Overall a good holiday. In a rather low snowfall season in the Alps apart from some Italian resorts Alpe D'Huez fared better than other French resorts that most go to. 28cms snowfall with no wind on Monday afternoon/evening made for great skiing on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday 2cms, Friday 1cms but with high winds closing higher lifts with the best ski terrain was not so good but the lower valleys Auris En Oisans, Villard Reculas provided some shelter. The off piste down from top of Signal De L'Homme dropping onto the lower part of Sarenne was very good. 5cms on Saturday with the winds finally clearing made for a great afternoon finish as the upper lifts had been closed for 2.5 days finally got go ski the Le Tunnel run the only proper black run and the top of the Sarenne and the good bowl skiing around the Glacier chair. The off piste cutting right off Cristaux black run is particularly good with a valley finish onto the lower part of the Sarenne. You do have to take your skis off to cross the stream as the snow bridge across gets washed away only 2cms to 4cms deep water so not an issue. This is why the lower part of Sarenne is officially closed but most ski it to avoid downloading on Marmotte 3 ski lift. Snow base was 60cms on lower and 180cms on arrival but a better 80cms on lower and 200cms on departure. As far as Cub Med accommodation is concerned a rather dated decor in places as in most French hotels so those expecting modern decor will be disappointed. 8 floor massive hotel pretty much ski in ski out set high above the main resort town a 25 minutes walk down to or 10 minutes bus that did not seem that frequent ( make sure you get the Citreon bus not Fraise bus unless you want to end up in Huez 1500!). Rooms are spacious with cruise ship style toilet and compact shower. One large double bed and single. TV with BBC1, BBC2, BBC World News and Cbbies as far as English channels are concerned. Poor internet speed throughout the hotel even in reception costs 20 euros for a week just about does internet surfing and apps but forget trying to watch video or internet TV online. The pool is 15m x 15m good to swim but very 1980s, gym is small with limited equipment and changing rooms are small cramped and very dated 1970s a tad dirty. The corridors to the rooms do have a stale smoking smell on all floors but it is France a pro smoking country to be expected. The evening entertainment is ok but can be a bit bizarre at times. Nightclub in basement is best on Tuesday and Friday. Free drinks are good saves some cash. Champagne and label wines or double shots are chargeable. I just stayed on small beer anyways so not an issue. Ski lessons are good. Level 4 is just bombing around with minimal instruction. I preferred level 3 that still did off piste powder snow but with instruction and excercises to improve ski level. Would recommend Makato a Japansese instructor. Some bad points about lessons were that people regularly turned up late keeping the group waiting to start and the French ski school needed to be more strict grading ski levels as some wanted to ski with friends even though they were a lever level. In my group we had 6 who should have been level 2 but by Wednesday the group went down to 5 or 6 from 12 which was much better. Makato kept telling them level 2 stays on piste but level 3 does both mainly off to improve technique/experience. It does not have enough slopes to keep experts happy only 250kms, upper lifts are wind prone and close too frequently a wide open south facing sunny bowl. When Glacier chair and Pic Blanc cable car shuts it limits terrain significantly. More famous for the Tour De France Alpine bike climb with its numerous hairpin bend climbs to the resort. Food was very good in a massive food hall with plenty of choice. The whole hotel could do with a modern decor update the downstairs reception and eating area is ok, ski room acceptable with good locks you could use the locking pin with your suitcase lock, good to have ski service and rental inside ski room though boot dryers were not always turned on where mine were so I used my boot dryer in my room. My week there was an Israeli invasion with 350, 200 or so French and 5 Brits. I got a private transfer in a Mercedes estate taxi car as the coaches with the large Israeli group left so that was a faster 1 hour 15 transfer as opposed to the return coach that was 1 hour 45. 2.5 days of excellent skiing in powder snow and 3.5 days of wind prone closing high ski terrain but ski instructors were able to find some good areas to ski. Kids were remarkable well behaved and tended to eat separately in the Marmotte dining area or with parents in main eating area. I had expected out of control kids running around everywhere but this was not the case.No complaints just a honest account of my holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the meeting point of the six valleys of the Oisans, the resort of Alpe-d'Huez stretches out surrounded by the former alpine pastures of a mountain village. Dominating this suntrap spot and well placed on its sunny slope, this Club Med Village invites guests to launch out and revel in the thrill of the longest black run in Europe, while those who prefer to take it easy enjoy the panoramic view. Parents and children share the joy of new sensations as they zigzag around the skating rink. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Club Med l `Alpe d`Huez La Sarenne Hotel l`Alpe-d`Huez
- L'alpe-D'huez Club Med
- Club Med L 'Alpe D'Huez La Sarenne France/Rhone-Alpes