Alpe d’Huez is the resort to visit if you are looking for emotion. You can make the best of the huge ski area from sunrise to sunset and enjoy even more sensations thanks to its après-ski activities.
This article presents five good reasons to pick Alpe d’Huez for your next ski destination.
1. Breath-taking panoramic views
Alpe d’Huez has developed since 1936 at an altitude of 1,860m in the Grandes Rousses mountains.
From its summit at 3,300m, Pic Blanc offers a panoramic view of 1/5th of mainland France, and a whole ocean of mountain peaks.
With its diverse range of exceptional landscapes, including the nearby Écrins national park, this view has even been given a 3-star rating by the Michelin Guide.
2. An exceptional ski area
What is unique about the ski area: you can ski for miles without taking a ski lift!
With a total altitude drop of 2,200m over 150km, the resort’s 120 marked slopes guarantee safe skiing, regardless of your skill level.
The ski area configuration is ideal for beginners: 34 green runs and 31 blue runs can be accessed by ski lifts starting directly in the resort.
4 theme slopes add even more fun to the ski area.
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Alpe d’Huez has a large snowpark, divided into 2 zones: the blue and red level “discovery” zone, comprising 2 slopestyle lines with 3 tables and 5 easy boxes, and a black level “expert” zone demanding good technique, with 2 slopestyle lines, 4 tables and 10 rails to fulfil all your jumping and gliding desires.
These 2 zones enable riders to make progress and improve their skills, while having maximum fun.
A legendary slope! Sarenne Sunset
Calling all good skiers: you probably know that Sarenne, which starts at an altitude of 3,300m, is Europe’s longest black run. It will take you between 30 and 40 minutes to ski the full length of its 16km. A unique sensation of an unending slope that will delight the most deserving skiers.A novel and unforgettable experience skiing under the stars: ski the legendary Sarenne slope at sunset!
In Alpe d’Huez, you will always find slopes to suit your skills and preferences.
3. Off-piste skiing accessible to all
The off-piste area is one of the largest and most varied in the French Alps! There are more than 70 itineraries. Whether you are looking for steep slopes or long, easy ski excursions, the mountain guides in Alpe d’Huez propose itineraries to suit all levels of ability and requirements!
Our 5 favourite off-piste itineraries:
• Côtes du Rivet: the most accessible
• Combe du Loup: a classic
• Grand Sablat glacier: a classic on the glacier
• Col de la Pyramide: a prodigious itinerary
• Pic Bayle: the most sumptuous
4. Fill up on emotions
People often say that there is always something going on in Alpe d’Huez!
And it is more than just an impression. The resort is particularly dynamic and organises a wide range of festive, innovative events. The sports and congress centre and its 26 activities, an open-air swimming pool, an open-air ice rink, a sledge on rails that can be combined with a virtual reality experience, ski-joering, etc.
You can also take a helicopter trip from the resort to get a bird’s-eye view of Alpe d’Huez and its surrounding area. You can go the summit just for a walk, or to go from one resort to another. There is something for everyone, no matter what your preferences!
5. Easy access
Alpe d’Huez is very easy to get to by road, train or plane from anywhere. A number of bus services provide a quick and easy link to the resort from Lyon and Geneva airports. Shuttle services are timed to coincide with the main flights.