Sunny Mountaintop Oasis Claire Hamilton, European Product Manager

"If you're looking for a great value resort and a short transfer, then Alpe d'Huez is a perfect choice. After arriving in Grenoble at 9am, we were on the slopes by 1pm - you can't get much better than that!"

Alpe d'Huez Ski Holidays

Alpe d'Huez is a large, modern resort on a high, open, sunny mountainside east of Grenoble. The resort has grown down a gentle slope in a triangular shape from the Grandes Rousses gondola at the top corner. Towards the bottom of the triangle is the original core of the resort which dates back to the 1930s, with a couple of streets retaining a more traditional feel. 

Two satellite 'quarters', Les Bergers and L'Eclose are located at the bottom of the resort and are a small walk from the main resort, however each has their own lifts, bars and restaurants.

There is a resort shuttle bus which serves the whole resort and is included in the lift pass.

Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huez is a fantastic resort, ranking alongside other top French resorts such as Val d'Isère & La Plagne for the extent & variety of slopes.

The ski area is divided into four sectors, all well linked to one another. The largest sector, Pic Blanc is ideal for beginners & low intermediates, with a vast array of green runs controlled with low-speed restrictions in place.

Good intermediates have a great choice of runs all over the area. In good snow conditions the variety of runs is difficult to beat. Every section has some challenging red runs to test the adventurous intermediates, but if you prefer gentle cruisers then head to above Vaujany where you will find an excellent selection.

More advanced & expert skiers are also well catered for with lots of long and challenging pistes as well as vast amounts of off-piste, from fairly tame to seriously adventurous - always ski with a guide when skiing off-piste for the first time.

There are two terrain parks: one for novices near the bottom of the slopes & a 1.5km advanced park near the Babars drag featuring a half-pipe, jumps & boardercross course. Teenagers looking to hone their skills can sign up for freeride or freestyle classes with one of the local ski schools.

Important information
Ski Area 250 km
Number of Lifts 81 in total
Ski Range 1860-3330m
Green Runs 41
Blue Runs 38
Red Runs 38
Black Runs 16
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Snow report
Cloud 3°C
Weather
Cloudy today, snow possible
5cm Last snowfall
Piste conditions
The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes
36/49 Lifts open
Piste:
Fresh
Off-piste:
Powder
Runs to resort:
Spring snow
115/215cm Lower/upper snow depth
Last snowed:
23rd Mar
Report date:
24th Mar
Distance from airports
Chambery 2 hours
Grenoble 1 hour 40 mins
Calais (ski drive) 579 miles