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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 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…
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
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.
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!