Alpe d’Huez

Situated in the middle of the stunning Grandes Rousses Massif in the Alps, Alpe d’Huez offers the opportunity to wander through a wonderfully preserved and still working Osian village, sample a fantastic range of restaurants serving local cuisine, enjoy a range of après ski activities you’d be hard pushed to better anywhere in the Alps and, of course, experience superb skiing for all levels.

Alpe d’Huez truly is a resort where everyone can be happy. It has the reputation as one of the most snow sure resorts due to the altitude and also the sunniest ski area in the Alps boasting an average of 300 days sunshine per year. The resort is perfect for a mixed group of different level. The first area (just above the main village) has lots of lovely wide green and blue runs, perfect for those just finding their snow feet. Up the next level of lifts and you’ll find more challenging blues and reds and if you go all the way up the glacier all the runs down are blacks and even the most accomplished skier won’t get bored with the likes of “The Tunnel” to focus on.

The runs above the village do tend to get pretty busy though so a great tip we picked up from Celine in the local Tourist Office is to take advantage of the excellent lift systems and all those linked runs covered by your ski pass and take a proper ski journey across to Oz or Vaujany. Visiting both of these pretty villages will give you more of a sense of the history of the area and because they are both lower, the tree lined pistes make a nice change from the exposed mountain face skiing of Alpes d’Huez. Vaujany in particular is a great spot to ski to for lunch and although we didn’t make to Les Airelles restaurant on the approach to Montfrais we hear this can be the ideal resting spot.

There are a great range of hotels and accommodations to choose from. We stayed at Le Caribou on Route de la Poste and only a two minute walk to the first lift up. Just recently refurbished in a cool modern style this place is really good value and the restaurant downstairs is a popular spot with non guest too.

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Essential Information

Vertical Drop2,000m
Top Elevation 3,330m
Total Pistes 131
Terrain Black 16 (66km) Red 40 (77km) Blue 34 (55km) Green 41 (52km)
Lifts 84
Cable cars 6
Total X-Country 60km
Snow Making 920 snow cannons

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