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Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huez first ski lift opened in the 1930's - there are now over 80 lifts connecting 280kms of marked pisted linking 6 villages and pistes from 1250m right up to 3330m offering one of the largest verticle drops in Europe.

Alpe d'Huez is the main resort situtaed in a sunny bowl up at 1860m. The resort is conveniently situated for both Grenoble and Lyon airport - the transfer time is around 1 1/2 hours. Geneva Airport is around 3 hours away.

Alpe d'Huez is a large sprawling resort - there are a couple of lifts that connect throught the resort easing access. Ski lifts fan out from the West, North and East of the village. The other resorts are much smaller - Auris en Oisans is situtaed across the valley from Alpe d'Huez with its own ski area on Signal de l'Homme. Huez is 300m below Alpe d'Huez - a beautiful farming village connected by a bubble lift to the main resort. Villard Reculas is at 1500 a modern chalet style resort. Further down is Vaujany at 1250 m and Oz en Oisans slightly higher up at 1350. All copnnected to the ski area by fast bubble lifts, cable cars and chairlifts.

 

The Skiing

The 'Grand domain de Ski de Alpe d'Huez' is one of the few ski areas that has some thing for every level of skier or border from complete beginner through to expert!

Beginners are well catered for in each of the resorts but perhaps Alpe d'Huez itself is a better base. Wonderfull sunny nursery slopes and a choice of 3 excellent ski schools - ESF, Easiski, and British run Masterclass will soon have beginners exploring the higher slopes of Marmottes and even over to Signal de l'Homme. Long gentle blues and greens will inspire confidence.

Intermediates have a vast playground to have a crack at with red and blue pistes linking up all the reorts. From Dommes des Rousses doen to Villard Reculas is an impressive 1300m drop and 15km on red pistes, while down to Vaujany it is an even greater vertical drop off over 1500m! 

Advanced and experts will revel in Alpe d'Huez. Acres and acres of off piste are available from each of the summits - Domes des Rousses down to Vaujany is one of the best lift served off piste routes we have found in the Alpes. Head up to Pic Blanc for the infamous tunnel run - slide through the tunnel and the world falls away at your feet on the black down to Lac Blanc. Most head for the Sarenne - the longest black run in the world. 16km with an impressive 2000m vertical drop. A short hike up to the summit of Pic Blanc from the cable car staion opens up some truely wonderful off piste.

Keep an eye out for the new 3.5km bubble lift that is scheduled to open in 2023 linking Alpe d'Hues with Les 2 Alpes forming a magnicifcent high altitude ski area - the third largest in Alpes with 500kms of marked piste.

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