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Alpe d'Huez

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Alpe d'Huez Ski Resort Guide

Alpe d'Huez, France

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length236km
Highest Lift3,330m
Resort Height1,860m
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Chambery
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Alpe d'Huez

A world class ski resort, Alpe d'Huez has one of the largest vertical ranges anywhere. Skiers of all levels are well provided for, whether Beginner or Expert, and the ski area includes some epic, long descents such as the Sarenne.


The ski area of Alpe d'Huez is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,860m, with 236km of marked runs.

Alpe d'Huez is part of the Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski area with access to 389km of downhill skiing, with 304 marked pistes, served by a total of 150 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Alpe d'Huez itself (236km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski ski resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas.

The ski resort itself is at 1,860m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,330m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


Alpe d'Huez is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Alpe d'Huez.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Alpe d'Huez is 16km long and the most difficult run is the 'Tunnel', which is 16km in length.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Alpe d'Huez?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Alpe d'Huez.

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Ski Area Stats

Alpe d'Huez Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Alpe d'Huez Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,330m
Lowest Piste1,860m
Resort Altitude (Alpe d'Huez)1,860m
Max Vertical1,470m

Ski Slope Aspects


Alpe d'Huez has ski slopes facing both north and south, offering both sunny and sheltered skiing.

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Alpe d'Huez
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers


The vertical drop of 2230 metres from Pic Blanc is one of the world's biggest, and includes the 16km (10 mile) Sarenne Black run.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

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Ski Lessons in Alpe d'Huez

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Location and Map

Where is Alpe d'Huez?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Huez, Grenoble.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Alpe d'Huez is Grenoble, 70 minutes drive away.

Chambery, Lyon Bron, Annecy, Lyon St-Exupéry, Geneva, Saint-Étienne and Turin Caselle airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 85 ski lifts are able to uplift 94,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 62km of ski runs, with 900 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Alpe d'Huez open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Alpe d'Huez Piste Map
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