Take in the unspoilt view's across the Southern Alps
Alpe d’Huez, this completely south facing resort sits on a plateau 1860m above sea level. Known for it’s extensive ski area and direct access to the high altitude skiing available on the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domain (250km of varied terrain), this is one of the most beautiful French ski resorts in the Alps.
“Few resorts can rival Alpe d’Huez for size of ski area and variety of terrain, which is often compared to Espace Killy (Tignes and Val d’Isere)” – On the Snow
There are five ski resorts and two traditional mountain villages that create the ski area: Alpe d’Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, La Garde, Le Freney d’Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas. Alpe d’Huez is known for long sunny days, fantastic high altitude snow conditions and spectacular views across the Southern Alps. Put all of those factors together and you have a world class ski resort.
250km of pistes surrounded by incredible views across the Southern Alps, that is what a trip to Alpes D’Huez Grand Domain has in store for you. With on average of 300 sunny days per year and sitting 1860m above sea level, you can be sure to find many great snow days and and equally great number of *blue-bird days (*blue sky days for those who don’t know the ski lingo).
A highlight in this area is the 16km Sarenne piste (primarily black) which offers over an hour and half of uninterrupted skiing. Alpes D’Huez has an abundance of free ride and off piste terrain for those experienced enough and under the wing of a local guide.
For those looking to stay on piste, you have 111 fantastic groomed pistes to enjoy. With a pretty even split of beginner/intermediate and advanced terrain spread over the 250km of terrain, you will have no problem finding suitable runs for you and your group whatever the ability level.
Much like any major ski resort, not to mention one of the top resorts in the French Alps, Alpes D’Huez has a abundance of activities for you to enjoy whilst taking a break from skiing and snowboarding.
As one of the top 5 ski destinations in the French Alps, Alpes D’Huez has one big reputation to live up to on and off the slopes.
Winter 2014/2015 saw the arrival of the world famous après venue La Folie Douce to Alpes D’Huez, so it now caters for not just the casual apres tourists but also the serious post ski party crowd as well. Take away La Folie Douce and you still have an incredibly nightlife scene in resort, from the nightclub Igloo, the pirate themed run bar L’Etalon, a local favourite Smithy’s Tavern, to arguably the resorts best apres hot spot – Underground. A home from home for those Londoners seeking a London tube themed apres bar and restaurant.
Alpe D’Huez has it all. – The combination of fantastic skiing, lively après ski, excellent resort and mountain facilities as well as an abundance of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to keep all visitors (local and tourists) entertained and occupied all the way through until the early hours.