About Ski Pass Options in Alpe d'Huez
There are a number of different ski passes available in Alpe d'Huez. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Alpe d'Huez ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
There is one main ski pass for the Alpe d'Huez ski area, the Alpe d'Huez Grande Domaine pass. The Grande Domaine pass covers the whole of the ski area. There are and separate prices for Vaujany & Oz en Oisans, smaller resorts on the periphery of the Alpe d'Huez ski area, but most people choose the full area pass which offers a lot more variety.
Groups of 3 or more can also buy the 'Tribe' pass, where a minimum of three people can benefit from the online only prices. These passes must be bought at least 7 days ahead of your arrival in resort to give the lift office time to process your order.
Family Ski Passes
If you are on holiday “en famille” then Alpe d’Huez offers special ski pass rates for families which are only available online. These passes must be ordered at least 7 days ahead of your arrival in resort. Don't forget that the under 5’s ski for free (proof of age is required for all children) and you also save money on family insurance from 4 people or more.
Alpe d'Huez Grande Domaine ski-passes (Full area)
The Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski pass gives you unlimited access to the 84 ski lifts and 249km of piste within the ski area, which includes the neighbouring villages in the area as well as the main resort. As well as use of the lifts, your ski pass includes admission to night skiing and night sledging subject to opening periods and weather conditions.
Any pass of 6-15 days includes a free visit to the outdoor pool and the ice rink, and an activity at the Sports Centre. It also includes two days in Les 2 Alpes and a day in each of the Grande Galaxie resorts of Serre Chevalier, Puy Saint Vincent, Montgenevre, and Italian Milky Way and 25% reduction on a ski pass at La Grave.
Also see: Ski Areas in Alpe d'Huez
Vaujany & Oz ski-passes (Local area)
If you don't want to buy a pass for the whole ski area, you can also buy local area passes for Vaujany and Oz ski areas. If you want to explore a bit further after a few days, you can add on a day to ski the full Alpe d'Huez or Grande Domaine area at a small extra cost.
Also see: Ski Areas in Alpe d'Huez
Recharge for less - If you still have your ski pass hands free card from a previous holiday in Alpe d'Huez then you can save money on the public ski pass rates by re-loading your card online for your next trip. This offer applies to ski pass from 6-15 days and must be bought at least 10 days in advance of you arriving in resort.
Early/Late Season Discounts - During the first two and the very last week of the season you can ski for less, as the resort reduces lift pass prices during this period. However, depending on snow conditions, this may also be accompanied by a reduced ski area.
On Saturdays you can also benefit from discounted day rates for skiing with the Saturday Web Special offer. This is only available on line and is only valid on Saturdays. You must book before Tuesday midnight to benefit from the cheapest prices. After that the prices go up a little bit each day.
Beginners can ski for free on the Rif Nel, Ecoles 2 drag lifts and the Grenouilles rope tow, you 'll still need to pick up a free pass from the lift pass office. The Alpe d'Huez beginner ski pass gives you additional access to the Grand Rif Nel, the Rif Nel and Eclose 1 drag lifts and you'll need to pay for this pass.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Alpe d'Huez
There's no need to buy a separate snowpark ski pass in Alpe d'Huez, since access to the two snowparks in resort are included in all the Grande Domaine (full area) ski passes.
Also see: Snowparks in Alpe d'Huez
Under 5's and over 72 year olds can use the lifts for free. You will need to provide proof of age (age on the first day of skiing is taken) and collect a hands-free pass from one of the Ski Pass Offices to be able to access the lifts.
Some beginner ski lifts are free to use: Rif Nel, Ecoles 2 drag lifts and the Grenouilles magic carpet. You will need to pick up a hands-free pass from one of the Ski Pass Offices to be able to use them.
Not everyone comes to Alpe d'Huez to ski, and when there are such beautiful panoramas to take in and mountain restaurants to enjoy we can understand why.
With over 35km of marked and maintained winter walking trails there is plenty to satisfy all those keen ramblers out there, as well as a number of benches and picnic stops along the way. The cable car system provides access to both the skiing pistes and the walking trails, providing the ideal opportunity for meeting up with friends for lunch at one of the many mountain restaurants. These high-altitude restaurants vary from the more refined gastronomic end of the scale to the self-service carb-loading cafeteria-style. Often, at the busier bars and restaurants there will be a party atmosphere with DJ’s playing out on the terraces and deckchairs from which to enjoy the sun.
Pedestrian passes are available for 1 or 7 days or you can simply buy individual tickets for the lifts you want to take (usually more expensive that the day pass if you plan on using multiple lifts). There are more than 20 ski lifts accessible to pedestrians and highlights not to miss are the views from Pic Blanc, Gorges de Sarenne, Lac Besson, Oz en Oisans, Auris en Oisans and Vaujany. Don't forget that a week long pedestrian pass also entitles you to three free activities that your skiing buddies enjoy (swimming pool, ice rink, sports centre etc).
Also see: Maps of Alpe d'Huez
Alpe d'Huez Cross Country ski passes are only available to buy from the Ski Pass Offices and you can choose passes either with or without lift access. Even if you're not using the lifts, you need to be in possession of a Cross-country ski card, as spot check will be undertaken on the mountain. Free passes are available for state-qualified cross-country ski instructors and these can also be collected from the Ski Pass Offices.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Alpe d'Huez
Season & annual passes
Discounts are available on season or annual passes bought early in October and November. Full price passes come into effect from mid November so the earlier you buy the more money you're likely to save. At the time of purchase on the annual passes, you'll be given a voucher to use for the following summer so don't lose it! You can also buy season and annual passes for cross-country skiing and for pedestrians too.
Ski first, pay later with Alpe d'Huez Express. This is a subscription based pass available to holders of a French bank account. Membership costs €20 per person and your account is automatically charged after each day of skiing, depending on how much you have skied. You benefit from special discounts and savings on weekends and throughout the winter season.
A 10 day undated ski pass is also available, where you can ski some days back to back, or use them all non-consecutively. Photo ID is required and you can use the card at any point throughout the winter season. It gives you access to all downhill skiing, night skiing and night sledging, but does not include access to the Grande Galaxy resorts.