Ski Chalets In Alpe d’Huez France

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Peter our friendly Ski Chalet Specialist in Alpe d'Huez

Ski range from 1,480m - 3,300m

Renowned for its sunshine as much as for its excellent snow record, Alpe d'Huez is at the same height as Val d'Isère, and the ski area soars to virtually a whole vertical mile above, at the Pic Blanc summit and the guaranteed snow of the Sarenne Glacier.

From here you can see one-fifth of France before you take on the challenge of the Sarenne descent - the longest black run in the world - fully 16kms from top to bottom!
For less challenging descents, the cruisy open slope above the village offer ample opportunity to perfect your carving technique, whilst beginners will be spoilt by the number of blue and green runs they can tackle.

Alpe d'Huez Ski School

The main children's ski area is at the Rond Point des Pistes at the top of the 'Telecentre' lift, and as children progress, there is a huge range of green, blue and red runs which fan out from here.

Alpe d'Huez has a deserved reputation as an ideal place to start your ski career, with the area around the Rond Point des Pistes offering numerous gentle runs on which to start, and the ski school has a good reputation for sympathetic instruction.



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Alpe d'Huez has a huge range of non ski activities for every ability and every age. If you are a non skier or just fancying a change from the usual ski and boarding activities than Alpe d'Huez has something to offer everyone.

Ice Laser Play laser tag in a 290m2 ice maze with family and friends. For 10€ per person you can platy 2 games of 10 minutes. The Ice Laser maze is located on the Alp d'Huez football pitch next to the Palais des Sports.

Airboarding Airboarding is the latest way to descend down the mountain. It is a form of sledge and is similar to bodyboarding on an inflatable board. Lying stomach-down on the inflatable sled, you slide head first down the mountain using your body position/weight to help shift your direction. The base of the board is grooved so that you can steer and break by leaning side to side. Many resorts are reluctant to allow airboarding as they are seen to be a hazard to skiers and boarders, and some put a restriction on age and the areas you fly down. Check before you board and get some instruction from an adventure company.

Palais des Sports The Alpe d'Huez sports centre offers over 20 activities, including indoor tennis, Badminton, Squash, indoor climbing, boulder room, indoor swimming, table tennis, golf practice, football and an outdoor ice rink.

Cinema View the latest releases most evenings on your winter holiday. The Cinema sometimes opens its doors early on bad weather days. Look out for 'VOST' for the English speaking films.

Cross-country Skiing A great activity for anyone who enjoys the mountainous air and a bit of peace and quiet. Ideal for skiers who find the slopes a little too busy and steep. Cross-country Skis are lighter, slimmer and don't have edges like traditional down hill skis, the boots are also a lot softer and more comfortable. Most ski schools offer group and private sessions.

Heli-Ski Heli-skiing is not permitted in France, however some of the local ski schools and adventure company's offer a pick-up/drop-off skiing service with a mountain guide. This is a once in a lifetime activity that takes you over the border into Italy or Switzerland. It is expensive but once you are dropped at the top of the mountain in terrain non accessible to the crowds, the untouched powder and feeling you will get will be unforgettable.

Husky-dog rides A very popular winter activity so booking at least 48 hours in advance is recommended. Take charge of a team of huskies as you explore the local wilderness on the snowy pedestrian routes around the resorts. A traditional Nordic adventure.

Ice-Karting Driving fast cars around on the ice sound fun to you? Well in Alpe d'Huez you can test your skills to the limit. The cars all have studded tyres and during your session you can learn the special techniques and skills needed in order to control the car in icy conditions. A great activity for an individual or a whole group.


Alpe d'Huez has a very vibrant atmosphere with a wide selection of bars, cafés and nightclubs that stay open into the early hours. The majority of the bars are in the main part of the town- the Quartier des Jeux.

Folie Douce After a day on the mountains there is no better place to stop and let your hair down then at the Folie Douce. Just like in Val d'Isere, Val Thorens and Meribel the Folie Douce in Alp d'Huez is as popular than ever. Does dancing outside on table tops to the sound of euro dance music, surrounded by beautiful mountains and sinking a few beers (or glasses of fizz) with your mates sound like your idea of fun? Well if the answer is yes then head to the top of the Marmottes lift, you will also be glad to hear the run back into the resort is a nice chilled blue run!

Sphere Bar A Great little bar in the center that is an idea location to chill with friends with a few drinks when you finish your fun up the mountain. With comfy sofas and a large flat screen TV, sit back and relax until it is time to move again for your evening meal!

Smithys Tavern This bar has a great friendly atmosphere for après drinks. Friendly staff, cheap beer and very tasty food make this a very popular spot after a day on the slopes. Open daily from 18:00 to 02:00. Live music every Thursday evening.

Freeride Café The Freeride Café is brilliantly fun with a great party vibe. The bar has a large selection of cocktails to choose from and with hundreds of shots and 6 different beers on offer there are plenty of options to help your après drinks get under way. From 21:00 their is a stock exchange system of buying drinks; every 100 seconds prices of selected drinks change, so keep an eye on those screens and grab yourself a bargain! In keeping with the fun theme of the bar their is even a slide to transport you down to the washrooms.

L'Igloo Nightclub The place to go when all the other bars lock up for the night and you want to carry on the party. Open from midnight and closing not until the early hours of the morning. L'Igloo Nightclub hosts some of the best DJ's in the Alps and hosts some fantastic themed nights out; from foam parties and R&B nights to Old School vs New School evenings. Located in the Alpe d' Huez centre.

O'Sharkey's Bar A great venue to sit back in a friendly, lively and welcoming atmosphere and enjoy a pint of Guiness! Of course there is more on the menu, and in fact O'Sharkeys offers some of the best beer prices in town! Showing all the Sky Sports and BT Sport action on large screens and with live bands performing regularly, this is the place to be for great music, Irish Whiskey and of course Guiness! Open for après from 4pm til 2am during the week, and 1pm til 2am on weekends.

Le Sporting Nightclub Le Sporting Nightclub is an upmarket, cabaret style bar/restaurant and night club all rolled into one. The club hosts various themed nights to match all music tastes; from R&B, live jazz and acoustic sessions to Drum and Bass and eletro funk nights.

SKIING IN Alpe d’Huez

Ski range from 1,480m – 3,300m
Alpe d’Huez is the main hub resort of the fabulous ‘Grandes Rousses’ ski area, comprising the six resorts you can see on our lift-map opposite, 250kms of wonderful pisted skiing, and endless acres of off-piste powder. It is the huge main snow-bowl immediately above and around the village itself, which is the main attraction of an Alpe d’Huez skiing holiday. The plentiful wide open pistes here offer the perfect mix of confidence-building blues and gradually more challenging reds, making this an excellent resort for making steady progress with your skiing.

Better skiers will revel in the great snow, miles and miles of wide open cruising pistes above the tree-line, and the same sense of majestic mountain vastness that you get in Val d’Isère or Tignes.

The other villages on the ski area provide welcome focal points for days spent exploring all the far-flung corners of the ski area, and you can stay on reds and blues all the way from the top of the Dôme des Petites Rousses at 2,800m right back down to Alpe d’Huez, your ski chalet and beyond.

You can also enjoy a full day’s skiing all the way from Vaujany and Oz at one end of the system, to Auris en Oisans at the other.

As with any resort peaking at 3,300m, there is wonderful off-piste skiing and snow boarding to be had after each fresh fall of snow. Alpe d’Huez is blessed with several established local favourite routes, some of which require a qualified guide.

The plentiful chair-lifts, gondolas and cable-cars across the area make Alpe d’Huez a good boarder-friendly choice, and there are two snow-parks to add to the fun, one in Montfrais and the other just above the resort.

Neighbouring Les Deux Alpes is also covered for one day on the same 6-day lift-pass, combining to create the ‘Grande Alpes’ area, with 468kms of pistes. There is now even talk of linking the two resorts, but it will be a while before that happens!