Altitude: 1450 Meters

Alpe d'Huez in short

  • Large ski area with lots of options
  • Great family ski resort
  • Good après-ski

Alpe d'Huez is nicknamed "l'Ile au Soleil" (Island in the Sun), a name that the ski resort has earned due to its southern orientation and its many hours of sunshine. The snow is guaranteed here until late in the season due to the resort's high altitude location. Non-skiers will find plenty to do here with the numerous activities on offer such as snowshoeing hikes, snowmobile rides, visits to an ice cave accessible by the Grandes Rousses gondola (otherwise known as the DMC) two swimming pools and spa activities such as whirlpool, massage, sauna, jacuzzi, etc...

On top of all these fantastic leisure facilities, there is some excellent, lively nightlife in Alpe d’Huez. With more than 50 restaurants, this ski resort offers varied cuisine and wines for all tastes and budgets. Alpe d'Huez has a reputation for being a good value for money ski resort offering world class skiing and facilities at very affordable prices. The Alpe d'Huez/Grand Domaine ski area includes Alpe d'Huez and the five other ski resorts of Auris En Oisans, La Garde, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas. The popular French ski resort of Alpe d'Huez gives access to 240 km of downhill skiing spread over 120 ski runs including the famous Sarenne ski run which, at 16 km long, is actually the longest ski slope in the world!

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The pistes at L'Alpe d'Huez are fantastic; we particularly enjoyed La Sarenne.

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Apres-ski in Alpe d'Huez

In Alpe d'Huez, there is no risk of getting bored on or off the ski slopes! The French resort of Alpe d’Huez is host to many famous events such as the Andros Trophy (car and motobike racing on ice), the Comedy Film Festival, the ESF Ski Show, European Gay Ski Week, the Comics Festival and the Top Chef’s Challenge among others. The popular concept of La Folie Douce restaurant and apres-ski bar, already installed in Val Thorens and Méribel, arrived on the slopes of the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez just in time for the 2013/14 ski season! The concept consists of a brewery: The Dairy, a quality self-service restaurant: the Nuvo Self and a huge wooden terrace that turns into open air club with DJs and live musicians every afternoon, it's party time all day long in Alpe d'Huez !

Alpe d'Huez - good for a laugh

There's never a dull moment in Alpe d'Huez! Each ski season the popular ski resort of Alpe d'Huez hosts The International Film Festival of Comedy which is growing in notoriety and now has a strong reputation for having showcased successful films that will go down in history, such as: La Vérité si je mens, Taxi, Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, among others... This festival is a must for all cinema buffs and ski fans as it welcomes all big names in cinema, directors and actors, who come to enjoy the friendly atmosphere Alpe d'Huez and bring a touch of glamor along with them. You could rub shoulders with the stars on your ski holidays in Alpe d’Huez.

Other ways to enjoy the snow in Alpe d'Huez

In Alpe d'Huez you will discover a fantastic program of daily snowshoeing tours and walks on the plateau de la Rochette, in the beautiful white desert of the plateau du lac du Milieu or in the forest of Oz, accompanied by a mountain guide. What better than a snowshoeing tour to get in shape before hitting the ski slopes! The Bureau des Guides also offers a program of ski tours at all levels, in the Massif des Grandes Rousses or the Massif de la Grave.

Alpe d'Huez snow park

The snow park in Alpe d'Huez is south facing which ensures the sunshine from 9am onwards and a perfect light to shoot some pictures of the best moments of your ski holidays. The snow park is constantly evolving to meet the requirements of the experts but not forgetting the beginners too. There are four lines of different levels: one green, one blue, one red and one black, a huge big air with a table of 17 m reserved for the best jumpers, 16 kicks and 14 rails and a video module.

Alpe d'Huez : "The Children's Island"

The ski resort of Alpe d'Huez, with its "Famille Plus" label , is committed to ensuring a personalized welcome, adapted activities and unforgettable family ski holidays. The daycare centre “Les intrépides" welcomes the smaller members of the family, aged between 3 months and 4 years old with friendly, English-speaking staff always ready to help. The ESF children’s chalet offers ski lessons for all ages, in combination with childcare services and an outdoor play area. Family ski holidays in Alpe d’Huez are always a success!

 Apres-ski & entertainment Alpe d'Huez

Restaurants 59 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 14 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 3 Concert hall
Cinema 2  

 Ski school and ski lessons Alpe d'Huez

No. of ski schools 4Private ski lessons Yes, price on request
No. of ski instructors 350Ski lessonsYes, price on request
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiingYes, price on request

 Book ski schools in Alpe d'Huez online

Skiing-Kids 6 Offers available
Skiing-Adults 2 Offers available
Snowboarding 2 Offers available
Freeride 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Alpe d'Huez

No. of hotels 16 Supermarkets 7
Total no. of hotel beds 908 Banks
Total no. of beds 32500

 Tourist information for Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huez Tourisme
0033 - 0476 - 114444

 Distances from Alpe d'Huez

Railway station
Grenoble approx. 63 km by bus
Grenoble Isère approx. 99 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 60 km 1 uur by car

 Alpe d'Huez for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children

  Leisure & sports activities Alpe d'Huez

Public saunaFootpaths 35 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltochten tijdens schoolvakanties in december en februari
Public solarium Indoor ice rink -
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court
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Ski area
Alpe d'Huez

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Total slopes 250 (km)
Green slopes 49 km
Blue slopes 54 km
Red slopes 80 km
Black slopes 67 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (68 )
Drag lifts 30
Chair lifts 23
Gondala lifts 15
170 cm
140 cm