With winter fast approaching, many avid skiers will be dreaming about their next luxury chalet holiday. Alpe D’Huez is a destination that people return to time and again, and if you have not been to this excellent Alpine resort then you must put it on the list. Not only is it regarded as a top ski destination, it has an abundance of luxury chalet options and plenty of excellent restaurants and cafes too. |
Aside from the dining and skiing, however, there are plenty of other very good reasons to choose Alpe D’Huez as your next winter holiday resort.
Reasons To Go
The Always-improving Lift System
As any experienced skier knows, having a good lift system makes all the difference when it comes to a day on the slopes. Rest assured that the lift operator SATA is ‘on the ball’ when it comes to maintenance in this area. Every summer the lifts are updated and old ones replaced. Uplift speed is paramount, as is capacity, and every lift is designed with these factors in mind.
Plenty of choice
Variety is the spice of life and this mountain playground doesn’t disappoint on this score. There is a wide range of slopes suitable for all abilities, but advanced skiers will be pleased to note that there are 17 black runs in the resort and 28 red runs.
Impressive Snow Cannon Network
Keeping the white stuff on the slopes is key to ensuring that conditions are maintained and people enjoy their skiing. This is where snow cannons come in; they take in snow from the sides of the runs and blow it out onto the piste so that the slopes stay well groomed and fluffy. Alpe D'Huez is well known for its extensive network of these snow blowing saviours. Extending down from 3,300m to 1,800m, the modern cannons are state of the art, computer controlled and actually provide a more authentic slope texture. These new ones also cover larger distances.
Thanks to its location at 1800m and its snow cannon network, the resort can open its slopes from 1st December every year and doesn't need to close until the end of April. This is longer than the average season, meaning you have more options when booking your luxury chalet holiday.
Plenty of Sunshine
With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, it is little wonder that this resort has the nickname 'Ile au soleil’ or ‘island in the sun’. It is the perfect skiing destination if you like to work on your goggle tan, but don’t forget to take your sun cream as the sun can be very harsh and it is easy to burn when it’s reflected off the snow.
Of course, there are some excellent luxury chalet options in Alpe D’Huez, but added to this are the bars, restaurants and some of the best après-ski in the Alps.
On top of the reasons above there are so many more advantages to picking this legendary resort for your next holiday. From the off-piste action to the fine dining and from the ski guiding to the mountain bars, Alpe D'Huez is a destination that must be experienced.
Book your luxury chalet through a reputable ski operator and you can rest assured that your trip will be one to remember.
Tim Heal is the founder of Chaletline, a travel agency offering catered chalet accommodation in worldwide ski resorts. With an extensive knowledge of resorts and excellent post booking care, they pride themselves on the personal touch they offer to each and every client. If you're looking for a luxury chalet they can quickly and efficiently match you with the perfect accommodation in a range of excellent resorts. Catering for individuals, couples and groups up to 50, the knowledgeable Chaletline team will help you choose the right chalet in the right resort.
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