ALPE D'HUEZ SKI AREA
On the Slopes
A big ski domain: ideal for beginners and flattering to nervous novices, yet challenging and interesting enough for good intermediates and advanced riders.
The individual sectors that make up this large linked domain each have their own distinct character, delivering a different experience with each day's exploring.
Auris An integrally complete satellite ski area, providing the full gamut of pistes for all abilities; linked by chairlift from/to Alpe d'Huez.
Pic Blanc The summit sector: a glacial realm of rock and ice, home to the area's most exposed and challenging black pistes; including the epic Sarenne run which, at just over 16 km (10 miles) in length, is the world's longest downhill piste.
Alpe d'Huez The core sector: characterised by enjoyable mid-altitude cruises, which flow into the motorway-wide gentle superpistes that are designated as beginners' zones, running down to the resort's two big base access areas.
Signal A distinct hill overlooking the upper residential area of Alpe d'Huez, directly accessible from town and linked to Villard-Reculas. These good cruising slopes are home to the floodlit night-skiing and competition pistes.
Vaujany/Oz Great for competent novices and good intermediates. Long sheltered trails down to the lowest-altitude valley villages. This sector also contains the further satellite area of Montfrais at 1650 m (5412 ft), a compact cluster of lifts and pistes that acts as the core ski area for the village of Vaujany.
A well-linked ‘grand domaine’, with five distinct sectors and six separate resort bases; all accessible on a single hands-free lift pass.
LIVE RESORT LINKS
SKI AREA DATA
Statistics given are for the entire Grandes Rousses domain:
800 hectares of pistes
2230 m (7316 ft)
6 cable cars
(5 fast, detachable)
41 button tows
2 rail lifts (elevators)
3 conveyor belts
1 floodlit night-skiing slope
5 children's zones
Nordic 50 km (31 miles)
870 cannons, covering
67 km (42 miles) of piste