Altitude: 1120-3330 Meters

Alpe d'Huez in short

  • Fifth-largest ski area in France
  • Area reserved for beginners
  • Very few queues at ski lifts

L'Alpe d'Huez was once a rather small ski resort where the jetset met up to do some skiing. This good value for money ski resort has now developed into one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the French Alps attracting a very varied, international crowd who come here to enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the wonderful, varied ski slopes of the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine ski area. The Alpe d'Huez ski area gives access to around 250km of ski slopes, with plenty of challenges available for all levels.

The Alpe d'Huez ski area is proud to state that it is the fifth-largest ski area in France, linking the smaller ski resorts of of Vaujany, Oz-en-Oisans, Villard-Reculas and Auris En Oisans. The Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine ski area is divided into four sections, with the largest part directly above the resort of Alpe d'Huez itself. The skiing in Alpe d’Huez is particularly well-suited for beginners, with some wonderful wide gentle slopes which are often reserved for beginners only. The ski schools here have an excellent reputation for getting beginners off to a good start on the slopes. Advanced skiers can practice their skills and stamina on the longest black run in Europe, La Sarenne, which measures a whopping 16km! For powder hounds, the area surrounding the Pic Blanc offers tons of possibilities for off-piste skiing. L'Alpe d'Huez enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year but nevertheless boasts reliable snow cover thanks to its altitude and snow cannons. Lift queues in L'Alpe d'Huez are pretty rare as the lift system is extremely efficient, making ski holidays very stress-free!

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The village is really quiet, don't come here for the après-ski! Other than that the ski area is good, not super large so maybe a little boring for advanced skie...

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Alpe d'Huez

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Additional information

Green slopes49 km Drag lifts30Start of the season25 November
Blue slopes54 km Chair lifts23End of the season22 April
Red slopes80 km Gondola lifts15Glacier
Black slopes67 km Train0Min. altitude1120 m
Total250 km Capacity10260 Pers./HourMax. altitude3330 m

travelResorts in Alpe d'Huez ski area

Experts only: Tackle Le Tunnel, most challenging piste at L'Alpe d'Huez

Take the Pic Blanc gondola, veer right and you'll find yourself at the entrance to a tunnel carved right through the mountainside. Go through it and be prepared to tackle one of the steepest mogul fields you've ever seen. The aptly named "Le Tunnel" is known for being L'Alpe d'Huez's most challenging piste, and you'll see plenty of skiers and snowboarders haltingly making their way down, trying not to lose their footing and go plunging 100m down the mountainside! This area is also home to some incredible steep freeriding terrain, perfect for going off-piste on powder days (just remember that off-piste is done at your own risk).

Themed funslopes: Getting the kids into skiing

In the 2017/18 winter season, L'Alpe d'Huez inaugurated several more funslopes, bringing the total to 3. At Marcel's Farm, Chez Roger and Jacques le Bûcheron, fun obstacles and silly mascots help the kids learn to ski in total confidence. Beginner skiers and snowboarders in general will feel completely at ease on the green and blue slopes located lower down in the Alpe d'Huez ski area, and budding freestylers can try out the very approachable jumps in the snow park.

Vaujany, Oz-en-Oisans and Auris en Oisans: Exploring the greater ski area

If you're looking for a change of scenery, head into one of the other ski resorts that share a linked ski area with L'Alpe d'Huez. Vaujany and Oz-en-Oisans offer skiing below the tree line, while Auris En Oisans boasts some challenging red and black runs in the typical lunar landscapes of the high-altitude Alps. Be warned: the chairlift ride to Auris en Oisans is not for those with a fear of heights, as it takes a dizzying dip into the valley below before working its way back up into the ski area!

La Sarenne: Longest black piste in the Alps

La Sarenne is the longest black piste in the Alps, measuring 16km with no way out after you get started! Throughout your journey along La Sarenne you'll find yourself appreciating breathtaking views from the Pic Blanc, skiing through the valley run in the beautiful Gorges de Sarenne and perhaps stopping for a bite to eat or a drink at the handily placed mountain restaurant near the bottom! That is, if you make it past the top, which sometimes turns into a very steep, dicey mogul field!

Off-piste & freestyle in Alpe d'Huez

Snow parks 2Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
L'Alpe d'Huez EUR - EUR - 5 Years old
Vaujany - Oz en Oisans EUR 122.00 EUR 161.00 5 Years old

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
L'Alpe d'Huez EUR - EUR - 5 Years old
Vaujany - Oz en Oisans EUR 122.00 EUR 161.00 5 Years old

Blogs about Alpe d'Huez

18 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

The French skiing airport par excellence, Chambéry Airport comes alive in the winter and welcomes hordes of British skiers and snowboarders. A short flight to this pretty little town will drop you right in the heart of French skiing territory, with access to almost every big French ski area including Chamonix, Les Trois Vallées and Les Portes du Soleil. Chambéry Airport operates seasonal winter flights to more than half a dozen destinations in the UK, mostly with BA but also with the budget airl... More ›

7 September 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Flying into Grenoble for the holidays? Your ski trip just got a little easier! With airlines like EasyJet, Monarch and Jet2 operating flights to the UK, Grenoble Airport is a logical choice. And once you get there, there are loads of ski resorts within easy reach. Rent a car or book a transfer with Ben's Bus Shuttles, which runs shuttles to various nearby ski areas. We've put together a list of easily accessible ski resorts close to Grenoble Airport - whether you're flying with the family or wit... More ›
(Photo: © Thijs Termeer)

8 June 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Lyon is a gateway to the French Alps and, as luck would have it, many airlines offer flights from Britain to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. Whether you’re looking for a quiet ski resort to spend ski holidays with the family, or a world-class ski resort with endless slopes and challenging terrain, there’s no shortage of ski areas within easy reach of Lyon Airport. It’s also tempting to spend a few days tooling around this attractive city on your way home – why not make a week of it?... More ›

9 May 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Located in the French ski resort of L'Alpe d'Huez, La Sarenne is the longest black piste in the Alps. Skiers and snowboarders descend 16km down from the Pic Blanc (3330m above sea level), following a winding path back through the valley to the centre of L'Alpe d'Huez. The piste represents an altitude drop of 1800m, and along the way you'll go from admiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks, to skiing through trees and shrub in the valley. However, good news for intermediate skiers: once yo... More ›

11 April 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

It’s a first in France. It’s a mind-blowing journey. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have. It’s a 4-season alpine coaster with virtual reality! No idea what that means? To be honest, we didn’t exactly know what to expect, either. You can actually see the alpine coaster from the Bergers area as it’s right next to the slopes, and I had already wondered about it when I first arrived at Alpe d’Huez. From the outside, it looks like a regular little roller coaster. But as soon as I tried the vir... More ›

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Alpe d'Huez

Mountain90 cm
Valley35 cm
open - dicht
hoogten

The information applies for the ski area of L'Alpe d'Huez. During the ski season information is updated daily.

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No. of slopes open 0
Open lifts-
Toboggan run open
Snow park closed

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