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 are two types of passes you can choose from in Alpe d'Huez - most people opt for the full area Grande Domaine pass which covers everything possible there is to ski in the area, or you can choose just to ski in the Oz and Vaujany ski area which is much smaller.
Full area skipass
The Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski lift pass gives you unlimited access to the 84 ski lifts and 240km of piste within the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine 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 days or more 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 lift pass at La Grave.
Local area skipass
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 you can add on a day to ski the full Grande Domaine.
Use of the extensive snowpark in Alpe d'Huez is included in the full area ski pass.
If you are on holiday “en famille” then Alpe d’Huez offers special lift pass rates for families. On 6 to 15 day passes you'll get one entry to the Alpe d’Huez outdoor swimming pool, one entry to the Alpe d’Huez ice rink and one activity (without an instructor) at the Alpe d’Huez sports centre before 4pm: weight training, squash, tennis, jorky ball, crazy golf, climbing (two climbing walls), swimming pool, table tennis, badminton, indoor football, basketball, handball, volleyball. Visitors with their own equipment may also use the archery range or air rifle shooting range outside lesson times (equipment rental not included). Don't forget that the under 5’s ski for free! (Proof of age is required for all children).
New for 2015 you 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 visit.
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.
Children under 5 ski for free and pedestrians over 72 years of age can take the lifts for free (proof of age required).
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.
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 satisfied 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).
Pedestrian passes are free for the over 72's. Proof of ID is required.
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
Nordic Skiing passes are available and can only be bought from the Ski Pass Offices in resort or from the cross country ski office.
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 you'll be given a voucher to use for the following summer so don't lose it!
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. You pay from 390€ (39€ per day) and the pass must be used in the current ski season, this year ending on 25th April 2015.