Alpe d'Huez is a winter sports resort in the Grandes Rousses mountain range in the Isère region of the French Alps. It is situated on a south facing plateau at 1860 metres above sea level. The resort benefits from a very sunny climate. Its ski slopes are part of a large ski area linking the village resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas. The ski area is a paradise for winter sports lovers.
Alpe d'Huez's ski runs are suitable for all level of skier. Beginners can enjoy the many gentle green and blue runs that extend from Alpe d'Huez village. Advanced skiers may opt for the black runs that descend from the top of the Pic Blanc cable car and Marmottes III gondola lift. The ski area has four mythical descents that each has an approximately 2000 metre vertical drop. The most famous of these is the Sarenne, Europe's longest ski run. These runs have the particularity of being able to descend them in one go, without having to take any intermediary lifts. Two snow parks, a boardercross, night skiing slopes and 50 km of cross-country ski runs are also available. For non-skiers the resort offers many indoor and outdoor sports as well as cultural and relaxation activities.
Information relating to the ski area: Alpe d'Huez + Auris en Oisans + Oz-Vaujany + Villard Reculas
- Maximum altitude: 3330 m
- Minimum altitude: 1860 m
- Number of ski lifts: 80 (cable cars: 6, gondola lifts: 9, chairlifts: 23, drag lifts: 40, carpet lifts: 2)
- Number of ski runs: 133 (black: 16, red: 40, blue: 34, green: 43)
- Total distance: 250 km
- Dedicated activity areas: 3 (boarder cross: 1, snow park: 2)
- Piste map
- Number of runs: 6
- Total distance: 50 km
- Grenoble to Alpe d'Huez: 65 kilometres (40 miles). Estimated time: 1 hour 11 minutes
- Chambéry to Alpe d'Huez: 123 kilometres (76 miles). Estimated time: 1 hour 42 minutes
- Lyon to Alpe d'Huez: 172 kilometres (107 miles). Estimated time: 2 hours 7 minutes