European Ski Resorts A-Z

Alpe d'Huez, France

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Alpe d'Huez's altitude is decent and its snowfall is generous. However, many of its slopes face south or south-west and get the full force of the afternoon sun. This may not be a big deal early on in the season, but can become problematic with the approach of spring, when conditions alternate between ice and slush.


That said, there are some shadier runs above Vaujany and at Signal de l'Homme, and Alpe d'Huez's skiing (which includes a small glacier) does reach an impressive 3300m.


Overall, Alpe d'Huez does have a pretty good snow record, though you should ideally avoid visiting late in the season.

Alpe d'Huez has one of our:


* Top 10 snow-sure nursery slopes - Europe