Alpe d'Huez is offering an early-bird deal on annual passes: book before Nov. 17 and save up to €200 on the regular price.

Annual passes purchased before Nov. 17 are priced at €700 for an adult (13-64 years) and €525 for children (5-12 years) and senior citizens (65-74 years).

This pass is valid from Oct. 24, 2010 to Oct. 21, 2011. In addition to allowing access to Alpe d'Huez for one year, annual pass holders can enjoy 10 days of skiing at Les 2 Alpes, three days at Serre Chevalier, three days at Puy Saint Vincent, three days in the Italian Milky Way, and six days at Bormio.

The annual pass also gives admission to the resort's Visalp activities. These attractions include the ice skating rink, the covered and heated pool, night skiing, and more.

Alpe d'Huez has also implemented a hands-free system that detects guests' ski passes automatically, meaning there is no longer the need to show the pass before boarding the lifts.

Alpe d'Huez, nicknamed the island in the sun, benefits from exceptionally sunny weather thanks to its location on a south-facing plateau at 1860 metres. It has on average, 300 sunny days per year.

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