L'Alpe-d'Huez Travel Guide

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L'Alpe-d'Huez Things to Do

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    by bluedook Written Mar 20, 2006

    The mountain has many great views especially from the top. The skiing from the top is mainly black runs but you can go up and down in the gondola. Well worth the trip. Only negative is no restaurant / cafe at the top

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    by bluedook Written Mar 5, 2006

    Good skiing across the levels. Lots of wide green runs at the bottom with more difficult runs at the top. 16 km black run from top to near the bottom. This was closed when we were there dur to lack of snow for four days and avalanche risks for the last two. Depsite having little snow for the first few days and then snowing for the last two the snow making keeps the mountain open in the lean times. We went at half term and during the French holiday but queuing was not a major problem. Unless you are a good skier do NOT try the tunnel a very tricky black.

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    by 43beckos Written Mar 5, 2006

    At the second grand rousse gondola station, there is an amazing complex of ice carvings housed in a huge igloo. It is showing on the piste map as " Grotte De Glace".

    The exhibits change here every year, and whilst the sculptures are not the most amazing things i have ever seen, the fact that they are in an igloo complex makes the whole thing kind of special.

    Be aware that the Grotte de glace is at the 2700m stattion, so it can be pretty cold up there. On the day we went, the weather was closing in ( see picture ), and the wind and the snow made the ski back not very pleasent. There is a 3.6km blue run called Coleour, or a 3.1km red run called chamois down from here to the 2100 gondola from where you can ski green right back to town, or if this is not an option, you can get the gondola straight back down again.

    Worth a visit for the novelty value.

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L'Alpe-d'Huez Restaurants

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    by bluedook Updated Mar 5, 2006

    Heavy snow in the morning made us decide to have a relaxaed lunch. This was recommended in one of the guide books. The food is typically French with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The goats cheese starter was superb and the fish main course was also excellent.

    Favorite Dish: Goat's cheese starter
    Fish main course

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    An intimate little table for 6

    by 43beckos Written Mar 5, 2006

    A lovely intimate French restaurant where the local dish raclette is a speciality.

    Nice food, nice atmosphere and a waiter with a sense of humour.

    Oh yes and a mean bottle of Cotes du Rhone

    Favorite Dish: Can recommend the King Prawns, and the duck with blueberry sauce.

    And the Creme Brulee is to die for !!!!

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L'Alpe-d'Huez What to Pack

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    by 43beckos Updated Jun 24, 2007

    Luggage and bags: Keep them light, chances are you will have to lug them uo a snow covered driveway to get to your accomodation.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are staying in a catered chalet whilst skiing, make sure you take some slippers with you to change into in the boot room, as most chalets have a rule that you cannot walk around in outdoor shoes or boots to avoid melting snow from being walked around the chalet. Also if you are thinking of going swimming, you willl need to take Speedo type trunks. ( see not on main page).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No problems, plenty of availability in the village, expensive though.

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L'Alpe-d'Huez Sports & Outdoors

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    by 43beckos Written Mar 5, 2006

    Alp Du Huez is the ideal Ski Resort, especially if you are travelling in a party of mixed ability skiers. All of the runs to the resort are green runs, which even a beginner will be able to ski after 2-3 days in ski school. There are plenty of challenging blues and reds for intermediates and for the adrenalin junkies, the resort has plenty of scary blacks, including those on the Pic Blanc Glacier. If you have done the whole ski school thing before and want to improve on your techniques, then this is the place to take private lessons, as a 1 hour private lesson for up to 2 people comes in at only 37 euros, and you will learn far more in that hour than you have ever learned at a ski school. Do be aware that this resort gets very busy at the end of February and begining of March as the British, Belgium and French school half terms coincide, but the your lift pass covers you for such a hugh area, that you can always find a less busy run to practice your skills.

    Equipment: Plenty of places to hire your equipment, but make sure you bring along plenty of ski socks, gloves, etc etc, as this is not a cheap place to forget anyting. Alp Du Huez is reached by a road that has 21 hairpin bends on it, so you can imagine the prices the shops charge.

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    by 43beckos Updated Mar 5, 2006

    Favorite thing: Not really my favourite thing just a bit of advice

    Most chalet staff have Wednesdays off, which means that all of the guests are ooking for restaurants on that night, so it is advisable to book your table for wednesday evening well in advance.

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