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Alpe d’Huez (1,860-3330m) is a sizeable, modern resort known for its sunny, extensive terrain and spectacular views across the Southern Alps. The efficient lift system whisks skiers up to the vast, high-altitude area of the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domain Ski (250km) with its wide choice of varied runs, well-suited to all levels.
Alpe d’Huez is one of the liveliest resorts in the French Alps, but is divided into separate quarters, so you can often find yourself far away from the centre (Avenue des Jeux). A good tip is to stay in the prettier, more rustic village of Vaujany, which is linked to Alpe d’Huez by chairlift. Families are particularly fond of Alpe d’Huez for its friendly, laid-back atmosphere and wide choice of accommodation – apartments, chalets, hotels and B&Bs.
The ski area is comprised of five ski resorts and two traditional mountain villages: Alpe d’Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, La Garde, Le Freney d’Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas.
Projected Opening Ski Season: 12/06/2012
Projected Closing Ski Season: 04/26/2013
Projected Days Open: 140
Days Open Last Year: 140
Average Snowfall: 122"
Pros: Great skiing and easy access from Grenoble
Cons: Expensive resort, not too family friendly
Pros: The black runs at the top are epic
Cons: Maybe queues for lifts, though that's not a prohibitive problem
Pros: plenty of runs to take you away from crowds if you so wish
Cons: can be a bit busy round main lifts
Pros: Fantastic for families
Cons: Can understand why teenagers think its a little tame!
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