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Alpe d'Huez Resort Reviews

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Alpe d'Huez Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Alpe d'Huez Ski Resort

  • March 04, 2015
    from United Kingdom

    I was skiing in Alpe d'Huez in Jan 2015 and will never return to the resort. I have owned and used all my own equipment since 2010 and due to the piste bashers pulling large quantities of stones onto the pistes I have had to carry out about 12 hours worth of repairs to my skis which included holes through to the base/core of the ski. On the fifth day of skiing there was a blue run from the Troncon gondola which was popular with beginners and had good snow coverage but overnight the piste bashers made the slopes dangerous with the volume and size of stones on the slopes.

    In terms of the layout of the slopes, there are many beginner slopes around the main town for learning on. The best snow conditions were found around the L'Alpette/Vaujany/Montfrais side of the mountain.

    In ten years of skiing this is by far the worst ski area which I have ever visited.

  • Alpe d'Huez Ratings

    Overall: 4.0. Based on 48 votes and 94 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.9

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Alpe d'Huez.

    Public Transport: 3.8

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Alpe d'Huez, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.4

    (1) No places to stay in/near Alpe d'Huez, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.4

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.7

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Alpe d'Huez.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 4.1

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Alpe d'Huez, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.1

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Alpe d'Huez is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 4.0

    (1) Alpe d'Huez relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.1

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Alpe d'Huez, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Alpe d'Huez are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.2

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Alpe d'Huez is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.4

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Alpe d'Huez, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.1

    (1) Alpe d'Huez usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.0

    (1) The staff at Alpe d'Huez are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Alpe d'Huez are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.5

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.3

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.4

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.4

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Alpe d'Huez has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.5

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.5

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Alpe d'Huez, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.3

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 3.6

    (1) Not even a kicker at Alpe d'Huez, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 3.9

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Alpe d'Huez, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.5

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Alpe d'Huez has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.9

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 4.2

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 4.1

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 4.5

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.8

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.9

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.6

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.7

    (1) Overall, Alpe d'Huez is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.7

    (1) Overall, Alpe d'Huez is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • November 23, 2014
    from France

    Too good. The best ski resort with so many ski pistes. With so much animation, with so much sun. I've loved it for over 30 years.

  • April 01, 2014
    from United Kingdom

    This was my first visit to Alpe d'Huez (22/03/14 to 29/03/14). We had a fresh dump of snow over the first couple days which made the conditions perfect. The runs were awesome and so was the apres-ski! I'd definitely go back here. We stayed in the Les Berges apartments, which had its own outdoor heated pool. I would stay here again, great apartment and close to local supermarket. I give Alpe 5 out of 5!

  • March 14, 2014
    from France

    Having a vested interest in Alpe d'Huez, I follow readers views with interest. Comments, made on Jan 7th, must be put in proportion. At the same week when a lot of the off-piste was not available in the doyen of off-piste stations, Chamonix, there was little wonder that she suffered damage to skis. I have two points to make. Firstly the Alps are made of rock, not soil. Secondly, if there is a shortage of snow, why do off-piste fanatics think it is their right to expect a supply of mother natures gift. I live and work in Alpe and have one scratch on a pair of ten year old skis. If you want a rocky resort try Cairngorm. I used to get through three pairs per season! Lastly, the in-town lifts are slow but why did you not try the free buses and two lifts out of town? The piste map lists nine.

  • February 25, 2014
    from United Kingdom

    Alpe d'Huez is a large resort with a few different skiing areas. There is quite a bit going on in the town with a number of restaurants and bars.

    The lift queues were not too bad most of the time, the big lifts at the bottom were a max 10 min wait but most of the time there was only 2-3 mins wait.

    The greens and blues are quite crowded but we did go in half-term week.

    If you go to the other ski-areas away from the main Bergers area it is much quieter. Snow conditions were excellent and there were a few bars and restaurants on the slopes which were great.

    On the whole it was a great week's skiing.

  • February 17, 2014
    from France

    As promised, here we are again in February 2014.
    On the days that the sun shined surely this has to be heaven on earth.
    We tried to find areas and pistes that we're not densely populated and we succeeded.
    Firstly, the Mont Frais area is so pretty and quiet.
    Some wonderful runs, mainly blue, other than La Fare, which is a red run marked as a black. This takes you to Vaujany and then in the bubbles to Montfrais. Then on the other side of the Sarenne a Gorge is Auris.
    Miles of unpopulated blues and some great restaurants half the price of Alpe d' Huez.
    Will return in 2015. Each year changes are being made to speed up queues. And clearly money is being invested in this fabulous resort.

  • January 07, 2014
    from United Kingdom

    Just spent New Year in Alpe d'Huez, a resort I've wanted to try for years. Sadly we weren't as impressed as we expected to be. If you are a beginner/intermediate, it's great, because there are lots of easier runs that all fan out of town. If you want reds and blacks it looks good on paper, with lots of really long runs, except that early in the season none of them were open because of lack of snow cover. It looks like there are lots of off-piste opportunities as well when the snow is good, but if it isn't, it's a very rocky resort, and you risk seriously damaging skis going off-piste. In about 30 weeks of skiing I don't think I have ever seen so much damage to people's skis across the group.
    It can be slow to get onto the hill in the morning depending on where you are staying, because the lifts through town to the base of the slopes are very slow, and then there are queues for the 2 main lifts up the mountain - 40 minutes from door to first run at New Year.
    Glad I've skied there, but I won't be rushing back.

  • February 18, 2013
    from United Kingdom

    Just returned from another fantastic week at this great resort.This is my 10th year at Alpe d'Huez so it must be special. The snow was fantastic and as usual there was plenty of sun. I do feel that there should be more piste bashers at work grooming the slopes for the next day. Although, we went just before half-term, there were still 5 minute plus queues at popular chair lifts, including Marmotte. This could be avoided if the lift attendants were more effiicent in getting each chair lift full.
    Although other ski areas in France might be larger at Alpe d''Huez there is a great variety of runs.
    I consider the resort perfect for beginners but would add that it is not that challenging for advanced skiers unless you go off-piste.
    Will be going back in 2014 that's for sure.

  • February 01, 2013
    from United Kingdom

    Fourth year skiing here and still enjoying the extent of different runs; done a good few of the blacks this time and many of the others. Always something new on the slopes here. Snow fantastic today and was good the rest of the week. Resort friendly and well managed. Lovely to see parents towing small children and all the ski schools have children from all over Europe getting on really well. Food good; bit limited for veggies as is all of France but pizzas here are great and loads of choices for places to eat out. Only regret is that I haven't had time to use all the freebies that come with the ski pass: went swimming but not used the skating or the ski pass at the other resorts. Maybe next time eh? And bought new skiing jacket here; good price and very a la mode!

  • January 08, 2013
    from United Kingdom

    Just come back from a week's skiing in Alpe d'Huez. I have been going regularly over the new year for the last 5 years and I must say the conditions this year were the best ever. I spoke to a number of visitors during the week and many who have skied in resorts around the world could not remember better conditions.We were also blessed with fantastic weather - 8 days of sunshine out of 9. I assume the heavy snowfall in early December had given time to get the pistes in such good condition but full marks to all those who work on the pistes for their excellent work. Strangely, although this is the second most popular week of the year after Feb half-term, the pistes were not crowded. Often we skied pistes alone. That is not to say we were not caught in a few long queues at lifts. Overall, though one of the best week's skiing we have enjoyed. We will be back.