Alpe d’Huez Overview
Alpe d’Huez has a longer season than many other French resorts due it’s high altitude and situation on the southern flank of the Grandes Rousses Massif.
The village itself lies at 1,450 metres, while the ski slopes rise from 1,860 to 3,330 metres. The resort is known for getting 300 days of sunshine per year and is home to the longest ski run in the world, the 16-kilometre Sarenne.
Alpe d’Huez ski season starts in…
Info & Stats
December 04, 2021 – April 24, 2022
Set in a large, sunny bowl, Alpe d’Huez is part of the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine ski area.
This links it with the resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas to form 249 kilometres of tracks.
There are 84 ski lifts giving access to 41 green runs, 34 blue, 40 red and 16 black, as well as two terrain parks, a boardercross and a halfpipe.
Linked ski area
Grand Domaine (5 resorts and 2 villages): Alpe d’Huez, Auris en Oisans, La Garde, Le Freney d’Oisans, Oz en Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas.
- 250km of runs
- La Sarenne (16 km) is the longest run in the world
Non-ski activities and experiences
Alpe d’Huez has a cinema, spas and sculptured ice caves to explore.
Other activities include ice lazer quest, snowshoeing, scenic helicopter flights, ice skating, dog sledding, ice climbing, ice driving, horse riding and snowmobiling.
Alpe d’Huez is known as a party resort, with lots of lively bars and nightclubs.
La Folie Douce is the place to go for après, with live music and tabletop dancing from early afternoon until lifts close.
Restaurants range from burger bars to a Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Altiport.
Location & Trail Map
Transfer time to Alpe d’Huez from:
- Grenoble train station (closest): 1hr 15min*
- Grenoble airport: 1hr 30min*
- Lyon airport: 1hr 50min*
- Geneva airport: 2hrs 40min*
Resort altitude: 1,860m
*Transfer time is approximate, by private transfer vehicle and subject to weather and road conditions. Shared shuttle/bus transfers have set departure times, take much longer to travel and don’t offer door to door service which is why we recommend private transfers only.
Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort Video
Come and discover “The Island in The Sun” thanks to more than 300 days of sunshine every year, the world’s longest black run, La Sarenne with 16km and much more.
Watch this video to find out more…
Located on a sunny plateau in the Southern Alps in the Grande Domaine ski area, the Alpe d’Huez ski resort is often affectionately referred to as “The Island in The Sun” thanks to more than 300 days of sunshine every year.
Despite its sunny south-facing orientation, at a high altitude of 1,860m, Alpe d’Huez provides a reliable and beautiful blanket of snow all winter long. This gives Alpe d’Huez one of the longest ski seasons in the French Alps.
Alpe d’Huez is home to the world’s longest black run, La Sarenne with 16km, starting from the Pic Blanc summit at 3,330m. The Sarenne descent is completely on-piste and descends more than 2,000 vertical metres.
Alpe d’Huez provides skiers and snowboarders alike plenty of different slopes to suit all levels of ability, from beginners to advanced.
The resort has something for every level and ability of skier or snowboarder, with great snowparks and appeals to anyone looking for good value or budget ski packages without compromising on first class ski conditions.
Alpe d’Huez has been awarded the ‘Famille Plus’ quality label by the French Tourism body, signifying that it is particularly suitable for family holidays.
There are plenty of easy runs (green and blue runs) leading into the resort perfect for young children and beginners alike while also providing a big selection of red and black runs for the more advanced thrill seekers.
Due to the long snow season, Alpe d’Huez is suitable for early season travel or spring skiing and for families, friends and couples wanting to learn skiing or snowboarding for the first time.
There are plenty of non-skiing activities on offer including the outdoor ice skating rink, ice cave with sculptures, a cinema, the Alpine Coaster (1 or 2 seat sledges), dogsledding, ski joering, snowmobiling (skidoo), ice driving, paragliding, scenic and helicopter flights including microlight flights and more…
The Premium Pass Winter provides access to the Sports Centre’s gym, swimming-pools, skating-rink, mini golf, ping-pong as well as extra options such as fitness, aquafitness, squash, badminton, tennis, football, pan, climbing, archery, jorky ball, tournaments..
Alpe d’Huez is a 1hr50min drive by private transfer from Lyon Airport and 2hrs 40min drive from Geneva airport.
It’s a 1hr 15min drive from Grenoble train station, the closest train station in France to Alpe d’Huez.
Top Snow Travel can also arrange helicopter or scenic flight transfers from all airports or other ski resort altiports in the region
Next winter, Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort is scheduled to open from November 28th 2020 to April 25th 2021.
There are 5 ski resorts and 2 villages which are part of the Grand Domaine lift pass and ski area which include: Alpe d’Huez, Auris en Oisans, La Garde, Le Freney d’Oisans, Oz en Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas.
January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).
For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season. This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time. Even all the restaurants are booked out!
Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.
So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!