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Best Pistes in Alpe d'Huez

Discover the best of the Alpe d'Huez pistes


The ski area is so vast it can be difficult to know where to start, so we have put together some of our favourite runs throughout the Alpe d'Huez ski area.

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Whether you're into moguls, steep and long descents or simply beautiful, quiet pistes with great snow, we hope that these suggestions will hit the spot.

The Sarenne

The Sarenne - Alpe d'Huez

Fearless intermediates can enjoy this really long black run from the top of Alpe d'Huez and there are two ways that you can approach this spectacular run:

The Sarenne - As it should be done
Access to the Sarenne is simply found by passing the Tunnel entrance and continuing as far as you can go. You, therefore, have to cope with the black piste that precedes the Tunnel which is not as daunting as its grading suggests. The Sarenne run then continues for an arguable 17 kilometres and is not really black in terms of difficulty. The run alternates between blue and affable red until it enters the Sarenne Gorge when it rather fizzles out into a 5k flat path. Where it distinguishes itself, is that the scenery is stunning, the run is undoubtedly long and you ski a non-stop vertical descent of nearly 2000 metres feeling that you are skiing in an undeveloped area of mountain (which you are!) The reason that the Sarenne is rated black is partly because there is a wide steep 'nearly' black section at the top but mostly because once a skier has started the run, it's not possible to turn back.
The Sarenne - Alternative
By taking the Marmotte III lift you can ski a couple chairlift served, very high altitude red and blue runs that liaise at the bottom with the Sarenne run and also miss out the black aspect of the Sarenne. There is no run back from the Marmotte III lift that will return you to Alpe d’Huez other than via the Sarenne.

The 8,000 Metre Challenge

The Vaujaniate piste

The "Chacun son Everest challenge" entails skiing the four 2,000 metre descents from the Pic Blanc, effectively skiing the height of Everest - 8,000 metres.

  • Pic Blanc (3330 m) - Piste du Tunnel – 2700 – Piste des Rousses – l’Alpette – Piste des Chalets – Montfrais – Piste de la Vaujaniate – La Villette (1295 m)
  • Pic Blanc (3330 m) –  Piste du Tunnel - 2700 - Piste des Chamois – 2100 – Piste de Poutran – Piste de l’Olmet - Oz en Oisans (1340 m)
  • Pic Blanc (3330 m) – Piste de la Sarenne - Gorges de Sarenne (1510 m)
  • Pic Blanc (3330 m) - Piste du Tunnel – 2700 - Piste des Rousses – l’Alpette –  Piste des Chalets – Piste de la Fare - L’Enversin d’Oz (1125 m)

Once you have completed the four descents, have your lift pass validated and donate €1 to the “A Chacun son Everest” children’s charity in exchange for a certificate.

Night Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

Night Skiing at Les Moulins

Alpe d’Huez is one of the few resorts that offers night skiing throughout the season and it is well worth giving it a try.

Every Thursday (and Tuesdays during French school holidays) from December through to March, the slopes on the Signal mountain are re-prepared at the end of the day and then opened again from 17:30 to 19:30pm (or 18:00 - 20:00 in Spring due to longer daytime lift operating hours). It's a red graded piste so suitable for intermediate to experienced skiers. There is also a slalom course available where you'll often see some of the local ski club kids being put through their paces. Night skiing is all included in your Grand Domaine ski pass or you can buy a one off ticket if you don't have the full ski pass.

Night skiing in Auris takes place on the Bauchets drag lift every Monday from 19:00 to 21:00.

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