Guidebook

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.

Description

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.

Combe du Bras
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Combe du Bras

Alpe d'Huez
535 m
37 °
35 m
2.2 km
A beautiful, sunny route away from the crowds, but be aware of the avalanche risk.
Difficult
Private
Côtes de Rivet
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Côtes de Rivet

Alpe d'Huez
815 m
39 °
0 m
2.9 km
An easy access and gentle off-piste route.
Moderate
Private
Tunnel (exit)

Tunnel (exit)

Alpe d'Huez
505 m
41 °
14 m
2.3 km
One of the steepest and most exciting pistes you will find anywhere in the World!
Difficult
Private
Les Cheminées de Mâcle
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Les Cheminées de Mâcle

Alpe d'Huez
316 m
51 °
20 m
0.8 km
One of the hardest off-pistes in Alpe d'Huez
Extreme
Private
Fleur Couloir
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Fleur Couloir

Alpe d'Huez
477 m
41 °
1 m
0.9 km
A classic steep colour, for expert skiers only and with tricky route-finding
Extreme
Private
Les Perrins North
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Les Perrins North

Alpe d'Huez
753 m
41 °
8 m
2.2 km
A fine but tricky route in serious terrain
Severe
Private
La Fare Canyon
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La Fare Canyon

Alpe d'Huez
946 m
38 °
13 m
4.3 km
A great off-piste adventure, but in serious terrain
Difficult
Private
263 Couloir
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263 Couloir

Alpe d'Huez
937 m
44 °
36 m
4.5 km
A fantastic off piste adventure, in serious terrain
Difficult
Private
Sarenne

Sarenne

Alpe d'Huez
8.2 km
1,685 m
30 °
A truly legendary piste!
Black (Expert)
Private
Villard

Villard

Alpe d'Huez
3.4 km
606 m
25 °
A cruisy, scenic piste.
Blue (Easy)
Private