About the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski Area
Alpe d’Huez (you pronounce the Z) forms part of the fabulous 'Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski Area' combining the resorts of Alpe d’Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas into one giant, heavenly playground.
Set in an area of 10,000 hectares, Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine has 249kms of pisted runs to explore and infinite off-piste possibilities, so you will find terrain to suit everyone here. From its highest point, Pic Blanc (3330m), you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the Ecrins National Park, La Grave, La Meije, Les Deux Alpes and Mont Blanc itself, before skiing the 2230m of vertical drop down to L’Enversin d’Oz at 1100m.
Alpe d'Huez has some amazing sking for all different levels and abilities! Alpe d’Huez is home to the longest ski run in Europe – La Sarenne (16km) and the infamous ‘Tunnel’ run for experienced skiers and thrill seekers only!
The gentle slopes on the outskirts of the resort provide the perfect terrain for beginners to build their confidence on and intermediate skiers will find plenty to entertain themselves with on the network of blues and reds.
Set in a large sunny bowl, the resort is aptly named ‘l’Isle au Soleil’ (Sunny Island) due to the high percentage of sunny days it enjoys throughout the year. Snow conditions permitting, it’s open from early-December until the end of April.
It is however, worth taking note of where you are staying to get the best out of the area. Those choosing to stay in the main station will get the best choice of skiing as its central location in the ski area allows easy access to all levels of runs. However, the smaller villages that link into the area can offer a more charming and peaceful base, and each has its own quick and easy access the main area. The individual ski area descriptions can be looked at and will lead you on a tour of the entire area, starting with the lower level runs that everyone can enjoy and culminating in the advanced level skiing off Pic Blanc.