About Alpe d'Huez
The Ski Area
Basking high up on a sunny plateau Alpe D’Huez is situated at an altitude of 1860 m. It is a paradise for all mountain sports enthusiasts offering 238kms of pistes, floodlit skiing, snowparks, halfpipes and plenty of thrilling off piste runs. WHAT FUN!
The ski area is very comprehensive starting around the resort with beginner slopes, all of which have a natural progression to reach the next level of slope; the higher you go the more difficult the runs become. When you reach the highest point, Pic Blanc at 3330m, intermediates can have great fun on the slopes of the glacier or if you are at an advanced level then there's the challenging Tunnel - a steep black mogul run - or the gentler Sarenne - a black run which claims to be the longest in Europe at 16kms.
There are five satellite villages to the Alpe D’Huez ski area each with its own style. All areas are well equipped with mountain restaurants offering delicious food. The French onion soup, rack of ribs or the mountain dish tartiflette will set you up nicely for an afternoon on the mountain.
Essential statistics (download pdf of piste map)
|87 ski-lifts||117 side-marked slopes / 238 km|
Techique a bit rusty? Or are you a beginner? Mel and Stuart from Masterclass are famous for their ability to alter your skiing, giving you better style and bags more confidence. See their website at www.masterclass.f9.co.uk
Alternatively the ESF have over 200 instructors in the resort and offer great rates on group and private lessons. www.esf-alpedhuez.com
On a ski holiday the lift passes are a substantial cost to consider - prices can be found at the following address.
Mountain Sports Equipment
Ski Easy recommend Olivier Sports (Sports 2000 in le Viel Alpe)
By booking on line you can get up to 40% off. You can see the type of equipment supplied by the shop before booking. Please visit http://www.Olivier.sport2000.fr and then click on location de skis en ligne. You can then have the option of changing the language (top right). The shop is situated close to all our properties.
Huez sports is situated at the top of the resort near the rond pointes des pistes. You are able to leave your shoes here during the day and store your skis here overnight if you wish. Contact: Fab at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0033 62 21 37 628 website: http://www.twinner-alpedhuez-rondpoint.fr
The town and Après Ski
One of the great things about Alpe D’Huez after dark is the vast choice of restaurants and fast food places. There are mountain specialities, pizzas, Tex Mex and brasseries. We will happily advise you where is good to go and where not to miss. For the children we can also recommend the O-Bar or Smithies, both places our own children enjoy eating at.
There are plenty of bars and clubs which rock until 4am. Most of the English bars show the main sporting events, should there be something you don’t want to miss. Live music is played in the famous Underground Bar, The Etalon, O’Sharkeys, Smithies. Other great bars are The Zoo Bar, the O-Bar in the old town and the Freeride Bar next to the ice-rink. If you are looking for a more sophisticated night out try Lounge 21, or Le Sporting.