10 Unmissable Ski Descents at the Legendary Alpe d'Huez

The "crème de la crème" of Alpe d'Huez's many fabulous ski runs, these are lines that any skier would covet.

Freeride Skiing Moderate, Difficult, Severe, Extreme

Beautiful Late Afternoon Light across Alpe d'Huez.
Beautiful Late Afternoon Light across Alpe d'Huez. Photo: Nessim Azar


Alpe d'Huez is a justly famous ski town, surrounded by some of France's highest and wildest mountains. Even the road to Alpe d'Huez is legendary and with 21 steep hairpin bends, it remains one of the most feared climbs for modern day competitors in the Tour de France.

The skiing in Alpe d'Huez is as exciting as it is varied, with everything from mellow groomers to exciting, steep couloirs. These 10 routes show off that variety and encompass some cruisy pistes (including Europe's longest groomed run), freeride lines of all types and difficulties, and even a ski journey through a tunnel!

It has been known for skiers to get through this list in a weekend but if you're really ambitious, you could try and do them in a single amazing (and exhausting!) day.

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