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Just a ninety-minute transfer from Grenoble airport, Alpe d’Huez offers high-altitude snow-sure skiing for all abilities, as well as a great town with plenty to do when the last lifts stop turning.
Alpe d’Huez is a purpose-built ski resort nestled above Huez, and enjoys access to 236km of marked runs, as well as being a part of the huge Grandes Rousses ski area which boasts a total of 389km of pistes.
The resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany, and Villar Reculas, as well as Alpe d’Huez itself can all be accessed through an interlinked lift network and make up the Alpe d-Huez Grand Domaine, providing varied skiing and unparalleled views of the southern Alps.
Alpe d’Huez itself is popular with visitors of all kinds. The southern facing slopes and large beginner areas are perfect for the more casual skiiers, while the high-altitude glacier skiing and world-class black runs are a dream come true for anyone seeking alpine thrills.
With Alpe d’Huez being a relatively high resort, skiing back to town is possible, and makes transitioning into the apres-ski almost too easy. Lots of bars line the bottom of the slopes — just follow the music!
Alpe d’Huez highlights: Extensive skiable area with something to suit all skill levels, as well as a great family atmosphere and friendly apres scene.
Alpe d’Huez is best for: Skiers looking for everything under one roof. Families or groups of varying skill levels with different tastes in after-ski activity will find that this resort does it all.
Alpe d’Huez’s top lift stretches to a dizzying 3,300m and offers one of the largest vertical descents in the world, coming in at 2,230m.
Those with fresh legs can tackle a 16km journey that will take them from the top of Pic Blanc, the highest peak of the Grandes Rousses Massif, over the Sarenne glacier and down its signature black run all the way to the bottom.
But that isn’t to say that beginners will find themselves left high and dry. Just above the resort, wide and gentle nursery slopes welcome skiers of all abilities. And with 900 snow canons ensuring snow-coverage all season long, as well as one of the most accomplished lift networks in the Alps, Alpe d’Huez is practically unrivalled when it comes to sheer variety.
With 85 lifts in the resort, 150 in the grand domaine, an even mix of black, red, blue, and green runs, several snowparks, and enough off-piste to satiate even the hungriest of powder-hounds, Alpe d’Huez is a resort that has everything you want and more, no matter your tastes. If somehow you manage to get bored, your six-day pass will let you ski neighbouring resorts too.
And as if that wasn’t good enough, Les 2 Alpes is a short bus-ride away and can be accessed with a joint pass.
Alpe d’Huez for first-time and beginner skiers: Two dedicated beginner areas feature just above the resort and make the perfect introduction to the mountain. Combined with active, multi-lingual ski-schools and a free-to-use lift for first-timers, there isn’t a better place to hit the slopes for the first time.
Alpe d’Huez for intermediate skiers: A wonderful lift-network and evenly distributed runs of all types make this place perfect for those looking to progress and hone their skills. And with so much to explore, getting bored just isn’t an option.
Alpe d’Huez for expert skiers: A 3,300m top lift, glacier skiing, over a two-kilometre vertical, and one of the longest black runs in the world? If this isn’t an expert’s paradise, we don’t know what is. And if off-piste is your game, then there’s plenty to be found. Just leave some powder for the rest of us!
Enjoy peace of mind by booking your ski and snowboard lessons through SkiBro with our best-price guarantee; free and easy cancellation; a huge choice of fully-certified ski schools and instructors; online booking system and fantastic customer support team. Whether you're after children's group ski lessons, teen group ski lessons, adult group ski lessons, beginner ski lessons, off-piste clinics, group snowboard lessons, private ski lessons or anything in between - SkiBro has the perfect ski instructor or group ski lesson for you in Alpe d'Huez!
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Alpe d'Huez (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!). We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children. SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety. Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new. Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time. These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives. A private ski instructor in Alpe d'Huez can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons. For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions. A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Alpe d'Huez. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Alpe d'Huez designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!