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 – 2017/18

    Two further family fun slopes have been created, following the one on Signal – a green run in the Bergers sector and a blue one at Auris. The first four-season sled-on-rails coaster in France has neen installed at Les Bergers – 1km long, floodlit, with the option of using virtual reality masks. (Isn’t real reality enough, we hear you ask? The snow park has been moved to the Piste des Jeux, and entirely rejigged.

    News – 2016/17

    The Signal sector was completely revamped. Two old chairlifts and four drag-lifts were removed. The new main lift from resort level to the top of Signal is a hybrid lift with a mix of 8-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 family fun slope (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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