Why ski Alpe d'Huez?

Also known as L'ile au Soleil or Island of the Sun, this 10,000 hectare skiing area boasts of its acclaimed 300 sunshine days every year. Seated at 1860 metres high up the Huez commune, in the Isère department, Rhone Alps region of the Central French Alps, Alpe d'Huez features the panoramic scenery of the peaks of Mont Cervin, Mont Blanc, and the Meije. The resort is connected by link to nearby resorts like Oz-en-Oisans, Auris-en-Oisans, and Vaujany. The site has excellent off piste areas and two huge nursery slopes that are perfect for learners. Although the south-facing region can get extremely sun drenched in the latter part of the season, going during the mid-weeks will make you love the resort all the more. This skiing destination also offers more that 30 bars for your apres ski moments, although the pyramid lay out of the resort means longer walkabouts on the powdery snow.

Easily accessible and good choice of ski transfers

Alpe d'Huez is fairly accessible. You can choose a lot of transfer options depending on your preference. Flights with ski transfer links are available to cut back travel time. If given clear roads and good weather conditions, you can arrive in the resort from Grenoble in 2 to 2:30 hours, from Chambery in 2 – 2:30 hours and from Lyon in 2:30 to 3 hours. The resort itself has its own airport which can be accessible. Using the rail route, travel time will be around 8 hours. From London St. Pancras International, you can take the service going to Grenoble and then ride the connecting train to Lille. Coach transfer is also available from Victoria to Grenoble, and then from there, you could use buses, taxis, or train service to arrive at the resort. If you plan to drive all the way to the resort, be warned of toll fees which can reach up to £40.

Ski Facts

Here are other things you need to know why you need to ski at Alpe d'Huez:

Highest lift: 3320 m (10892 ft)
Lowest Lift: 1120 m (3675 ft)
Total vertical drop: 2230 metres
Piste Length: 249 kilometres
Longest run: 16 kilometres
Snow Cannons: 860
Cross country: 50 kilometres
Total Lifts: 86
Snow Park: 1

The resort is perfect for expert and intermediate skiers and has adequate runs for those who are new to skiing. It has a total of 16 black runs, 34 red runs, 32 blue runs, and 38 green runs, which means it can cater to all skiers of different levels of ability. The lifts in Alpe d'Huez have the capacity to bring more than 94,000 persons uphill in an hour. Snowcannons can augment snow for up to approximately 60 kilometres and it is snow sure, given its good altitude. The resort is good for off piste explorers and adventurers too.


Accommodations in Alpe d'Huez range from traditional chalets to hotels and boutiques for those who want of luxurious living. If you are going there as a family, you may want to get your lodgings at the Bergers area, which is convenient for grouped ski delegations and gives access for pool and spa amenities. Above the Bergers area, you can find more chalets, like the Chalet Louisa which can accommodate sixteen to eighteen people and is twenty minutes away from from the town centre if you walk. If you want a more upmarket class of service, you can choose four and five star hotels like Au Chamois d'Or, which offers a quick gondola access and holds a famous restaurant serving sumptuous local cuisine. Tourists can also choose to get accommodations from nearby villages like Vaujany and La Villete.

Costs at Alpe d'Huez

If you are still thinking why you should ski Alpe d'Huez, you might as well check the expenses you might make in the resort.

Local Lift Prices
Beginner's pass for 1 day: CHF24
Regular pass for 1 day: CHF40.40
Regular pass for 6 days: CHF210
Regular pass for the whole season: CHF700 - CHF859

Equipment Rentals
Boots and Skis: CHF 21

Top Hotel Prices
Le Pic Blanc – Rate starts from CHF190 (per two persons with breakfast)
Chalet Louisa - Rate starts from £499 (per person, per week, with flights)
Au Chamois d'Or – Rate starts from CHF445 (per two persons)
Hotel Rissiou, Vaujany – Rate starts from £650 (per person, per week, with flights )
Chalet Dibona, La Villette – Rate starts from £650 (per person, per week, with flights )

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