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Alpe d'Huez

France

The destination

Alpe d’Huez is an attractive and purpose-built ski village situated in France’s Oisan Alps. Most ski travel agents tell their customers that it stands at roughly 1,860 metres above elevation, but this is really just the average height of the slopes. In truth, they begin at 1,250 metres and soar 3,330 metres at the highest reaches. Along the way, there’s something for every grade of skier here—from seasoned expert to novice.

The world’s first Poma lift was installed here back in the 1930s. At this point, Alpe d’Huez’s fate as a world-class winter sports destination was sealed. During the 1968 Grenoble Olympics, the bobsledding competitions were held here. The sun-drenched, south-facing slopes attract families of skiers from around the world, though this is only one facet of the local character. For every easy-going run, there’s a stretch of expert terrain to be found. 

Alpe d’Huez has a serious off-season claim to fame as well. Every other year, the Tour de France includes a gruelling up-hill stage here that sees cyclists battling for position on an uphill climb with 21 hairpin turns. Needless to say, skiers taking advantage of the excellent lift system see a much gentler side of Alpe d’Huez.

Experience Alpe d’Huez
Alpe d’Huez south-facing position on the Oisans means that the slopes here enjoy plenty of sunshine. That’s why many affectionately refer to the resort as ‘L’lle au Soleil’—or the Isle of the Sun. It looms gloriously over a magnificent landscape that takes in a variety of terrain that skiers of any ability level can enjoy.

At The Oxford Ski Company, we work tirelessly to ensure that each of our clients enjoys an exceptional Alpine retreat tailored to their tastes and ability levels. This involves much more than finding the most suitable Alpe d’Huez luxury chalet based on their preferences and the size of their group. We also assist in organising side trips and specialised activities to enrich their stay.

In all, Alpe d’Huez offers some 250 km of well-manicured pistes. However, there is plenty to see off-piste as well. If you’d like to explore the mountainous terrain during your stay, we can pair your group with a knowledgeable guide who can take you off the well-packed trail. Keeping your group’s skill levels in mind, this guide can take your party off-piste to the routes with the freshest snow. 

Accommodation in Alpe d’Huez
We’ve assembled a collection of the best chalets in Alpe d’Huez that can accommodate anywhere from 8 to 15 guests. Each is hand-selected by our expert team, which means that every property we feature stands out from the competition in our opinion. Many of the properties listed here on the site are also ski-in, ski-out accessible for ultimate convenience.

You’ll find the town of Alpe d’Huez bright and lively. There are several local restaurants in reach of the chalets we have highlighted that specialise in local Savoyard cuisine. If you would like to learn more about the possibilities of a ski holiday in Alpe d’Huez, please don’t hesitate to contact Oxford Ski. We can help you start organising your ski retreat today.

We Recommend

  • Our favourite run: The Canyon Run
  • Best off-piste: La Grande Sablat
  • Mountain Lunch: The Combe Haute
  • Après Ski: La Folie Douce
  • Dinner: La Passe Montagne
  • Non-skiers: Airboarding followed by a walk through the old town.

The Essentials

  • Ski School: ESF Alpe d’Huez
  • Ski School: Masterclass Ski School
  • Private Guides: Stance Snow School
  • Childcare: In House Nannies
  • Massage: Physioski
  • Transfers: Alpes Limousine

Location

Key Facts

  • Domaine: Grand Domaine Ski
  • Resort Height: 1860 m
  • Skiing Elevation: 1100-3330 m
  • Pistes: 237 km
  • Green: 32 %
  • Blue: 26 %
  • Red: 28 %
  • Black: 14 %

Alpe d'Huez Piste Map

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Getting There

Geneva (GVA) 
2h 30m / 200k

Lyon (LYS) 
2h 15m / 140km

Chambery (CMF) 
1h 50m / 130km

Grenoble (GNB) 
1h 30m / 95km