The most sunny ski resort in the Alpes and known as ‘the island in the sunshine’. Not your usual resort selling point we know, but a great fact and reason to visit Alpe d’Huez nonetheless. As a result of its South facing plateau, Alpe d’Huez boasts the largest amount of sunshine of any ski resort. That’s an average of 7.5 hours in December, 11 hours in April and a total average of 300 sunny days a year. There is nothing better then bright sunshine and blue skies when you’re skiing and when combined with 200km of hugely varied piste, the Sarene Glacier, the longest black run in Europe, 2 snow parks, access to 2 Alpes with your ski pass and even a brand new Folie Douce, we can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t want to visit Alpe d’Huez.
Access to both Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes ski area (1 free day included in the Alpe d’Huez pass) | Europe’s longest black run (16km & 2000 meter vertical descent) | The sunniest resort in the Alpes (an average of 300 sunny days a year) | 2 snow parks | The newest Folie Douce | Great selection of bars and clubs | Floodlit skiing | Swimming pool | Ice rink
Here in Alpe d’Huez you have access to just under 250km of piste. The resort is linked with Les Deux Alpes which offers access to a similarly sized ski domaine also. You have access to the longest black run in Europe, 2 snow parks and a huge range of piste and off-piste. Alpe d’Huez is also known for having some of the longest unbroken descents of any ski resort, so you can enjoy minimal lift time here too.
For a lot of you, this is probably the first bit you’re going to read… Alpe d’Huez really is gaining a strong reputation for it’s Aprés. With the newest Folie Douce just recently opened, 2 night clubs, a whole host of bars and restaurants, there is more than enough to keep you satisfied here. Our picks which we think are def worth a visit include, The Underground, O’Sharkeys and Bar Etalon, but there are a whole load more to visit…
L’Alpe d’Huez is a ski resort at 1,250 to 3,330 metres. It is a mountain pasture in the Central French Alps, in the commune of Huez, which is part of the department of Isère in the region of Rhône-Alpes. Alpe d’Huez is a 2.5 hour drive from Geneva Airport, a 1.5 hour drive from Grenoble Airport and just under a 2 hour drive from Chambéry Airport. Ben’s Busoffer great value shared transfers to Alps d’Huez.
Alternative Ski Activities
Just because you’re on a ski holiday, doesn’t mean you have to ski. You have world famous Alpine food, beautiful rustic buildings, the smell of wood smoke whether you go & heaps of the fluffy white stuff to play in. Other activities in resort include: Swimming Pool | Ice Skating | Bowling | Cinema | Helicopter Sightseeing | Laser Tag | Night skiing | Paragliding | Air-boarding
Alpe d’Huez is perfect for beginners, who will find all the greens right on the doorstop of the village and with a great choice of runs too. As you start to climb, you’ll find the runs turning from blue to red to black. Although you will find all levels of run right at the top of the resort on the glacier too. For the more advance skier, you have loads of reds and blacks to play on, including a 16km black run, heaps of off-piste and 2 snow parks.
Is This Resort For Me?
Compared to a lot of resorts, Alpe d’Huez really can suit most parties. If you’re looking for chalets and a more rustic feel, you have the option to stay in the lower village area of Alpe d’Huez. If you want more busy and to be closer to the main pistes, you have the option of Alpe d’Huez 1860m. The main part of the resort has a great choice of apartments and hotels. You’re surrounded by piste, so you don’t have to worry about driving anywhere and in terms of the skiing, Alpe d’Huez really does suit all levels. If you’re looking for a great deal as well, Alpe d’Huez tends to have some of the more competitive prices in the Alpes. Whether you’re a family of 4, student group or mixed group, you won’t be disappointed here.