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ALPE D' HUEZ , FRANCE

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The resort of Alpe d’Huez, FRANCE is located in the heart of the Grandes Rousees ski area. The high altitude guarantees fantastic snow conditions on the 245 kilometres of pistes.

Alpe d'Huez Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Alpe d’Huez is fantastic. It is all above the tree line with a vertical drop of over 2,000 meters.

Expect to find open powder fields, narrow chutes gullies and cliff drops, extremely long groomed trails and gentle beginner slopes. All areas are supported by an efficient lift system.

Since the 2006/2007 winter season Alpe d'Huez and the neighbouring resort of Les 2 Alpes are accessible on the one lift pass. If a six day or more pass is purchased in Alpe d'Huez skiers and snowboarders can access Les 2 Alpes for two of the six days. Buses connect the two resorts as does a helicopter link.   For more information on Les 2 Alpes click here

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Alpe d'Huez

Advanced skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice at Alpe d’Huez where the higher the altitude the steeper the terrain becomes.

The highest peak is Pic Blanc at 3,300 meters above sea level. The 16 km La Sarenne run down the Serenne Glacier starts from here. It is one of the longest advanced runs in the world taking well over one hour to complete. Guides are available to take you down but on a sunny day you could easily negotiate it a group without one.

The ungroomed extremely steep and fast Tunnel, Les Chocards and Breche trails lead down the Pic Blanc face.

For deep powder cut down the Combe Charbonniere run from the Marmottess II Gondola second station. After a snowfall the powder snow can be waist high.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Alpe d'Huez

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can happily access the entire resort on seemingly endless long groomed cruising trails.

From the Alpe d’Huez Village head left to the Signal Chairlift for some fast morning warm up runs before heading to the winding lengthy trails leading to the neighbouring village of Villard Reculas.

Catch the Troncon Gondola to the second station for wide trials branching out in all directions. From the Marmottes I Gondola first station take the Vachettes trail for speedy GS turns.

Intermediates welcomed the opening of the Marmottes II trail in 2009 giving an easier way down from the Marmottes II Gondola to the Alpe d’Huez Village. The new wide groomed trail bypasses the challenging Clocher de Macle advanced trail.

Alpe d’Huez created another intermediate trail in the Marmottes area for the 2010 winter season – Les Ancolies. The new 5 hectare trail gives more intermediate groomed options down to the Village from the gondola station.

Only confident intermediates should attempt La Sarenne run; although it is often groomed it is steep and narrow in some areas.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Alpe d'Huez

Wide gentle slopes just above the Alpe d’Huez Village are the learning grounds for beginner skiers and snowboarders.

Catch the Troncon Gondola to the first station to access the Respect trail for a fun long ride down to the base area.

Once confidence grows turn right from the first gondola station onto the winding Retour Bergers trail.

In the 2008/2009 winter season free beginner skiing and snowboarding was introduced at Alpe d’Huez. The Rif Nel 1 and the Poussin 1 lifts operate free of charge servicing two flat gentle beginner areas in the Village.

The two ski and snowboard schools at Alpe d’Huez have group and private lessons available for all ages and ability levels with professional bilingual instructors.

Hands free skiing and snowboarding was introduced in the 2007/2008 winter season at Alpe d'Huez. The pass is inserted into your left jacket pocket and it automatically enables lift access without staff manually checking passes ensuring less crowd congestion. No photos are required on passes valid for less than 8 days and a 2 Euro refundable deposit can be collected on returning the pass.

Alpe d’Huez Night Skiing and Snowboarding

Alpe d’Huez offers guided night skiing and snowboarding tours down the long La Sarenne Glacier run. Catch the Pic Blanc Cable Car to the top for a light snack and drink before skiing and snowboarding down in the moonlight. The guided tours are weather dependant.

Every Tuesday and Thursday night from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Alpe d’Huez has night skiing and snowboarding on the illuminated one kilometre long slope in the Signal Slalom Stadium.
The stadium was created to host international slalom competitions and evening skiing and snowboarding events. It has three drag lifts and a vertical drop of 250 meters. Night skiing and snowboarding is free with the purchase of a two day or more ski pass.

Alpe d'Huez Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Alpe d’Huez has two terrain parks a challenging boardercross course and a halfpipe.
The advanced Terrain Park service by the BaBars Chairlift is over 1,500 meters long with large kickers, rails, tables and jumps. Next to it is a boardercross course and a well maintained halfpipe.

The beginner Terrain Park on the lower left hand side of the Lac Blanc Chairlift above the Village has small jumps kickers and rails. Helmets must be worn in the terrain parks.

Other Activities at Alpe d'Huez

Other activities at Alpe d’Huez include ice skating, snow shoeing, paragliding, ice driving, snow kiting, tobogganing and swimming in the outdoor heated swimming pool.

Indoor activities include playing tennis and taking yoga and aerobics classes. Massage treatments are a great way to help aching muscles as is a trip to the Alpe d’Huez Village cinema.

Alpe d'Huez Shopping

The Village of Alpe d’Huez has 25+ ski and snowboard equipment and rental stores, trendy fashion boutiques, children’s clothing stores, gift and souvenir shops, photography and art galleries and pharmacies.

The village has high quality grocery markets, patisseries (bakeries), butchers, wine shops and delicatessens.

Alpe d'Huez Restaurants

The majority of the restaurants in the buzzing Alpe d’Huez Village serve French and Italian cuisine.

Les Caves Restaurant serves delicious rich fondue and raclette cheese dishes while Creperie Des 4 Soleils has delicious sweet and savoury crepes.

The popular Pizzeria L’Origan has wood fired pizzas and steaming hot bowls of pasta.

For an enjoyable gourmet and well priced French meal go to Le Passe Montagne Restaurant.

Be sure to visit the patisseries and delicatessens for a quick sweet and savoury treat on the run. The quiches and fresh warm baguettes, chocolate croissants and fruit tarts are to die for!

Alpe d'Huez Nightlife

The nightlife is fantastic in the Alpe d’Huez Village. It has small wine bars, crowded pubs and nightclubs open until 4am.

A great meeting spot is the Irish Lilly Muldoon’s Bar; open early for après ski drinks with live band performances.

Smithy’s Tavern serves tasty bar snacks and has themed nights throughout the season. The Sphere Bar is packed to the rafters every night with international visitors.

The Igloo and Les Caves nightclubs are defiantly the place to go to bust a move on the dance floor!

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
10,925
3,330
Base
3,609
1,100
Average Snowfall
Lifts
84
Trails - view map
121
245 km
Terrain %
advanced
25
intermediate
30
beginner
45
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
2
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