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The Lac Blanc sits on its own like an island in the middle of the piste, right next to one of the main lifts in the resort; the DMC gondola. With its identical twin sister chalet taking up the other half of the building, and a snack bar underneath, convenience really is king here. It's so convenient, popping in from the slopes for a cuppa or even just a quick break is easy.
After skiing or boarding right up to the door, head up the stairs past the equipment storage and boot warmers, turn left and you're straight into the modern looking lounge/diner. The first thing that hits you is the large windows and wrap-around balcony which looks out over the resort and slopes. The long dining table is guaranteed to be the scene of banter and plenty of laughs.
The choice of lifts within 100m of the chalet door includes the two-stage DMC gondola which takes you to 2700m or a series of drag lifts. Having this choice makes the Lac Blanc a good option for complete novices or seasoned pros and everyone in-between.
Nearest slopes: On the slopes
Nearest lift: 30m to DMC gondola, 70m to drag lifts
Equipment hire shop: 200m
Tuition meeting point: 30m (ESF)
Resort centre: 500m
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 nearly 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 nightclubs 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: 1860m to 3320m
Number of runs: 114
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
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 free-flowing wine throughout the week, 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.
Most of the seven twin or double rooms are ensuite and of an okay size with comfy beds and plenty of light. Some share a balcony and have views out across the resort and slopes.
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
Neilson rating: ***+
Comfy lounge with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV
Ski storage with heated boot warmers
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Pre-bookable private nanny service available on request - email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and availability
Your chalet hosts live in
Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet
Departure airports: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours