Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez is among the best-known ski areas in the entirety of France. It is also one of the southernmost ski areas in the French Alps, linking together five separate resorts in the Grand Rousses area high above the Alpe d’Huez: Villard-Reculas, La Garde, Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, and Vaujany. Throughout the vast expanse of this alluring ski area in the central Alps of France, you will encounter hundreds of miles of amazing trails, slopes, and glades where skiers and snowboarders of every stripe will be certain to have an amazing time. As with most major, traditional French ski resorts, there are a multitude of slope-side accommodations that provide tens of thousands of available beds at any one time for guests of the Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort and Area. Alpe d’Huez accommodations range from chalets and vacation rental homes to hotels and inns, as well as a variety of condominiums and cabins.

The top elevation at the Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort is just shy of 11,000 feet, making it one of the highest peaks in the country, and thereby, one of the most popular destinations for those interested in snowboarding and skiing in France. The base elevation is over 3,600 feet and the vertical drop is 7,316 feet. The longest ski run is nearly ten miles long and patrons will enjoy the services of multiple lifts, including high-speed quads and gondolas that keep you out of lines and on the slopes longer. Out of the total runs, 45 percent of the runs at the Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort are for beginners, 40 percent for intermediates, and 15 percent for advanced skiers and boarders. There are 236 acres of skiable terrain at this portion of the vast ski area alone.

There are a variety of other features and amenities to discover, besides just the wonderful selection of Alpe d’Huez accommodations. There is a brilliant snow park, one for beginners and one for experts. The terrain for experts includes virtually every kind of obstacle, jump, rail, and other kind of feature for the most extreme snowboarders. There is also a protected area for novice skiers, night skiing on one of the ski runs, a bobsled track, and an enigmatic ice cave situated at nearly 9,000 feet. There are also over 30 miles of finely groomed trails for Nordic skiing, over 20 off-trail slopes for experts who are obsessed with the deep, unfettered powder, and 20 miles of hiking trails. As you can tell, there is no shortage of things to do at this resort. In fact, it has more to offer in terms of off-resort features than most other resorts and ski resorts in France, while still maintaining a consistent look despite its continuous expansion over the years.

There are literally too many Alpe d’Huez accommodations to list, so the best bet is for you to do some advance research into the ones that suit you the best, whether they are one of the many slope-side accommodations, or a hotel, chalet, or condo off of the premises. No matter what you decide, you are guaranteed to have an utterly amazing time at this wonderful ski resort in France. You will find everything you need in terms of services and facilities, and the skiing and snowboarding are second to none in the French Alps.

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