The Best Freeride Routes in Alpe d'Huez

Detailed freeride guides to kickoff your adventures in the French Alps.





Snow, sun, adventure: this popular ski resort in the French Alps has it all. Known for having the most days of sunshine on the slopes in a year, Alpe d’Huez is nicknamed ‘l'isle de Soleil’ or The Island of the Sun. Sitting at a mighty 1869m above sea level, and encompassing the Sarenne glacier at the high point of Pic Blanc, there’s reliable snow coverage and the season is long, spanning from early December to late April.

Being the 5th largest ski area in France, not only is there an impressive amount of slopes to suit every level, but there’s also a wide and ever growing variety of freeride routes.



Fleur Couloir

A classic steep colour, for expert skiers only and with tricky route-finding

Epaule de La Fare

A great companion route to La Fare Canyon, sharing the same approach

Les Perrins South Face

A slightly easier entry to the Perrins bowl, via a lovely short couloir, but still through serious terrain

263 Couloir

A fantastic off piste adventure, in serious terrain

Combe du Bras

A beautiful, sunny route away from the crowds, but be aware of the avalanche risk.

Tunnel (exit)

One of the steepest and most exciting pistes you will find anywhere in the World!