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Hotel Pic Blanc's incredible views across the Romanche valley, the surrounding mountains and the Pic Blanc glacier will blow your mind. The owners have purposefully made massive picture windows for you to enjoy the scenery.
This is a charming, chalet-style hotel just 70m from the nearest lift. The place is filled with cosy lounge areas complete with open fires, ideal for some relaxed après, and plenty of wellness facilities to ease any achy muscles.
Being south-facing, you can expect long hours of sun (when it's not snowing!), and what better way to get set for a day on the slopes than watching the sunrise over the mountains? The atmosphere is really friendly and laid-back making it great for the family who also enjoy a little peace and quite.
Nearest lift: 70m
Tuition meeting point: 80m
Resort centre: 150m (Bergers Area)
Located on a slightly sloping plateau at the foot of a very impressive mountain, Alpe d'Huez is a real mix of old and new. From the slopes, it's really quite pretty to look at with its mostly low-rise buildings and distinct districts. There's easy access to the slopes from all areas of the resort thanks to a well thought out lift system.
Many resorts claim to be an ‘all-rounder' but in Alpe d'Huez's case, it really is. 238kms of varied slopes sees to that; two snow parks, wide-open beginner slopes and some pretty crazy black runs including one that's accessed through a tunnel and another that's the longest in Europe at 17kms!
Alpe d'Huez has a higher than average amount of sunny days per year than most ski resorts. Work your tan at one of the many mountain restaurants whilst enjoying a delicious Vin Chaud and a welcome leg rest.
As the slopes comes to a close, the resort keeps going with a huge array of nightlife. Choose from small little family-run restaurants, cosy mountain pubs or night-clubs to dance the night away in.
Area size: 238km
Linked resorts: Not linked but your lift pass covers one days' skiing in Les Deux Alpes, Montgenèvre, Puy St Vincent or Serre Chevalier. Transport is not included.
Resort altitude: 1860m
Skiing altitude: 1125m to 3330m
Number of runs: 131
Range of runs: 32% green, 29% blue, 27% red and 12% black
Lifts: 42 drags, 27 chairs, 7 gondolas and 6 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 50km
Snowmaking: 22% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Relax those muscles in the sauna, steam room and hot tub after a day of sledging, snowboarding, skiing or maybe just some shopping. There is a small charge to use the wellness area, or head to the indoor pool for free.
If you need a bit more relaxation, try one of the long list of massage or beauty treatments. The spa here really is a lovely place to really relax and unwind.
Take advantage of the half board offering and fuel up for the day with a large buffet breakfast. Then after a long day on the slopes finish up with a four-course evening meal served in the Terrasses du Rif Briant restaurant with regional specialities and traditional recipes.
If you like some peace and tranquillity you're going to like the 92 rooms at Hotel Pic Blanc. The classic or larger superior rooms are all comfortable with sophisticated décor, lovely soft-furnishings and balconies with pistes or resort views.
Features include free Wi-Fi, mini-safe, minibar and all bedrooms have hairdryers, some have separate toilets to the bathroom too.
Official rating: ****
Spa facilities available
24 hour reception
Departure airports: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours