Alpe d’Huez is located in the Southern French Alps, an hour and a half from Grenoble airport. It is a high altitude resort at 1860m and skis up to 3330m. It is also glacial, meaning snow is very reliable indeed. However, due to its southerly location, it does tend to lose its snow a little quicker at the end of the season than its northern counterparts.
The resort is purpose-built, and whilst it will never win a beauty contest it is tastefully done, especially the Altiport area, a small hamlet of chalets on the piste above the Bergers area of the resort. Alpe d’Huez is a vibrant resort with plenty going on for all ages, not just for those looking for nightlife.
One thing about the resort we love is the fact that so many activities are included as part of the lift pass; a choice of swimming pools, state-of-the-art sports centre and an outdoor ice rink to name but a few. This makes Alpe d’Huez a perfect choice for skiers with kids who have leftover energy to burn after the skiing is done for the day. Combine that with a ski area that could have been designed specifically for a family, and you can see why Alpe d’Huez works so well.
That said, Alpe d’Huez does offer both a good night out and good après-ski too, as well as a great selection of more difficult runs, off piste possibilities and snow parks too. Alpe d’Huez really does have most angles covered.