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.
We've refurbished the hotel quite extensively since taking it over. It has a subtly contemporary feel, yet still retains its mountain charm with plenty of wooden décor. We've also added an outdoor hot tub (why wouldn't you?) and made access from the slopes easier too.
The entire wellness area has had a refurb 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.
From the hotel to...
Nearest slope: A groomed track to the chairlift is outside the hotel (open for most of the season)
Nearest lift: 50m to l'Eclose chairlift
Equipment hire shop: 200m
Tuition meeting point: 750m (With ESF and accessed by lifts 50m away)
Resort centre: 80m to the old town
About the resort
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: 1860m to 3320m
Number of runs: 114
Range of runs: 32% green, 29% blue, 27% red and 12% black
Our club 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 warming soup plus freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals are a waiter-served three-course set menu with a mix of popular and regionally inspired dishes. You'll have three choices of starter and main and two choices of dessert, all with a vegetarian option. Fresh coffee follows dessert and you can buy drinks to accompany your meal from the bar.
We provide evening meals on six nights a week to leave you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening. For shorter holidays over New Year 2016/17, you still have one night free to explore the resort and local cuisine.
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.
Families and kids
Our Snowbusters club ski school drop-off and pick-up service is available to pre-book at the Escapade. It's for five to 12 year olds who are booked into ski or board school with us. Just drop them off at 9am and we'll get them ready for their lessons. We'll then drop them off with their instructor (making sure they're happy and settled) and meet them again at the end of their lesson.
Afterwards, we'll take them back to the hotel, give them lunch and keep them entertained until 2pm. In the meantime, you can have a morning on the slopes, enjoy a lazy lunch and come back to ski with them in the afternoon.
Neilson Mountain Experts
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's at least one session a day and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Neilson rating: ***
Relaxed bar with small fireplace, snug area and satellite 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
Lift servicing all floors
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Private nanny service available on request
Extras and offers
Children under 15 can receive a discount when sharing a room with at least two adults