Ride in to summer 2020
Head to the Escapade if you're looking for convenience and a welcoming place to rest your head and ski legs. It sits right next to a piste on a small side road, ensuring it's a quiet but handy place to spend your holidays. The chalet hotel has a subtle contemporary feel, yet still retains its mountain charm with plenty of wooden décors.
The entire wellness area has been refurbished to make it a really relaxing place to soothe away any aches and pains. The outdoor hot tub is a particular treat. Dunk your head under and wait for your hair to freeze whilst watching people make their final turns of the day on the slopes.
Those looking to mix with like-minded holidaymakers will love the chalet-style dining and cosy bar area. Grab a drink, a seat and a board game in one of the snug areas then settle down for some proper old-fashioned evening entertainment.
Nearest slope: A groomed track to the Alpe Express cabin lift is outside the hotel (open for most of the season)
Nearest lift: 50m to Alpe Express cabin lift
Equipment hire shop: 600m
Tuition meeting point: 750m (With ESF and accessed by lifts 50m away)
Resort centre: 80m to the old town
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 come 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
We've refurbished the entire wellness area to make it a 'go to' place to soothe any aches and pains away. Enjoy the indoor hot tub, sauna and steam room, or for a real treat, grab a spot in the outdoor hot tub and watch the sunset as you relax with friends new and old.
Our chalet board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. Your daily afternoon tea of freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals are a three-course set-menu with regionally inspired dishes and served with complimentary wine, all followed by fresh coffee. We provide evening meals on six nights a week leaving you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening.
The hotel's 28 ensuite rooms vary in size, sleeping between two and four people. All have been partly refurbished with new soft furnishings and wall art. Some have views out across the slopes and some have a balcony too. The bathrooms are small but well appointed and the toilet is often separate. You'll also find luxurious Temple Spa toiletries in each bathroom.
Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There are at least three sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts
Free lift pass for the group organiser when 12+ people pre-book a lift pass
Children under 15 can receive a discount when sharing a room with at least two adults
Neilson rating: ***
Relaxed bar with snug area and TV
Large sun terrace
Wellness area with sauna, steam room, indoor and outdoor hot tub
Restaurant with chalet-style dining (some shared tables)
Free Wi-Fi in the public areas
Ski storage with heated boot warmers
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Departure airports: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours