of runs. Beginners and early intermediates have plenty of wide runs that carve across just above the village itself. Tree-lovers will relish the descents into the nearby hamlets of Oz and Auris, whilst thrill seekers can head up to the Glacier de Sarenne or battle with Europe’s longest black run – over 16km! Freestylers have 2 parks including a massive pipe to play around in, though Alpes d’Huez also has some of the nicest natural bowls, kickers and lips all over the area, if you know where to look!
We offer a choice of 2 and 3 star accommodation in Alpe d’Huez; you can decide whether you would rather be in the middle of the village amongst the amenities and all the nightlife, or directly on the pistes in the Berger hamlet so you can ski to your door. There’s also an excellent free bus service between the two areas so there’s no need to wear down your ski boots.
Ski area: 240km
Ski altitude: 1120 - 3320m
Top peak: 3320m
Village height: 1860m
Linked resort: Les Deux Alpes
Night skiing, Smithy’s Mountain Meal, airboarding, helicopter tours, husky sledding, ice skating, parpenting, cross-country skiing and speed riding.