Alpe d’Huez is set in the remarkable 250km piste skiing area of the Grand Domaine, connected by an impressive modern ski lift systems with the five ski villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas. The friendly resort has beautiful views of the Southern Alps, and with its altitude and south-facing ski slopes it is a haven of sunshine.
Ski Collections' Nicola took some time out to answer the top 6 questions our clients most often ask about the resort of Alpe d’Huez. View the video or if you'd rather, you can read the transcript below.
1. Is Alpe d’Huez easily accessed?
Alpe d’Huez is very easy to get to. It’s about 8.5 hours’ drive from Calais or it’s serviced by several airports, the nearest being Grenoble which is a small and quiet airport with a short transfer to the resort.
2. Where is best to stay in Alpe d’Huez?
There is a great variety of accommodation on offer in the resort. Our top pick is the 4* apartments at Le Cristal de l’Alpe which is situated in the heart of the resort with easy access to the slopes, restaurants and convenience stores. The apartments have a great mixture of modern and traditional and are very comfortable and well equipped. It also has great spa facilities and a pool which is perfect after a day of skiing.
3. Where’s good to eat in Alpe d’Huez?
There are lots of good restaurants in Alpe d’Huez serving anything from traditional Savoyard dishes to Italian to Tex Mex. There’s a restaurant across from Le Cristal de L’Alpe apartments called Au Dahu Grille that serves great mountain food and there’s even a free aperitif for guests of the residence. I recommend the raclette, which is delicious! There’s a great mountain restaurant called La Plage des Neiges which has a great sunny terrace and serves large tasty pizzas.
4. What’s the skiing like in Alpe d’Huez?
The ski area is very big and very varied so there is something for everyone. Although it’s fantastic for intermediates and expert skiers, it’s well-known for being a perfect resort for beginners with a large network of green and progressive green runs. There’s also easy access to some of the outlying villages and their ski areas. The runs around the hamlet of Auris provide a lovely change of scenery with quiet slopes amid the trees.
5. What is there to do off the slopes?
There are lots of activities available off the slopes including dog sledding, ice skating, paragliding, skidoo rides…there’s basically something for everyone!
6. What’s your top tip for a ski holiday in Alpe d’Huez?
Even if you’re not planning to ski from the highest point (Pic Blanc at over 3000m), it’s worth going up on a clear day for the spectacular views and great photo opportunities.