The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 5 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 4 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1860 m
Slopes1100-3330 m
Lifts80
Pistes250 km
Price index105

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Alpe d'Huez

France

Alpe-d'Huez slopes and resort

The upside

  • Extensive, high, sunny slopes, split interestingly into different sectors, with some very long runs
  • Vast, gentle, sunny nursery slopes
  • Efficient access lifts from villages
  • Livelier than many French resorts
  • Good, traditional alternative bases

The downside

  • Some main intermediate runs get badly overcrowded in high season
  • Many runs get too much sun, so slush and ice are hazards
  • Many tough runs are high and exposed; very few woodland runs
  • Spread-out resort village

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News – 2016/17

The Signal sector is being completely revamped. Two old chairlifts and four draglifts are being removed. The new main lift from resort level to the top will be a mix of eight-person chairs and 10-person gondolas, with a capacity of 3,300 people per hour. There is also a new quad chair to Signal starting from the old Vieil Alpe area of the village. The existing mix of blue and red intermediate pistes on Signal are joined by a new green piste (fully equipped with snowmaking).

Summary

There are few single resorts to rival Alpe-d’Huez for extent and variety of terrain – in wintery conditions it’s one of our favourites. But as the season progresses the effects of the strong southern sun become more and more of a problem.
If you don’t like the look of the village, think about the smaller bases, especially Vaujany.

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The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 5 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 4 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1860 m
Slopes1100-3330 m
Lifts80
Pistes250 km
Price index105

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