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Ski in Alpe d'Huez

Ski at will under the bright sun

Opening of the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski ski area

(winter season 2021/2022)

Subject to snow conditions, you can ski in Alpe d'Huez from Saturday 4 December 2021 to Sunday 24 April 2022.

Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

The ski area

With its 250 km of slopes bathed in sunshine 300 days a year, L'Alpe’Huez Grand Domaine Ski focuses on pleasure above all.

Why ski in Alpe d'Huez?

A major ski area, L'Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski offers an ideal setting for a friendly practice of winter sports with family or friends.

  1. 5 resorts in the Grandes Rousses massif (L'Alpe d'Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Villard-Reculas, La-Garde-en-Oisans and Le Freney d'Oisans) and 2 villages (Oz-en-Oisans and Vaujany )

  2. from 1,860 to 3,330 meters above sea level

  3. 250 km of slopes spread over 10,000 hectares

  4. 300 days of sunshine per year in the village

  5. 135 slopes including 42 green, 37 blue, 39 red and 17 black

  6. 84 ski lifts including 6 cable cars and 9 cable cars

  7. 4 snowparks

  8. 55 km of Nordic ski slopes

  9. the longest black slope in Europe: the Sarenne and its 16 km descent

  10. a single package for all stations

Skiing for everyone

L’Alpe d'Huez encourages friendly skiing where everyone, depending on their level, will find a suitable playground in the town.

With 60% of green and blue runs, L’Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski is the ideal resort for beginners and does everything to make them feel good. Thus, for those who would go on skis for the first time, there is no need to pay a ski lift pass: 3 ski lifts are free. Once they have stabilized in their support, they will be able to enjoy 4 additional lifts as part of a special beginner package offered at an advantageous price.

But don't let seasoned skiers make you imagine that they are being bored at Alpe d'Huez! They will find technical tracks there, even downright formidable like the Tunnel. This unusual descent crosses the mountain to offer an indescribable sensation of vertigo upon exiting the tunnel. This 200-meter wall that is extremely difficult can be skied without too much speed, taking the time to understand each movement. Only for the best trained!

Do not miss the mythical Sarenne, if you are looking for sensations without confronting yourself with extreme difficulty. Considered the longest black slope in France and even in Europe, it links Pic Blanc at an altitude of 3,330 meters to the Gorges de Sarenne at 1,510 meters in 16 km of descent in a breathtaking environment. It is impossible to resist these 30 minutes of pure pleasure!

With children

Family Plus labeled resort, Alpe d'Huez aims to promote holidays through family skiing through fun areas where it is good to challenge yourself.

The ski schools of Alpe d'Huez welcome children from the age of two and a half to discover this sport through a variety of activities. Children under 5 will be able to ski for free since the resort offers them the ski pass.

For lovers of other sports

The thrills are experienced at the Alpe d'Huez snowpark. Intended for all practitioners, from beginners to experts, it offers spaces to learn and improve as you wish.

A place of conviviality par excellence, the Snowpark Alpe d'Huez is suitable for all audiences and all levels with a Family Park area for beginners and an XXL version for experts.

Woops, table top, rainbow box, rails, boxs, pipes. Mark out the S (blue level), M (red level) and L-XL (black level) courses so that everyone can indulge in the pleasures of skiing according to their own experience, without getting into difficulty. An XS version (green level) is also available to children in a Kids Park for beginners made up of easy box modules.

In addition to this fun park, beginners who wish to evolve in a quieter setting can go to the Montfrais snowpark. Smaller, it makes it easier to learn to snowboard and perform first tricks.

For off-piste enthusiasts

With its exceptional sunshine and its routes exposed to the four cardinal points: Alpe d'Huez is undoubtedly one of the best resorts in the French Alps for freeride skiing.

From the summit of Pic Blanc, located at an altitude of 3330 m, you will be spoiled for choice with around twenty possible off-piste routes, each more fabulous than the next. The best known is certainly the Grand Sablat glacier route: a great classic of the resort, rather easy in the opinion of experts.

More difficult, La Pyramide will offer you breathtaking landscapes and steep slopes on a very high mountain route accessible after half an hour of walking.

And for the most advanced skiers, the corridors of the Cheminées de Mâcle should give you some thrills. Better to avoid falls on these very steep slopes lined with very narrow corridors where you barely have the opportunity to make a jump turn.

Given the wealth of the area in terms of freeride routes, it is recommended to hire the services of a high mountain guide from the resort in order to evolve in the powder safely and find the best snow according to current weather conditions.

For Nordic ski practitioners

Although Alpe d'Huez is best known for downhill skiing, it is not unworthy when it comes to cross-country skiing. Lovers of the discipline will find more than 50 km of slopes at the foot of the Grandes Rousses.

It is certainly during a ski or snowshoe hike that you can best enjoy the resort's incredible landscapes in winter, such as the splendid view of the mountain range of the Ecrins National Park from the heights of Pic Blanc.

For beginner cross-country skiers, three routes are particularly suitable:

the Huez loop and its 10 km round trip in a peaceful setting,

the 6 km long Brandes loop that will take you to the ruins of the eponymous castle

the loop of Poutran which will make you evolve 10 km in the middle of the lakes of mountains with a splendid sight on the tops dressed in white.

Longer and more technical, the Boucle des Lacs will take you from Lac Besson to the Alpette, taking you along lakes Carrelet and Faucille. You will thus take advantage of the 20 km of slopes at an altitude of more than 2000 meters to admire the view of the snow-covered peaks of the Grandes Rousses and Belledona mountains. A real physical challenge!