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Snow & Slide Sports
Walking, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Off-Piste Skiing
Ice Climbing
Sport & Convention Centre
Skating Rink
Swimming Pools
Folie Gliss
Relaxation & Leisure
Aerial Sports
Motor Sports
Excursions by Tracked Vehicles
Night Sports
Cultural Discoveries

Snow & Slide Sports
You will have the choice beetween staying only in Grandes rousses or exploring the Grandes Alpes with the Grande Galaxie pass.

What is Grandes Alpes?
The ski areas of Grandes Rousses (including Alpe d’Huez, Vaujany, Oz-en-Oisans, Auris-en-Oisans and Villard-Reculas) and 2 Alpes (connected to La Grave) are now accessible with the same pass (6 days minimum). Each resort offers vacationers a 2-day opportunity to discover their ski area. On your holiday time, you can thus enjoy the Pic Blanc exceptional landscape (1/5 of French territory), as well as the scenery from Dome de la Lauze over Pic Bayle, Meije and Barre
des Ecrins. On Wednesday and Thursday, shuttle bus service Alpe d’Huez. Helicopters also service between Alpe d’Huez and 2 Alpes (inquiries at SAF Levage).

• 1220 ha marked pistes
• 133 ski lifts
1 funicular
7 cable cars
13 gondola lifts
47 chair lifts
60 ski tows
5 lifts and travelators
• 468 km of pistes
• 225 marked pistes:
66 green
76 blue
53 red
30 black
• 1 night skiing piste
• slide areas open to all levels (from beginners to experts): boarder-cross, half-pipe, big air, as well as numerous modules
• protected areas exclusively for beginners
• 999 snow machines for maximum coverage

About Grande Galaxie
With a pass valid for 6 days or longer, you are entitled to:
• 1 day free skiing at one of the following areas: Puy Saint Vincent, Serre Chevalier/Briancon, The Milky Way (in Italy).
• 2 days in the resort of Les 2 Alpes.

Visalp pass is a multiactivity pass, which entitles you to ski throughout the Grandes Rousses ski area, and provides you the following activities free of charge:
• cross-country skiing
• night-time skiing
• ice skating
• 2 heated swimming pools (indoor and open-air)
• activities available at the Sports and Convention
• Huez and Oisans Museum, etc.

Prices in £*

N.B. Photo required for Visalp pass valid for 3 days or more.

One Day Pass (prices in £*)


• Groups: 20 people, if ordered in advance.
• Children: over 5/under 16 years old.
• Senior: over 60.
• Families: entitled to a reduction of 50% on the 4th and subsequent passes purchased. Eligibility conditions: you must purchase at least 4 Visalp downhill skiing holiday passes of the same duration (minimum 5 days) and for the same period, not including free passes (for under 5’s and over 72’s). All must be for members of the same family: parents + children under 20. Proof must be provided (family record book, social security book, passports). The 50% reduction applies to the highest price.
• Regular visitors: on presentation of your 05/06 Visalp winter pass (5 days minimum) including photo, you will be entitled to a discount of 5%. This reduction does not apply to the half-price family pass or season passes.

Avoid the queues and make life easy for yourself with the 1-day and 10-day cards: magnetic cards containing respectively 1 and 10 adult lift pass obtainable at any time throughout the season.

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NB: these cards do not entitle the holder to make use of the Visalp services.

Insurance cover is available for rescue and aid on the slopes and reimbursement of unused ski passes and ski lessons costs in the event of an accident. For full details, enquire at our sales desks.

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Walking, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

With the winter walking pass, access to 30 km of waymarked and groomed footpath provided with lots of benches. Use the cable car runs to explore the highlights of the Grandes Rousses massif: Pic Blanc, gorges de Sarenne, lac Besson, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany, etc. And meet up with your skiing friends in a different mountain restaurant every day.

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Cross-Country Skiing
6 circuits (blue and red), 50 km of trails tracked for both the skating and diagonal stride styles provide varied skiing for all abilities.

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**Awaiting approval

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Monday to Friday: a regular programme of outings on the plateaux and crests.


Off-Piste Skiing
Prices in £* ... per guide, not per person.

Group skiing

We offer regular off-piste trips following one of the resort’s classic routes, introducing another dimension to your skiing.

Freeriding: ski and snowboard
Alpe d’Huez is in the heart of the Grandes Rousses ski area and has a large number of long ski routes. You can be sure of some off-the-beaten-track skiing in quiet location!

Ski the resorts
Les 2 Alpes, La Grave, Serre-Chevalier: all these resorts have a huge number of outstanding ski routes. Come and explore them with us!

Helicopter pick up
There are a number of landing areas enabling you to return from inaccessible valley bottoms and opening up a skiing playground as vast as it is wild.

Long-distance skiing
From Huez to Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves (2 days), to Chamonix (4 days) or to Tarentaise: days of phenomenal skiing, with a maximum of one hour a day walking.

Heliskiing in Italy
This is an outstanding place for off-piste skiing. Our Italian friends still use a helicopter landing area in a stunning setting, the Val Grisenche, for a breathtaking cocktail of heliskiing.

Ski touring
Beginners’ trips, 2-day trips, expeditions.


Ice Climbing

At the Alpe d’Huez site, huge choice of climbs.
One day for maximum 2 people £320*

At Via Ferrata
Half-day in the gorges de Sarenne:
Per person (min. 3 people) £65*

Guide private hire available.


Sport and Convention Centre
• Wide range of activities available: health, fitness (weight training, stretching, step, body
sculpt, bums and tums, elastiband, lia salsa, interval training, hip hop), weight lifting, indoor climbing, golf driving range, bike, roller hockey, speed ball, futsal, basket-ball, squash, tennis, table tennis, badminton, archery, crossbow, martial arts (karate, judo), indoor swimming-pool (aquagym).

• Tournaments: badminton, basketball, volleyball, handball, football, table tennis, ”3 raquettes” (tennis, table tennis and badminton), squash. Registration begins on Saturday.

• Business travel: 6 rooms seating from 20 to 461, with sub-committee rooms also available,
offering you a whole range of possibilities for organizing your seminars, conventions, trade fairs and congresses.

• Tennis lessons: private and group lessons, clinics and biomechanics workshops available.


Skating Rink
• Municipal outdoor ice rink
Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (non-stop except during events). Free admission with Visalp. Skates hire in addition (with or without Visalp).

• Curling
Outdoor rink. Booking advised.

•Ice skating centre
Leisure, competitions, or ice dancing for children over 3 and for adults (all levels). Private and/or group lessons, by appointment.


Swimming Pools
•Open-air heated swimming pool
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission with Visalp. Swimming shorts not permitted.
Swimming trunks available for hire.

•Indoor swimming pool
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Admission till 8 p.m. Free access with Visalp. Swimming shorts not permitted. Swimming trunks available for hire.


Folie Gliss
Every Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4.45 p.m., at Poutran ski lift, on Violette piste, discover Air Board, Snake Gliss, Be One and Snow Trikke.

1 one-way trip £2*
20 one-way trips £20*


Relaxation & Leisure

• Massage, sauna, whirlpool bath.
Open daily, appointment required.

• Well-being and sports massages.
Open daily, appointment required.

• Yoga Classes


Aerial Sports

Mountain and glacier flying school.Air excursions.

10 minutes from £20*
Under 12 Half-price
Minimum 2 people at full price by flight

Transfer Alpe d’Huez/Les 2 Alpes. Pleasure flights, first flights, photos, video, public transport to any destination. All aerial work.

First flights, initiation flights, flying school. Over 8. Flights daily, advance booking required.

Flight from £40*

Suitable for everyone over 3, up to 80 kg (12 st 8 lb). Daily from 3 to 7.30 p.m., in front of the Sports and Convention Centre.

10 minutes £5*

• Delta Evasion
Tandem flights and aerial events, in hang-gliding and paragliding.

• Ecole du Parapente Francais
Tandem flights in paragliding.

• Element'air
Tandem flights in paragliding.



• Open 7 days a week, all year round. Quad bike hire on a snow circuit. Prices for individuals:

6 minutes £8*
10 minutes £12*
15 minutes £16*
Group prices available from 8 people

• Quad bike tour of the resort accompanied by a guide:

20 minutes £25*
45 minutes £40*

On the Eclose circuit, where the Andros Trophy takes place. Open daily from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m. (depending on ice and temperature conditions); afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. (not if sunny weather).
• Beginners, advanced course, track rental, tyre testing.
• 1/2-hour private lesson with instructor:£50*
• Group lessons courses: 2,3 or 6 hours


• Circuit open
From 10.30 a.m to 4.30 p.m, accessible via the first section of the Grandes Rousses cable car or on skis.

10 minutes from £20*
Passager £5*

• Excursion only by reservation
Departures every hour from 5.30 to 10.30 p.m., trails must be supervised by guides.

Pilote £80*
Passager £20*
Child under 13 £15*

• Adventure Pack
Initiation on circuit (15 mn) + evening hike

Per person £100*


Excursions by Tracked Vehicle
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., come on a 90-minute trip to see frozen lakes and ice falls and to hear the stories that have left their marks on these places.

Adult £18.50*
Child £12.50*

Start: Pistes service, Grandes Rousses gondola lift.


Night Sports

On the Butte de l’Eclose slope, an illuminated fun area for sledding with family or friends. Sleds with brakes compulsory (not supplied).
Night-time opening on Tuesday and Thursday night, from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. Chairlift free with the Visalp pass.

Without Visalp pass
1 one-way trip £1.50*
5 one-ways trips £5*


The TPS Eutelsat Signal Slalom Stadium is an over 950 m long piste, with a vertical drop of 250m. Its lighting is as powerful as the floodlights of the Stade de France in Paris: you ski at night-time like in broad daylight. With 3 parallel ski tows, you can really make the most of your ski pass.This is also the venue for all kinds of activities, sporting events and international competitions. Open Tuesday, Thursday (times available from the points of sale). Free night-time skiing with a Visalp pass valid for 2 or more days.

Without the Visalp pass
Night-time ski pass £8.50*


Cultural Discoveries

In a 364 m2 space, a large choice of novels, documentaries, comic books, albums and magazines.

Browse documents on site or borrow on membership.

Opening times: Monday and Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7.p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Open daily except Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Museum admission fee: 2 ?. Free with the Visalp card and for children under 16. Guided tours: £1* (with or without Visalp).
• Reading room with collections on Huez and the Oisans region.
• Permanent audiovisual centre.
• “Magic of the Snow” trips for school groups: visit of the museum, return transport to 2700 m and visit of the ice cave.
• Events: every week, guided tours of the church of Notre-Dame des Neiges and of the museum
exibitions, and various events for children.

• Occasional exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, etc. throughout the season. For themes, dates and times details, see programme of events.
• Events arranged by artists from the region on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, from 2.30 p.m.

For adults and children: arts and crafts, pottery, silk painting, cross stitch…

Tournaments and casual games. From £2 to £4*.

Performances by the Alpe d'Huez theatre company. For themes, dates and times details, see programme of events.

The church of Notre-Dame des Neiges, inaugurated on 6 December 1969, is notable for its architecture, its organ in the shape of an outstretched hand and its 13 stained-glass windows. These are the work of the plastic artist Arcabas. Open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guided tours organised by the museum. On Tuesdays at 5.30 p.m.

Weekly classical music concert in the church Notre-Dame des Neiges on Thursdays at 6.15 p.m. (except Maundy Thursday, 8.30 p.m.). Free admission with Visalp.

Without Visalp pass
Adult admission £12*
Reduced price £6*

• Le Megarama
1 screen, 300 seats, wide screen, Dolby digital sound. Times and prices available locally, recorded message.

• Le Palais
2 halls, digital sound, shows at 5.30/6 p.m. and 9 p.m. prices available locally, recorded message.

Situated at 2,700 m and accessable via the Grandes Rousses DMC lift, this ice cave was dug into the snow by two high mountain guides, Bruno Gardent and Bernard Lambolez. Sculptors skilled in ice art change its appearance every year. Winter theme: La Fontaine’s fables.

Adult admission £4*
Child admission £3*

Access to 2,700 +admission to cave:

Adult £12.50*
Child £8*

• Panorama du Pic Blanc :
From the Pic Blanc, at 3,330 m the highest point in the Grandes Rousses massif, you have a fabulous
panorama, awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide. Access via the cable car:

Adult £13.50*
Child £7*

Access Pic Blanc + entree de la grotte/Access to Pic Blanc + admission to cave:

Adult £15.50*
Child £9.50*

• Panorama des Marmottes III :
Magnificent view over Chartreuse, Vercors, Belledonne, Ecrins, La Meije, Plateau d’Emparis, Aiguilles d’Arves, the whole Sarenne valley.

Reached via the funitel:

Adult £12.50*
Child £6.50*

• Visit the snow and fake snow factory
Visit one of the two automatic snow production units in Alpe d’Huez: the Plat des Marmottes unit, 2,300 m high up the mountain. This 4,000 KW York snowmaking system with two machine rooms is one of the most powerful in Europe. Visits every Thursday from 2 p.m.

•Visit the chair lifts
Get close to the machinery of Marmottes I + II + III. Explanations on how these appliances work and on inspection and maintenance operations designed to guarantee your safety.

Guided tour every Wednesday at 2 p.m, from Marmotte I.

Access Marmottes I + II + III + 1 guided visit £15*


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