Alpe d’Huez is a classic resort for Alpine skiing. With its high-quality slopes and diverse routes, it is a snow sports haven; it has hosted everything from the winter Olympics to first-time family holidays for nearly a century. In Alpe d’Huez, chalets are just as fantastic. Whether your top requirement is beautiful furnishings or proximity to the mountains, you’re sure to enjoy the accommodation here. |
Now, on to the skiing.
The best place for beginners to learn to ski is Les Bergers. Here no one will get pushed out of their comfort zone before they are ready. All green runs lead directly back into the resort too, so newbies who have had their fill of the slopes can easily return to civilisation.
Areas further away from the centre of the resort, like Auris en Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas, also have a bunch of green runs perfect for first timers. They are also less busy, which can be a bonus.
Getting around is much cheaper for beginners too. A ‘First Ski’ pass allows bearers to haul their gear on chairlifts (mostly) free of charge.
For more experienced skiers, Alpe d’Huez has plenty to boast about. Challenging black runs and technical reds abound, all leaving a satisfying burn in the legs and arms. The dramatic Sarenne route is 17 kilometres long and offers great views along the 2000-metre descent.
The Tunnel run near the Pic Blanc cable is also worth checking out. It isn’t for the faint-hearted though – the surface can get particularly hard and slick after a short spell of afternoon sun, which makes skiing down it even more challenging.
There are two snow parks around the resort: one in Montfrais, and another larger one located at an 1800 metre altitude. The latter has a variety of runs for all abilities, along with different jump sizes and rail difficulties.
One of the few resorts that offers a night skiing run throughout the season is Alpe d’Huez. Chalet views of this spectacle are pretty great, but there is nothing as cool as experiencing it for yourself. Race down the white snow as an inky blackness surrounds you on either side.
The red slope in Auris is not for beginners, but for those of intermediate skill this is a must. Night skiing comes as a part of the Grand Domaine ski pass, so it isn’t unduly expensive either.
Top Accommodation Pick: Alpe d’Huez Chalets
The resort’s premier reputation means there is a lot of choice when it comes to accommodation. Alpe d’Huez chalets offer the best mix of class and location, along with a variety of sizes. They are also close to the slopes, which is what really gives them a coveted status.
Skiers of all abilities will lover Alpe d’Huez – see for yourself on your next ski holiday.
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 Alpe d’Huez chalets, their team can quickly and efficiently match you with the perfect one. 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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