The area is well-known for its long runs, some of them several kilometres long, and it is possible to ski for extended periods without having to get on a ski lift.
La Sarenne is Europe's longest piste at 16 kilometres.
With a total of 111 marked runs, the ski area has something for all levels of skier. There are 17 black runs, some of them very demanding, including Le Tunnel, a horizontal passage cut through the rock face that leads to one of steepest descents in the French Alps down a 35° slope. There are two beginners areas lower down the mountain, as well as 34 green runs and 31 blues served by lifts directly accessible from the resort.
For the youngest skiers, there are four themed pistes where children can have fun while learning to ski.
Snowboarders, freestylers and other more experienced skiers looking for a challenge, can enjoy the snowpark which is divided into two sections - a discovery zone (blue/red level) and an expert zone (black level). The snowpark evolves over the winter to allow riders to progress and improve safely.
The Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine ski area has one of the largest and most varied off-piste areas in the French Alps. With over 70 itineraries, ski tourers and lovers of big slopes and powder snow will find plenty to keep them amused.
For more exploring and fun on skis, the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine ski area is linked to six village resorts hidden amongst the pine forests:
- La Garde
- Le Freney
Alpe d'Huez has an international reputation as an alpine skiing destination, and is also a delight for cross-country skiers thanks to its Nordic ski area at the foot of the Grandes Rousses. 50 kilometres of pistes are open for skating or alternative disciplines and are suitable for families and sporty types alike.