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Alpe d'Huez

Overview

After the 21 hair pin bends it takes to reach this resort and upon entrance to Alpe d'Huez, the view just takes your breath away.......... and you are likely to pull the face of Pat Butcher sucking a particularly sour lemon, it aint pretty! Let's be honest Alpe d'Huez is an architectural melting pot of conflicting ideas. However, as you travel through you will see very encouraging signs that the French have finally put the old vin rouge down and seen the errors of their ways. The recent construction comprises of properties that have a harmony with the glorious mountains that surround this village. The Altiport area is virtually exclusively detached chalets of this nature and VIP have constructed a beautiful enclave close to the DMC gondola. The town itself is quite spread out so little rat runs have been created to facilitate skiers to ski these trails to their accommodation at the end of the day.

The size of the ski area can compete with the top tier resorts of the Three Valleys, Espace Killy, and many of the French Tarantaise resorts. The village height at 1860m ensures a good snow coverage although it's south facing elevation can sometimes lead to slush on the lower runs. No such problems up top though as the height reaches a huge 3330m where the glacier is located. The resort sits as the capital of the "L'Ile au Soleil" and the ski region takes in some charming villages with their own ski areas. The slopes immediately above the resort are of a strange phenomenon whereby, in general, the higher up you go the steeper the pistes become - so you are faced with the greens, then blues, then reds, then blacks. 

Beginners are faced with one of the world's best and biggest beginners areas - it really is amazingly large. In fact there are two areas at opposite ends of the village and each fanning back to the town. These areas are "zone protegee" and so are patrolled against speeding skiers. The area covers around 30 green and gentle blue runs.

Intermediates can travel far and wide by escaping the hustle and bustle of the resort slopes and skiing across to the neighbouring quieter areas of Oz en Oisans, Vaujany, Villard Reculas, and (on the other side of the valley) Auris en Oisans. Snowfinders' Nick recommends the Lievre Bland red and those runs off the top of the DMC gondola. The Sarenne from the top of the Pic Blanc is the world's longest black run but in truth it is only a black at the top section and then filters into a wonderful red and then blue as it enters the gorge. There is a great restaurant at the bottom which is a little sun trap at the right time of day.

Advanced skiers will love Alpe d'Huez. The blacks off the Pic Blanc are serious blacks, The Tunnel being a beast but watch out as it's right under the cable car and if you're not quite up to the task it will be to the jovial enjoyment of the skiers riding the tram up! La Foret run to Villard Reculas is a great run and one can venture off-piste here to ski this open field in virtual tranquility. The Col de Cluy off the Signal de L'Homme rom Auris en Oisans is another very interesting run with various pitches and narrow paths interspersed with moguls and again you can pick your own line and go. The Fare run is another very interesting and enjoyable run of twists and turns and different pitches and this can be handled by intermediates easily. The off piste is excessive and abundant and guides are highly recommended here, especially for the fantastic hike off the Pic Blanc to ski the famous Col de la Pyramide.

Snowboarders here have lots of options as the freeriding is so good. There are a total of three terrain parks, two in Alpe d'Huez and one in Vaujany. The greens coming into the village should be avoided unless you can get enough speed to prevent a trudge back to the village.

50km of snow-sure trails are available for cross-country skiers and the variety on offer is quite wide with trails for the novice to expert.




Offslope/apres ski

Alpe d'Huez is fantastic for non-skiers - an olympic sized ice rink, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, ice driving, toboggan runs, snow biking, airboarding, parapenting, marked walking trails, concerts, an ice cave with sculptures and organised activities via the tourist office. There are also various shops and cafes in resort for people watching. The resort has a fantastic range of restaurants from cheap and cheerful through to gastronomic centre stages.

Apres ski is very good in Alpe d'Huez with most bars being pretty unsophisticated and even raucous. The Underground is a sweaty cauldron with live bands playing but a great atmosphere. Other bars include Smithys, The Pacific (sister bar to the Val d'Isere bar of the same name), The Igloo, The Sporting, The Caves des Alpes, Lounge21, and the O bar. Late night revellers will not get bored here but we can't guarantee that you'll be up to catch the first lift in the morning. 

 

Our View

Large ski area with sunny slopes for all abilities to enjoy.




Resort Results & Filters

At a glance

Chalets:
50
Hotel & Apartments:
20
Pistes:
250km
Resort height:
1860m
Top station:
3330m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
4 stars
Beginners:
5 stars
Non-Skiers:
4 stars
Scenery:
4 stars
Resort charm:
2 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars

Positives

  • Large ski area
  • Sunny slopes
  • Good mountain restaurants
  • Good snowmaking facilities
  • Lively resort
  • Good snow record

Negatives

  • Architectual hotchpotch but getting better
  • Overcrowding on main runs
  • Not much shelter in bad weather

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Exterior

Belambra Les Berger Apartments REF: CN0134

Lying at the foot of the pistes in the Bergers area, 50m from the local shopping centre and 600m from the resort centre. These apartments are a great ...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 2 - 4
Rating : 6 stars
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Chalet Annalise

Chalet Annalise REF: AT0083

This chalet apartment is on the third floor of the Etendard building (along with Chalets Philippe and Christian). Chalet Annalise shares an entrance h...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 8
Rating : 8 stars
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Chalet Christian

Chalet Christian REF: AT0082

Chalet Christian is one of three chalets within the former Hotel Etendard building, each of which has a dedicated host.The location is perfect as the ...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 8 - 12
Rating : 8 stars
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Chalet Club Chateau

Chalet Club Chateau REF: AV005

This property is a CLUB Chalet in the heart of Le Village. CLUB Chalets are reserved by the room; this engenders a convivial atmosphere and lovely pla...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 14 - 15
Rating : 8 stars
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Lounge

Chalet Eden East REF: AV006

This is a brand new chalet in Alpe d’Huez for the 2018/19 season. The position is sensational, piste and lifts right outside the building, and o...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 4
Rating : 10 stars
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Lounge

Chalet Eden West REF: AV007

*** Brand NEW for the 2018/19 season *** Another new chalet for the 2018/19 season, Eden West sits at 2000m in the fabulous resort of Alpe d’...

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Sleeps : 6 - 8
Rating : 10 stars
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Chalet Friandise REF: AS0002

Chalet Friandise has proved to be a real crowd pleaser and that is not simply due to the heated boot dryers. Constructed using traditional timber and ...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 8
Rating : 10 stars
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Chalet Hotel Les Cimes REF: AIC053

Chalet Hotel Les Cimes has been a firm favourite with our guests receiving rave reviews. Offering high altitude skiing and sunny slopes, Alpe d’...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 66 - 87
Rating : 7 stars
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Mariandre exterior

Chalet Hotel Mariandre REF: AE0037

The Mariandre continues to attract repeat visits from families year after year mainly due to the excellent location of the hotel within this family-fr...

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Sleeps : 61 - 69
Rating : 7 stars
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La Breche exterior

Chalet La Breche REF: AT0085

This chalet has one of the best locations in Alpe d’Huez just to the side of the piste close to the‘Telecentre’ lift. The Tourist Of...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 16
Rating : 8 stars
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Chalet La Chapelle

Chalet La Chapelle REF: AV004

This exclusive development of five chalets is located at the top of town and next to all the main lifts. Built around an atmospheric cobbled courtyard...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 14
Rating : 9 stars
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Chalet La Ferme

Chalet La Ferme REF: AV001

This exclusive development of five chalets is located at the top of town and next to all the main lifts. Built around an atmospheric cobbled courtyard...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 10
Rating : 9 stars
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Chalet La Maison

Chalet La Maison REF: AV003

This exclusive development of five chalets is located at the top of town and next to all the main lifts. Built around an atmospheric cobbled courtyard...

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Sleeps : 8
Rating : 9 stars
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Chalet Le Lac Blanc 1 REF: CN0002

The Lac Blanc sits on its own like an island in the middle of the piste, right next to one of the main lifts in the resort; the DMC gondola. With its ...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 14
Rating : 7 stars
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Chalet Le Lac Blanc 2 REF: CN0003

The Lac Blanc II and its identical sister chalet occupy the same building which is located slap bang in the middle of the slopes right next to the DMC...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 14
Rating : 7 stars
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Chalet Le Manoir

Chalet Le Manoir REF: AV002

This exclusive development of five chalets is located at the top of town and next to all the main lifts. Built around an atmospheric cobbled courtyard...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 12
Rating : 9 stars
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Chalet Les Eterlous REF: AS0001

Location An excellent choice for ski convenience, Les Eterlous is situated in the Quartier des Bergers. The Alpauris chair and the ski school meeting...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 12 - 14
Rating : 7 stars
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Living Area

Chalet Louisa REF: AS0004

Chalet Louisa is a ski-in/out (in normal conditions) chalet, in the centre of the Altiport complex above the Les Bergers area on the east side of this...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 16 - 18
Rating : 9 stars
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Chalet Martine

Chalet Martine REF: AS0005

The quaint charm of chalet Martine is paired with 21st century comforts, such as heated boot dryers and an outdoor hot tub, so you can live the rural ...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 8
Rating : 9 stars
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Lounge

Chalet Naomi REF: AS0010

This chalet is an excellent choice for ski convenience; Chalet Naomi is situated in the Quartier des Bergers on the East side of Alpe d’Huez. Th...

Resort : Alpe d'Huez, France
Sleeps : 8
Rating : 9 stars
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