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Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huez Ski Resort Guide

Alpe d'Huez, France

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length236km
Highest Lift3,330m
Resort Height1,860m
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Chambery
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Alpe d'Huez

A world class ski resort, Alpe d'Huez has one of the largest vertical ranges anywhere. Skiers of all levels are well provided for, whether Beginner or Expert, and the ski area includes some epic, long descents such as the Sarenne.

Summary

The French ski resort of Alpe d'Huez is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,860m, with 236km of marked runs.

Alpe d'Huez is part of the Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski area with access to 389km of downhill skiing, with 304 marked pistes, served by a total of 150 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Alpe d'Huez itself (236km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski ski resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas.

The ski resort itself is at 1,860m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,330m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snowboarding

Alpe d'Huez is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Alpe d'Huez.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Alpe d'Huez is 16km long and the most difficult run is the 'Tunnel', which is 16km in length.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Alpe d'Huez?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm, expected on 9 December, with around 16cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Alpe d'Huez Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1766km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3974km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
3753km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
4247km
Downhill
Total Length
236km
Cross Country
Total Length
50km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
85

Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
40
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
88
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
82
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
94
Downhill
Total Length
389km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
150

Altitudes

Alpe d'Huez Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,330m
Lowest Piste1,860m
Resort Altitude (Alpe d'Huez)1,860m
Max Vertical1,470m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Alpe d'Huez
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Skiing

The vertical drop of 2230 metres from Pic Blanc is one of the world's biggest, and includes the 16km (10 mile) Sarenne Black run.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Ski Hire in Alpe d'Huez

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Ski Lessons in Alpe d'Huez

Find a Ski Instructor

To choose a Ski School, and book Group Ski Lessons or a Private Instructor, see Alpe d'Huez Ski Schools and Alpe d'Huez Ski Instructors.

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Location and Map

Where is Alpe d'Huez?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in L'Alpe d'Huez, Huez.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Alpe d'Huez is Grenoble, 70 minutes drive away.

Chambery, Lyon Bron, Annecy, Lyon St-Exupéry, Geneva, Saint-Étienne and Turin Caselle airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 85 ski lifts are able to uplift 94,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 62km of ski runs, with 900 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Alpe d'Huez open?

 Opened : 4 December 2021.

 Closes : 24 April 2022.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Alpe d'Huez Piste Map
Alpe d'Huez

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Alpe d'Huez, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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