WEsayNot an architecturally beautiful resort but plenty of high altitude snow sure skiing for all standards. The green runs in the village are ideal for real beginners.
Standing at the resort’s highest point of 3,300m on a clear day one fifth of France can be surveyed, and clear days are pretty much guaranteed with over 300 days of sunshine a year. The high altitude also makes Alpe d’Huez snow-sure from before Christmas until well after Easter. Its popularity is further secured by almost 250km of marked piste, one of the world’s longest black runs, the Sarenne, and a lift system that reaches far and wide.
On piste beginners are spoilt for choice with a good selection of nursery slopes by the centre of town. A variety of blue and red runs offers intermediates plenty to do, with the Canyon and Balme pistes providing a good test. There is also a fine choice of black runs for the experts who can ski down from the very top of the Glacier de Sarenne. Alpe D'Huez has a good reputation for boarders with a wide choice of off piste, a natural half pipe and fun park. The lift pass also includes the option of a day’s skiing in the nearby resorts of Les Deux Alpes, Puy St Vincent, Montgenèvre and Serre Chevalier.
There’s also plenty of activity for the non-skier with a large sports centre offering, amongst other activities, free indoor swimming, climbing and squash. The après-ski is another great attraction of Alpe d’Huez with over 50 restaurants and 40 something bars.
New for 2016/17
The Signal sector is being completely changed. Two old chairlifts and four draglifts are being removed. The new main lift from resort level to the top will be a combination of eight-person chairs and 10-person gondolas, with a capacity of 3,300 people per hour. There is also a new quad chair to Signal starting from the old Vieil Alpe area of the village. The existing blend of blue and red intermediate pistes on Signal are joined by a new green piste (fully equipped with snowmaking).
New for 2015/16
The Sarenne run is now entirely covered by snow (using 100 snow-guns). The aim is to keep this signature run open from December until the end of April. At Auris-en-Oisans, the beginner area was completely apdated, with the existing lifts replaced by five new ones, including two new moving carpets;
New for 2014/15
68 snow-guns were installed on the Sarenne run. A new 4-star residence, the Epinettes, opened.
New for 2013/14
On the main beginner area a chondola replaced five draglifts and another drag was replaced by a moving carpet. The Romaines chair from Les Bergers was lengthened and a new green run built off the top of it. A Folie Douce mountain restaurant, as in Val d Isère etc, opened.
- Wide spread, tall, sunny slopes, split into different sectors, with some lovely long runs
- Gentle, sunny beginners slopes
- Easy lift access from villages
- One of the more lively resorts in France