Sunday, March 11, 2018

Last Day Skiing Photos in Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski

Our last day of winter sports holiday last winter (January 2017) was spent skiing and boarding the whole day in Alpe d' Huez Grand Domaine ski area.

Alpe d'Huez is a long way from Vaujany, the little commune where we were staying for the holiday.  Both places are located far from each other, at both ends of the skiing territory. It would take me close to an hour to reach Alpe d'Huez by car from Vaujany, but with skiing, I can probably reach it quicker if I go fast and nonstop.

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This is the full ski map (click to make it bigger) which is approximately 250 kilometers of pistes.

Vaujany 1250 meters above sea level is located on the far left side and Alpe d' Huez 1860 meters is on the far right side.

It takes does take some time to ski from Vaujany to Alpe d' Huez. Of course, it depends on how fast you can go. What I love with skiing is that there is no need to rush, you can ski leisurely while enjoying the snow-capped mountain scenery.

So from Vaujany, we took the gondola lift to Alpette 2050 mountaintop, after which we took another gondola to ride to Domes Des Petites Rousses which is at 2800 meters elevation. From here we skied down to 2700 meters elevation, and then to 2100 meters elevation, and then down to Alpe d' Huez.

The cool thing about holidaying in a ski village that has access to a large skiing area is that skiing to a mountaintop range or nearby village resort is like going on a journey. The distance warrants that feeling of going on a little journey, enough to make the skiing holiday a novelty. It is definitely more enjoyable and fun.

There is variety as well, you can pick more than 1 or 2 destinations in a day. Very ideal for the advanced skiers and boarders who want to exploit some real piste mileage.

Dutchman and I would like to come back here in the near future. Perhaps stay again in Vaujany or one of the smaller ski resorts. We much prefer the tranquility of the smaller ski village resorts than the busy Alpe d'Huez.

So these are the photos we took on our last day skiing and boarding in Alpe d'Huez.

Alpe d' Huez village.

Marcel's Farm is a blue piste run dedicated to the kids, however, many adults ski on here because the slopes are wide and nice.

One of the main chairlifts in Alpe d'Huez.

 This is at 2,115 meters elevation above sea level.

 A very colourful take on winter sports =)

This is Marcel the cow, the official mascot of Alpe d'Huez. He's a very busy cow because everyone wants to pose with him, some even with their country flags.

I wanted to pose with Marcel the cow exclusively, but I never get the chance because he is never alone. When someone finishes having a picture or selfie with him, another one arrives. There was a queue actually. So I did not wait =)

Slalom run with cows and pigs, haha.

This guy is doing the cross-country skiing.

Teeners tend to have fun and dress up in mascot clothing.

Travel Period: January 2017
Destination: Alpe d'Huez, Isere (Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes), France

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All pictures were taken by a point and shoot pocket camera or a smartphone.

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