If Alpe d'Huez, as the hub of the Grandes Rousses Massif, can get somewhat crowded, some of the best skiing can be
found on the pistes running down to the satellite mountain villages of the domain.
Auris en Oisans
All visitors to the domain should make sure they take the (scare) chairlift to Auris en Oisans on at least one occasion.
This lift drops almost vertically down the valley before climbing up the other side at an equally steep angle through the trees. On the return journey it's possible to get back on the chair at the bottom of the valley which is a way back to the resort for those having just come down the Sarrene black piste.
There are a good number of red and blue runs to ski on this mountain as well as a green.
The west facing pistes on this side of the resort hold up better in warm conditions than the
the rest of the area with less ice in the mornings.
Villard Reculas is accessible from the Signal 2115 station and includes some very enjoyable intermediate runs such as the blue Petite Prince and the Souveraine and Villard reds.
The steeper top section of Villard is quite often a mogul field but this can be bypassed using the Chemin du Patre blue. At the base of these runs, next to the TSD, La Bergerie mountain restaurant is an excellent place for a refreshment break.
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