Villard is a small hamlet with its own small beginner’s area, connected to the main Alpe d'Huez ski area (see the piste maps).
Approaching it from above, you swoop down the fabulous Petit Prince blue run to a double button lift which takes you back to the summit of the Signal and Alpe d’Huez. If you continue beyond this button, you will find that the deceptively easy blue 'road' ends at a slightly steeper section which is classed red and blue - the same run has blue markers on one side and red on the other.
At the foot of this run you will find the Bergerie Café (a great place for hot chocolate and blueberry tarts!) and from here you can hop on the high speed four man chair - Le Villarais - which will also take you back to the top of Signal. It is possible to continue a little further down beyond the chair over a green run and if your holiday accommodation is situated in Villard, this is essential. Late season holiday makers may suffer a lack of snow here but much work and the provision of snow cannons has greatly reduced this problem.
One outstanding feature of the Villards' face is that it also includes a never-pisted black run called Foret and from the bottom of the Petit Prince drag, dropping down towards Villard is a red that defies belief...not only is it never pisted but it is one of the steepest reds in the resort. The face also has a huge amount of easily accessible off piste which is predominantly north west facing. Only at the very bottom of this area will you find the one thing that Alpe d'Huez lacks...trees. Return to Alpe d'Huez via the Villarais 4-man chair and ski down the Signal pistes.
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