Ski Holidays In Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez is a large French ski resort, which is part of the Grandes Rousses Massif ski area. Alpe d’Huez offers a good range of runs for skiers of all types and ability. It is a particularly good place to learn to ski and hone your skills but is also the perfect destination for groups with mixed abilities.

The après ski is great too with a wide range of entertainment available that is suitable for all ages, but it is the fantastic skiing that brings people back year after year.

Skiing In Alpe d’Huez

This beautiful skiing area offers something for everyone, no matter what level of skier/snowboarder you are, you will find what you are looking for in Alpe d’Huez. Intermediate skiers are especially well catered for; the 16km Sarenne run is the longest, but the easiest black run in the Alps, it is perfect for those intermediate skiers who are ready to step up to skiing black runs. If you are a thrill-seeker Le Tunnel is fantastic, it is a tough but exhilarating black run that will push you to the limit.

Alpe d’Huez is a fantastic resort for snowboarders; there are two extensive terrain parks and plenty of places to go off-piste, making it ideal for those who enjoy freeriding. For beginners, there is a dedicated area with simple boxes, rails, kickers where you can learn the basic tricks and techniques. Experienced boarders can test their skills on the awesome Skier X World Championship course. From here, you have the option to hop across to Les Deux Alpes and test your skills on the snowpark there.

For those who want to introduce their children to skiing, there are several great ski schools available. The large children’s skiing area is located at the top of the Telecentre lift at the Rond Point des Pistes. Some of the ski schools take 3 to 4 year olds, but the classes only last a couple of hours as to not overexert the children. Once your child reaches the age of five, most ski schools will take them for 3-hour lessons. If your child is under 3 it is sometimes possible to book private lessons for them. In addition, there is a nursery in the resort, that takes children from the age of two and a half.

Cross-country skiers can enjoy 50kms of well-maintained trails, whilst if you fancy a go of night skiing, there is a 1km run on the edge of the village that is lit up twice a week for a couple of hours.

Accommodation In Alpe d’Huez

There is plenty of accommodation in and around the village. Whether you are looking for a small studio, a large apartment or good quality self catering chalets you will find what you are looking for here.

The self-catering apartments offer the best value for money. The fact so much of this type of accommodation is available means that there is plenty of competition, which keeps standards high. Many of the self-catering residences include access to extra facilities like pools, baby facilities and childcare. The residence Maeva Les Mélèzes is a great example of this type. The residence Les Bergers is another popular accommodation choice amongst our customers, with it benefitting from a being a ski in, ski out. Below you will find links to more accommodation options we work with in the ‘Alp D’Huez resort.

Apres Ski In Alpe d’Huez

Avoriaz is not the liveliest resort out there but there are still plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs to enjoy. On the slopes, the Cookie Cafe is a popular stop-off for snacks and drinks and Le Yeti is great for après ski fun. The Le Tavaillon Bar is popular with sports fans who want to enjoy British style drinks and food. Le Bowling Bar offers more than just the usual pub games and has table football, billiards and bowling lanes. If you are looking for a rave, Le Yak is the place to head for, the night may start slowly but by midnight, the place is bouncing, and they stay open until 5am.

When it comes to food there is a great range of options, Changabang is good for burgers and other American classics. One of the most popular restaurants is L’Etage, which specialises in French and Swiss cuisine, but also offers other European favourites. Les Fontaines Blanches is the place to go if you want a bit of fine dining and traditional French food.

There is so much to see and do in Avoriaz that it is hard to know where to start. The resort has invested a lot of money into providing a good après ski experience. Aquariaz is an example of this, a faux jungle is dotted with pools, including a shallow area for the little ones to enjoy. There are also geysers and other water features which are fun and provide a way to ease your aching limbs. For the more active, there is also ice-skating, sledging, helicopter tours and snowmobiling to enjoy.

In April, the resort holds it’s Pipe Ground Festival, when the half pipe is transformed into an area for freestyle skiers. The festival attracts pro-skiers who wow the crowds with demonstrations and competitions. If you want to give pro-skiing a go, you can do so and learn alongside the best freestylers in the world.

Transfers To Alpe d’Huez

Ben’s Bus offers shared Alpe d’Huez Airport Transfers and are almost certainly the cheapest way of getting from the airport to Alpe d’Huez.

The Facts

  • Village Height: 1860m
  • Highest Point: 3330m
  • Longest Run: 16km
  • Largest Vertical Drop: 2230m
  • Total ski area: 249km
  • Cost Indicator: 3

Recommended Bars and Restaurants

  • Smithy’s Tavern
  • Free Ride Cafe
  • Tiger Cafe
  • The Underground
  • Folie Douce

Other Activities

  • Skidooing
  • Snowshoe Walks
  • Paragliding
  • Ice Skating
  • Helicopter Tours

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