There are eight lovely blue runs in Alpe d’Huez itself but a total of 30 fabulous blue pistes across the whole of the Grand Domaine ski area so there is no excuse not to spread your wings and explore all that this wonderful ski area has to offer.
Vaujany, a much smaller satellite village offers eight blue runs, all are well worth a look at. You can get over there using only blue pistes as well – simply head up to the first station of the DMC and then pick up the Boulevard des Lutins runs, continue onto Champclotury and finally Chevreuils down to Auris-en-Oisans. From there, jump in the L’Alpette gondola up to 2050 metres – from this point you can access all the great blue runs down to firstly Montfrais and then onto Vaujany. Vaujany is a very affluent neighbour of Alpe d’Huez and has plenty of lovely restaurants and a fantastic leisure centre as well. The Vaujany-Alpette lift back up is a super quick way to get back to resort.
Here I'll take you through my favourite blue loop which takes in the neighbouring villages of Villard Reculas, Auris-en-Oisans and a quick drink at La Folie Douce. It also offers some great, often very quiet, pistes and combines blue run skiing with some fabulous views and restaurants and pit-stops along the way.
This route is circular so you can start and finish it wherever suits you best but I’m starting up at the biggest of the lift station areas in Alpe d’Huez, the DMC at the Rond Point des Pistes which can be easily accessed from any one of the three free shuttle buses that run around resort throughout the season. You can also jump in the famous “lobster-pot” lift as well up to the DMC.