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Premier French Ski Area

Alpe d’Huez is one of France’s top five alpine high altitude ski resorts and boasts an excellent snow record and extended season. It is renowned for its sunshine record and spectacular views of the Ecrin National Park Mountains.

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Alpe d’Huez Piste Map
(click to download PDF)
Signal Ski Run
Down to Villard
Off-Piste Route
to Villard

The ski lift system of Alpe d’Huez is amongst the most modern in Europe and there is excellent skiing & snowboarding for all abilities. For beginners the lower ski slopes surrounding Alpe d’Huez provide confidence boosting green and blue ski runs. Intermediates will find miles of interesting blue and challenging red ski runs with fantastic excursions to the satellite villages.

The advanced skier will find some of the most testing terrain in France from the top of Pic Blanc at 3330 metres, including the ‘Tunnel’ and the ‘Sarenne’ – the longest black ski run in Europe(16kms). The Sarenne glacier’s access from the top of Pic Blanc was improved during the 2003 season with the installation of two 4 man chairs.

Access to the Sarenne glacier was further improved in the 2004 season with the installation of Marmotte 3 – a ‘Funitel’ ski lift capable of transporting 1000 skiers per hour in all weather conditions. This provides 2 access points to the glacier and allow snow-sure glacier skiing throughout the long 5 months winter French ski season

For snowboarders Alpe d’Huez is ‘friendly’ with its own snow-park suitable for beginner and intermediate snowboarders, and spectacular off piste possibilities for the more advanced snowboarder.

Alpe d’Huez Information

Resort altitude from 1100 to 3330 metres

Alpe d’Huez is at 1860 metres

Ski lift capacity – 95,000 persons/hour

250kms of groomed pistes

84 lifts 248 kms of Pistes

6 Cable cars

10 Gondolas

3 Access lifts

24 Chair lifts

41 Drag lifts

Greens – 39

Blues – 31

Reds – 36

Blacks – 17

 

Cross country skiing – 54 kms

Longest lift served vertical drop in the French Alps – 2230 metres from Pic Blanc to L’Enversin d’Oz.

Longest black piste in Europe – the Sarenne ski run 16 kms.

785 snow cannons providing 64kms of guaranteed snow.

lifts open daily at 0900hrs to 1700hrs

Useful links for Alpe d’Huez ski resort and independent comment:

Alpe d’Huez tourist office (with webcam) : www.alpedhuez.com

Where to ski and snowboard guide : www.snow-zone.co.uk

Snow forecast Alpe d’Huez : www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Alpe-d-Huez