A sunny resort set high in the Grandes Rousses mountains, Alpe d'Huez is the fifth largest ski area in France linking the villages of Vaujany, Oz, Villard-Reculas and Auris-en-Oisans. Alpe d'Huez ski resort offers a wealth of amenities including a superb sports centre and the use of a large outdoor pool and skating rink are both FREE with full area lift passes.
First time skiers in Alpe d'Huez are well catered for with a free lift and the option of buying locally a limited access daily ski pass (around Euros10 for 11 lifts) which covers gentle green runs. Progress can be quickly made under the expert guidance of the local ski school (a full lift pass is necessary for those in ski school).
There is a vast choice of blues and reds with some of the best being on the Le Signal d'Homme and Plat des Marmottes. With the possibility of a day's skiing in Les Deux Alpes and Serre Chevalier (both covered on your lift-pass), the choice becomes endless.
Amazing challenges lie in store for expert skiers. Try the Sarenne, the longest black run in Europe at 16km but beware as once started, you have to finish it, as there are no exits on the way down! Other exciting black runs include La Balme, the Tunnel and the thigh-pumping Super Signal mogul field.
Alpe d'Huez offers some amazing and varied terrain, keen freeriders will be in their element here. You can go in search of powder in areas such as Villard-Recluas, Avris and the Glacier de Sarenne. Freestylers will be smiling too as there is a pipe and snowboard park, though there is an abundance of natural kickers and rollers all around the resort.
Approx Transfer Time Chambery 2 hrs-2 hrs 30 mins, Lyons 2 hrs 30 mins-3 hrs, Grenoble 2hrs-2hrs 30 mins. SHORTER TRANSFERS: *FLIGHTS AND SKI TRAIN DIRECT TO CHAMBERY Village Height 1,860m (6,102ft) Highest Lift 3,330m (10,989ft)
Full of action with lots of live music. Try the Crowded House Bar in the Hermitage for a British atmosphere, Smithy's Tavern, the Underground Bar in the Hotel Chamois. For a more French ambience try Zoo bar or L'Etalon.
Sports Centre with tennis and squash courts Archery Gym Indoor golf Handball, Basketball, Volleyball and Indoor-football Outdoor swimming-pool, FREE with full weekly lift-pass Parapenting Ski-dooing Ice-skating rink FREE with full weekly Visalp lift-pass (skate hire extra) Ice driving Night skiing Sledging slope
Alpe d'Huez ski resort: - More than 40 restaurants, all categories - Pizzas from Euros 6.8 - Fondues from around Euros 14 - 3-course menus from Euros 17 to Euros30 - Les Epiciers in the resort centre for an excellent à la carte menu. Genepi and La Pomme de Pin for French cuisine, Smithy's for Tex Mex and Le Roi Ladre for pizzas.