1. Alpe d’Huez
Resort height: 1860m
Top lift height: 3320m
Total snowfall in 2016/17: 425cm
Average December snow depth: 58cm
First week: 16 December 2017
Alpe d’Huez boasts over 300 sunny days a year and last season it had 42 snowy days – sounds like the perfect weather ski resort! It sits on a high plateau in the Southern Alps with some of the most spectacular sunsets around.
The highest point of the resort is on the Pic Blanc Glacier which sits at 3320m and is easily accessed from the centre of town by a gondola and cable car ride. Even non-skiers should head up as the views are truly incredible. The ground seems to drop away from you and you really do feel like you’re on top of the world.
You can tell this is a good choice for early season snow as the resort actually opens in the first week of December, although our first holidays don’t go until a couple of weeks after that. The first few weeks of a season are always a fun time to be in Alpe d’Huez as you feel like you have the 238km of pistes all to yourself.