Since 1936, Alpe d’Huez ski resort has been at an altitude of 1860 meters on the Grandes Rousses massif. The Pic Blanc, culminating at 3330 meters, offers a grandiose panorama. Classified with 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide, in the Ecrins National Park you’ll find its prestigious peaks, Rateau, Meije, Muzelle, Aiguilles d’Arves, the Belledonne range and Mont Blanc. The resorts are innovating to offer new solutions to facilitate stays in this privileged natural environment, and the discovery of new experiences.
The resort offers 250 kilometers of slopes for all levels, with over 2,210 meters of vertical drop … One hour from Grenoble and less than 5 hours from Paris, Alpe d’Huez ski resort offers a space with multiple activities to share with family and friends…
Alpe d’Huez ski resort
Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort, always in the sun
It is located on the grassy plateau of the south face of the massif, Alpe d’Huez, a health resort, aptly named Ile au Soleil (island of sun). This “sun island” enjoys generous sunshine and a particularly active microclimate. You can enjoy your whole day of skiing in the sun. In December you get up to 7 and half hours of sun while in April this extends to 11! Météo France observes an average of 300 days of sunshine per year on the resort.
Breathtaking 360 degree views
Culminating at an altitude of 3,330m in the heart of the Grandes Rousses massif, on a clear day the Pic Blanc offers a panorama as far as the eye can see over an ocean of summits. These include: The peak Bayle, the Grande Casse de Pralognan, the Grande Motte de Tignes, the Grand Paradis in Italy, the glaciers of Vanoise, Dent Parrachée, the summits of Maurienne as well as the Meije, the Barre des Ecrins and the Mont-de-Lans glacier.
Pic Blanc is the third highest peak in the Grandes Rousses massif after Pic Bayle (3465 m) and Pic de l’Etendard (3464 m).
Classified with 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide, 1 / 5th of the panorama of Pic Blanc is located in French territory. In its surroundings you will find the villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, La Garde, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany, and Villard Reculas. These village ensure the longevity of mountain life and where you will find the roots of the “Gens d’en Haut” (people from above).
White all year round in the Alpe d’Huez ski resort
Thanks to its high altitude, the presence of the Sarenne glacier and the installation of more than 1000 snow cannons spread over the entire area, snow is guaranteed throughout the season with a ski-in ski-out return to the resort. Four hill reserves have been created and are spread over the entire ski area, so as not to tap into the torrents or natural lakes.
Finally, the Alpe d’Huez ski area has the unusual characteristic of offering kilometers of skiable areas, without taking a ski lift!
For freeride lovers, the off-piste area of Alpe d’Huez ski resort is one of the largest and most varied in the French Alps! From lovers of steep slopes to lovers of long journeys, the high mountain guides of the Alpe d’Huez ski resort offer itineraries adapted for each level and to every wish!
The longest black slope in Europe
On the Alpe d’Huez ski resort, 5 routes account for nearly 10,000 vertical meters:
- L’Enversin d’Oz (2,205 meters)
- La Villette (2,035 meters)
- Oz-en-Oisans (2,000 meters)
- Huez (1,880 meters)
- La Sarenne (1,830 meters)
Added up the resort has a total of 17 black runs including legendary routes such as the 16 km long Sarenne run, the Tunnel run that crosses right through the mountain to lead onto one of the steepest walls in French skiing with a 35 ° inclination, the slopes of la Fare and la Vaujaniate on the Vaujany sector or even the Col de Cluy on Auris.
2 areas reserved for beginner skiers
The geography of the area, characterized by a gentle drop in altitude at the bottom of the slopes, is conducive to learning. Two areas are reserved for beginner skiers and let learners slide gently on the green slopes. Alpe d’Huez ski resort offers an ideal configuration for beginners: 34 green and 31 blue runs are served by ski lifts directly accessible from the resort.
There are 4 playful slopes that set the scene and liven up the ski area: the Marcel’s Farm, all in pink, which starts from the top of the Signal, Roger the Shepherd in the eponymous sector, Jacques the lumberjack in Auris and the last born Léo. He accompanies the returning skiers who leave from the snow front at 1800 to reach the tourist office.
Snowparks in Alpe d’Huez
Two snowparks can also be found at Alpe d’Huez. They can be accessed from the Les Jeux cable car, DMC 1 in the 1800 sector and the Romains chairlift in the Bergers sector.
The first snowpark is the “Initiation” snowpark, and is designed for beginner to intermediate snowboarders. It comprises two slopestyle lines, each with 2-3 boards for jumps and 4-5 easy boxes. The second snowpark is the “Expert” snowpark, and is designed for more advanced snowboarders. It also comprises two slopestyle lines, although in this case it has 3-4 stunt boards and 8-10 technical rails.
The Oisans valley traditions are expressed through gastronomy and rural life
The traditions of the Oisans valleys are expressed through gastronomy and rural life. Some 370 cows and 2000 sheep graze on the 10,000 hectares of pastures which become ski slopes in winter. The reason for maintaining this tradition is twofold: the d’Huizats have always grazed their herds on these pastures, giving the resort its name: the “alpe” of the village of Huez. But above all, the herds grazing of these areas restores their quality for use during the ski season. The grazing of the land prevents the accumulation of grass conducive to avalanches during the first snowfall.
The quintessential lifestyle ski resort, Alpe d’Huez offers a wide range of sliding and non-sliding activities. Efficient ski lifts, and a glacier at altitude offering a vast ski area with significant vertical drop: 4 routes of almost 2 000 meters, guaranteeing a life time of skiing pleasure!
Sustainable development of the Alpe d’Huez ski resort
The municipality of Alpe d’Huez offers its inhabitants and tourists advice on how to improve or even change their way of life for the benefit of the environment and ecology. In fact, the town’s website offers recommendations on the use of the tumble dryer, water consumption and waste sorting.
EVERY YEAR, THE ALPE D’HUEZ SKI RESORT ORGANISES A CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN THE RESORT
Every year, volunteers are mobilised to collect waste accumulated or forgotten at the end of the season on the resort and on the pastures (2 days per year). In 2019, the Huizats, secondary residents, tourists, schoolchildren and professionals collected around 35 m3 of various types of waste. They are equipped with gloves and bags by the municipal workshops. This initiative highlights a real awareness of the importance of preserving our environment.
Moreover, the Eau d’Olle Express is the first new generation valley lift, which has just appeared in the landscape of Oisans, France. Since December 2020, it opens up a shorter, direct and safer access both to Oz-Vaujany and Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine stations. This has been a great step to become a sustainable mountain without carbon.
Unforgettable experiences in Alpe d’Huez
On your trip to Alpe d’Huez you must try at least a couple of the activities beyond skiing. For starters, you can’t miss the famous sledge on rails, where you can enjoy curves, turns and obstacles of all kinds. And the experience is even more unique if you decide to use the virtual reality goggles. In the same vein, you can also go tobogganing on the Luge track or take a trip on a dog sled.
If you prefer a more relaxing activity while enjoying the wonderful scenery of the ski resort, don’t miss Yoga on Alpe d’Huez. Meanwhile, the more adventurous can take a guided snowshoeing tour. And if you want to make the most of the snow, you can also try ski joërging, a fun activity that allows you to ski behind a horse — the great thing about this activity is that you don’t need to know how to ride a horse or have a high level of skiing skills!
On your trip to Alpe d’Huez, you can also enjoy aerial sports. For starters, you can take a trip in a light aircraft with an experienced pilot. You can also admire the view of the resort from the resort’s helicopter, or if you’re really daring, you can try paragliding. But there are also motor sports, such as snowmobiling! There is certainly no time to get bored in this resort.
For those who want guaranteed fun, you can’t miss the laser game in the snow. A kind of paintball that can be enjoyed by young and old in groups of up to 10 people. And you can also take part in two escape rooms in groups of 2 to 6 people, as well as try out the new concept of outdoor escape room, which is possible thanks to augmented reality. What’s more, Alpe d’Huez has a 40-metre Ferris wheel – don’t miss it! Finally, it is possible to enjoy the municipal ice-skating rink as long as it is not occupied by some events.
Ski lessons in Alpe d’Huez
If you want to learn to ski on your trip to Alpe d’Huez, Prosneige is a great school. Over a period of 6 days, you can learn to glide down the slopes in groups of up to 8 adults. These lessons consist of 3 hours in the mornings, and the groups are divided into different levels. There is also a group for people who don’t know their level, but in this case there are only 6 people.
And just as there are group lessons for adults, there are also group lessons for children. They are also for 8 participants and last 3 hours, and take place over 6 consecutive days. The groups are also divided by level, including one for children who don’t know how to learn.
Finally, you can also book private ski or snowboard lessons of between one and three hours, so don’t wait any longer to learn to ski!
In this ski school you can take group lessons according to age. They are designed for beginners, not for improving technique, and that is why the only distinction in the groups is between adults (over 13 years old) and children (between 8 and 12 years old). There are also groups for those who want to learn snowboarding.
If you want to improve your skills, it’s best to book private lessons. They are available for one to three hours, for half a day or for the whole day, for those who want to improve their skiing or snowboarding.
It is also possible to learn to ski with Easyski. Here, all groups have a maximum of 10 people and are divided according to age. To start with, there is a group for babies between 2 and 4 years old, where you can leave the little ones in the care of professionals or enjoy fun mornings with them. There is also another group for children between 4 and 13 years old, where classes are offered for 5 or 6 days at various levels.
For teenagers between 12 and 18 years old, group freeride lessons are offered, although it is required that participants know how to ski on any slope. They can also be booked for 5 or 6 days. In addition, there are group lessons for over 18s at various levels, starting with beginners. Finally, there are private ski lessons for all levels.
There is no more complete school than ESF for learning to ski on your trip to Alpe d’Huez. To start with, it offers lessons for children under 4 years old, and they can be booked for the whole day, mornings only or afternoons only for 6 days. The same applies to children between 4 and 12 years old, although in this case there is also a competition group. And it is also possible to contract the children’s meals to let them enjoy the whole day.
There are also classes for teenagers between 13 and 17 years old, which are divided into groups of 10 students. Freestyle lessons are also available for this age group, although only during the most popular dates. In addition, for everyone over the age of 18 there are group lessons for a maximum of 10 people, also for 6 days and with the possibility of hiring the whole day or only half of it. And only available for adults, off-piste skiing lessons can also be booked.
In addition, there are also age groups for those who want to learn snowboarding, as well as Nordic skiing lessons or groups for hiking in Alpe d’Huez. Finally, there is also the possibility of hiring private lessons.
Finally, from the official website of Alpe d’Huez, you can contact independent instructors, specifying age range, levels offered, and languages spoken by each instructor, as well as whether they offer private or group lessons. There, you can specify the age range, levels offered, and languages spoken by each instructor, as well as whether they offer private or group lessons. Don’t wait to learn to ski on your trip to Alpe d’Huez!
Transport in Alpe d’Huez
There are many ways to get to Alpe d’Huez, such as by car or taxi, or even shared vans. For them there are 7 different parkings (some free and some paid) in areas close to the station. However, the ski resort is known for its encouragement of public transport, especially buses.
For this reason, there is a bus service to get you to the resort offered by Alpe d’Huez itself, with different lines during the ski season. Firstly, line A will take you from Huez to the slopes so that you can make your transfers in the area in a responsible manner. Line B will take you from Héliotropes to the airport. Line C also circles around the slopes and important places in the resort.
And to make sure you are not cut off at night, a shuttle bus runs every season from Huez to the airport. Lastly, the line R runs around all the important areas of the ski resort.
Alpe d’Huez mountain resort in summer
Alpe d’Huez offers summer activities for all tastes and ages. Just as in winter, you will find the famous rail sledge, which offers a one kilometre descent and guaranteed thrills.
You can also play pétanque on the courts provided for this purpose. These courts are only open in summer. They will allow you to get together with your family or friends for a game of bowls.
When you think of mountains, you think of hiking. From the Pic Blanc and the Meije you can admire the whole resort and its surroundings.
Hotels in Alpe d’Huez
Chamois d’Or *****
The hotel is a spacious, genuine and cosy mountain chalet, tucked away at the peak of the resort, with a superb location directly next to the major ski lifts and ski schools.
Real skiing is possible from the ski room. The Lodge has 42 rooms including 5 suites.
It is the only one in Alpe d’Huez from which there is DIRECT access, on skis, to the main lifts at 50 metres, as well as to the ski schools at 100 metres.
The indoor swimming pool with sauna, hammam and jacuzzi, the large south-facing terrace, the refined cuisine and the warm welcome in a very cosy setting, will all contribute to a successful holiday and a well-deserved rest. Children will also be able to enjoy the two playrooms at their disposal.
In addition, the spa team will advise guests on the best treatments (massages, facials, body treatments, aromatic baths) to help them regain their well-being and vitality.
In the heart of Alpe d’Huez is the PopAlp hotel, a unique establishment that takes its inspiration from the PopArt art movement. This hotel has even decorated its balconies and façade with colourful skis, as well as the resort’s logo, which are sure to catch your eye.
The hotel has 28 rooms, including a family suite, decorated in a style that is undoubtedly innovative and modern. In addition, in this establishment you can enjoy delicious breakfasts that will give you the energy you need to make the most of skiing in Alpe d’Huez. It is also possible to have a glass of wine while tasting some carefully selected tapas to introduce you to the local gastronomy. And of course, as a family hotel, there is a restaurant suitable for children.
Finally, the hotel is not only family-friendly, but also has a babysitting service. Pets are also allowed for an extra charge. In addition, it also has a private car park and two rooms for people with reduced mobility.
Grande Rousse Hotel ****
At the foot of the slopes and in the centre of the resort, the Grandes Rousses hotel has a unique location in Alpe d’Huez. A family-run hotel at the top since 1902, its new extension offers this emblematic hotel a synergy of top-of-the-range services.
Created in a cosy and elegant atmosphere, the hotel invites the unique experience of a cosy and modern chalet, while offering vast spaces where everyone can find their place. Valet parking and luggage service, private shuttle, concierge service, covered car park, integrated ski-shop and concept store, fitness room, conference room, reception & wedding room of 230 m², which can be divided into 4 independent areas, transformed during the school holidays into a kids’ and teens’ room, coworking and projection room.
The Chalet Hôtel Alp’Azur is ideally situated in the middle of the resort, within easy reach of restaurants, shopping, the swimming pool and a skating rink.
The Chalet Hotel has a south-facing terrace with panoramic views of the mountains and the resort.
Skiing in Alpe d’Huez : the resort’s main strengths
✅ A sunny year-round ski and mountain resort.
✅ An ecological and environmental conscience.
✅ A wide choice of restaurants and accommodation.
✅ A diverse and varied range of activities for all ages.
✅ Various snowparks for freestyle lovers.
✅ Ski schools for children and adults.