Visitor reviews for Alpe d'Huez Ski Resort
January 14, 2019
Gary from United Kingdom
Just come back from a weeks skiing and really enjoyed the cruising around the different villages and the main resort of Alpe d'Huez. But won't be going back as we'd completed it all in 4-5 days except for the Tunnel. But a great resort for beginners and families and those progressing onto the blues.
The Sarenne isn't 16km/10 miles long, it's 7 miles long and a third of it is a blue/green flat track at the end but it is a lovely run and wasn't mogully as I'd previously read.
Local food was really good especially the burgers at Smithys and the pizzas at Roti in Bergers. Watch being double charged at Chez Leo which was a nice chilled out bar but didn't go back after this.
Also the restaurant at the bottom of Font Froid is very good and the service and welcome you get is good too. The Scare Chair is fun but not for those with a faint heart.
The apres-ski is ok and the reason for the ok is that they are all spread around the slope. But, if like me, you don't mind walking then they are all good. We frequented Indiana & the Underground; both had Happy Hours, 8 Ball & O'Sharky's.
The €17.50 for the local tax is downlight robbery for a non-existent bus service in the evenings and also during the day. Due to the apres being all over the place it was a nightmare walking back with your skis. I honestly don't know what you get for this except for the clean paths
But we did have a great week
Alpe d'Huez Ratings
Overall: 4.0. Based on 61 votes and 104 reviews. Vote
(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.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(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: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.8
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Alpe d'Huez, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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: 3.7
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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: 3.7
(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): 3.8
(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): 3.8
(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.
March 18, 2018
Sara F from United Kingdom
Just to update - there is now an excellent Night Bus that runs 'til around midnight, including out to the Altiport.
And the Sarenne is not a green traverse - the run out along the valley floor beside the river is certainly flat but pretty fast, and you need your wits about you. You can ski on and ignore the old, slow, Chalvet ski lift (but do stop at the excellent Haut Combe restaurant first) and get on the much faster ski lift that takes you back to Bergers very quickly.
Snow this year has been superb. And every resort has issues with overcharging on the pistes, but there are some excellent 'value for money' places like Le Lac Blanc and the P'tit Poz.
January 09, 2018
Andy from United Kingdom
I agree with another reviewer.
In 40 years skiing I've wrecked skis twice due to poor snow (rocks) in Three Valleys one year and The Arcs another year. I've also had a pair stolen in Tignes. You live and learn.
Off-piste at Alpe d'Huez is superb from Pic Blanc and Grandes Rousses and benefits from not being as heavily skied as the equivalent areas at other large French resorts.
December 13, 2017
stuart adamson from France
Once again I have to comment on some of the unfair views. Reviewer (March 15, 2017) is a lucky man. In my day a weekend was Sat night, not 5 nights! Green traverse? You need a spirit level, my man! So you were in a bar and you lost all that kit, very careless. Three valleys? (note spelling) Take a word of advice from someone who has been skiing longer than you have been alive. Never leave a pair outside a bar anywhere in the world. Always split them and Alpe (if you can be bothered to learn a bit about it) is shedloads better than Val d'Isere. Val plus Tignes? That's a good area. Trois Valleys? If you can afford to go there you can afford to lose skis, wallet, helmet and your phone. My mum would have called you careless! Don't expect this to be published but couldn't resist it. Honestly, some people!
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March 15, 2017
Paul from United Kingdom
Spent 5 nights last weekend in Alpe d'Huez. Skiing is average to poor. Top lifts either drop you over into what starts as a black, and is called the longest black in the Alps, when it's really a green traverse for the majority of it. Then it's a slow two man to get back over. Doesn't compare to Three Valless, Espace Killy, or the big Austrian resorts. Lifts too slow, runs too short in between, plus in 5 nights we had a set of skis stolen from a lunch place, a phone, a wallet, goggles and helmet from an 'apres' bar. First ever in 18 years to experience these type of thefts. Will not visit this resort again.
March 28, 2016
Sheila Mackay from United Kingdom
This super resort is spoilt only by a grossly inadequate bus service, particularly at night. The town is built on a steep hillside so although distances aren't great the gradient is. The regular bus services finish around 6.30pm so if anyone would like to go up into town to patronise the great bars and restaurants during the evening this excursion is a major consideration and not really worth the effort of the climb which is exacerbated by the senseless dumping of the snow cleared from the road onto the steepest part of the path making it almost vertical. The fact that empty buses, with their lights off, ascend and descend the hill but refuse to pick up passengers stood at bus stops is ludicrous beyond belief; the word 'service' is a joke. I can only recommend this resort to those who do not wish to partake in any night-life, an integral part of most ski holidays. Even the morning bus services are too infrequent with one arriving at the pistes for 9am, sometimes full and again, doesn't always stop, and the following bus is not until 10am which can, on occasion be full as well. If these services were improved it would make this otherwise great little resort, superb.
January 05, 2016
Ricardo from United Kingdom
We have spent the last 4 Christmas breaks at Alpe d'Huez and this year we decided would be our last. The first year was great with lots going on and it was busy over Christmas with lots of snow. Last year was bad as far as snow goes but this year was dire. I know the resort has no control over the snow but they do have control over the prices they charge, especially the lift passes. With so little snow and so few lifts open they still charge the full price for the lift passes and don't tell you if there are any discounts. This is a rip off. This year there was little atmosphere in the town at Christmas it was dead. I found the prices to be high. Bars on the mountain were charging 6 Euros for a small bottle of Pepsi or coke. This is a rip off too. The people, in general, I found to be unfriendly and the big annoying thing is the dog shit all over the town. They need to get owners to pick up their dog's mess or get someone to do it. My daughter is going back next week with the school but after this we will not be going back.
December 07, 2015
stuart adamson from France
Once again I find myself writing regarding some of the reviews made. One from Jan 2015 makes the comment of Alpe d'Huez'Terrible resort' as he wrecked his skis here. But it's not the resort's fault we had the poorest falls of snow in recent memory. I also wondered what the conditions were like in other resorts at the same week, so I asked my friends in Espace Killy, Serre Chevalier and Courchevel and guess what? They all said the same. The other unfair comment was that the reviewer though the slopes were infested with beginners who should not have been on the Deuxieme Troncon. Whatever happened to freedom of movement ? Last comment: if you can see a stone avoid it. If you haven't got the skill to avoid it, you shouldn't have been on that slope!
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November 26, 2015
Jeremy from United Kingdom
I skied in Alpe d'Huez in early February 2015 for the third time.
The day we arrived the snow was a bit thin but then it snowed overnight and conditions were much better. Later in the week it snowed and snowed again and we had fantastic powder conditions. Heaven!
This is a great resort. Good variety of runs for all standards of skiers, opportunities to ski to other resorts for lunch, good restaurants and bars, lifts not too busy.
Big party of us returning in January hoping for more of the same.
March 04, 2015
Phil 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.