Alpe d'Huez Best Skiing & Snowboarding Holidays

Anyone planning a two-week trip to Alpe d'Huez, will not have enough time to ride all the amazing and varied terrain that this place has to offer, set in 10,000 hectares with 800 hectares of pistes this place is big. Each year, this high altitude resort offers amazing amounts of great powder days covering some fantastic backcountry and wide open plateaus, but the terrain is as much for the novice as it is for the advanced rider.

The resort has quite a history, being the first place in the world to have a ski lift installed back in 1936 and the long windy uphill approach to the resort plays host to one of the Tour de France stages in the summer. Due to its location and mostly south-facing slopes, the runs here get a lot of annual sunshine. This has the benefit of letting you ride in great sunny conditions and also helps to soften up certain areas early on in the day. There's heaps of snow here so don't be worrying if the odd bit thins out early.

The resort has a well-equipped and fast lift system that can shunt over 100,000 punters up the mountains per hour. Unfortunately, its popularity with overseas holiday crowds means that Alpe d'Huez can get a bit clogged up, especially at weekends. Holiday periods are absolutely crazy, so avoid this time at all costs if you want to escape millions of day-glow two-plankers. However, during normal periods you can ride freely all week long from top to bottom, on and off-piste, without having to cross-track your own path or that of another skier. The resort of Les Deux Alps is 45minutes away, and a 6-day lift pass includes a free day over there.

New for season

2008/9:Order or re-charge your skipass online on
Free skiing for beginners (instead of 2 lifts, there are 4).
A new run has opened at the arrival of the Marmottes II. Another new run : the Bartavelles, now links the Belvédère piste with the Rousses.

2007/8:New hands free ski pass system.

2007/8:New hands free ski pass system.

06/07: one new chair lift in Auris-en-Oisans and 15 new snow-guns.

04/05:new Funitel, the Marmottes III which connect sthe Marmottes II to the Herpie Cable car on the Sarenne glacier. Built to improve early and late season boarding.

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