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A six-day lift pass in Alpe d’Huez includes a free day’s skiing in neighbouring Les Deux Alpes. There are buses twice a week to Les Deux-Alpes, but a great option is to go by helicopter (€65).
The resort itself is very spread out so you can often find yourself staying far away from the centre (Avenue des Jeux), but a good tip is to opt for accommodation in the prettier, more rustic village of Vaujany, which is linked to Alpe d’Huez by chairlift.
Alpe d’Huez certainly draws the crowds, so try to avoid major holiday periods. A good tip is to get an early start on Saturdays, taking advantage of change-over day and beat the weekend skiers. You can also save time on the mountain by downloading on Vaujany-Villette to take the big gondola up to l’Alpette.
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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With the Nordic Pass, it is now possible to ski at 83 different resorts in the Rhone Alpes with a single card at one reasonable price.More