Being a skiing region and skiing village at the same time, L‘Alpe d’Huez is not only known for athletic activities on two boards. If you prefer conquering mountains and valleys on two wheels, you will surely have heard of the „mythic mountain“. After all, the mountain section to Alpe d’Huez with no less than 21 serpentines is one most famous inclines of the Tour de France.
But the skiing region in Département Isère also satisfies ambitioned wishes. With a total of 250 km of well-prepared slopes between altitudes of 1.120 and 3.330 meters, the skiing region Alpe d'Huez belongs to the largest winter sports villages of the French Northern Alps. 81 lifts make sure that the over 100 slopes of the skiing region are reachable from everywhere quickly and easily. Over 900 snow canons guarantee best snow conditions throughout the entire season.
A unique view of the mountains of the Northern Alps be enjoyed by skiers of all levels in the skiing region L‘Alpe d’Huez. Ideal terrain for beginners and medium-level skiers is located close to the station with a large selection of blue and green slopes with beautiful, broad trails. While numerous red slopes for athletic skiers can be found slightly above that, approximately at middle altitude, challenges for true ski professionals can be found towards the glacier.
|Length of ski slopes||250km|
|Number of ski slopes||137|
A series of ambitious steep and deep snow slopes lead back to the lower part of the station from Pic Blanc at 3.350 meters. Among them also the longest slope of Europe with an altitude difference of 2.200 meters and 16 kilometres of skiing adventure without interruption, starting at the Sarenne glacier. The so-called tunnel slope is notorious, connecting the glacier with the southern slope of the Pic Blanc, turning into a steep slope that takes you over awesome altitude differences. A Snowpark with Half-Pipe, Tables, Boarder-Cross and much more is available to snowboarders or freestylers. If you prefer less speed and more nature, the skiing region of Alpe d`Huez will pamper you with 50 kilometres of prepared cross country trails on different difficulty levels and a unique environment. Last but not least also the smallest skiing professionals will find what they are looking for. In a „Snow garden“ in Alpe d'Huez children age two and up can learn to ski on a separate area with ski lifts, sledding track and play section. The ski school is available to children 7 years and older.
Pleasurable skiing holidays in the skiing region L’Alpe d’Huez also mainly take place after the slopes are closed. Kite flying and paragliding are only a few of the options that are offered to vacationers that want to try something different than the classic winter sports. If you want to supplement your winter sports program by fitness or wellness activities of the authentic skiing village, you are spoilt for choice in Alpe d’Huez. Among others, the leisure activities here include an Olympic ice-skating track, tennis courts and squash, a heated swimming pool and fitness centres. The ski pass „Visalp“ gives vacationers free entrance to the swimming pool, the ice-skating track, the activities of the Palais des Sports and numerous concerts in the skiing region Alpe d’Huez. 76 restaurants, 30 bars, 3 discotheques, 2 cinemas and a library round off the possibilities for Après-Ski activities in Alpe d'Huez.
Hardly any other winter sports village is known for so many specialities as Alpe d'Huez. Next to the legendary Tour de France-incline and spectacular steep slopes, the skiing area at the edge of the nature reserve Oisans also offers an unforgettable experience in nature. An ice cave located at 2700 meters impresses visitors with its incomparable quietness inside the cave. Ice sculptures created by artists can be viewed and are renewed every year – depending on the ice and the inspiration of the artist. Another highlight to be mentioned are the weeks of light that take place every year in Alpe d'Huez in December, and immerse the entire village into beautiful lighting and Christmassy flair. Next to an ice-skating gala, a large fireworks display, a Christmas organ recital and torchlight run downhill there are many more attractions waiting for you. Alpe d`Huez is less romantic but all the more amusing in January, during the International Festival of Comedy Movie and humorous film.