The biggest vertical drop in the world
It’s a huge playground, totalling a surface area of 10,000 ha. In addition to the 250 km of downhill skiing runs, it offers numerous snowshoeing and cross-country trails: 35 km of snowshoeing trails, 20 ski lifts accessible to pedestrians and 55 km of cross-country skiing (both classic and skate skiing) in 6 loops.
The Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski covers Alpe d’Huez and 5 resorts and villages that have kept the charm of traditional mountain villages, namely Auris-en-Oisans, La Garde-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas and Le Freney d’Oisans.
Other highlights include Le Pic Blanc (3 300m) with its view over one-fifth of France, awarded 3 stars in the Michelin guide, and the Sarenne run. Opened in 1976, this 16 km run from Le Pic Blanc down to the Gorges de Sarennes (1510 m is one of the longest in the world. It is also the starting point of many off-piste runs.
LOCATION OF SKI RESORTS
South-facing in a basin at the foot of the Grandes Rousses, the Alpe d’Huez skiing area has something for everyone. The higher you go, the more you progress – from beginners starting off on the lower slopes to experienced skiers tackling the 35° slopes on the Piste du Tunnel!
Auris is a doorstep skiing resort, which has redesigned its snow front to provide 2 secured beginners areas and a new tobogganing slope, together with a covered conveyor belt lift for both skiers and pedestrians! If you choose not to link up with the neighbouring skiing area, you can enjoy the 45 km of slopes over a height difference of 600 m within the Auris skiing area!
Villard-Reculas is an authentic village that has always made preservation a priority, although it was the first village to link up with Alpe d’Huez in 1946. Its skiing area reflects its village resort atmosphere, namely family-orientated and offering a full range of facilities, including runs of all colours, a children’s ski area and pedestrian routes!
Ready for more fun? Ski over to Alpe d’Huez via “Marcel’s Farm”, a fun-filled piste with animal-themed bridges and tunnels.
Make sure you don’t get lost in the pine trees in the Oz-Vaujany skiing area! You can learn to ski on wide, gentle runs that are ideal for all levels and styles. Oz-Vaujany is the result of two resorts, namely Oz en Oisans and Vaujany, that have decided to take control of their own future by joining together.
A doorstep skiing resort nestled among the pine trees, Oz-en Oisans is linked to Alpe d’Huez via the Col de Poutran and to Vaujany via L’Alpette. Take your pick!
Vaujany boasts cable cars that whisk you high up the mountain in just minutes, together with plenty of snow and even one ski run that extends over 1700 m. Not forgetting unspoiled snowshoeing routes on the high-altitude plateau.