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Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huez Ski Resort Guide

Alpe d'Huez, France

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length147 miles
Highest Lift10,925ft
Resort Height6,102ft
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Chambery
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Alpe d'Huez

A world class ski resort, Alpe d'Huez has one of the largest vertical ranges anywhere. Skiers of all levels are well provided for, whether Beginner or Expert, and the ski area includes some epic, long descents such as the Sarenne.


The French ski resort of Alpe d'Huez is in the French Alps at an altitude of 6,102ft, with 147 miles of marked runs.

Alpe d'Huez is part of the Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski area with access to 242 miles of downhill skiing, with 304 marked pistes, served by a total of 150 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Alpe d'Huez itself (147 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski ski resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas.

The ski resort itself is at 6,102ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 10,925ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


Alpe d'Huez is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Alpe d'Huez.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Alpe d'Huez is 10 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Tunnel', which is 10 miles in length.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Alpe d'Huez?

The next notable snow forecast is 17in, expected on 1 November, with around 18in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow Forecast by day for Alpe d'Huez

Ski Area Stats

Alpe d'Huez Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1741 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3946 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
3733 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
4229 miles
Total Length
147 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
31 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
242 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Alpe d'Huez Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift10,925ft
Lowest Trail6,102ft
Resort Altitude (Alpe d'Huez)6,102ft
Max Vertical4,823ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Alpe d'Huez
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers


The vertical drop of 2230 metres from Pic Blanc is one of the world's biggest, and includes the 16km (10 mile) Sarenne Black run.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Ski Rental in Alpe d'Huez

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Location and Map

Where is Alpe d'Huez?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in L'Alpe d'Huez, Huez.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Alpe d'Huez is Grenoble, 70 minutes drive away.

Chambery, Lyon Bron, Annecy, Lyon St-Exupéry, Geneva, Saint-Étienne and Turin Caselle airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 85 ski lifts are able to uplift 94,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 39 miles of ski runs, with 900 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Alpe d'Huez open?

 Open from : December 4, 2021.

 Closes : April 24, 2022.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Trail Map

Alpe d'Huez Trail Map
Alpe d'Huez

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Alpe d'Huez, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Alpe d'Huez Tourist Office for the latest.

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