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.
|Which Ski Pass to buy in Alpe d'Huez|
|Adult Pass||An adult pass is for people aged 13-64 years (senior 65+ years)|
|Child Pass||A child pass is for children aged 5-12 years (under 5's are free)|
|Family Pass||Family groups must comprise of at least two children aged 5-22 years and a maximum of two adults, purchasing ski passes for the same dates and duration|
|TRIBU Pass||For 3 or more people, aged 5-71 years, purchasing ski passes for the same dates and duration|
There is one main ski pass for the Alpe d'Huez ski area, the Alpe d'Huez Grande Domaine pass. There are separate passes 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, Grande Domaine, which offers a lot more variety.
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 Alpe d'Huez ski area, which includes the neighbouring villages of Vaujany and Oz en Oisans, as well as the main resort. In addition to the 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. Your pass will also include 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. A 25% discount on a ski pass at La Grave is also included.
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 the Vaujany and Oz ski area. If you want to explore a bit further after a few days, then you can add on a day pass for the full Alpe d'Huez Grande Domaine area at a small extra cost.
Also see: Ski Areas in Alpe d'Huez
Groups coming to Alpe d'Huez can benefit from a discount on their Grand Domaine passes by purchasing the Tribu Ski Pass ("tribu" is French for "tribe", and you may see both spellings being used). The Tribu price applies to groups of at least 3 people (maximum of 9), aged 5-71 years, purchasing ski passes for the same dates and duration. These passes are only available to buy on line and must be purchased at least 7 days in advance of first skiing day.
Family Ski Passes
The Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine also offers a discounted Family Ski Pass to groups of at least 4 family members purchasing ski passes for the same dates and duration. The family can be made up of parents, grandparents and mixed family groups but must comprise of at least two children aged 5-22 years and a maximum of two adults. Family ski passes are only available to buy online and must be purchased 7 days in advance of first skiing day. Children under the age of 5 years can ski for free (proof of age is required for all children).
Ski for free
Beginners can ski for free on the Rif Nel and 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.
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. They are only available to buy from the Ski Pass Offices and not online.
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 the resort is included in all the Grande Domaine (full area) ski pass.
Also see: Snowparks in Alpe d'Huez
Alpe d'Huez offers discounts to repeat customers, early and late season holidays and those who only wish to ski on Saturdays.
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 7 days in advance of first skiing day.
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 online and is only valid on Saturdays. You must book before midnight on Tuesday o benefit from the cheapest prices. After that, the prices go up a little bit each day.
Under 5's 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.
A selection of 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.
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 pass, as spot checks will be undertaken on the trails. 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.
With over 35km of marked and maintained winter walking trails there is plenty to satisfy all those keen ramblers out there. 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.
Pedestrian passes are available for 1 to 15 days or you can simply buy individual tickets for the lifts you want to take (usually more expensive than the day pass if you plan on using multiple lifts). There are more than 20 ski lifts accessible to pedestrians. 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 Express
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.
10-day non-consecutive ski pass
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.