Alpe d’Huez couldn’t be better for families. as the central ski area which leads back down to the centre of this modern bustling resort are mainly easy green runs. However there are blue red and black runs which all lead down to the central bowl so it’s pretty hard for children to ever get lost!
The excellent local ski schools all meet at the bottom of the bowl and there are a plethora of wide slopes for your children to practice their skills on as well as way more challenging stuff for the more competent members of your group. There are over 250km of pistes stretching out over to Vaujany, Os en Oisans and down to Villard-Reclusas. The many fast lifts which run from the centre of this resort mean that queues are rare, and the resort height of 1860m makes Alpe d’Huez a good bet for snowfall at all times of the year, even the Christmas and Easter holidays, the slopes are south facing in this part, however there’s always other areas to head to if the snow conditions get a little slushy.
The resort itself has plenty to keep you all occupied with many bars, shops and restaurants. There is a good mix of accommodation here with many hotels apartments and chalets. The lift pass includes 1 free entry to ice skating and swimming in the huge indoor/outdoor pool in the impressive sports centre and if that’s not enough to keep the children going you can also find snowmobiling, a toboggan run and even dog sledding amongst other activities.
At the top of the DMC gondola there’s an ice cave to visit which comes highly recommended and is a good exciting little outing.
If you have a car its easy to drive from resort to resort if the children are not able to ski over – make the most of your lift pass and drive to these little quaint resorts often with lovely children’s facilities
There are some operators which offer in house childcare in this resort with qualified English speaking nannies, however there’s also a day care centre in resort ‘Les Intrepides’ which caters for children aged 6 months up to 4 years. The Esf ski school combines lessons and childcare too, details and booking are available on their websites.... Read more