Known for its sunny, south-facing exposition, glacier skiing and home to the longest black run in the world, Alpe d’Huez is a vibrant ski resort with a lot to offer. There are 249km of slopes to explore, with something for every age and ability. Off the slopes there is a lively après ski scene with a wealth of bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from.
Starting at 1250m and reaching up to the Pic Blanc glacier at 3330m, Alpe d’Huez is the biggest resort in the Grand Domaine ski area and features almost 250km of sunny slopes. The resort is perhaps most famous for Sarenne, the notorious 16km black piste as well as the impressive selection of other dizzying black runs. Alpe d’Huez is also very well suited to beginners offering two large central beginner zones in the DMC area at Les Bergers. There is also a beginner-friendly snowpark if you are looking to improve your skills.
If bad weather is keeping you off the slopes or skiing just isn’t for you, Alpe d’Huez offers a wide range of non-ski activities to enjoy. The outdoor skating rink is a magical way to spend an evening or why not head to the leisure centre which features a swimming pool, climbing wall, cinema and gym. There are numerous luxury spas for a pampering session and a fantastic selection of both independent boutiques and well-known brands for some retail therapy. If you’re looking for more action-packed alternatives, sleigh rides, ski-doos and the Alpine Coaster, a 700m toboggan rail run, are a great place to start.
Bars & Restaurants
Whether it’s unwinding with a drink in front of the fireplace at O Bar, dancing on the tables at the Folie Douce, listening to live music or enjoying a game of pool, Alpe d’Huez’s après-ski scene has something for everyone. When it comes to eating out, there is large variety of restaurants in resort ranging from quick bites to fine dining. On the slopes, there is also no shortage of excellent restaurants to suit a range of budgets including takeaway burgers and self-service restaurants with fabulous views.