If you’re yearning for a family skiing holiday that combines sun and snow, Alpe d’Huez is a commendable choice.
It’s nicknamed ‘L’Isle au Soleil’ because it enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine per annum, while an impressive 1860m resort altitude and prime proximity to the Pic Blanc mean it’s blessed by plentiful fresh powder.
There’s 250km of lift-linked pistes here, two huge beginners areas and an amazing array of blue, red and black runs for intermediate and advanced skiers, plus plenty of off-slope entertainment for kids and ambient apres-ski for adults. Finally, for extra peace of mind, this is an accredited ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ resort, which means it’s officially recognised as family-friendly.
Not convinced yet? You will be after reading these five reasons Alpe d’Huez is fab for families!
- Palais de Sports
Have your kids got so much excess energy that they won’t burn it off during a day on the pistes? If they visit the Palais de Sport there are more than enough amazing activities to keep them satisfied. There’s a children’s swimming pool, climbing for kids aged 8+, mini-golf course, ball pool, and ice rink. Purchase a Premium card for cheaper entry to the complex and discounts on activities elsewhere in the resort like the cinema and library.
- Luge 4 Saisons sur Rail
This thrilling two-seater luge on rails is popular with kids and adults alike ̶ the exciting course includes as many terrific twists and turns as you can handle and (if you dare look anywhere except straight ahead) the Alpine scenery you’re racing through is jaw-dropping. If you’re having an afternoon away from the pistes, spending some time at this legendary luge is recommended.
- Grotte de Glace
You can access the Grotte de Glace (Ice Cave) via the DMC gondola and it’s definitely worth the journey. This man-made cave is carved anew each year by village artisans and featured dozens of stunning sculptures intricately carved from solid ice ̶ for a touch of Alpine magic in Alpe d’Huez, it’s hard to beat!
Want an authentic taste of Alpine life? A family husky dog sledding trip definitely fits the bill. Hurtling along while strapped to a sledge a few inches off the ground is great fun and you get to see the skilled musher in action as well as the delightfully dynamic dogs. For an activity to treasure for years to come, this takes some beating.
- Ski holiday packages
Rather than organise each component of your Alpe d’Huez ski holiday yourself, let a holiday agency do the hard work for you ̶ this is often the most convenient option for busy families. There are lots to choose from, but book with ski specialist NUCO Travel and benefit from their years of experience organising everything from your accommodation to ski passes and lessons in one simple bundle.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons Alpe d’Huez should be first choice for your next family ski holiday ̶ bon voyage!