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What's on in Alpe d'Huez April 2019

It's the final few weeks of the season but there’s still plenty of things to do

Featured in: | Rob Wood, Alpe d'Huez Reporter | Published
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As another memorable season starts to draw to a close, the days get longer and warmer and there is no better place to be than in Alpe d’Huez. This April, we have the added bonus of Easter as well.

Here’s our guide to all that April has to offer. You can see a full break down of events happening in resort on our events calendar.

Sarenne Snowbike - 27th April

The popularity of fat bikes is fast on the increase and there is no better way to test your downhill mountain biking skills than entering the legendary Sarenne Snowbike MTB race. Not just any old MTB race, this one takes you down the slopes of the legendary Sarenne black run from the top of the Pic Blanc at 3300m all the way down to the old mountain village of Huez. This 16km test of skill and nerve is a spectacle either as a competitor or as a spectator and sees the riders drop a total of over 2000m. Previous editions have seen the riders start on snow and finish on lush green mountain glades but this year looks like being a true snow-bike challenge, with snow cover likely all the way down to the bottom of the Sarenne Gorge in Huez. There are plenty of shops in resort that hire MTB, cross-country and fat bikes so there is no excuse not to enter, simply choose your steed!

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Comic Book Festival – 12th-14th April

Alpe d’Huez hosts its annual version of Comic-Con at the leisure centre with a two-day festival dedicated to the world the comic book genre. Ideal for kids young and old. Although mainly in French, a growing percentage of the content is in English. Entrance is free as well – KAPOW!!!

French BBQ Championships - 20th-21st April

Yes, believe it or not, this is a real championship – finally something I have a chance of winning at! With wall to wall sunshine almost guaranteed by mid-April, BBQ week has been a long-standing event on the end of season calendar in resort but this year the stakes have been raised (or should that be steaks). This isn’t your average BBQ, this is the French National BBQ Championships and it’s truly mouthwatering. Masterclasses and demonstrations take place across Alpe d'Huez and virtually every bar in town enters into the spirit, filling the whole resort with the wonderful aromas of top-notch BBQs. What better way to spend a few hours in the glorious spring sunshine?

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Mudialito Futsal - 20th-21st April

Hosted at the Palais des Sports et des Congres (the leisure centre), this top-quality five-a-side football tournament regularly features legends from the French Ligue One giants of Lyon, Marseille and St Etienne to name but a few. Played in a world-cup format and featuring many ex-pros, the quality is always top-end – don’t let some of the players veteran status put you off, the games can often be quite spicy. This year, 16 nations will battle out over two days, with the tournament culminating in the World Cup Final on Sunday evening. Now in its 18th year, entrance is free and it’s a great event to catch when you are in resort. Futsal is slightly different from normal five-a-side football in that the ball is a size smaller, a size four, and it’s 30% less bouncy. The pitch has boundary lines like traditional football, taking out the reliance on the walls and giving the game a real skill-based edge.

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Closing parties

Part of every season's end is the closing parties that accompany it. Basically, the principle is to drink the bar dry and give this incredible season a fitting send-off. Up on the hill, the closing party at La Folie Douce is never to be missed, whilst in resort ever-popular haunts such as Smithy's Tavern, The Underground Bar, Freeride Pub and O’Sharkeys will host great parties from mid-April onwards.

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The usual array of events around resort carries on right up to the closing of the lifts on Saturday, April 27th. These include guided tours to the Pic Blanc, curling sessions at the ice rink, classical music concerts at the church and guided tours of the museum, providing some great entertainment away from the slopes.

Events in Alpe d'Huez