Ski Club Med - Alpe D'Huez

Pippa Wilson on 12 December 2021
I was extremely privileged to be one of a few Travel Counsellors selected to experience the all inclusive Club Med resort in Alpe D’Huez in December 2021. For the weeks preceding the trip we really didn’t know if it would happen as Switzerland brought in quarantine for those entering the country which including those landing in Geneva and travelling to France. We considered flying to Lyon but eventually the quarantine requirement was dropped and our flight to Geneva went ahead.

We transferred up to resort on the Monday morning which took 2.5 hours and we knew the snow was going to be amazing as even the valleys were snow covered. As we climbed up towards the resort we negotiated the 21 bends made famour on the Tour de France cycle race. We pulled into the village and arrived at the spectacular Club Med resort.

The resort has been recently refurbished and extended – so previously was a 3* resort and now is a 4* or rather 4 trident resort (Club Med have their own internal rating system of tridents. It features over 400 bedrooms and suites; twins, doubles, interconnecting, family rooms – pretty much all configurations you could wish for.

There are two restaurants – Le Pic Blanc, with panoramic views of the slopes and the valley with an outdoor terrace, and the Les Alpages Gourmet Lounge – with an exclusive gourmet experience. We were able to experience this for ourselves on our second night. On checking in, I was given a wrist band which was apparently my room key, my ski locker key and everything I would need. On arrival in my room, which was a twin room on the seventh floor I was blown away by the amazing views. The rooms have everything you need and are very well laid out. USB points at desk and by bed, lights inside cupboards, twin basis and a bath! Oh a bath after skiing is the ultimate luxury!!

After unpacking and settling in, we went down to the depot to arrange our ski hire. I had my own boots and opted for some advanced level skis and once kitted out, placed them in my locker. I had my own locker with my own boot driers and helmet hooks etc – what a treat!. Club Med is a huge resort with amazing facilities so there is always either food being served, entertainment being shown and free flowing drinks from the bar. The dining room downstairs has an enormous buffer with a covid friendly one way system and there was so much choice of lovely quality food.

On the second night we ate at the speciality restaurant Les Alpages, where I shared a fabulous fondue with a colleague. Excellent food and service throughout. The complex is ski in ski out and it is so easy to ski the short way to the nearest chair lift from which you can access the whole resort. The snow conditions were incredible, probably the best I’ve ever experienced. We made the most of our 2 days skiing and covered most of the area – including Les Savannes, the longest black run in Europe at 16km. Skies were blue and the sun was shining yet the pistes were in pristine condition. There were no queues anywhere and nothing to stop us blasting across all corners of the resort.

We would ski back to Club Med for our lunch before heading back out again in the afternoon. The weather was lovely and warm and yet the snow was not slushy at all. After skiing we all enjoyed beers and cocktails on the terrace before getting ready for supper. We had time for a tour of the different room options so that we could advise clients accordingly. We were not able to go into the child care area due to child protection rules but I know that their care is second to none. They take children from 4 months old and it’s a great option for families with children.

Treated like royalty in a fabulous environment – it’s a ski holiday that I won’t forget in a hurry and I can thoroughly recommend to all – whatever your family make up. It ranks extremely highly as a quality and luxury ski holiday.