Poissons guide to Alpe D'Huez

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Situated in the Southern French Alps it is fairly close to Grenoble and Chambery airports with a moderate transfer time of a couple of hours.


This resort is really suitable for all levels of skiing. The mountains form a large bowl immediately above the town with lots of gentle green runs, so beginners have a wide variety of options, and can feel part of the action as they are starting off from the same location as more experienced skiers. There are two main departure points - one at the top end of the town which is based around the bottom of the DMC gondola and one at Les Bergers, with the Marmottes gondola and also a link chair over to the mountains on the right of the resort. For the more experienced skiers the DMC takes you up to the bottom of the Pic Blanc cable car - which will lift you up to over 3000 meters and a variety of black runs down from the top including the famous Sarenne gorge run - 16 km from top to bottom.


  • Le Lac Blanc: Situated just above the DMC bottom lift, this is a friendly restaurant which provides good basic skiing food at a reasonable price. It has had the added advantage over the last 2 years for those who speak little French of having an English waiter. It also happens to be the meeting place for Masterski, who are an English ski instruction outfit - we haven't used them so I have no personal experience, but they are well recommended as far as I hear. Would strongly recommend here (as testified by the fact that we ate here 5 out of 6 days!)
  • Le Taburle: Also situated at the Rond Point des pistes i.e. the bottom of the DMC. A bit more upmarket (expensive?) than Lac Blanc but does good crepes and these are available all days (unfortunately they only come out after 2pm at the Lac Blanc, One other disadvantage - the toilets are franchised out to a separate concern (an elderly Frenchman) so you need to pay to use them even if you are eating in the restaurant.
  • Le Perce Neige: Found on the Poutrans piste - which is the red run down from the middle DMC station to Oz. Old style French mountain restaurant - v good food and great atmosphere - obviously not easily reached if you aren't skiing but would recommend as a good place for a meal on the slopes.
  • Le Roi Ladre: This is a small pizzeria in Alpe D'Huez - situated in the old quarter. It isn't very big, but it does very nice pizzas either to eat in or take away. We used it for the evening that our chalet host was off - it was within walking distance of our chalet, so we ordered a few pizzas and then carried them back to the chalet to eat.



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