at a glance...

249km of pistes
1869m resort height
1 hour 30 mins transfer time
All levels great for
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Resort overview

It's rare to find a resort that's great for beginners and experts alike as well as everything in between. Whether you're a skier or a snowboarder and regardless of your skill level, you'll have plenty of terrain to enjoy. The pistes go up to the lofty heights of 3,300m on the glacier providing serious snow sure credentials.

Home to the first drag lift in France (the lifts have been dramatically modernised since) the village sits in a sunny bowl above the town of Bourg-d'Oisans, so sunny in fact, it reportedly gets 300 days of sunshine a year (that's not 300 days of summer, thankfully). To top it off the 249km of pistes forms an extensive ski area you can really travel through, so what's the catch? Well, over the years the resort has sprawled out seemingly at random to create a bizarre and frankly ugly looking town. The council have spent a lot of money refreshing some of the worst offenders but it still can't be classed as pretty. That said it's a small price to pay for what is undoubtedly a top-notch ski area.

There are numerous hubs to the resort but the best places to stay are the slope side Bergers district, which is a chalet suburb to the east of the resort, or, up towards the top of town near the Rond Point close to the huge DMC gondola and the best bars in town. There is also a yoghurt pot style lift that links the lower areas to the main ski terrain if you're staying further out.

Skiing in the resort

Essentially a huge sunny bowl overlooked by the towering Pic Blanc with some of the most spectacular views in the Alps. This is where many of the black runs begin including the 16km Sarenne, one of the longest runs in the world (though it's more a test of endurance than ski ability) or the much more challenging Tunnel run where you emerge from a tunnel (predictably) onto a seriously steep and more often than not icy mogul run - it's not our favourite, but will certainly test the best of skiers.

Above the town is a vast array of easy slopes to learn on or get your ski legs back and above these is where the intermediate terrain really comes into its own with long blues and reds that give you a real sense of travelling when exploring the far reaches of the ski area. Ski villages and farming hamlets such as Oz, Vaujany, Auris and Villard Reculas are well worth a visit if the snow allows.

Après ski

Alpe d'Huez is one of the livelier of the French resorts with a good selection of bars and busy late night venues. The Folie Douce starts the party on the slopes with some frantic live music and table dancing then it comes back down to town. It's generally quieter before dinner and the party really starts as the evening rolls on. The Freeride Café is a nice spot for a game of pool and as the evening progresses the drinks work on a stock market exchange, changing prices as they become more or less popular. L'Igloo is the late night spot to head to after 11pm as it keeps the party going until half five.

What we like

- Extensive and snow sure terrain
- Truly beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes
- Vibrant nightlife in town and on the piste

Worth knowing

- The village isn't the prettiest
- It's worth making sure you know exactly where your accommodation is as the resort is sprawling
- The party tends to be in the evenings rather than straight after the lifts close, Folie Douce is the exception of course

Best for...

  • Groups
  • Après
  • Families
  • Value
Accommodation in Alpe d'Huez

The 5* Daria-I Nor is brand new for the 2018-19 ski season and comes with a brand new gondola replacing the old chairlift and taking guests down to the tourist office or up to the Bergers ski area where you can get into the centre of the ski area in just one lift.

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4* Hotel Le Pic Blanc
4* Hotel Le Pic Blanc

Stunning views from the chalet-style hotel Le Pic Blanc steal the show, you're 250 metres from the slopes and with an indoor pool to come back to.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
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5* Daria-I Nor
5* Daria-I Nor

Now part of the Etincelles group, the 5* Daria-I Nor has incredible food with a gondola next door; luxury on the sunny slopes of Alpe d'Huez.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
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Alpe d'Huez

The resort

Resort height - 1,869m
Highest point - 3,300m

Ski area

Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski Area- 249km of piste

SlopesThe slopes are varied enough to provide ample terrain for all ski levels. The green slopes run down to the resort in a vast swarth whilst the more challenging blacks are up on Pic Blanc and then everything in between is perfect for cruising around on blues and reds.

Green runs 31%
Blue runs 26%
Red runs 31%
Black runs 12%

Lifts - 84

Season length - early December to late April

Resort ratings

Beginners - 5/5
Intermediates - 5/5
Experts - 5/5
Snowboarders - 4/5
Families - 4/5
Après - 4/5
Scenery - 4/5
Snow reliability - 4/5
Village charm - 1/5

Leisure centre | climbing wall | open-air swimming | indoor swimming | ice hockey | ice skating | ping pong | shopping | XFly (zip wire, climbing frame and bouncy castle) | ice driving.

Transfer time

Lyon - 2 hours
Grenoble - 1 hour 30 minutes

Lift pass3 day lift pass from £150
6 day lift pass from £268

Nick Product Manager "The Freeride Cafe is a great place for a chilled out game of pool after the slopes are closed, there's even a slide down to the toilets!" View Nick's profile
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