At an altitude of 1,860 metres right at the heart of the skiing area of the same name is one of the most popular winter sports resorts in France: Alpe d’Huez. Famous also as the most well-known stage of the Tour de France and since the Olympic Games were held in Grenoble in 1968, Alpe d’Huez has lately become a skiing holiday destination for skiers from all over the world. Moreover, since it is at the heart of the whole skiing area within the Grandes Rousses massif, Alpe d’Huez links the five smaller, lower lying resorts of Huez Village, Auris-en-Oisans, Villard-Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans and Vaujany with each other. Alpe d’Huez owes its position as one of the most popular winter sports resorts in the world to the wealth of advantages of the area. The very reliable snow conditions on the sunny pistes, the adventure-filled runs on deep powder snow and exciting snow parks, together with the cosily traditional atmosphere of the modern ski resort offer guests a wide range of leisure activities. The view from the panoramic terrace of the Pic Blanc glacier, which overlooks almost one fifth of French national territory, is a sight you will never forget.
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In Alpe d`Huez there is the perfect piste for every skier - from inexperienced beginners to skiing professionals, seeking new challenges. Especially in the lower part of the piste area around Alpe d’Huez there are numerous easy to medium difficult runs, which are ideal for beginners and families with children. Those new to skiing can also use a zone reserved especially for them and perfect practice slopes on the outskirts of Alpe d'Huez, which can be reached from the resort along short paths.Somewhat higher up at an intermediate altitude of 2,800 metres on the ridge of the Petites Rousses are the more challenging, athletic pistes, while near the summit the real highlights await experienced skiers. There are two pistes in particular in the Alpe d’Huez skiing area, which have become true legends of our time. The "La Sarenne" run, with its 16 kilometres of length and its 1,820 metres of difference in altitude, has more than earned its fame as the longest piste in Europe. From its start on the Sarenne glacier it runs down the face of the Pic Blanc into the valley and is a unique skiing experience.
If you want to top this XXL run, before the start of the longest piste, you can venture on to the most difficult piste of the skiing area. The "Le Tunnel" run lives up to its name and from its start on the Pic Blanc glacier itself leads through a 200 metre long tunnel system through the mountain on a mogul piste. Since 1964 the tunnel, which is only a few metres wide, has served as a sluice between the Sarenne glacier and the Pic Blanc. Once they have arrived there, truly experienced skiers can directly join the Sarenne run.
The Pic Blanc is also an attraction for snowboarders, who immediately seek out the fresh snow, to try to make the most attractive tracks through the flanks of the summit of the glacier. Three Fun Parks within the skiing area attract other types of visitor. Whereas the snow park on the Sarenne glacier is recommended more for experienced winter sportsmen and women, the two other parks offer something for everyone with hips, tables, slides, whoops, a boarder cross and not least a 100 metre long half pipe.
In Alpe d’Huez cross-country skiers are spoilt for choice and can get to know the wonderful region at the foot of the glacier on some 50 kilometres of cross-country ski trails. One route worth following is the panoramic circuit via Poutran to l’Alpette at an altitude of 2,100 metres, which leads past numerous mountain lakes and through fantastic winter landscapes. One of the sports adventures is the longest cross-country ski trail in the area, the 20 kilometre long "Boucle des Lacs" route.
Alpe d’Huez also offers the best possible facilities for children. The little ones from two years of age can learn to ski in relaxed and safe surroundings on an area, which has been separately marked out, with ski lifts, a coasting slide and space to play. The older children, aged up to seven years can have skiing lessons from experienced ski instructors in the Alpe d’Huez skiing school.
If the range of pistes, cross-country trails, parks and other winter sports facilities are not enough for you, Alpe d’Huez offers a wealth of other activities such as ice rally, skidooing, snowshoeing and winter hiking or tobogganing. Off-piste sports enthusiasts can burn off their energy in various indoor sports in the Palais des Sports in Alpe d'Huez or by climbing a 200 metre high scarp face in the Gorges de Sarenne.
On the other hand the wide range of après ski activities in Alpe d`Huez offer pure relaxation. 76 restaurants, 30 bars, 3 discotheques und 2 cinemas await the ski resort’s guests once the lifts have closed for the evening. We recommend, for instance, the "Avalanche Bar" or the "Tavern", where you can regularly listen to live bands. The best places to go dancing are the popular "L"Igloo" or "The Stage One" night clubs.