France Ski Accommodation in Alpe d'Huez, France

Description

Alpe d’Huez is south facing sunny resort located in the Southern Alps. The resort is nicknamed ‘Island of the Sun’ as it has an average of 300 days  of sunshine a year! The resort sits at 1860m with a peak height of 3330m offering high altitude skiing suitable for all standards.

Alpe d’Huez attracts every type of skier. It has a short transfer time from Grenoble so is a popular choice for families wanting to keep their travel time to a minimum, and the resort is also a favourite with groups looking for apres ski thanks to the infamous La Folie Douce bar.

Alpe d’Huez is located in the same valley as Les Deux Alpes. The two resorts are currently only linked by road by plans are currently underway to connect the two resorts by cable car which is estimated to be completed in 2021.


Getting There

Alpe d’Huez is a short transfer from Grenoble so it is the most popular airport when flying to Alpe d’Huez.

210km from Geneva (3h)
106km from Grenoble (1h30)
131km from Chambery (2h)
153km from Lyon (2h)

There are several companies who offer a shared and private transfers to resort:

Alps2Alps provide private transfers from Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon.

Alpventure airport taxi and shuttle service from Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva.

Bens Bus provides low cost shared transfers from Grenoble.

Mountain Express provides private transfers from Chambery, Grenoble, Geneva and Lyon.

Ski Lifts have been awarded the world’s best ski transfer operator in the World Ski Awards. They provide private and shared transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery.

The nearest train station to Alpe d’Huez is Grenoble Gare which is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes away. If you are travelling from the UK, you can take the Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ashford in Kent to Paris and then change to a connecting TGV train to Grenoble.

If you are driving from UK, you can take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone or the ferry from Dover. There are several tolls on the motorway in France which cost approximately €75  in total.


When to Go

Alpe d’Huez sits at a relatively high altitude so will be snow sure throughout the season. The resort is family friendly so does get busier during school holidays with the prices of travel and accommodation more expensive during these weeks. Alpe d’Huez is a south facing sunny resort so gets plenty of sun throughout the season especially during March and April.


Where to Stay

Alpe d’Huez is made up of 4 areas - Altiport, Rond Point des Pistes, Old Town and Les Bergers.

The Altiport consists of a cluster of chalets and is the ideal location for ski access. The majority of chalets here are ski in/ski out. There are no bars here so it is the ideal location for families and groups wanting a quieter atmosphere.

Rond Point des Pistes is located at the top of the resort and is where the main DMC gondola is located. Many chalets are found here as they offer excellent access to the the slopes but it is a bit of a walk from the bars.

The Old Town is located at the bottom of the resort. The Avenue de Jeux runs up the middle of resort and is where all the majority of the shops and bars are located.

Les Bergers is where the main lifts are located as well as a good selection of accommodation options. There are a few shop/restaurants/bars here and it is a short walk from the town centre.

Surrounding Resorts:

Oz en Oisans is a small and pretty resort located in the heart of the Massif des Grandes Rousses. The village is traffic free and there is a selection of shops and restaurants so it makes a lovely choice for families.

Vaujany is a picturesque town that is well connected to the ski area thanks to its 160 person gondola.




Getting around

Alpe d’Huez is a relatively small resort so most places are accessible on foot however there is a free bus service that connects the different areas.


Apres

Alpe d’Huez offers a good selection of bars both on and off the mountain:

The Folie Douce is located at the top of the Marmottes chair lift accessed from Les Bergers lift area. The open terrace is known for its wild entertainment with DJs, singers, dancers and musicians putting on a fantastic show.

Sphere Bar is one of the most popular spots for an après ski and evening drink. The bar has great drink deals which you can enjoy form their large sunny terrace and often shows sport and hosts live music nights.

Freeride is a fun place to head. The drinks are priced using a stock market system changing every 100 seconds, and there is also a slide down to the toilets.

Underground is a lively bar. It is a popular spot for après and often has live music.

O’Sharkey’s is an Irish sports bar known for its cocktails and flavoured shots. The bar shows all the Sky and BT sports on 3 large screens.

Smithy’s Tavern is one of the most popular bars in resort with many themes nights, live bands, guest Djs and artist

L’Etalon (also known as Rum bar) certainly lives up to its name and is the only one of its kind in town serving lots of different flavours of rum.

L’Igloo nightclub hosts some of the best Dj’s in the Alps and has some fantastic themed nights including foam parties, R&B fever, carnival and old school vs new school.


Eating out

Alpe d’Huez is not short of places to eat. The resort offers a good selection of restaruants both on and off the mountain:

La Fruitiere at La Folie Douce is located at the top of the Marmotte 1 lift station and servs gourmet Savoyard specialities in a stunning setting.

Le Signal is located at the Sommet du Signal. Guests can enjoy a quick bite in the self-service restaurant or a long lunch or dinner in the first-floor restaurant.

Restaurant L’Altiport is a gastronomic restaurant and bar with a beautiful terrace offering fantastic views.

Lounge 21 offers an elaborate menu combining mountain specialities with tasty tapas. This is accompanied with a sophisticated wine list and a large selection of inventive cocktails.

Smithy’s Tavern is a favourite with seasonnaires and visitors alike. They serve a selection of dishes in their Tex Mex and Grill restaurant including sizzling fajitas, homemade burgers, filet steaks and BBQ ribs.

Chalet du Lac Besson restaurant is off the beaten track serving a number of traditional Savoyard specialities.

L’Alpette is located at the start of the run down to Oz next to the l’Alpette life. The restaurant’s terrace offers fantastic views of the valley.

Le Genepi serves classic French brasserie cuisine and local specialities.

La Cremalliere is a traditional charming restaurant. The cosy restaurant has seating for about 40 people and the dining area offers a cosy retreat and is perfect for a big group or couples.



Activities

There are plenty of activities available for non-skiers

Ice skating
Leisure centre
Walking Trails
Snowshoeing
Ice Driving
Ice Grotto
Ski-doo
Spa
Shopping
Restaurants/Bars



Ski School

There are 3 ski schools in Alpe d’Huez who offer both group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable and will generally work out cheaper but will be less intense than one-on-one tuition.

ESF have been running for over 70 years and have fully qualified English speaking instructors to help you improve your skills. ESF offer group and private lessons as well as mountain guiding for all abilities.

EasySki provide children and adults ski and snowboard group (max 10 persons per group) and private courses.

Masterclass is a British ski school offers private, group (max 6 people) and family lessons (max 10 persons)


Getting around

Alpe d’Huez is a relatively small resort so most places are accessible on foot however there is a free bus service that connects the different areas.


Family ski

Alpe d’Huez is one of the most popular resorts for families visiting the Alps and the resort has been awarded Famille Plus status by the French ministry of Tourism in recognition for its excellent services and facilities for families with children.

Magic Marmotte park is a creche available for children from 2-6 years and is open from 2 hours between 1000-1200 5 days a week.

For families looking at booking a tour operator with in-house childcare, Ski Esprit offer a range of childcare from 17 months and ski lessons from 3 years in their Chalet Hotel Mariandre, and Club Med provide childcare and ski school for children from 4 years at L’Alpe d’Huez La Sarenne hotel.

There is also the option of booking a private nanny who offer flexible levels of high quality care.

My Travelling Nanny is a family run specialist holiday nanny agency who match families with the perfect Travelling Nanny for their holiday.


Group Ski

Alpe d’Huez is a popular resort for groups heading out to the Alps. The slopes are great for groups of mixed abilities with a very varied ski area with good beginner slopes as well as a network or greens and blues and some challenging off-piste runs.

Alpe d’Huez has the nickname ‘Island of the Sun’. It is a south facing resort so receives an average of 300 days’ of sunshine per year. Alpe d’Huez has a great apres ski and nightlife scene thanks to the famous Folie Douce bar as well as a good mix of bars and clubs throughout the resort.


Childcare

As a family-friendly ski resort, Alpe d’Huez offers a fantastic range of children’s activities away from the slopes. Activities are centred around the resort’s impressive Sports Centre, and in times when the weather closes in or if the children just fancy trying something different, there’s a wealth of alternative activities to look into here. Entry is free with the lift pass. From tennis and badminton to archery, climbing, swimming, and the kids’ play area, you’ll struggle to cover it all with the children!

If you fancy a swim, the Sports Centre’s pool is huge and there’s a separate paddling pool for toddlers. There’s also a heated outdoor swimming pool located right in town centre.

There’s an ice rink in the town centre as well, which welcomes families from mid morning to late evening each day. The rink runs ice skating classes from beginner to advanced skaters, from aged three upwards, and competitions are a regular feature.
The ice rink is situated at the leisure centre on the Avenue des Jeux. It is open from 11.30am to 11pm (except during events or training courses). This makes it a perfect after dinner treat for the little ones if they still have energy to burn.

For the old fashioned romantics amongst you, skating under the stars with a mountain backdrop is simply stunning!

Airboarding is almost a cross between luge and tobogganing, and is great fun for kids and adults alike. It basically involves holding onto an inflatable cushion and sliding down the hill! Sessions run near the Poutran lift every Friday, and the equipment can all be hired from the Sport 2000 ski hire shop nearby.


The Piste

There are two beginner areas which are both easily accessible, one in Les Bergers and one in the DMC area.

Les Bergers has two drag lifts and three chair lifts serving 12 greens and 7 blue pistes. The DMC area has a gondola, chair, 5 drag lifts and a magic carpet which provide access to 12 green pistes, a beginner snowpark and a sledging track. The top of the DMC directly connects to the Bergers beginner area increasing the number of green and blue pistes available.

Alpe d’Huez has a good selection of red and blue runs for intermediate skiers.The resort is spread out so skiers can make the most of the satellite resorts and ski to the likes of Oz and Vaujany on one side and Auris on the other.

Alpe d’Huez is home to the 16km Sarenne run which is the longest black run in the Alps making the resort a top choice for expert skiers. The resort also has the famous Le Tunnel run which is accessed through a corridor in the rock and leads out onto a (very often) icy mogul field.


Ski School

There are 3 ski schools in Alpe d’Huez who offer both group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable and will generally work out cheaper but will be less intense than one-on-one tuition.

ESF have been running for over 70 years and have fully qualified English speaking instructors to help you improve your skills. ESF offer group and private lessons as well as mountain guiding for all abilities.

EasySki provide children and adults ski and snowboard group (max 10 persons per group) and private courses.

Masterclass is a British ski school offers private, group (max 6 people) and family lessons (max 10 persons)


Equipment Hire

There are several ski hire shops in Alpe d’Huez offering a good selection of the latest ski and snowboard equipment. It is advisable to book your hire in advance as many places will offer online discounts:

Ski Set have been providing top of the range equipment in conveniently located stores for almost 20 years. They have a selection of conveniently located stores with an array of state of the art equipment to hire.

Intersport have two stores in Les Bergers and one in L’Eclose. The provide ski and snowboard equipment to suit all abilities.

Skimium is located at the bottom of the runs by the DMC cable car to Pic Blanc. They provide a range of equipment and for greater comfort you may use the locked ski boxes or get your skis delivered to your chalet.

Sport 2000 have 8 stores across Alpe d’Huez providing the best ski equipment from all major brands.


Lift Passes

The Alpe d’Huez lift pass covers the whole ski area. The prices are based on the current rates in resort and may change at the time of booking:

             Adult (13-64yrs)    Child (5-12yrs)    Senior (65-71yrs)
1 Day    €52.50                   €43                    €47
6 Days   €267                     €211                   €250

A pass for 6 days also includes a free pass to the sports centre with an outdoor pool, ice rink, gym, table tennis and mini golf. The pass also includes 2 days in Les Deux Alpes and a day in each of the Grande Galaxie resorts of Serre Chevalier, Puy Sainte Vincent and Montegenvre.

Under 5yrs and over 71yrs ski for free, proof of age is required.

Discounted passes are available for groups of 3 or more. The passes are only valid when purchased online in advance for the same duration in the same transaction.

Family passes are available for 2 adults and 2 children. The passes must be purchased online 7 days in advances for the same dates and duration.

Beginners can ski for free on the Rif Nel, Ecoles 2 drag lifts and the Grenouilles magic carpet but they will require a hands-free pass.

You can pre-book your pass in advance via the tourist office and collect it in resort; alternatively you can pre-order your pass through the operator who will deliver it to your accommodation for when you get to resort.


Piste
Alpe d'Huez, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 0° C
Wind: 17mph
Direction: ssw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 11cm
Snow Depth
Top: 370cm
Base: 170cm

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