Reviews Alpe dHuez

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Skiresort ratings for Alpe dHuez compared to all other skiresorts. Based on 200 reviews.

Overall 75 Skiing 80Skiregion 80
NoviceAdvancedExpertOffpisteSnow-sure
8.0 7.68.5 7.77.7 7.28.0 7.07.6 7.6
FamilyAtmosphereNatureWalkingLifts
7.0 7.87.2 7.17.5 7.76.1 7.07.4 7.1

Long slopes Accessebility ski-area Snow reliability Diverse ski area Glacier Scenic slopes Challenging slopes High altitude Traffic-free Large ski area Purpose-built village Limited apres ski Expensive resort No proper beginner slopes No local charm Bad eating out Disappointing mountain restaurants

7 Alpe dHuez, Isere

Novice
7
Advanced
9
Expert
8
Offpiste
7
Snow
7
Lifts
6
Family
7
Ambiance
7
Nature
7
Walking
5

The snow conditions weren't great with slush on the lower runs in the afternoon and icy conditions early morning. The lower runs (which tended to be blue and green runs) were pretty much unskiable after lunch.
I wouldn't go back to Alpe d'Huez as, in my opinion, the 3 Valleys resorts and Val d'Isere are much better from a skiing point of view. The problem is that most of the upper runs (the reds and blacks) are primarily serviced by cable cars and gondolas with the resulting queing, clipping/unclipping skis and being packed in like sardines ensuing.

pro High altitude con No local charm

Review by Britta from Copenhagen on Saturday May 2nd. Visited Alpe dHuez in april 2009 as friends

7.3 Alpe dHuez, Isere

Novice
7
Advanced
9
Expert
8
Offpiste
8
Snow
8
Lifts
7
Family
7
Ambiance
7
Nature
7
Walking
5

A really good red/black resort, with plenty of good long runs. We ski red/black and some off piste, and found there was plenty there to keep us occupied in all sectors of the resort. Everyone who visits will do the Sarenne, which is coloured black on the map, but really should be red. However, its length makes it well worth the trip. The adventurous will want to do the Tunnel. However, apart from the immediate exit from the tunnel, which last winter was side slipping down a set of cut ledges, the rest of the run was straight-forward.rnrnNot sure how blue run skiers would be catered for. They could find themselves trapped on the slopes down into the resort.rnrnSome of the lift queues

pro Challenging slopes con No proper beginner slopes

Review by Maarten Xavier from Emmen on Wednesday Feb 18th. Visited Alpe dHuez in january 2009 as friends

7.9 Alpe dHuez, Isere

Novice
8
Advanced
9
Expert
8
Offpiste
8
Snow
8
Lifts
8
Family
7
Ambiance
8
Nature
8
Walking
7

Good extent of ski area, good for all levels - from beginners to more challenging runs for intermediates/advanced. Did the Tunnel (powder & bumps) but the Sarenne was not open. Some of the blue runs more like reds in places, and some of the black runs more like reds. However, pistes could be better groomed after a fresh dump of snow; didn't see many piste bashers about. Generally the resort is very expensive with £ to Euro exchange rate, and avoid mountain restaurants located at central gondola points since these were even more of a rip off (£7 for a hot chocolate). Overall, a good resort and wish I was there for the great snow next week.

pro Scenic slopes con Expensive resort

Review by Linda Farquhar from Swanley on Saturday Feb 14th. Visited Alpe dHuez in january 2009 as family

7.6 Alpe dHuez, Isere

Novice
8
Advanced
9
Expert
8
Offpiste
8
Snow
8
Lifts
8
Family
7
Ambiance
7
Nature
7
Walking
6

Alpe Huez is a great place to visit with a couple of friends. Get a nice appartement and enjoy yourself. They are all close to the slopes. Alpe dHuez has an extensive ski arena, with close to 250km of slopes. The Serenne glacier is a brutal starting point for one of the longest slopes in Europe (16km). If you like to cruise you should try the blues and reds towards Vaujany. Don't foreget to stop for a meal and vine chaud at one of the restaurants along the way. They all have excellent views!. Alpe dHuez itself is not really a charmin village, but there are some decent bars to enjoy yourself at night.

pro Glacier con Limited apres ski

Review by Gerard Koenders from Weesp on Thursday Feb 12th. Visited Alpe dHuez in january 2009 as friends

7.5 Alpe dHuez, Isere

Novice
9
Advanced
8
Expert
8
Offpiste
8
Snow
7
Lifts
6
Family
8
Ambiance
7
Nature
8
Walking
6

I went for Christmas skiing in Alpe d'Huez christmas. I really enjoyed it, the runs are varied, the resort has a few runs over 2000m vertical. A few of the runs were closed i.e. The Tunnel, and a few had thin snow cover i.e. Sarenne, but generally conditions were good, with sunshine skiing. The lift system is a mixture of new and fast + very old and slow. If you fancy a change from Tignes, Val, Les Arc, La Plagne, 3 Valleys give Alpe d'Huez a go. I'd like to go back to complete the runs I missed this time.

con Purpose-built village pro Diverse ski area

Review by Feider from Luxembourg on Wednesday Dec 31st. Visited Alpe dHuez in december 2008 as family

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Vaujany 6.7 km Les Deux Alpes 10.7 km Les Sept Laux 18.7 km Chamrousse 16.4 km Les Albiez 26.8 km