Looking south from Alpe d'huez, Auris is the area that you can see when you look out across the resort towards Les Deux Alpes. Skiing in Auris offers good intermediate skiing with its network of 15 lifts and 22kms of ski runs (see the piste maps).
Although access to Auris is possible via the Sarenne, most skiers go via the Alp Auris express which sets off close to the Marmotte lift in Les Bergers. This four-seat high-speed chair appears to go nowhere exciting but its flat start is misleading. Locally known as the ”Scare Chair”, after a couple of hundred metres, it drops like a stone into the Sarenne Gorge and mounts the other side to the Auris domain.
On the first face is a challenging red known as Fontfroid, and there is huge amounts of off piste on either side of the pisted runs. Turning left at the top of the chair and continuing along the ridge will bring you to the Col de Cluy, a superb black. At the bottom of this you rejoins the flat part of the Sarenne and the return to the top is made by using the only available chair.
Once back at the top, turning right and following the available contours to the skiers left, brings one around to the small satellite village of Auris. At the end of the access path a right turn will bring you to the Foret de Maronne chair and a very attractive tree lined bblue/red piste. Before dropping into Auris proper, black run enthusiasts might like to try the only black in this area - La Fuma. However, be warned, it's a typical Alpe d'Huez black (ie. steep!)
The south facing run into Auris is a very gentle blue and the Auris area has only a couple of chairs serving tree lined reds and blues with the odd green thrown in. Where Auris scores is that even at the height of the season queues are a rarity. Indeed this is true of Alpe d' Huez as a whole and long waits are more often due to lift closures in inclement weather than volume of skiers. Returns to Alpe d'Huez are made via the Auris Express, or the Chalvet chair from the Sarenne Gorge to the Mine de L'Herpie, dropping skiers back to the Les Bergers area.
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