Ski Holidays Alpe d’Huez
Ski holidays Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort Guide

Why Ski in Alpe d’Huez?

The ski resort of Alpe d’Huez is very popular with the British ski market. It’s a high modern resort located at 1860m with a ski range between 1100m to 3300m covering 240 km of piste serviced by 85 lifts. The ski resort of Alpe d’Huez is suitable for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

Located in the Southern French Alps the main village is located on a glorious sunny plateau which in cold weather is a blessing but later in the season can be a curse on warmer sunny days on lower slopes, however the resort has made massive investments in snow making equipment meaning the slopes stay open until late in the season.

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Alpe d’Huez Piste Map
  • Upper Piste depth
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  • Weekly Snowfall
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Based on weekly average snowfall data November 2000 - April 2018

Nearest airports


  • Km of Piste
  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Green


  • Resort Altitude
  • Highest Piste

Expert Ratings

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Snowboarding

Beginners skiing in Alpe d’Huez

This is a resort that would defiantly suit beginners, the huge nursery slopes above the village are ideal to master the basics and once you are ready to go further afield 45% of the runs are on gentle Greens and blue runs.

Intermediates skiing in Alpe d’Huez

The variety of runs is difficult to beat for intermediate skiers and snow boarders with 52% of the piste skiing being on blues and reds. The longest black run in Europe called the Sarenne should be within the capabilities of most intermediate skiers, it drops 2000m vertical on a run that’s 16km long, normally only blue runs have this kind of length. Although it’s a black it’s only really steep at the very top. On certain full moon nights or with a good head torch its possible to ski this run in the dark but only with a guide! The cost is around €65 and includes a simple meal. Boarders note the bottom of this run is quiet flat!

Advanced skiing in Alpe d’Huez

It’s the off piste skiing that’s the main draw for advanced skiers and snowboarders and the longest black run in Europe (see above). Below the Pic Blanc is a good mogul field reached by a long tunnel from the back of the mountain. One or two of the red runs might be classified as blacks in other ski resorts.

Ski Chalets in Alpe d’Huez

Ski Line offers catered ski chalets and ski hotels as well as a good selection of self catered apartments. We also offer all inclusive hotels which offer great value for money.

The accommodation in Alpe d’Huez is situated in various villages, and we offer accommodation in all, including the main village, Les Bergers where we have many self catered options and Vaujany which we feature as a separate resort and has some good hotels and selection of chalets which are very popular with families.

Après ski in Alpe d’Huez

The night time activities in Alpe d’Huez is surprisingly busy with a wide range of bars some getting very busy late on. The après normally kicks off at bars such as Sphere which is located near the bottom of the lifts. The free ride is more relaxed showing sports videos. Later on when you are feeling, shall we say, relaxed, head to the Igloo club to finish the night off!

Activities off the slopes in Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez has a good swimming pool but note that boxer style swimming costumes are not permitted. There’s also an ice rink and sports centre which all are covered by the lift pass. Why not try your hand at ice driving or hot air ballooning or visit the ice caves. Helicopter trips can be booked to Les Deux Alpes.