Even if you’re only here for a few days, Alpe d’Huez is a brilliant resort to explore. Ski or snowboard as much of the Grand Domaine’s 250km of pistes as possible during your weekend or midweek break: including the legendary Sarenne run – Europe’s longest black piste – if you want to tick something off the Alpine bucket list.
Most of the short break accommodation here is catered chalets, bundling in breakfasts, afternoon teas and suppers with wine in the overall cost of accommodation.
There are a few half board hotels too, providing breakfasts and dinners on site, moments from your room. This keeps everything simple, letting you focus your precious time away on enjoying the resort and leave the housework to your chalet hosts or hotel staff.
When it comes to getting here, the closest airport is Grenoble (GNB) at just over an hour and a half away – ensuring you spend as much time as possible on the mountains rather than the road. Next up in nearness are Lyon (LYS) and Chambery (CMF), from which the drive takes a couple of hours. If you’re flying into Geneva, you’re looking at a journey time to resort of 2h 45.
Make up for time spent on the transfer by picking a chalet or hotel that has doorstep skiing or a slope or ski lift within a short walk away. Pre-ordering your ski passes and equipment hire so it’s ready to collect when you arrive helps save time too. You’ll be able to spend full days on the slopes if you want to, catching the first lift in the morning and skiing back at the end of the day – and when you’re only in resort for 3 or 4 days, every second of slope time counts.
Look out for accommodation that comes with hot tubs and saunas as added luxuries, which’ll ensure you’re well rested during your downtime.
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