Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort
250km of varied, sun-drenched, high altitude slopes combined with a vibrant resort town are what make Alpe d’Huez one of the most popular French resorts.
The sunny bowl directly above the resort offers up some of the best beginner slopes in the French Alps and with over 300 days of sunshine each year, it is highly likely that you’ll catch them in great visibility. Above this a vast network of steeper reds and blacks can be found, including the mighty Sarenne – Europe’s longest – which plunges down almost 2000 vertical metres from the summit at Pic Blanc.
Alpe d’Huez is somewhat spread out, with the centre extending over quite a large area – but a recently constructed gondola linking it up has helped with access. Another hub can be found at Les Bergers, where there are some large apartment blocks and a secondary centre with its own shops, bars and restaurants. Alternatively you can base yourself in one of the smaller villages linked to the main area – including Vaujany, Oz en Oisans, Villard Reculas and Auris en Oisans.
What's New in Alpe d'Huez for 2019/20?
New for this season is a biathlon area, the Nordic Park, complete with a 10m shooting range. The Nordic Park can be found just after the Sagnes lift. In addition to this, there is a new ski cross called the Nordic Skiercross, which will add further variety to the area.
On top of the on snow additions, significant amounts of money has been spent upgrading the accommodation options in the resort. Club Med have spent over €85 million modernising their hotel in Alpe d'Huez and the Hotel Les Grandes Rousses has also doubled its capacity and now features both hotel rooms, apartments and four chalets. The Spa des Alpes has also received a facelift, enabling visitors to unwind in luxurious surroundings after a day on the slopes.
Our Alpe d’Huez Resort Ratings
- Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
- Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
- Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
- Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
- Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
- Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
- Après ★ ★ ★ ☆☆
- Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆