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Alpe d'Huez

Buckets of off piste and an incredible terrain park make this a freeriding and freestyling paradise - combine this with 250km of pisted runs and you’ve got something for everyone. The town offers a colourful variety of après ski from ice caves to nightclubs and activities for all ages that will put the cherry on top of any ski holiday.

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At a glance: • Glacier Skiing • Awesome Après Ski • 300 days of sunshine

Great for: • Nightlife • Off Piste • Terrain Parks • Groups • Families

Buckets of off piste and an incredible terrain park make this a freeriding and freestyling paradise - combine this with 250km of pisted runs and you’ve got something for everyone. The town offers a colourful variety of après ski from ice caves to nightclubs and activities for all ages that will put the cherry on top of any ski holiday.

Alpe d'Huez Resort

With a transfer time of around 2 hours, Alpe d’Huez is very accessible from Grenoble airport. Established in 1936, it was the first resort in France to be installed with a fully operational ski lift. The resort lies in the Grandes Rousses Massif domain and it is partnered by the smaller mountain villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Villard Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and La Garde, all of which are connected by a free transport system.

The slopes are mainly south facing and as a result the area, known as “L’ile de soleil” (Island of the Sun), experiences plenty of sunshine - averaging 300 days a year.

The resort itself is fairly spread out, divided into 3 sections. Quartier des Jeux is the main central area, with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars as well as an ice-rink and swimming pool. Quartier des Vieil Alpe is the oldest part of the resort and is mostly a residential zone, retaining many of its original buildings. There are some traditional family -run restaurants in this section that can be found by taking a wander around the back streets. The final section, Quartier des Bergers is the newest part of town, containing a lot of self-catered apartments as well as some good places to eat, drink and shop.

There is a really efficient lift system in place that is accessible from 7 different locations throughout the town, so wherever you are, you won’t be too far from a ski lift. In terms of lift passes, if you’re here just for the skiing then the Grand Domaine Ski Pass is the one to get. It gives you access to ski in the neighbouring resorts of Les Deux Alpes and Serre Chevalier as well as full access to the 250km of pistes. There are also a variety of walkers passes and shorter term passes for non-skiers and occasional skiers.

Stats & FAQ

Location: France, Alps.

Established: 1936

Open: December – April

Downhill: 250km

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Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Grenoble (GNB)158km 1h50m
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  • 52km 21%

  • 132km 53%

  • 66km 26%

Top Altitude:3330m
Bottom Altitude:1130m
Resort Altitude:1860m
Longest run:16km
Slope Orientation:NSEW
Vertical Drop:2200m
Skiable Vertical:2200m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:Yes

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Downhill Runs:250km
Beginner slopes:21%
Intermediate:53%
Advanced slopes:26%
Lift Pass Price: €225 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Les Deux Alpes, Serre Chevalier

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez has had sun and snow galore since 1936. And with a whopping 52km of greens, this is an excellent place for beginners. The easiest skiing is above the village and Les Bergers and there are plenty of wide open runs underneath the DMC gondola, many being ‘beginners only’ so you can learn without too much traffic. If you’re feeling confident, try some of the blue runs coming down from the main mountain and the signal sector back into Alpe d’Huez.

There is a really impressive selection of runs for intermediates with over half the ski area ranked either blue or red - try the Canyon run if you’re looking for a bit of a challenge. The main Couloir blue run that comes down from the top of the gondola’s a brilliant one for early intermediates.

Advanced skiers will have an absolute ball. The black Tunnel run that streams down from the Pic Blanc summit is goose-pimplingly steep, while the Sarenne from the same peak mightn’t be as pitchy but is the longest of its kind in the Alps at 13km. In good snow conditions, the steep La Fuma down to Le Chatelard Maronne is superb and the Col de Cluy from Signal de l’Homme is long and takes you away from all the lifts. Off the piste, there are endless possibilities – it’s definitely worth hiring a guide if you really want to get the best out of the terrain.

Alpe D’huez is outstanding for snowboarders, with plenty of on and off piste terrain. There are a few flat spots to negotiate but nothing that the experienced rider can’t handle. The huge park at the top section of the Grandes Rousses gondola will keep park rats fully satisfied and beginners should check out the easier park above Vaujany.

Alpe d'Huez Apres Ski

If you like live music, try the Underground in Vieil Alpe, which combines a pleasant atmosphere with bands playing most nights. Smithys tavern is a proven success in the neighbouring resort of Les Deux Alpes and the Smithy’s in Alpe D’Huez has drinks promotions and healthy portions of Tex-Mex to match. If you can’t bear to miss an important game whilst in France then The Sports Bar is the best spot to watch live sports. L’igloo is the place to go if you want to party late into the night.

Alpe d’huez has all of the usual culinary delights you’d expect in the mountains. To sample some traditional French food, head to Au P’tit Creux or for Tex-Mex, Smithy’s Tavern has a great selection of ribs, chicken wings and burgers. L’Origan is a very popular pizzeria, located opposite the ice rink. If you’re looking for something a little different, try Lily Muldoons for some traditional Irish treats like Guinness and beef pie. Up the mountain, Chalet du Lac Besson is a great little place, which is much quieter than the usual mountain restaurants at lunch time.

Off the slopes, there is a real mix of high octane activities as well as things that are slighty more relaxing! Alpe D’huez has its very own museum to check out and the heated outdoor swimming pool is usually free to use with your liftpass. For thrill seekers, there are the usual offerings of snowmobiling and paragliding as well as an ice driving school to check out. There are also 250km of well-marked walker’s trails for non-skiers. For some of the most stunning views, take a helicopter across to Les Deux Alpes for an exciting day trip.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Alpe d'Huez

When is the best time to ski Alpe d'Huez?

The season usually runs from mid-December to the end of April and with glacier and height of the resort, stretching up to 3,300m, this is one of the most snow sure resorts in the Alps. This is also complimented by extensive snowmaking on the main runs above Alpe d’Huez, Vaujany and Oz. The Ski area has slopes that face S SW NW which makes sure that you won’t freeze early in the season! January and February often have the best snow and because of the majority of the slopes in Alpe d’Huez are south facing, there are plenty of sunny slopes to ski on.

The flipside of having sunny slopes is that in springtime the lower slopes can get a little slushy, especially towards the end of the day, but as long as you get up nice and early then you will still find great snow to ski on higher up. If you are coming during the peak times of Christmas, New Year, Half-Term and Easter then you can expect some queues in the morning but thanks to an excellent system of fast lifts, once you get a little higher up the queues aren’t a problem.

Peak Dates

You’ll enjoy a special buzz at Christmas in Alpe d’Huez. The town is beautifully lit to make it feel like a real winter wonderland. Look out for special festive menus in the local restaurants and the wintery Christmas markets. Browse Alpe d'Huez Christmas ski holidays ‣

At New Year, Alpe d’Huez has plenty to offer for families and party goers alike. The spectacular torchlit descent and firework display are something to behold. There are fancy dress parties at a range of popular venues so pack your best outfit and toast the New Year in style! Browse Alpe d'Huez New Year ski holidays ‣

Half-term in Alpe d’Huez is a brilliant time for families with loads of activities like swimming and the ice caves to take advantage of. Snow conditions are usually top notch at this time of year and the modern lift system in resort will ensure that you don’t spend all your time queuing! Browse Alpe d'Huez Half Term ski holidays ‣

Dubbed “the island of the sun”, Easter in Alpe d’Huez is fantastic for a sunny holiday. There are loads of things to do like the Easter egg hunt around the resort. Ski till the snow gets soft and then take advantage of the brilliant après ski on offer. Browse Alpe d'Huez Easter ski holidays ‣

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Average Rating 4.3 out of 5
I really recommend this resort, it’s a top resort. There are some really long runs, there’s the longest black in Europe which I think is about 16km. It’s a very good ski area and ideal for all round skiing, there is something for all levels. We are intermediate to advanced but we had some people with us who ... + more
Colin Yeates, West Sussex
5 out of 5
This was a return trip to Alpe d’Huez. The snow conditions weren’t great anywhere at the beginning of the season although we were lucky because it snowed while we were there. Alpe d’Huez is big and varied and that’s what saved the holiday – despite the poor snow conditions the snow cannons were doing a goo... + more
Snowboarder Mike, Kent
5 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez is an excellent, all-purpose resort. The skiing is fantastic for all abilities, with very challenging runs and very easy runs too. A good run is the Sarenne which is black graded but actually really easy because it’s so long – 16km. Round the back towards Vaujany the skiing is really beautifu... + more
Mr Li, Borehamwood
4 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez is an awesome place, it’s south facing so you get sun all afternoon. I’d definitely recommend it to beginners: my wife is a beginner skier and all the lower button lifts are free, so we didn’t bother with buying her a ski pass until the last couple of days, which saved a lot of money. Alpe d’Hu... + more
Timothy Chan, Werrington
5 out of 5
I’ve been here a few times. It’s a good, lively resort. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, lots going on. Everything is within a few minutes’ walk. The ski area is large and varied, so there’s enough to keep you busy all week. It’s a good place to move on from being a beginner to an intermediate. Th... + more
Nicholas Chapman, London
5 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez has a big area for skiing with lots of different sections and stuff for all levels. If you came as a mixed group of different abilities it would be perfect and if you were here for the first time, the beginner slopes looked really good too. We were here in March and didn’t have to queue long for t... + more
Caroline Hammer, Chelmsford
5 out of 5
The resort is massive, much bigger than what we’re used to. There’s plenty of slopes catering for everyone, which suited our mixed-ability group perfectly. It’s also very easy to visit neighbouring resorts from here. We visited Auris via a series of chair lifts, which was lovely – and there are lots of othe... + more
Jane, Bristol
5 out of 5
Because I snowboard I tend to look for places that don’t have any drag lifts and the only one I saw in Alpe d’Huez was at the ski school, so I would definitely recommend it to other boarders. It was a bit too sunny - middle of March and the last day was 18°C – which meant that everything was a bit soft and ... + more
Snowboarder21, Worcestershire
5 out of 5
Another fantastic week in Alpe d’Huez. I personally think it’s the best ski resort in the Alps. It tends to be more French than British because of where it’s located in the Alps. You have access to a good mixture of terrain. There’s a lot to do with a lot of facilities in the town – though as we were on a ... + more
Peter, Stamford
5 out of 5
A lovely week in Alpe d’Huez with a perfect mix of hot sunshine and snow. I’d been before and the reason I returned was mainly that it’s so huge, with loads of pistes and good snow. I would recommend it to anyone intermediate or experienced. The O Bar is really good with great food and drink. + more
Andy,
5 out of 5
My first time to Alpe and I really enjoyed it, it’s a very good area with very good skiing. It covers all sorts of levels which is good for all abilities. The altitude is good and the way it sits is a real positive – you’re not just getting snow, you’re getting good quality snow. Lower resorts would get slo... + more
Miller Chip, Warwickshire
4 out of 5
We liked Alpe d’Huez and all said we’d go back. The ski area’s very good and covers most levels, with stuff for expert skiers and a fair bit of off piste. + more
Raymond Dean, East Ayrshire
4 out of 5
We had a really good first ski trip here – we didn’t use any of the tuition but the beginner to intermediate part of the resort is really good and we had good weather in the main apart from our first run of the week! My advice to others who are new to the resort would be to take a day away from your skis and ... + more
Phil, Bristol
4 out of 5
We liked Alpe d’Huez very much, it delivered all we wanted from our family ski holiday. You can ski high, and even in the afternoons when it got slushy (we visited in April), there was plenty to ski and plenty of restaurants and other things to do. The kids loved Folie Douce which has live music and nice food ... + more
Anon, Cambridgeshire
4 out of 5
We had good snow and I thought the Alpe d’Huez ski area was pretty good. We were on mainly blue and red runs, there aren’t that many blacks and it’s definitely more of a beginner’s resort. Because it was half term and a popular place for learners, the green and blue areas were busy. But if you went further ... + more
Anon., Jersey
4 out of 5
Weather included a bit of everything – a couple of days when it was lovely and sunny, a reasonable amount of powder and what wasn’t quite a white out, but did have reduced visibility. In general, the ski area could have done with more snow. It’s a good ski area with a mix of everything, the only thing if you... + more
Mrs Fry, West Sussex
4 out of 5
It was January... And we were skiing with just T-shirts under our jackets and having lunch out on sun loungers - the weather was just sublime! The views were tremendous and the skies were so blue. It’s a good ski area – because it was warm in the day and cold at night the snow was crisp until 10am, then quite... + more
Anon, Cheshire
4 out of 5
It was our first time here. It’s a very small ski area compared with what we are used to. We usually cover at least 60km a day. It’s good for people who want nice, easy runs, and don’t need a huge area; it would be great for beginners. It was a last minute cheap trip and we were happy with it. It was baking ... + more
John C, Bristol
4 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez has so many restaurants and a lot of intermediate runs which we enjoyed – my son had skied 2 years in Niederau before this holiday and he really progressed here. We had beautiful weather, there had been a dump the weekend we arrived and on the Monday and then the rest of the week was blue skies an... + more
Julie McLarry, Barnet
4 out of 5
We actually preferred our other ski holiday in Serre Chevalier last year because Alpe d’Huez was so packed when we went. It was French half term and there were a lot of people - don’t go there over French half term! The off-piste was all torn up by the time we got to it. It got a bit icy as well towards the... + more
Alex & Erin, London
4 out of 5
We liked the skiing and the weather was good – it was the week after New Year which I’m sure was a lot busier! It was a good week apart from the fact that I injured my knee on the first day... I was still able to ski though. There’s a wide choice of skiing levels with a bit of everything and it’s all well s... + more
Brian Shuttleworth, Bath
4 out of 5
This was my first time in Alpe d’Huez and I quite liked it. It’s a good size as it’s one of the bigger resorts, I didn’t want to stay anywhere too small. There are a good number of runs, my brother and his friend were learning to snowboard and it’s pretty much perfect for beginners as there are lots of gre... + more
Franz Phillips, Clapham
4 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez was OK, the snow was good and there are plenty of slopes, I’d certainly recommend it to other boarders. No complaints about the resort itself. It's quite compact so everything is within easy reach. Good supermarkets for getting self-catering bits and bobs. We knew the resort so didn’t need mu... + more
Richard Cable, Cambridge
4 out of 5
This was our first group trip to Alpe d’Huez and it was really good, it has everything you need. There are loads of slopes and a decent park with jumps and rails. If you walk to the top of the hill, Sphere bar has amazing cocktails and there’s also a stock exchange bar where they change the price of dri... + more
Oliver Banfield, Flitwick
4 out of 5
Three days we were here in February it never stopped snowing, it was really cold! Couldn’t fault the ski area, there are plenty of slopes so you never have to ski the same slope twice. We went as families in a group of 12 and without a doubt I’d recommend the area to a mixed group of skiers. It’s not so ... + more
Julian Bussell, Wellington
4 out of 5
I skied here with my family – it was the first time we went skiing so I can’t really compare it to anywhere else, but I really liked it! We stayed over half term but it was actually not that busy as it was half term for the UK but not a school holiday week for France. One thing we really liked about Alpe d’H... + more
Felix Serrano, Colchester
5 out of 5
Been skiing here a few times and thoroughly enjoyed it, the snow we had last year (2013) was superb. You have a variety of runs (if I had to classify it, I’d say it’s pretty much an intermediate ski resort) and everything is all within walking distance. + more
James Parfitt, Pembroke Dock
5 out of 5
We’ve been here several times and actually got engaged here! We like it a lot. The skiing is great for anyone, it’s nice for beginners (there are lots of green slopes) but really it’s good for everyone. There is good nightlife as well. We didn’t go out so much this time because we had our baby with us, but ... + more
Mrs. Fisher, Preston
5 out of 5
I’ve visited Alpe d’huez on two occasions; once briefly in December whilst staying in neighbouring Les Deux Alpes and most recently I stayed in chalet Le Lac Blanc for a week’s holiday. It’s a large resort with a few different areas, so it’s best to know where you’d like to be close to or speak to us ... + more
Kiah, SNO
5 out of 5
I think Alpe d’Huez has great slopes; even though they were icy (we skied late Feb) we had a wonderful time. On the whole the ski area is pretty good for intermediate skiers, and it would have been good for beginners too without the ice. There isn’t much to do other than skiing, though you could maybe occupy ... + more
R. Arora, London
5 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez is very pretty and has a nice feel to it, I liked it and would happily go again! The kids had lessons while we did the whole area which was great, it’s quite a broad area so I would quite like to go back. Our youngest isn’t a very confident skier and there were lots of greens which was great. T... + more
Zogsy,
4 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez was great and we enjoyed it. I’m a boarder so found it a bit tricky (it’s worth being aware that this isn’t a great place to board as there are lots of flat bits). The others who were skiing found it great and overall it’s a good area. + more
C. Davis,
4 out of 5
We had a really good week in Alpe d’Huez – it has good après ski and nightlife (would definitely recommend Folie Douce) and we had quite a good week of snow considering the slow start to the season. If you haven’t been before, try paraskiing! The snowboarding was alright, but not as brilliant as I’ve found... + more
Ben, Shropshire
4 out of 5
We had a very nice time and were extremely lucky with the snow. The trip out was thrown into chaos when Chambery closed because of the Boxing Day 2014 snowfall, but we weren’t unduly delayed – we went out into the carpark and found ourselves a coach! This was our first time skiing Alpe d’Huez and I’ve been ... + more
Happy Skier, Watford
4 out of 5
It was a bit too hot at the end of March, so the snow wasn’t ideal, but we had a good time anyway. It’s a good place to learn and has some nice greens but there are plenty of nice blacks too and you can ski over in Les 2 Alpes. Everyone has to try the Sarenne which is the longest black run in Europe (16km) –... + more
Sam, Cumbria
4 out of 5
This is a lovely resort, I’m not great at skiing but there were plenty of runs that were good for me and more difficult ones which my boyfriend went off and explored. There's quite a few restaurants and bars (but can’t remember the names!) – we had a really good night in a crappy Irish one (can’t remember t... + more
Emma, Milton Keynes
4 out of 5
Didn’t like Alpe d’Huez as much as La Plagne. The layout of the resort isn’t great and the glacier isn’t great – there’s only one way skiing down via the tunnel, or you have to get the gondola. They’d shut some of the lifts because of the weather so the skiing was very limited. + more
Kate, Hertfordshire
3 out of 5
I have lived in Alpe Dhuez for two winter seasons I have a number of friends that love it so much they still live out there all year round. It is home to the longest run in Europe, if not the world, at a staggering 16km. I experienced this famous piste at night time, when skiing it is known as the Sarenne by mo... + more
Ned, Gloucestershire
5 out of 5
Alpe d’huez is a great resort for all seasons; its glacier reaches an impressive 3800m ensuring great snow right up top! With the longest black ski run in Europe and some nice off piste, it also gives the more experienced skier plenty to do! You can stay in two main areas of Alpe d’Huez, Bergers and the old t... + more
Jonnie, Kingston
5 out of 5
It was late in the season and some of the runs back down were closed. It’s a snow sure resort but they just didn’t have much snow at the bottom. You had to get the lift back down. + more
Peter Banister, London
4 out of 5
In terms of skiing it is an absolute heaven for beginners and children as the resort is a giant bowl fed by a huge network of greens that feed straight back into the central ski school meeting point- this means even late on in the season beginners can benefit from lots of greens to choose from as Alpe D’Huez i... + more
Olivia Martin,
4 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez was little bit flatter than Les Deux Alpes from what I can remember. I remember is that their resort logo is a marmotte and I may be completely wrong about that! From what I’ve heard from friends, we all agree it is a really good area for intermediates and beginners, but the snow can suffer later ... + more
Andrew Fyfe, Aberdeen
4 out of 5
Alpe d’Huez was little bit flatter than Les Deux Alpes from what I can remember. I remember is that their resort logo is a marmotte and I may be completely wrong about that! From what I’ve heard from friends, we all agree it is a really good area for intermediates and beginners, but the snow can suffer later ... + more
Andrew Fyfe, Aberdeen
4 out of 5
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Families in Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez is a brilliant resort for families, with loads to do like swimming, visiting the ice caves and taking a whirl on the ice rink. The variety of ski schools in resort will make sure that they get excellent tuition, while you are tackling some of the runs up the mountain. The 52km of green runs in resort and designated beginner area, make this a superb place to learn how to ski. There are some fantastic childcare facilities in resort and many of our hotels also come with onsite childcare services.

Make sure you book a hotel near the piste, to avoid carrying more than your own set of skis! Hotel Les Bergers is a good option for families location-wise. If you are sure of your numbers and you are travelling with another family then a catered chalet can be the perfect place to stay. All your meals are taken care of, leaving you with one less thing to worry about! For families that have slightly older children who are already competent skiers, check out our range of apartments that can get you up the mountain skiing, without breaking the bank!

GroupsGroup Holidays Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez is an excellent resort for groups as it has stunning terrain parks, off piste oppurtunities and superb learner areas which will suit all different abilities. Non-Skiers will also have plenty to keep themselves entertained with activities such as swimming, ice-skating, ice-driving and many more on offer. The town is well linked by a free bus service, so wherever you are in resort, you will never be too far from the action.

Choose the amazing value L'Ours Blanc apartments if you are looking for somewhere that is close to town so that you can party the night away without the long trudge home. If you are looking for a holiday that involves you doing as little possible, have a look at our catered ski chalets, where you can enjoy hot tubs and spa facilities, as well as a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and a 3 course meal every night. Book as a small group if you fancy the idea of sharing with some new friends, or to guarantee a personalised experience, book a chalet that suits your group number.

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"A top resort"

Colin Yeates, West Sussex
5/ out of 5
I really recommend this resort, it’s a top resort. There are some really long runs, there’s the longest black in Europe which I think is about 16km. It’s a very good ski area and ideal for all round skiing, there is something for all levels. We are intermediate to advanced but we had some people with us who were skiing for only the second time. They improved a lot while they were there. It’s a great resort for learning, and it’s good for children, it would be the perfect place to take a 3 year old. There is a bowl area which has a nursery area, and for advanced skiers there is a tunnel which cuts through the mountain and takes you to an area with blacks and a mogul field. That black area isn’t always open, it depends on the conditions. Some of the blacks aren’t really blacks either when the snow is good. Alpe d’Huez is near to Les Deux Alpes too do you can take to coach over and ski there. I prefer Alpe d’Huez to Les Deux Alpes because the runs back down to the town are better. Also there are more areas to ski in Alpe d’Huez and more variety. There’s a great chairlift ride which goes under the runway of the airport and takes you up the other side so you can ski over there. There are lots of bars in town. The Igloo is the main club (I didn’t go there). Then there is the Rum Bar which is very lively and has a live band. There’s also somewhere called the Dive which has a slide down to the toilet with a big mattress at the bottom, it can get a bit mad in there! They have an interesting thing at the bar too where they have stock market prices. So you can go away and then come back to the bar and the price for your drink has gone down or up. I’ve never seen that before. There is also an Irish bar where the English tour operators tend to go, that’s a good place for a night out and they do quiz nights, etc.

"Cracking resort!"

Snowboarder Mike, Kent
5/ out of 5
This was a return trip to Alpe d’Huez. The snow conditions weren’t great anywhere at the beginning of the season although we were lucky because it snowed while we were there. Alpe d’Huez is big and varied and that’s what saved the holiday – despite the poor snow conditions the snow cannons were doing a good job. We could still enjoy slopes like the long Sarenne, which is marked black (although some parts are more red, some parts are blue and the final bit is more like a flat-ish green). If you haven’t been before, go into Vaujinay via the black La Fare run, it’s a really good run (if the snow’s good and you’re quite experienced) and the little village is worth a visit as it has some nice restaurants. I’d also recommend the restaurant at the top of Signal which is a good place to stop at the end of the day.

"Skiing for all abilities, beatuiful round back towards Vaujany"

Mr Li, Borehamwood
4/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez is an excellent, all-purpose resort. The skiing is fantastic for all abilities, with very challenging runs and very easy runs too. A good run is the Sarenne which is black graded but actually really easy because it’s so long – 16km. Round the back towards Vaujany the skiing is really beautiful. It’s a lovely village and the restaurants are cheaper than in the main resort so this makes a good stop for lunch. We had a meal out at the Genepi restaurant one evening; we had eaten there before and went back again which shows how good it is. Some of the people I stayed with really liked the swimming pools at the resort.

"Awesome Place"

Timothy Chan, Werrington
5/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez is an awesome place, it’s south facing so you get sun all afternoon. I’d definitely recommend it to beginners: my wife is a beginner skier and all the lower button lifts are free, so we didn’t bother with buying her a ski pass until the last couple of days, which saved a lot of money. Alpe d’Huez covers pretty much every level of skier and there are definitely some hard runs, including the longest in Europe which is 16km (it’s called Sarenne). In the town there’s a supermarket, delicatessens and patisseries as well as restaurants and bars – Shark’s is a nice Irish bar that did a good pub quiz.

"Enough to keep you busy all week"

Nicholas Chapman, London
5/ out of 5
I’ve been here a few times. It’s a good, lively resort. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, lots going on. Everything is within a few minutes’ walk. The ski area is large and varied, so there’s enough to keep you busy all week. It’s a good place to move on from being a beginner to an intermediate. There are easy slopes but there are also plenty of quite difficult red and blacks.

"Lots of skiing, nice & quiet in March"

Caroline Hammer, Chelmsford
5/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez has a big area for skiing with lots of different sections and stuff for all levels. If you came as a mixed group of different abilities it would be perfect and if you were here for the first time, the beginner slopes looked really good too. We were here in March and didn’t have to queue long for the lifts, it wasn’t very busy at all. We had a mix of weather – the snow was pretty good and we had a white out one day as well as some lovely sunshine. There’s lots to do like ice skating and the ice cave was fantastic, we went there by chance is it was so cold on the white out day and it’s definitely something I would recommend.

"The best place we’ve skied!"

Jane, Bristol
5/ out of 5
The resort is massive, much bigger than what we’re used to. There’s plenty of slopes catering for everyone, which suited our mixed-ability group perfectly. It’s also very easy to visit neighbouring resorts from here. We visited Auris via a series of chair lifts, which was lovely – and there are lots of other places you can ski to. You could easily ski the area for a couple of years and still have places to explore. There are some nice beautiful bars and places to eat high up in the mountains … and we found a funky music bar with dancers which was great fun. We had good snow despite visiting in April and Alpe d’Huez has fantastic scenery as you’d expect from the Alps.

"Snowboarding in Alpe d'Huez, March 15"

Snowboarder21, Worcestershire
5/ out of 5
Because I snowboard I tend to look for places that don’t have any drag lifts and the only one I saw in Alpe d’Huez was at the ski school, so I would definitely recommend it to other boarders. It was a bit too sunny - middle of March and the last day was 18°C – which meant that everything was a bit soft and slushy. It wasn’t too bad, but if you went anywhere steep it would be like skiing through slush puppy – the wider slopes were much better. On the Sunday we had quite high winds and the lifts were all shut. I’d not had the chance to explore the resort so I had a bit of a wander – it’s more of a town than a lot of resorts, with some bits and pieces to do like an outdoor swimming pool and ice rink, which you could use once each with your ski pass. I did some parachuting off the top of the hill which cost 30-35€ - a nice and relaxing experience.

"Best in the Alps!"

Peter, Stamford
5/ out of 5
Another fantastic week in Alpe d’Huez. I personally think it’s the best ski resort in the Alps. It tends to be more French than British because of where it’s located in the Alps. You have access to a good mixture of terrain. There’s a lot to do with a lot of facilities in the town – though as we were on a lads ski trip we were always up first thing in the morning and skiing all day. There’s plenty of nightlife and things aren’t as ridiculously priced as you find elsewhere.

"Sunny skiing in Alpe d'Huez"

Andy
5/ out of 5
A lovely week in Alpe d’Huez with a perfect mix of hot sunshine and snow. I’d been before and the reason I returned was mainly that it’s so huge, with loads of pistes and good snow. I would recommend it to anyone intermediate or experienced. The O Bar is really good with great food and drink.

"Enjoyed Alpe!"

Miller Chip, Warwickshire
4/ out of 5
My first time to Alpe and I really enjoyed it, it’s a very good area with very good skiing. It covers all sorts of levels which is good for all abilities. The altitude is good and the way it sits is a real positive – you’re not just getting snow, you’re getting good quality snow. Lower resorts would get slow but be slushy, whereas here you have good, dry powder.

"Alpe d'Huez February 2016"

Raymond Dean, East Ayrshire
4/ out of 5
We liked Alpe d’Huez and all said we’d go back. The ski area’s very good and covers most levels, with stuff for expert skiers and a fair bit of off piste.

"First ski holiday"

Phil, Bristol
4/ out of 5
We had a really good first ski trip here – we didn’t use any of the tuition but the beginner to intermediate part of the resort is really good and we had good weather in the main apart from our first run of the week! My advice to others who are new to the resort would be to take a day away from your skis and explore everywhere else. There are loads of other things to do like ski-doing and husky rides and the swimming pool is included in the lift pass so it’s worth going for a swim. There are also lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. I can’t think of anything bad to say about this place and after our first time skiing, we definitely plan to go again sometime.

"Great family holiday"

Anon, Cambridgeshire
4/ out of 5
We liked Alpe d’Huez very much, it delivered all we wanted from our family ski holiday. You can ski high, and even in the afternoons when it got slushy (we visited in April), there was plenty to ski and plenty of restaurants and other things to do. The kids loved Folie Douce which has live music and nice food and there were places near the bottom by the ski school for a nice croque monsieur and amazing fresh donuts (though we think one of the restaurants at the bottom cloned our AMEX card – we got the money back in the end but keep aware). The weather was fantastic, three hours of snow produced a massive amount of cover as we arrived and then we had blue skies all week. The only downside was that the ESF ski school were a bit snobby. They weren’t very good at grading our girls who were fearless skiers on our previous holiday, but ended up being bored in the second class, where everyone else could just about snowplough. The first instructor didn’t speak much English, despite the school saying they had English speaking instructors. In the end we asked for them to move classes and after that they had a great time.

"Good ski area"

Anon., Jersey
4/ out of 5
We had good snow and I thought the Alpe d’Huez ski area was pretty good. We were on mainly blue and red runs, there aren’t that many blacks and it’s definitely more of a beginner’s resort. Because it was half term and a popular place for learners, the green and blue areas were busy. But if you went further out, the reds and blacks were surprisingly quiet.

"Good skiing for a week"

Mrs Fry, West Sussex
4/ out of 5
Weather included a bit of everything – a couple of days when it was lovely and sunny, a reasonable amount of powder and what wasn’t quite a white out, but did have reduced visibility. In general, the ski area could have done with more snow. It’s a good ski area with a mix of everything, the only thing if you’re more competent is that you can do the whole resort quite quickly. Even though appears to be big it’s not like Val d’Isere and the 3 / 4 valleys, one week is definitely enough. The town is good with a swimming pool, gym, cinema, ice rink, bars and restaurants.

"Sublime Sunshine"

Anon, Cheshire
4/ out of 5
It was January... And we were skiing with just T-shirts under our jackets and having lunch out on sun loungers - the weather was just sublime! The views were tremendous and the skies were so blue. It’s a good ski area – because it was warm in the day and cold at night the snow was crisp until 10am, then quite slushy at the end of the day.

"Slushtastic! Les Deux Alpes is better for late season skiing"

John C, Bristol
4/ out of 5
It was our first time here. It’s a very small ski area compared with what we are used to. We usually cover at least 60km a day. It’s good for people who want nice, easy runs, and don’t need a huge area; it would be great for beginners. It was a last minute cheap trip and we were happy with it. It was baking hot while we were there, 22 degrees! The snow was slushtastic. I came back with a stunning goggle tan! The après is alright, there are a few good bars. We went to this one place called Freeride where they had this stock-market drink pricing strategy – really strange! We had a hysterical time there. It was a great holiday, we had a really good time over all. We took the helicopter over to Les Deux Alpes one day, organised through our rep who told us about it on the coach journey from the airport. It cost about 75 euro and it wasn’t actually that much more expensive than taking the bus over. We got dropped off on the side of the mountain, James Bond style, and the trip was spectacular. Les Deux Alpes is a bit higher than Alpe d’Huez and there was better snow there. It was perfect up on top.

"A good week in Alpe d'Huez"

Julie McLarry, Barnet
4/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez has so many restaurants and a lot of intermediate runs which we enjoyed – my son had skied 2 years in Niederau before this holiday and he really progressed here. We had beautiful weather, there had been a dump the weekend we arrived and on the Monday and then the rest of the week was blue skies and sunshine (it got icy on the last day but then there was another huge dump as we were leaving).

"It was packed!"

Alex & Erin, London
4/ out of 5
We actually preferred our other ski holiday in Serre Chevalier last year because Alpe d’Huez was so packed when we went. It was French half term and there were a lot of people - don’t go there over French half term! The off-piste was all torn up by the time we got to it. It got a bit icy as well towards the end of the week because the weather was so nice. It’s a good resort though because it spans across several valleys and there’s a wide range of runs. Because there is only one main lift, we had to queue at the bottom to get up. We didn’t go out much but some of our friends who we met there did and they seemed happy with the night life.

"First time skiing here & would go back"

Brian Shuttleworth, Bath
4/ out of 5
We liked the skiing and the weather was good – it was the week after New Year which I’m sure was a lot busier! It was a good week apart from the fact that I injured my knee on the first day... I was still able to ski though. There’s a wide choice of skiing levels with a bit of everything and it’s all well spread out. There were lots of ski schools on the lower slopes and a good number of long, steady slopes which we liked as well as trickier stuff higher up which we didn’t go to. We found some nice places to eat on the piste and the service was good, there were no delays on hold ups getting on the chair lifts.

"Big resort and better prices than Meribel"

Franz Phillips, Clapham
4/ out of 5
This was my first time in Alpe d’Huez and I quite liked it. It’s a good size as it’s one of the bigger resorts, I didn’t want to stay anywhere too small. There are a good number of runs, my brother and his friend were learning to snowboard and it’s pretty much perfect for beginners as there are lots of greens and blues that are nice and long, so you don’t have to keep going up and down. It might cater a little more for the beginner – intermediate selection but there’s a really long black right at the top and a few pretty cool red runs too. It seemed like they had quite a cool amount of facilities and things to do, there’s a climbing wall and a leisure centre and ice rink if you want that kind of stuff. We went to a couple of restaurants and bars and they were good, very reasonably priced compared to places like Meribel.

"Would recommend to other snowboarders"

Richard Cable, Cambridge
4/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez was OK, the snow was good and there are plenty of slopes, I’d certainly recommend it to other boarders. No complaints about the resort itself. It's quite compact so everything is within easy reach. Good supermarkets for getting self-catering bits and bobs. We knew the resort so didn’t need much help, but from what we saw of the reps they were very good.

"Loads of slopes & park, fun apres ski"

Oliver Banfield, Flitwick
4/ out of 5
This was our first group trip to Alpe d’Huez and it was really good, it has everything you need. There are loads of slopes and a decent park with jumps and rails. If you walk to the top of the hill, Sphere bar has amazing cocktails and there’s also a stock exchange bar where they change the price of drinks every fifteen minutes which is really good fun. There were tons of reps everywhere for whenever you needed them. I’d definitely recommend the pub crawl which is good fun, there were usually about 10 reps there but only 2 on duty so it was a laugh.

"Not as picturesque as 3 Valleys but cheaper!"

Julian Bussell, Wellington
4/ out of 5
Three days we were here in February it never stopped snowing, it was really cold! Couldn’t fault the ski area, there are plenty of slopes so you never have to ski the same slope twice. We went as families in a group of 12 and without a doubt I’d recommend the area to a mixed group of skiers. It’s not so picturesque as places like Meribel and Courchevel and a bit more purpose built and I’d say our holiday here wasn’t as good as when we ski in La Plagne, but then again it was cheaper.

"Great first ski holiday"

Felix Serrano, Colchester
5/ out of 5
I skied here with my family – it was the first time we went skiing so I can’t really compare it to anywhere else, but I really liked it! We stayed over half term but it was actually not that busy as it was half term for the UK but not a school holiday week for France. One thing we really liked about Alpe d’Huez was that there were so many places to go, even after one week you feel like you want to go again to ski the other bits. The weather was excellent, with the sun shining almost every day!

"Easy access around resort"

James Parfitt, Pembroke Dock
5/ out of 5
Been skiing here a few times and thoroughly enjoyed it, the snow we had last year (2013) was superb. You have a variety of runs (if I had to classify it, I’d say it’s pretty much an intermediate ski resort) and everything is all within walking distance.

"We got engaged here!"

Mrs. Fisher, Preston
5/ out of 5
We’ve been here several times and actually got engaged here! We like it a lot. The skiing is great for anyone, it’s nice for beginners (there are lots of green slopes) but really it’s good for everyone. There is good nightlife as well. We didn’t go out so much this time because we had our baby with us, but last time we came we went out quite a bit. There are lots of nice bars. We didn’t use it, but the childcare in resort is meant to be quite good. It’s a good resort for non-skiers. We brought my parents with us and they don’t ski; there was plenty for them to do though. There’s so much for children: you can rent sledges and there are some nice walks. They’ve also got a leisure centre with an ice rink, and there’s snow shoeing and husky rides.

"My experience of Alpe d'Huez"

Kiah, SNO
5/ out of 5
I’ve visited Alpe d’huez on two occasions; once briefly in December whilst staying in neighbouring Les Deux Alpes and most recently I stayed in chalet Le Lac Blanc for a week’s holiday. It’s a large resort with a few different areas, so it’s best to know where you’d like to be close to or speak to us for advice! There’s a great lift system however, so even if you’re staying in Huez village or the Old Town or Les Bergers, it is all linked together for convenience.

"A wonderful week in Alpe d'Huez"

R. Arora, London
5/ out of 5
I think Alpe d’Huez has great slopes; even though they were icy (we skied late Feb) we had a wonderful time. On the whole the ski area is pretty good for intermediate skiers, and it would have been good for beginners too without the ice. There isn’t much to do other than skiing, though you could maybe occupy yourselves for one day – there’s a nice spa.

"Family holiday in Alpe d'Huez"

Zogsy
4/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez is very pretty and has a nice feel to it, I liked it and would happily go again! The kids had lessons while we did the whole area which was great, it’s quite a broad area so I would quite like to go back. Our youngest isn’t a very confident skier and there were lots of greens which was great. The ski school was fine, French instructors always do things a bit differently and in general the French seemed quite fed up of visitors by the end of the season! It was difficult at the start when my daughter was still getting her ski legs back and they wanted to put her down a class, though actually I think she’d have been better off in the intermediate class. However in general it was OK.

"Nice resort, not great for snowboarding"

C. Davis
4/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez was great and we enjoyed it. I’m a boarder so found it a bit tricky (it’s worth being aware that this isn’t a great place to board as there are lots of flat bits). The others who were skiing found it great and overall it’s a good area.

"Good apres"

Ben, Shropshire
4/ out of 5
We had a really good week in Alpe d’Huez – it has good après ski and nightlife (would definitely recommend Folie Douce) and we had quite a good week of snow considering the slow start to the season. If you haven’t been before, try paraskiing! The snowboarding was alright, but not as brilliant as I’ve found elsewhere.

"Not a big ski area, but we had a good week"

Happy Skier, Watford
4/ out of 5
We had a very nice time and were extremely lucky with the snow. The trip out was thrown into chaos when Chambery closed because of the Boxing Day 2014 snowfall, but we weren’t unduly delayed – we went out into the carpark and found ourselves a coach! This was our first time skiing Alpe d’Huez and I’ve been to busier resorts. Alpe d’Huez is a little limited on runs compared to other resorts but what runs there were we really enjoyed. The area as a whole is pretty mixed, we found plenty of reds to ski and there were also some easy blues. Some of the people in our chalet were pretty much beginners and they seemed to enjoy themselves. There are other things to do around the resort like ice skating and swimming in the open air pool.

"Everyone has to ski the Sarenne"

Sam, Cumbria
4/ out of 5
It was a bit too hot at the end of March, so the snow wasn’t ideal, but we had a good time anyway. It’s a good place to learn and has some nice greens but there are plenty of nice blacks too and you can ski over in Les 2 Alpes. Everyone has to try the Sarenne which is the longest black run in Europe (16km) – I think it’s a black because of the length, the last 6km is just flat as it goes onto a green and the rest isn’t that bad, there’s just the odd 500m that’s quite tricky. If you get travel sick you won’t like the journey to Alpe d’Huez, which has 21 hair pins!

"Lovely resort & great bars"

Emma, Milton Keynes
4/ out of 5
This is a lovely resort, I’m not great at skiing but there were plenty of runs that were good for me and more difficult ones which my boyfriend went off and explored. There's quite a few restaurants and bars (but can’t remember the names!) – we had a really good night in a crappy Irish one (can’t remember the name of that either!).

"Preferred La Plagne"

Kate, Hertfordshire
3/ out of 5
Didn’t like Alpe d’Huez as much as La Plagne. The layout of the resort isn’t great and the glacier isn’t great – there’s only one way skiing down via the tunnel, or you have to get the gondola. They’d shut some of the lifts because of the weather so the skiing was very limited.

"My friends loved it so much they moved out there!"

Ned, Gloucestershire
5/ out of 5
I have lived in Alpe Dhuez for two winter seasons I have a number of friends that love it so much they still live out there all year round. It is home to the longest run in Europe, if not the world, at a staggering 16km. I experienced this famous piste at night time, when skiing it is known as the Sarenne by moonlight. The "moonlight Sarenne" involves eating a typical French dish on the glacier in a hut while waiting for the Moon to rise into the sky, and then setting of with head torches on one’s head and the guidance of the moon. One of the most amazing experiences! Alpe dhuez is also home to great night life, from the more grown up atmosphere of the regular bars, to the more lively nights starting with slammers at the Underground bar and finishing in the Igloo night club with a spot of dancing.

"Great for all seasons"

Jonnie, Kingston
5/ out of 5
Alpe d’huez is a great resort for all seasons; its glacier reaches an impressive 3800m ensuring great snow right up top! With the longest black ski run in Europe and some nice off piste, it also gives the more experienced skier plenty to do! You can stay in two main areas of Alpe d’Huez, Bergers and the old town centre. Bergers offers a good ski in / ski out location close to ski school which is good for families. There is a small shopping complex also nearby with a few restaurants. The town centre is a good place to stay as that’s where most of the bars and restaurants are located along with British favourite Smithys Bar, but not as ideally located in terms of ski in / ski out. Overall an awesome resort, not too far from Grenoble airport with a transfer time under 2hrs!

"Some runs back down were closed late in the season"

Peter Banister, London
4/ out of 5
It was late in the season and some of the runs back down were closed. It’s a snow sure resort but they just didn’t have much snow at the bottom. You had to get the lift back down.

"Alpe D’Huez in January"

Olivia Martin
4/ out of 5
In terms of skiing it is an absolute heaven for beginners and children as the resort is a giant bowl fed by a huge network of greens that feed straight back into the central ski school meeting point- this means even late on in the season beginners can benefit from lots of greens to choose from as Alpe D’Huez is at a high altitude. If you are an experienced skier I wouldn’t say that Alpe D’Huez is the best location as there is not a huge selection of challenging blacks and you have to travel far afield on multiple lifts to reach the best ones and when you get there, there is only one. Having said this there are some great long blacks that we enjoyed, especially the very long ‘Sarenne’ and ‘Combe Chabonniere’ and if you take the cable car all the way to the top of Pic Blanc there are a handful of tough blacks to try. There’s a reason Alpe D’Huez is known as the "L'ile au Soleil" as even in early January the weather was warm and we had sunny skies everyday (unfortunately slopes lower down were unskiable towards Villard-Reculas and Vaujany). In terms of appearance it is a very modern purpose-built resort with good amenities (sports centre, ice rink and heated pool) but is not a quaint alpine town (hardly any chalets, mostly apartments), if that’s what you’re going for-but it does offer a high sunny ski base that is more affordable than most French ski resorts. At the end of the day we skied down to apres at Folie Douce which is renowned for its table-dancing and thumping music and is incredibly popular with tourists, we also loved Smithy’s tavern which was much smaller but had great music and an informal atmosphere and cheap drinks offers. Later on the town starts to buzz and the main clubs are all within 5 seconds of each other which is perfect to mix things up if you want; the Sporting is great and has a young crowd but is slightly pricier than the fun Igloo nearby. For something a little wacky and weird Freeride has a slide down to the toilets but our favourite spot to visit before we hit Igluclub was Underground who had an awesome live house band and showered us with free shots! We loved the cheap food on offer at most of the restaurants (even up the mountain they weren’t that pricey) and spent one too many lunches chomping down pizza at ‘Au Trappeur’ and Pinocchio pizzeria where the owner had learnt most of our names by the end of the week! When we decided to give some other food a try and break the pizza addiction we fell in love with Edelweiss which was an intimate restaurant that was always packed with locals and tourists and their regional food was warming and tasty as well as the pricier Signal 2108 that had awesome views and unbeatable fondue.

"We agree is great for intermediates & beginners"

Andrew Fyfe, Aberdeen
4/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez was little bit flatter than Les Deux Alpes from what I can remember. I remember is that their resort logo is a marmotte and I may be completely wrong about that! From what I’ve heard from friends, we all agree it is a really good area for intermediates and beginners, but the snow can suffer later in the season if it’s very hot, because of the south facing slopes, but there is a glacier so I’m being picky because it is pretty snowsure compared to most ski areas. I have visited the town itself more recently and still feel that from what I have seen it doesn’t really seem to have a central focus point but there are some cool shops and bars wherever you go, so as long as you are prepared to have a look around, there is plenty to do.

"We agree its great for intermediates & beginners"

Andrew Fyfe, Aberdeen
4/ out of 5
Alpe d’Huez was little bit flatter than Les Deux Alpes from what I can remember. I remember is that their resort logo is a marmotte and I may be completely wrong about that! From what I’ve heard from friends, we all agree it is a really good area for intermediates and beginners, but the snow can suffer later in the season if it’s very hot, because of the south facing slopes, but there is a glacier so I’m being picky because it is pretty snowsure compared to most ski areas. I have visited the town itself more recently and still feel that from what I have seen it doesn’t really seem to have a central focus point but there are some cool shops and bars wherever you go, so as long as you are prepared to have a look around, there is plenty to do.
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