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Alpe d'Huez

Grab your sunnies and hit the snowsure slopes of Alpe d'Huez in France. Being at 1860m and having south-facing slopes (including the glacier), it's no surprise it's also known as ‘Island of the Sun'.  

 

Alpe d'Huez really is a great all-rounder. Beginners will love the wide-open runs above the resort. Intermediates can cruise the 238km of runs all week and the advanced can push themselves on steep black runs, couloirs and some pretty decent off-piste.

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At a glance...
  • 238km ski area
  • Snowsure with a glacier
  • Perfect for beginners & intermediates
  • Lively nightlife
  • Saturday flying from Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham or Manchester
  • 2 hour transfer

The fun doesn't stop once the slopes close. There's plenty of chances for holiday indulgences like swimming under the stars, open air ice skating or even a helicopter ride over the beautiful mountain scenery.

 

The nightlife is excellent too. The resort is split into roughly four areas with a great selection of bars and restaurants to choose from in each one. It's also home to one of the now legendary 'Folie Douce' bars, so make sure you stop in for a drink and a dance.

On the mountain

Wide-open and gentle beginner runs skirt the village for a perfect learning environment. The slopes progress to wider, cruising runs above the Altiport area making it a mecca for intermediate skiers and boarders thanks to the endless cruisy runs.

 

For a challenge, the advanced should take on the infamous Tunnel black run or the 16km Sarenne, but only if you’re good enough! Everyone should head for Pic Blanc at least once. It's the highest point in Alpe d'Huez at 3330m and has a huge panorama on a clear day. Don't worry, you can always get the cable car back down if you don't want to!

Alpe d'Huez resort stats

Resort altitude: 1860m

Skiing altitude: 1120m to 3320m

Glacier: Yes

Ski area size: 238km in the Grand Domaine area

Number of runs: 114

Range of runs: 32% green, 29% blue, 27% red and 12% black

Lifts: 42 drags, 27 chairlifts, 7 gondolas and 6 cable cars

Night skiing: Yes

Cross country trails: 50km

Snowmaking: 22% runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

Alpe d'Huez travel info

Departure airports: Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow or Manchester

Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airport: Grenoble

Flying time: approx. 2 hours 

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours

Off the mountain

The resort is split into roughly four areas with restaurants and bars packed into each - you’ll be totally spoilt for choice. 

 

There’s a huge variety of non-ski activities with swimming under the stars, open-air ice skating and a visit to the stylish sports centre the most popular – the lift pass gives free entry.

 

Alpe d'Huez is livelier than many French resorts with the added attraction of a ‘Folie Douce’ après-ski bar on the mountain.

Dont miss...

Alpe d'Huez has its own dedicated toboggan run perfect for an afternoon off your skis or snowboard. Or why not show off your artistic skills and try your hand at ice carving. Go for a dip in the local outdoor pool or take to the ice for some ice skating. 

 

For adrenaline junkies, have a go at ice climbing, its harder than it looks. Or for some serious downhill speed, try airboarding. Think body boarding on snow!

Alpe d'Huez snow report

Snow due
27th Feb

7cm expected

Next 5 days
33cm

Total expected

Depth upper
160cm

Current Depth

Depth lower
90cm

Current Depth

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