Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

Country: France

In a nutshell:  A quiet base to explore one of France’s biggest ski areas

We like:

  • A traditional, quiet village
  • Ski Alpe d’Huez’s brilliant ski area, without having to stay in the noisy town
  • The skiing is brilliant for skiers of all abilities
  • Some wonderful beginners slopes at the top of the cable car

We don’t like:

  • Virtually no runs back to the village – most skiers will take the cable car back at the end of the day
  • People are wanting lively apres ski are better off in Alpe d’Huez


  • Resort altitude: 1,260m
  • Highest lift: 3.330m
  • Lowest piste: 1,250m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Grenoble 1h 30m, Lyon 1h 45m, Geneva 2h 20m
  • Number of lifts:
    • Vaujany: 25
    • Alpe d’Huez Grand Domain: 85
  • Number of runs:
    • Vaujany:
      • Green: 7
      • Blue: 11
      • Red: 9
      • Black: 3
    • Alpe d’Huez Grand Domain
      • Green: 42
      • Blue: 37
      • Red: 39
      • Black: 19



    Vaujany is a quiet, traditional village set on a sunny hillside opposite the main ski area. A Vaujany ski holiday is a refreshing change when comparing a stay in its noisy neighbour Alpe d’Huez; the town is relaxed, quiet and pretty, and has access to the same brilliant ski area.

    As part of the large Alpe d’Huez domain, the skiing is absolutely brilliant, with fantastic terrain for skiers of all abilities. Beginners might find taking the cable-car back a bit of a faff, but will love the gentle slopes above the village and learning is such a relaxed atmosphere.

    The ski area is an Intermediate skier’s paradise with a seemingly endless choice of runs and a huge area to explore. Experts are also well catered for with lots of challenging pistes including the famous Sarenne, the world’s longest black run, and some wonderful off-piste skiing.