Alpe d’Huez Ski Holidays
Known as the ‘Island in the Sun’, Alpe d’Huez is a large, modern ski resort, with glorious sunshine and clear blue skies all year-round. This bowl-shaped valley is surrounded by towering mountains; the variety of slopes offer endless opportunities for skiers and boarders. Families love its welcoming atmosphere and fun ski schools; young crowds love its energetic bars and clubs.
If you’re new to skiing, you’ll find the blue runs at Signal de l’Homme ideal. A fun alternative to skiing is airboarding, which involves hurling yourself down the slope on an inflatable cushion. In the sports centres, you can get in some laps in the pool, or a game of tennis or squash. Give your legs a well-earned rest and tour Les Deux Alpes by helicopter. After a day’s play, chill out with a sauna session, massage, or a yoga class. If you’re in the mood to party, Alpe d’Huez’s famous après-ski nightlife awaits you.
With 249km of pistes to discover, it’s no wonder skiing and snowboarding top the list of activities in Alpe d’Huez. Signal de l’Homme is a good place for beginners to start. It’s quiet and has lots of easy blue runs. But don’t be in too much of a hurry to take on the slopes; at the top of Pic Blanc, stop and take in the breath-taking views of the Alps. Snowboarders are well-catered for with two brilliant snowparks, one with a boardercross and an airbag jump.
If you’re wondering where to go in Alpe d’Huez for food, there are plenty of options on offer. Big appetites earned on the slopes deserve big plates of chicken wings, nachos, ribs and fajitas. The local Savoyard food is rich and warming; try specialties like cassolette de St Jacques (scallop casserole) and tartiflette (sliced potatoes baked with bacon, cream and local cheese). One of the best local dishes is raclette, a half-moon of creamy cheese served on a table-top grill. It’s delicious spooned over meat and potatoes. For dessert, try a rich chocolate fondue, served with fresh fruit.
After dark you have your pick of places in Alpe d’Huez for a great night out. Make your way to the main part of town, Quartier des Jeux, and chill out in one of the cosy pubs or get a big night started at one of the lively bars. You’ll also find a selection of stylish lounge bars in Alpe d’Huez – great for a bit of celeb spotting.
Some of most popular nightclubs are known for their friendly atmosphere. Regular DJ nights, themed nights, cabarets and live bands bring high energy to the high altitudes.