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Alpe d’Huez Ski Resort - A Destination & Transfer Guide

Alpe d'Huez ski resort is one of the highest European mountain resorts and the largest in France. It’s the ski station of the first international category and it’s also one 20 resorts in the world where lifts serve a vertical drop of over 2000 meters. 

Alpe d’Huez weather is also a huge bonus for the resort. Because of its unique south facing position on the upper plateau, the sun shines on average 300 days per year, without setting until 5 pm - even in the winter. It’s no surprise the ski resort’s second name is l'Ile du Soleil ("Island of the Sun").

If you venture up the ski slopes of the surrounding mountains in good weather, you will be able to gaze at the views of approximately a quarter (!) of the entire South of France, almost from the Italian border to the Central Massif.

Alpe d’Huez resort is located 60 km from Grenoble. It opened in 1935 and it is one of the oldest resort regions of France, known for its beautiful winter skiing with diverse trails, and as a recreation centre in the summer, with clean air and characteristic climbing conditions.

Snowy Mountains at Alpe d'Huez

 

Nearest Airports to Alpe d’Huez, France

If you’re holidaying at Alpe d’Huez, there are many airports within a few hours drive of the resort. 

The nearest airports to Alpe d’Huez are:

 

Closest Train Stations to Alpe D’Huez

There are no direct train connections to the resort itself. If you’re travelling by train, these are the closest stations to Alpe d'Huez, from which transfers can be arranged:

  • Jarrie-Vizille train station
  • Lancey train station

Transfer Times

The times of transfers from the train stations and airports to Alpe d’Huez ski resort are all approximate. Ski transfer times could be impacted by traffic and weather conditions:

  • Jarrie-Vizille train station – 55 minutes
  • Lancey train station – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Grenoble Airport – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Chambery Airport – 2 hours
  • Lyon St Exupery Airport – 2 hours
  • Geneva Airport - 3 hours
  • Lyon Saint-Etienne-Boutheon Airport – 3 hours
  • Turin Caselle Airport – 3 hours 30 minutes

 

How Much Will My Transfer Cost?

Here at Alps2Alps, we offer the best rates for airport transfers to Alpe d’Huez ski resort, as well as providing a comfortable and enjoyable ride! 

Regardless of what time of season you choose to ski, we guarantee the lowest prices for our transfer services.

There are several factors that may lead to a change in the cost of your airport transfer. They include:

  • Point of departure (Airport of arrival)
  • Distance and travel time to destination
  • Time of season and seasonal demand
  • The size of your group and the age of all travellers
  • Deals and discounts that may be available at that time

We never inflate the prices for our customers. We consider as many factors as possible to lower our rates, but we do recommend booking your ski resort airport transfers in advance if you want access to the best discounts. 

For the cheapest prices, we recommend travelling off-peak or midweek where possible, as these times lead to the greatest savings - sometimes up to 60% cheaper than weekends or peak season!

Your quote will also depend on coach availability, the transfer schedule, the use of the vehicle and other costs, such as road tolls and airport parking fees.

If you have any requirements, please contact us to discuss your needs.

 

Ski Season and Resort Opening & Closing

Seasonal opening times for ski Alpe d’Huez resort are as follows:

  • Season Start: 30th November 2019
  • Season End: 26th April 2020

 

Alpe d’Huez Snow Report & Weather Forecast

If you have an upcoming trip to the resort, you’ll want to keep an eye on the latest weather and snow forecasts for Alpe d’Huez ski area - keep up to date with our real-time tool:

Check out Alpe d’Huez weather forecast: 
 

 

Ski Resort Essentials

Alpe d’Huez is one of the country’s most famous winter resorts and one of few ski resorts in the world with a height difference of more than 2000 metres (from 3323 meters at the top of Lac Blanc to 1100 metres in L’Anversen-d’Oz).

Alpe d’Huez weather conditions and facilities are perfect for the most complication “black” ski runs, and it is easy to clearly distinguish the complex slopes from the simpler ones. It is also an excellent ski resort for all ages and abilities, from experienced skiers to youth or families with young children.

  • 250 km of pistes
  • 116 pistes (55% - beginner, 30% - intermediate, 15% - advanced)
  • 'La Sarenne', the longest black run in Europe
  • 2200m – Vertical Drop
  • Boardercross
  • 54km X-country
  • 85 Ski lifts
  • Highest point – Pic Blanc (3330m)

 

Child and Family-Friendly Resort

Alpe D’Huez provides lots of opportunity for family fun and recreation.
If it is the first time skiing for your child, or if you want to enhance their skills on the slopes, Alpe d’Huez ski schools are open to all:

 

  • Ski Nursery - from 6 months to 2 years 
  • Les Marmottes Ski School - 2 years to 4 years
  • Ski School - from 4 years

In between mastering skiing techniques or at the end of a day on the slopes, the resort has lots of fun and exciting aprés ski activities for children and the whole family:

  • Ice Sculpture Grotto (located at an altitude of 2700 meters at the lift to Pic Blanc)
  • Two swimmings pools (indoor and outdoor)
  • Two cinemas
  • Olympic open-air ice rink (runs from 10.00 to 23.00)
  • Snowmobile tracks
  • 50 km of plain ski trails
  • 30 km of hiking trails 

Alpe d’Huez Ski Pass & Lift Pass Costs

The figures below are the cost of an Alpe d’Huez ski pass, based on a day ticket during the main season:

  • Adult Ski Pass - €54.50
  • Youth Ski Pass - €49
  • Child Ski Pass - €44.50

 

Après Ski

Alpe d’Huez ski resort is known for its buzzing Après Ski atmosphere, and it definitely has more of a party vibe than most French ski resorts. 

The old town has many bars for you to choose from in the evenings, including Smithy’s Tavern, O Bar, The Underground Bar and L’Igloo. 

However, Alpe d’Huez après ski highlight for most holidaymakers is the slopeside après in the form of La Folie Douce. The party starts from 2:30 pm at the top of Marmottes 1 chairlift, and you can dance the day and night away with live music and table-top dancing - right up until the lift closes. 

If all the dancing is making you peckish, you don’t need to leave the party as there are two slopeside Alpe d’Huez restaurants. A cheap-eats canteen, La Petite Cuisine, or if you prefer slightly fancier table service, you can visit La Fruitière. 
 

Resort Accommodation

Alpe d'Huez accommodation options cater to all budgets.

Most visitors to the resort stay in the self-catering apartments, but if you want to book a group chalet or a luxury hotel, there are accommodation options for that, too. 

Whether you want to be in the thick of the resort or you would prefer to relax in a more secluded setting, the possibilities are all yours. 

Alpe d’Huez ski resort village is made up of eight small districts. Cognet is of equal distance from the nightlife and the DMC access gondola at Rond Point des Pistes, whereas The Vieil Alpe (aka, the Old Town) is in prime position for nightlife but slightly less convenient for mountain access. 

Other popular districts for skiers include Passeaux, Eclose and Bergers.

 

Alpe d’Huez Piste Map

Familiarise yourself with the mountains and plan your routes in advance with our Alpe d’Huez trail maps;

 

Live Webcam

Keep your eye on the action or use our live mountain webcam as a real-time  Alpe d’Huez snow report;

 

Tourist Resources & Links

If you are a newbie to skiing, we advise you to gather as much information about the sport and ski resorts as possible. However, even if you are already an experienced skier, these information pages can also be helpful for you:

 

How to Choose Transfers to Alpe D’Huez

Choose Alps2Alps to start your holiday and be at the resort on time, arrive comfortably and pay the most cost-effective price for your transfer.

Whether you are booking public or private airport transfers, if you travel to Alpe D’Huez ski resort with Alps2Alps, we promise you:

  • Professionalism and flexibility in all situations
  • Safe, comfortable and reliable cars always
  • Our Customer Support Service 24/7 on hand
  • English-speaking drivers with good local knowledge
  • Family-friendly service with a smile
  • The lowest prices for all trips at any time

 

Book Your Ski Transfer to Alpe D’Huez

It is always better to book a transfer to Alpe D’Huez as early as possible to get the best price and to guarantee availability in peak season. Just call us or fill out the online request form. In Alps2Alps you are always welcome!

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