Alpe d'Huez is nicknamed the 'island in the sun' due to having on average over 300 sunny days a year. It is one of 7 resorts that make up the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine. There is an efficient lift system in place that is accessible from 7 different locations throughout the town, so wherever you are, you won’t be too far from a ski lift.
The resort is highly suited to families with its beautiful, rustic comforting village which is great for family ski holidays. There are many great ski schools and lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Alpe d'Huez is a beginners paradise, there are some highly regarded ski schools and with with a whopping 52km of green pistes you will be mastering your new skills in no time. There are many runs which are ‘beginners only’ so you can learn without too much traffic. If you’re feeling confident, try some of the blue runs coming down from the main mountain and the signal sector back into Alpe d’Huez.
There is a really impressive selection of runs for intermediates with over 100 blue and red runs there is plenty of choice for exploring the mountain. The main Couloir blue run that comes down from the top of the gondola’s a brilliant one for early intermediates. Fearless intermediates should enjoy most of the super-long black runs from Pic Blanc and there are some lovely long runs down to Oz and Vaujany.
Experts have a selection of black runs to add to the off-piste offerings and heli-skiing, with some of the most testing terrain in france. A greatly difficult run is the well known Le Tunnel which trails through an old mining shaft into a steep decent over bumpy moguls, this route should not be taken lightly, many skiers end up only getting half way and side-stepping the rest of the run.
Alpe D’huez is outstanding for snowboarders, with plenty of on and off piste terrain. There are a few flat spots to negotiate but nothing that the experienced rider can’t handle. The high altitude off-piste, suitable for thrill-seeking expert skiers and boarders is extensive and well renowned.
There are many other activities to enjoy if your fancying some time off the slopes, with things like:
- Walking trails
- Dog sledding
- Snow biking
- Snow tubing
- Sleigh rides
- Ice driving and many more!
There is a huge variety when it comes to eating out, from all things french to international dishes such as American burgers, Italian pizzas, pastas even some sushi! Nightlife here is very lively, where dancing and live music continues into the early hours. Whatever your mood, you will find something that tickles your fancy.