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Alpe d'Huez Ski Resort, France

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Key Features

  • Short Transfers
  • Good for self-drive
  • Activities for non-skiers
  • Families
  • Large ski area
  • High resort - snow sure

"Something for everyone; great for area beginners and families. The longest black run in Europe and more for the advanced skier. Plus a pretty good chance at bluebird days!"

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Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 1860m
  • Highest lift: 3330m
  • No. of lifts: 84
  • No. of slopes: 135
  • Total piste: 250km
  • Transfer times:

    Grenoble: 2hrs
    Geneva: 3hrs


Overview of Alpe D'Huez

Sitting atop white clouds of snow at a respectable 1,860m lies the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez, also known as l’ile au soleil, or the island in the sun, the nickname the resort has been given thanks to the 300 sunny days it receives on average per year. But what about the snow? Well, worry not, as this beautiful site was specially chosen to host a purpose-built ski resort because it offers the ultimate winter sport combination of snowy nights and sunny days.

The 250km of pistes extend across a terrain that tops out at a mighty 3,330m on the Pic Blanc glacier, guaranteeing a snow-sure ski holiday, even if you may have to get up a little earlier for the spring skiing.

Alpe d’Huez ski resort is a fantastic all-rounder with something for everyone; there are runs both on and off the piste to suit every taste and ability level, making it perfect for family ski holidays and mixed ability ski groups.

Spread out over four separate quarters, Alpe d’Huez accommodation ranges from basic to luxurious but most offer good access to the pistes. This includes a range of accommodation types including chalets, hotels as well as ski apartments. There are also a host of options for non-skiers plus some sparkling choices for après-ski and late-night partying, and although slightly lacking in traditional Savoyard charm, you are more likely to meet French skiers here than in a lot of the bigger resorts more well-known to a British clientele.

Keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on an Alpe D'Huez ski holiday.

3 Things We Love About Alpe d’Huez

  1. Snowboarder friendly – With two snow parks that offer an adrenaline filled day, boarders can try new tricks or even practice old tricks to their hearts content.
  2. Night skiing – Alpe d’Huez is one of the few resorts which offers a different side to skiing. Using a red graded piste on the signal mountain offers a new experience waiting to be tried.
  3. The longest black run in the world - With a distance of 17kms from top to bottom, The Sarenne has become a bucket list challenge for fearless intermediates and experienced skiers. 

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    Ski hire in Alpe d'Huez

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

    Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
    Adult   (13+ yrs) Skis | Poles £93 £109 £117 £134
    Ski | Poles | Boots £122 £138 £154 £181
    Snowboard £109 £117
    Snowboard | Boots £138 £154
    Child   (4-12 yrs) Skis | Poles £93
    Ski | Poles | Boots £122
    Snowboard £93
    Snowboard | Boots £122

    Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

      Hand-Picked Rental Shops - Every year, we hand-pick our rental shops based on location and service and negotiate great discounts to keep your holiday price low.

      Convenient Locations - We allocate all our ski accommodation with ski hire within easy access or will alternatively offer a pick-up and drop-off service for your convenience.

      Excellent Range & Service - All our rental shops offer an excellent range of equipment for all abilities and have a fully trained technician on-site to offer advice and guidance so you will be confident taking your equipment out onto the slopes.

      For Alpe d'Huez: Free model change available for gold and platinum ski hire

      All changes are subject to availability
      Changes from skis to snowboard or vice versa is not counted as a model change and therefore an additional charge applies

      • A solid option for beginner skiers - designed as an value option for those just starting out
      • Ski equipment which is best suited to those staying on the pistes
      • Ideal for those on a budget
      • Ideal for beginner skiers and intermediates - designed for skiers looking for comfort and to develop their skills
      • Great performance ski equipment for all over the mountain and on any type of snow (mainly piste skiers)
      • Good for anyone on a budget
      • Ideal for intermediate skiers to advanced - designed for skiers looking for specific types of skis including carving, on piste, freeride, freestyle, race skis etc.
      • Greater choice of high performance ski equipment
      • Perfect for anyone looking to master technique or looking for a new challenge
      • Ideal for advanced / expert skiers with a wide range of types available including downhill race skis, fat off piste, etc.
      • The very ‘best of the best’ skis, boots and poles - best suited for skiers looking for the latest thrills on the latest technology
      • Our widest range of choice from this season’s latest ski models

      Find out more about our ski hire

      Lift passes in Alpe d'Huez

      A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 40 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you.

      Six Day Full Area Pass
      Senior   (65-71 yrs) £235
      Adult   (13-64 yrs) £272
      Child   (5-12 yrs) £215
      Family   £215

      Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

        • Free lift passes are available for under 5 years with photo ID
        • Grand Senior lift passes are available for over 72 years
        • Prices includes a 2 euro non-refundable key card deposit
        • Family lift passes are also available – please call for prices
        • Lift passes include two days in Les 2 Alpes and a day in each of the Grande Galaxie resorts of Serre Chevalier, Puy Saint Vincent, Montgenevre, and Italian Milky Way (transport payable locally)

        Find out more about our ski pack terms and conditions

        The Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski (full area) lift pass gives you unlimited access to the 84 ski lifts and 240km of piste within the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski area. Alpe D’Huez is linked to a number of different areas; Auris en Oisans by the Alpauris chair lift (an up and down chair lift thought the valley), Villard Reculas accessed from the top of Signal, Oz En Oisans accessed from stage 1 of the Troncon lift and Vaujany, the lowest area in La Grande Domaine at 1250m.

        - For beginners the village area consists of a large bowl featuring 38 green runs here accessed by a number of chair lifts such as Romains, Fontbelle, and Lac Blanc. It is one of the best areas in learn in our programme.


        - For intermediates the middle section to the west of the bowl, Signal, and is made up of straight blue and red runs. Auris en Oisans is also good area for intermediates, with lots of blue and red runs, which trend to have good snow conditions.

        Find out more about lift pass options we offer

        Ski lessons in Alpe d'Huez

          What level do you need?

          • Beginner – Never skied before or just a little dry slope experience.
          • Intermediate – Has completed the beginner ski level lessons or can control own speed, change direction on blue/gradual slopes and can bring skis together when turning.
          • Advanced – Has completed intermediate ski lessons or can finish turns with confidence, has good control of speed on red runs and is looking to attempt and master blacks.
          • Kids Club – A safe and secure environment for young ones to gain their first experience on snow and skiing. Kids club is the best place for children to get used to the equipment and slopes whilst having fun.

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          We pride ourselves on working with top-rated and endorsed ski schools in all resorts.

          • Quality - Working with English-speaking ski schools which maintain good group sizes and can cater for all abilities
          • Convenience - You can select the ski schools which are most conveniently located to your accommodation
          • Satisfaction - We only choose to work with the best ski schools in resort and ask for your feedback to ensure the highest standards are being maintained
          • Less hassle - Visit Manage My Booking once you've booked your holiday and save yourself the time and effort of shopping around.
          • Better value - By pre-booking your lessons we can ensure that you get the best possible price, locking in the cost

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          Snow Forecast

          Next 7 Days 70cm

          Piste Conditions Soft Snow

          Report last updated at: Fri 1st Mar 2024