Being a purpose built resort, Alpe D’huez fell victim to the architectural insipidness of the 60s and 70s and therefore errs on the unattractive side. However don’t let that put you off. Its less glamorous reputation means that it doesn’t come with the hiked up prices the more exclusive resorts of the French Alps are stuck with. And regardless of its aesthetics, the scenery is still stunning.
Alongside the plentiful gentle nursery slopes, there is a further 70km of beginner runs to master while you get a handle on the basics. There are plenty of steeper runs too which, although you might not want to venture to yourself, are perfect if you’re heading away with a mixed ability group.