Oisans has 4 skiing areas, each quite different to the other both in terms of size and the skiing on offer.
Alpe d’Huez grand domaine ski
The Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski covers Alpe d’Huez and 5 resorts and villages that have kept the charm of traditional mountain villages, namely Auris-en-Oisans, La Garde-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas and Le Freney d’Oisans.
It’s a huge playground, totalling a surface area of 10,000 ha. In addition to the 250 km of downhill skiing runs, it offers numerous snowshoeing and cross-country trails: 35 km of snowshoeing trails, 20 ski lifts accessible to pedestrians and 55 km of cross-country skiing (both classic and skate skiing) in 6 loops.
Other highlights include Le Pic Blanc (3300m) with its view over one-fifth of France, awarded 3 stars in the Michelin guide, and the Sarenne run. Opened in 1976, this 16 km run from Le Pic Blanc down to the Gorges de Sarennes (1510 m is one of the longest in the world. It is also the starting point of many off-piste runs.
- Alpe d’Huez
- Villard Reculas
- Oz en Oisans
Les 2 Alpes
Les 2 Alpes is one of the highest skiing areas, featuring the Glacier de la Lauze at an altitude of 3600m. Its longest run takes you down 2300 m to the village of Mont de Lans at 1300m!
With natural snow guaranteed by the glacier (3600 m), Les 2 Alpes skiing area is a ski lovers’ paradise spread over 410 ha of marked runs.
This international resort is also popular for its snow park (in both winter and summer), which is one of the best in France and a worldwide reference, with its well-designed areas, theme zones according to the skier’s level and a well thought out decor for a new experience in freestyle snowboarding and skiing.
The villages of Mont de Lans and Venosc have ski lift links to the resort.
La Grave – La Meije
La Grave is a skiing area… that isn’t really a skiing area.
Despite the two short groomed runs on the glacier, everyone’s attention is focused on the 1001 off-piste adventures on offer.
No luxury accommodation, but rather comfortable hotels.
No huge holiday centre, but a family-run chalet and a few gites. No plethora of cable cars spoiling the scenery, but just the Téléphériques des Glaciers de la Meije and a few ski lifts.
No shopping mall, but rather traditional shops.
Instead of the large Oisans resorts, some people prefer a smaller, family-oriented skiing area, more affordable and human-sized, such as Col d’Ornon!
Whatever the season, Col d’Ornon offers visitors a full range of outdoor activities just one hour from Grenoble, with one of the more unusual activities being the vast orienteering area, featuring a number of varied, marked courses.
The cross-country skiing centre rents out all the equipment necessary to enjoy the 21 km of varied trails through alder forests and clearings, with the trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing.
The 7 waymarked snowshoeing trails are perfect for exploring the forest at your own pace or for joining up with the downhill and cross-country skiing site whilst admiring the surrounding Oisans mountains.