Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

Country: France

In a nutshell: A large, high altitude ski area with something for everyone

We like:

  • High altitude and with a glacier – a truly snow-sure ski resort

  • Lots of ski-in / ski-out accommodation

  • A huge area that is genuinely great for skiers of all abilities

  • The enviable sunshine record gives a high likelihood of returning home with a nice goggle tan

We don’t like:

  • The town isn’t the ugliest, but it’s still a long way off the prettiest

  • Limited hotel options at the luxury end of the market

  • It can get a bit busy and noisy in town – especially at peak season


  • Resort altitude: 1,860m
  • Highest lift: 3.330m
  • Lowest piste: 1,250m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Grenoble 1h 30m
  • Number of lifts: 85
  • Number of runs
    • Easy: 38
    • Intermediate: 68
    • Difficult: 17


  • Apres ski
  • Family friendly
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders


Alpe d’Huez is one of those rare ski resorts that you can recommend to pretty much anyone: it’s great for beginners, has loads for mile-hungry intermediates, lots of challenging terrain for advanced skiers (including the longest black run in the Alps), has a short transfer from Grenoble, is fantastic for families, and has good apres-ski for those wanting to party late into the night.


As a result, Alpe d’Huez is a great option for groups of skiers and boarders going on a mixed-ability ski holiday – you can be confident that everyone will be well catered for.


The large ski area (fifth biggest in France), and is centered around the sunny bowl in which Alpe d’Huez sits. The ski area also connects a number of smaller, quieter villages, so you get the sense of travel and adventure as you work your way around the area. The smaller villages, such as Oz en Oisans and Vaujany, are great places to stop for a coffee or a beer.


The only drawbacks of an Alpe d’Huez ski holiday is that the town isn’t the prettiest (the views across the Oisans valley are stunning though), and the lift network could do with modernising in some places. As a total package though, Alpe d’Huez ski resort is the ultimate all-rounder.