The ski resort of Alpe d’ Huez in the Isere department of France
has an enviable snow record it is renowned for its sunshine record and excellent snow record. The resort is built above the original village of Huez set high in the Grandes Rousses Mountains with spectacular views of the Ecrin National Park Mountains.
Alpe d’ Huez is one of the larger resorts linking the villages of Villard-Reculas, Auris en Oisans and Vaujany. This interlinked area offers wide-ranging skiing at all levels. Access to the Sarenne glacier has improved with the Marmotte 3 lift allowing glacier skiing throughout the winter season.
Alpe d’ Huez has a large amount of nursery slopes to suit the beginner with impressive blue and green runs around the village
. Intermediates can enjoy plenty of blue and red runs including lengthy pistes for some marvellous skiing.
If you are an advanced skier the high altitude Pic Blanc offers a good choice of black runs, the longest black run is the Sarenne at 16km it is exacting, exciting and challenging! Other black runs you may want to try out include the Tunnel and La Balme.
Snowboarders can enjoy some incredible and diverse terrain, beginners can try
the runs above the village for the more experienced boarders you can find powder in the vicinity of Villard-Reculas, the resort also has a permanent snowboard park. Other information you may find useful before you decide which ski resort you would prefer to have your holiday. The village height is 1,860m, there are approximately 54km of cross country skiing (trails), and the highest lift is at 3,330m with over 85 lifts which include 45 draglifts, 10 gondolas, and cable cars. A photograph is required for your lift pass.
This resort has many attractions and activities on offer including snowmobiling, snow shoeing, and parapenting. There is a sports centre with squash and tennis courts, two swimming pools, one outside. You can have some fun on the ice-skating rink or enjoy a snow walk. There are plenty of choices to suit most everyone; non-skiers should find lots of exciting, challenging and fun pursuits to participate in.
If you are looking for evening entertainment you will find plenty of bars and restaurants to spend an evening enjoy a meal of traditional French cuisine or perhaps a fondue, if you prefer you can get pizzas and pasta. There are discos, bars with live music where you can dance until late.
If you need a change for awhile you can visit the Museum – Alpe d’ Huez or perhaps have a wander around the shops there are some fashionable boutiques to tempt you. There is a cinema at the resort which might be of interest to some of you. Alpe d’ Huez makes a good holiday choice with excellent ski schools and good resort attractions; it is a skier’s delight!