Sunny Mountaintop Oasis Claire Erskine, 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 its 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 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 Grand Domaine: 250 km
Ski Range 1860-3330m
Green Runs 34
Blue Runs 31
Red Runs 28
Black Runs 18
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Distance from airports
Chambery 2 hours
Grenoble 1 hour 40 mins
Calais (ski drive) 578 miles