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  • Advanced 16 Pistes
  • Intermediate 33 Pistes
  • Beginner 69 Pistes
  • Off Piste
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Resort Guide

The high-altitude resort of Alpe d'Huez is part of the Grandes Rousses massif, with neighbouring villages Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas.

The highest point of the massif is the Pic Blanc at 3,330m. On a clear day from this vantage point you can see nearly a fifth of all French territory from the Italian border to the Central Massif mountains. 860 snow making machines cover 72km of the 237km of skiing. The area is also home to the longest ski run in the world, the 16km Sarenne which takes about 1½ hours to ski.

Alpe d'Huez boasts glacier skiing on the Sarenne Glacier. The glacier is accessed by both an extension of the Marmottes gondola and by the Pic Blanc cable car. Less confident skiers return to mid-mountain from the glacier by lift. But for those with more experience, the challenging Tunnel Run down the front face or the infamous 16km Sarenne run will both take skiers back down to join the rest of the lift system.  

Rated as an excellent resort for all levels of skier and boarders there are 38 green slopes and 31 blue as well as two protected areas for beginners. Intermediates have 33 red slopes to choose from and can also enjoy night skiing on the floodlit slope and a beginner snowpark. There are 16 black runs, a boardercross, a snowpark specifically for experienced freestyle skiers and more than 20 high altitude off-piste trails.

This really is a resort with something to offer everyone.

For beginners

Alpe d’Huez is an ideal resort for those hitting the slopes for the first time. The large network of green runs immediately above the village is as good a nursery area as you will find anywhere. Indeed, from the first stop of the DMC, there are no less than seven wide green pistes nearly a mile long rolling back to the centre of the station. The gentle slopes on the outskirts of the resort provide the perfect terrain for beginners to build their confidence on.

Snow parks

There are 2 parks in Alpe d’Huez. The beginner snow park has plenty to build your confidence up on with hips, big airs, tables, quarters, whoops and ramps before you venture onto the expert park where you will find slide rails and bigger jumps.

Off Piste

Set in an area of 10000 hectares, Alpe d’Huez has infinite off-piste possibilities, so you will find terrain to suit everyone here.  Vast amounts from fairly tame to seriously adventurous. It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.

Cross Country Skiing

There are 50km of specialised marked tracks available (many of which are free of charge). Offering loops of varying degrees of difficulty, all at around 2000m altitude so consequently relatively snow-sure. You will find ‘walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing maps’ at the Tourist Office, alternatively lessons and guided excursions are available from the various ski schools, ask a member of staff for details.

In Alpe d’Huez we provide our ski hire from Loup Sport, we have been working with them since our arrival in resort 5 years ago.

The shop is a short walk from the chalet, about 5 minutes away. Once you are settled and have sampled the afternoon tea that awaits you on arrival a member of the VIP SKI team will take you down to the shop. Once you have your equipment the staff at Loup Sport will label it and will deliver it to the chalet that evening and leave everything in the boot room so that you don’t have to carry the equipment back.

We must collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at Loup Sport know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible.

We are confident you’ll get the very best of service from Christophe and his team. We have also negotiated that they will stay open later on your day of arrival, or open earlier the next morning to ensure your ski fitting is as hassle free as possible, should any delays occur due to bad weather.

Ski rental equipment descriptions and categories vary from resort to resort, and even from shop to shop. To make this easier we describe ski equipment as silver, gold or platinum. We would advise you book the following according to your experience and ski ability;

Silver – for beginners
Gold – for intermediate level
Platinum – for advanced/expert level

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates. 

Adult Silver Cost
Skis only £71
Boots only £23
Skis & boots £93
Snowboard only £85
Snowboard & boots £98
Adult Gold  
Skis only £88
Boots only £29
Skis & boots £109
Adult Platinum  
Skis only £102
Boots only £29
Skis & boots £122
Child Bronze (3-6 years)  
Skis & boots (incl helmet) £53
Child Silver (7-13 years)  
Skis & boots (incl helmet) £69
Snowboard & boots (incl helmet) £78

Adult helmet hire £20

Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down! 

Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to your chalet before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift. Prices detailed are for the 2015/16 season.

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates. 

Adult  - £188
Adult 65-71 years - £147
Child 5 - 12 years - £147

There are several ski school providers in Alpe d'Huez, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. We have listed a few of our recommended suppliers below, and highlighted those we pre-book on your behalf.

ESF +33(0)4 76 80 31 69

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

ESF are a local branch of the French Ski School and provide private and group ski & snowboard lessons, for children, teens and adults. ESF are unique in offering Kindergarten ski school for children from the age of 3 years. Lessons are available for beginners or advanced abilities and you will find all their instructors are not only highly competent but extremely friendly to ensure you enjoy your lessons. We work closely with the ESF in Alpe d'Huez and have dedicated places in the childrens ski schools for our younger guests.

Click here to see details of our dedicated childrens ski lessons in Alpe d'Huez

Masterclass ski school +33(0)4 76 80 93 83

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

Masterclass are a tiny independent ski school in Alpe d’Huez with British instructors. Stuart & Mel offer the highest quality private skiing lessons & group clinics. Whether it’s making the jump from greens to blues, or tackling challenging black and off piste runs, each lesson will be tailor made for your needs. They use the latest techniques and the most up to date teaching aides, and explain in terms and language you will understand. They ensure you will have ski lift queue priority, allowing you to spend optimum time skiing. Private or group lessons available.

Stance snow school +33(0)6 80 75 55 72 Oli and 06 08 10 89 64 Seb

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

Stance Snow is a small independent ski, telemark & snowboard school offering private instruction only. They will adapt to your needs & requirements to suit your expectations... meeting places & drop offs etc. They offer private coaching for on piste, specific off piste tuition or free ride guided tours. Friends, families can share lessons up to a maximum of 5 people.

Bureau des Guides +33(0)4 76 80 42 55

Bureau des Guides provide off-piste guiding for half day of full day. Includes helicopter and pick-up. They are sure to find some of the best off-piste skiing in Alpe d'Huez.

Alpe d'Huez plays host to a variety of activities and snow sports during the winter months. Whether you’re looking for something relaxing such as a massage or beauty treatment, or the adrenaline buzz of speeding up and down the pistes on a snowmobile there’s plenty to keep you occupied. We’ve listed details of the most popular activities below.

(Please note there are numerous choices of companies for all options so please speak to your Chalet Host once in resort for further details. With all extreme sporting activities please ensure you check your own insurance policy to see if you are covered to take part.)

Husky dog sleigh ride

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Daily tours are available weather permitting

Get a taste of Alaska on a husky powered sledge whilst taking in the breath-taking mountain scenery. Dog sledding began in Canada and Alaska where, in the far north, people were dependent on their dogs for protection, companionship, hunting, trapping and, most of all, transportation. Daily tours are available weather permitting. Reservations are needed at least 48 hours in advance.

Ice Cave with Sculptures

Situated at 2,700m and accessible via the Grandes Rousses DMC lift, this ice cave was constructed by two mountain guides, Bruon Gardent and Bernard Lambolez. The skilled ice sculptors change appearance every year. 


Want to try something new? Tired of having your feet firmly on the ground? For the ultimate exhilaration, experience the silence and taste the freedom of flying in perfect safety. Paragliding can be experienced in numerous interesting and beautiful places worldwide but it truly has to be said none more beautiful than the Alps.


Once the ski runs have closed for the day, try your hand at driving these 500cc two-seater motorbikes built specially for the snow. With the rear wheel replaced by a caterpillar track for momentum and the front wheel swapped for a pair of skis for steering, these snowmobiles are incredibly quick. After some expert instruction you will soon be out on an open country trail enjoying the buzz and adrenalin rush of being in control of a snow scooter. 

Piste basher excursion

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An 'only in the Alps' experience...

Fancy a unique mode of transport while you’re in Alpe d’Huez?  Travelling over the snow on its enormous caterpillar tracks the piste basher will take you on one of two excursions; the Ronde des Lacs or the Crete du Signal. Along the way you will see ice waterfalls and frozen lakes while your guide fills you in on the history, anecdotes and tales of the area.

Sports Centre

The Palais des Sports is the main hub for non-skiing sport related sport in Alpe d'Huez boasting an indoor pool, rock climbing, badminton and squash courts, archery, table tennis, indoor football and indoor tennis courts and basketball courts. Plenty of things to do if you want to take a day off from the pistes!

Swimming Pool

The indoor pool at the Palais des Sports is open every day.

Outdoor Swimming Pool

An outdoor pool may not sound that tempting in the depths of winter but this is kept so warm that it often has steam rising from it! There is also a sauna and Jacuzzi for relaxing those achy legs.

Ice Skating

Alpe d'Huez has an open air ice rink in the resort centre. There is also a curling rink, with the possibility of lessons, for those who fancy something a bit different. For those who prefer to spectate, the local ice hockey team, the Yetis, play regularly and provide a very enjoyable night out.


The toboggan area opens daily under the Grandes Rousses/DMC gondola lift. This is regularly groomed and equipped with banked turns, therefore sledges with brakes and helmets are required and can be bought or hired from most sports shops. 


There are two cinemas in Alpe d'Huez both show a variety of films in both French and English. VO stands for ‘Version Originale’, which means it will be shown in its original language – perhaps with French subtitles (sous titres). Watching a film with subtitles can be a great way to learn a few new French phrases - their usefulness will depend entirely on the kind of film you are watching though!

Massage and Beauty Therapists

Whether it’s a facial, massage, body treatments, waxing, manicures or pedicures you need – Alpe d'Huez has the people on hand to pamper your every whim. There are a couple of companies providing Beauty treatments in Alpe d'Huez please ask our staff for more details.

We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars in Alpe d'Huez. Don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them!

La Folie Douce - One of the most infamous après ski venues in the Alps. This place provides an open air party, on the piste. Check it out from 2pm (weather dependent) to enjoy live musicians, cabaret and an après-ski party like you’ve never experienced before!

Smithy's tavern  - Near the resort centre, Smithy’s is a lively bar that also offers a Tex-Mex menu including all the favourites such as burgers, grilled meats and fish and also offers vegetarian options and a kids' menu. A great choice for families. They often have live bands playing for après-ski.

L’Etalon/Rumerie - On the main street in town, this is the place to go if rum is your tipple, with more different flavours and varieties than you can count!

The Underground Bar - This lively bar in the old town is renown in the Alps as a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. Live music, DJs, live sport, apres ski, bar snacks and drinks promotions are on offer.

Sphere Bar - Not far from our chalets, Sphere is a friendly little bar that is a great place to enjoy a drink when you’ve come down from the mountain. There’s a huge flat screen TV so you can catch up on the day’s events over a couple of beers and some bar snacks. They often have live music.

Once you’re on the slopes, you probably won’t feel like going back to your chalet to have lunch! There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch, either on the mountain or in the village.

Many of the lunch time restaurants also offer dinner in the evening. As your chalet host will have one night off in the week, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to sample the local cuisine.

In busy periods don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host to make a reservation to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Below we’ve listed a few of the many restaurants in Alpe d'Huez.

Mountain Restaurant;

La Fruitière - La Fruitière  is an A la Carte restaurant providing high class dining on the mountain. The menu's are designed around sourcing high quality local produce. La Fruitiere is equally original in it's interior design, taking its inspiration from the old mountain diaries, with a modern interpretation. The young, enthusiastic, dynamic team guarantees you a good service in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Village Restaurants;

Lounge 21 - Lounge 21 offers a tasty selection of mountain specialities plus char grilled steaks, chicken and fish dishes. It also offers a large selection of classic French wines, draught beers and possibly the best cocktails in town. Lounge 21 is one of Alpe d’Huez’s funkiest bar/restaurant to eat and drink in. Open from 5pm to 11pm.

La Passe Montagne - Down near the post office, this is another great place for local specialities with good value set menus and a sunny terrace for lunchtime if the weather is suitable.

Le Genepi - The Genepi is a good example of a typical French Mountain restaurant. The place is owned by an eccentric Frenchman called Jean-Phillipe and on the menu you will find the mainstream dishes such as Fondue, Raclette, Pierrade and a variety of meats cooked in a variety of ways.

Rendez-vous - Discover the real mountain atmosphere around a cosy log fire in this traditional chalet bar, restaurant. With an authentic montagnarde menu and extensive wine list, served in the mezzanine restaurant or sun terrace, Rendez-Vous is the perfect place to relax.

 La Cremaillere - Just on the outskirts of the centre of Alpe d'Huez this restaurant has traditional charm, with a wood fired oven and seating for up to about 40 people. The downstairs dining area offers a cosy retreat and is perfect for a big group or couples.

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