Alpe d’Huez offers high-performance ski lifts that provide access to 250 km of slopes, including Sarenne, the longest slope in the world with its 16 km of non-stop skiing. From the highest point – the Pic Blanc at 3330 m – enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Ecrins National Park and admire prestigious peaks such as Mont Blanc.
Renowed for its 300 days of sunshine per year, the resort of Alpe d’Huez is the ideal place to take full advantage of the pleasures of mountains and a multitude of activities it has to offer, from an open-air ice rink, dog sledding and snowshoeing. In the summer, mountain lovers can hike through the Oisans valley or take advantage of the 265 km of mountain bike trails and 9 ski lifts open all summer.
Throughout the year, Alpe d’Huez is also the scene of major events, such as the Tour de France, where Alpe d’Huez and its 21 bends are an essential stage in the passage of the Grande Boucle.
If you are a non-skier or would like to try out other things, then you won’t be disappointed! There is paragliding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and many more activities if you go to the sports centre!
During the summer, the resort will keep you busy as well with outdoors sport activities, water sports or sightseeing and discovery of the surroundings.
When it comes down to the nitty-gritty of ski suitability, this resort is probably best for high level intermediate skiers, but novices and advanced skiers are very well catered for too.
This resort has a huge choice of nursery slopes and two vast, wide beginner’s areas where you can find your feet and practice your turns as a first timer. You’ll find one of these areas in the Bergers section of the village and the other at the first level of slopes serviced by the DMC gondola ̶ they’re accessed by various chair lifts and drag lifts which are free for beginners, so there’s no need to shell out for a pass until your technique improves and confidence builds.
Intermediate skiers are in their element here thanks to the aforementioned huge vertical runs available from the top of Le Pic Blanc. If you’re a capable intermediate who wants to clock up some vertical metres, there are several cracking runs to test your mettle, including the 2035 m descent to La Villette, the 2000 m drop to Oz-en-Oisans at 1330 m, and the 2205 m descent to L’Enversin d’Oz at 1125 m.
There’s 67 km of black pistes here across 16 groomed runs, so there’s plenty of provision for advanced skiers. Hop on the DMC jumbo gondola from the resort base, and you’ll reach the Pic Blanc summit via a second lift. You can take on the Sarenne Run from this launchpad ̶ at 16 km, it’s the longest black in the Alps, but it’s more of a marathon than a rollercoaster ride as half its length meanders along a riverside path.
The high altitude resort is blessed with large amounts of natural snow and with the help of snow making facilities on most of its pistes snow coverage can be guaranteed throughout the season.
The closest international airports are Grenoble (GNB), Geneva (GVA), Lyon Bron (LYN) which are all within a one to two and a half hours drive from Alp d'Huez ski resort.