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Skiing & Snowboarding in Alpe d’Huez

High altitude and snow sure, the Alpe d’Huez village itself is purpose built and lacks charm, but the resort makes up for that with the quality of the skiing. Huge wide pistes, massive vertical drop and the longest black run in the French Alps means there’s skiing here for all abilities.

Alpe d'Huez Skiing & Snowboard Guide

Take on La Sarenne, the world's longest run, with 16 km of pure downhill.
Unattractive resort above the treeline.


Summit 3300 m

Vertical Drop 1440 m

Base 1860 m

Lifts (70)

Cable Cars 12

Chair Lifts 23

Drag Lifts 35

The Snowboarding

Freeriding Start from the Pic Blanc run down the Clavans with wide slopes and beautiful terrain.

Freestyle Ride the Alpe d'Huez 1800 snowpark and try the "Big Air" on the bottom section or hit the Montfrais snowpark.

Pistes The ski area offers 133 ski slopes served by 80 ski lifts. Fast lifts whisk you quickly up to the 3330 m Pic Blanc to admire the view.

Beginner Pistes 42

Intermediate Pistes 37

Advanced Pistes 39

Expert Pistes 17

Total Riding 251 Km

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Practical Information

Resort Opening

3 Novembre - 23 Avril

Resort Prices

42€ Day Lift Pass, 205€ 6-Day Lift Pass

Nearest Airport

Geneva (1 hour 10 minutes)
Geneva (1 hour 10 minutes)

Tourist Office

Office de Tourisme d'Alpe d'Huez
Place Paganon

Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 13 52

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  • Off-Piste Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

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  • Steep Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

  • Alpe d'Huez Pic Blanc Cable Car

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  • Les Romains Chairlift in Alpe d'Huez

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Alpe d'Huez Skiing & Snowboarding Videos

Alpe d’Huez is where French freestyle skier Thomas Krief cut his teeth. And, testament to the quality of his home training ground, he took bronze at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.

The Skiing and Snowboarding

The Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine links 7 resorts and a total of 250 km of pisted runs. The terrain lends itself well to improving your skiing over the course of your holiday. There’s a roughly equal split of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs and the higher you climb, the steeper and more technical the terrain becomes. The resort sits in the shadows of the imposing Pic Blanc, though the 3,300 m summit is not visible from the village. As a result, the sheer scale of the resort comes as a surprise as you work your way up to the top of the lift system. Conveniently for beginners, the green and blue runs are concentrated near the village where the gradient is shallower, whereas the reds and blacks are mainly higher up.

The best skiers will appreciate the black slopes taking the cable car to the Pic Blanc or Marmotte III. Don’t miss the 13 km Sarenne piste, the longest black run in the French Alps. Sarenne offers something for everyone. The length itself offers an endurance trial while more advanced skiers can opt to hit up the mogul field. Many people consider Sarenne more of a red than a black, so intermediate skiers can get a good challenge here too. The views from the top are spectacular.

Le Tunnel is much steeper, more direct black run from the top of the resort. Emerging from a tight couloir that gives the run its name, you’re faced with one of the most challenging black runs in the Alps. Not for the faint hearted.

Beginners will be delighted to find some of the best nursery slopes in the Alps. There are 42 green runs across the Grand Domaine area and a concentration of 15 or so green runs accessible from 2 draglifts and a chair lift right at the snowline.

Intermediates will enjoy striking out across the Domaine covering huge distances in a day. You could have lunch in a different resort every day of the week. For the best of the red runs, head across to Oz-en-Oisans and Vaujany, and when the snow is good low down, don’t miss the run down to Villard Reculas.

Off-Piste Skiing

Alpe d’Huez isn’t as renowned for its off-piste skiing as Chamonix, Sainte Foy or La Grave, but the steep, high terrain and huge vertical drop means there’s plenty for powder hounds to relish. Don’t miss the epic Grand Sablat from the Pic Blanc, the steep and technical Les Cheminées de Macle or La combe du Loup, an Alpe d’Huez classic. It goes without saying that you need experience off-piste and full avalanche kit when tackling these runs. To stay safe, the best thing to do is employ a qualified guide.

Alpe d'Huez Snowpark

For freestyle skiers and snowboarders, Alpe d’Huez has an excellent snow park that is split into a beginners and advanced section making it accessible to all. 21 hectares of hip jumps, spines, table tops and rails provide enough to keep even experts entertained for a full day.

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