Auris en Oisans
Why Auris en Oisans Ski Resort?
- Part of a massive snow-sure ski area
- Ideal small and friendly resort for families and those seeking a peaceful base
- 80% of the residences give easy and direct access to slopes
- Sunny resort
Auris Resort Information
Auris en Oisans, featured as one of the '15 of the best ski adventures around the world' by Escapism, is located on the edge of the Ecrins National Park at 1600m. From Auris there is a spectacular panoramic view of la Meije mountain range and the national “Parc des Ecrins” peaks.
The modern resort of Auris has guaranteed season-long skiing being lift linked to Alpe d’Huez and the rest of the Grand Domaine. The link to Alpe d’Huez via chairlift takes 10 minutes from Auris, so its easily accessible.
All Auris accommodation is close to shops and restaurants. The animation after skiing is one of Auris's qualities fun rubber rings, family challenges, night skiing... all activities offered are suited for children and parents.
Auris-en-Oisans can be reached in under 90 minutes from Grenoble Airport, under 2 hours from Lyon Airport and 2hrs 30 mins from Geneva.
Peak Retreats features brand new 4* self-catered apartments in Auris en Oisans. Located close to the resort centre and offering fantastic facilities, Les Balcons d'Aurea provides the ideal location for an Auris en Oisans ski holiday.
AURIS EN OISANS SKI AREA
Part of the massive and snow-sure Grand Domaine/Alpe d'Huez ski area, Auris offers world-class skiing (250km of pistes).
From the summit of Pic Blanc ski area it offers at 3300m unique perspectives of the surrounding mountains to Italy and the Massif Central.
The local area is comprised of 45kms of piste and 12 lifts, linking easily with the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine offering a huge 250kms. The Grand Domaine ski domain allows you to ski on 5 resorts: Auris en Oisans + Alpe d’Huez + Vaujany + Oz en Oisans + Villard reculas! The highest point is at 3330m high (Pic Blanc).
- For Alpe d'Huez, see details with our sister company Ski Collection
Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page (21/22):
Auris en Oisans local area
45km, 11 lifts (7 chairlift, 2 draglift, 2 carpet), 19 slopes:
Green slopes: 3
Blue slopes: 8
Red slopes: 4
Black slopes: 1
136 snow cannons
AURIS EN OISANS SKIING
AURIS EN OISANS BEGINNERS
The Auris local area is ideal for beginners and early intermediates. There is a secured beginners area and a number of green and blue slopes to progress on. In Alpe d’Huez you will find no less than 20 green slopes all spread along the mountainside. They are accessible straight from the Auris chairlift. It has quite an impressive area for beginners.
AURIS EN OISANS INTERMEDIATES
Within the Auris local area there are 8 red runs running down from 2176m. They offer some great views over Alpe d'Huez. There are plenty of intermediate runs towards Alpe d’Huez and in an area called Signal. The variety of intermediate slopes is quite vast and in good snow conditions the variety of runs is difficult to beat.
AURIS EN OISANS EXPERTS
Grand Domaine is also home to many black pistes towards Alpe d’Huez. There are quite a few blacks at Pic Blanc, the highest point at 3330m. Don’t leave without trying the longest black run in the Alps – the Sarenne. It’s a whopping 16km in length. You can ski this run by moonlight with a guide for around €65.
Check out the panorama from Pic Blanc at 3330m, where it’s said you can see a 1/5th of France. Then gather your courage for the legendary “Tunnel” Black run before skiing between the rocky outcrops of the “Les Rousses” Red. Glide across the plateau of Alpette and the gentle Blue of “Chalets” before dropping onto the Black “La Fare”.
AURIS EN OISANS OFF-PISTE
Off-piste enthusiasts have an immense choice too, including a run with a vertical drop of 2600 metres. Over in Alpe d'Huez.
Auris en Oisans Ski Hire
Pre-book your Auris en Oisans ski hire with Peak Retreats.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6. Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.
Auris en Oisans Ski Passes
Pre-book your Auris (Alpe d'Huez) lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Other lift passes on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
If you wish to book only half day or a day pass, or perhaps a few days consecutive or non-consecutive (Peak Retreats usually only pre-book 6+ days passes), then these can be bought in resort at the lift pass office, in €'s. This may suit those who only ski a few times during the week or who only want to ski the immediate local area rather than the full area (there are usually various lift passes on offer that cover different parts of the ski area). Each resort usually has a beginner's pass too which covers a small area in which to learn, which may be all you need for a few days as a beginner (some areas are even free). Prices can be found on the tourist office website if you need a guide.
For the beginner's pass in Auris en Oisans, you can use the Col, Forêt and Piégut ski tows, together with Les Sures chairlift and the Les Bauchets conveyor belt.
Auris Ski School
Auris group ski school (pre-bookable)
Pre-book your Auris ESF group ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school
Group ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years, in Auris en Oisans, with Peak Retreats. 3-5 year olds will go into the Piou Piou lessons. Children can learn to snowboard from 9 years+.
For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays, the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts, English speaking instructors may not always be available - particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Auris en Oisans private lessons (not pre-bookable, book direct):
Individual tuition can only be purchased directly from the ESF ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these. Private lessons usually start from 2 years old and have no maximum age.
How to book:
You can book online with ESF Auris en Oisans or contact them by phone on 0033 4 76 80 15 25. It is advisable to book before you go and in good time as instructors get very busy, especially in Peak times.
Prices vary from resort to resort but are around €40-80 per 1 hour lesson for 1 or 2 people (the more people you have the cheaper it usually is so you can split the cost). Most resorts offer a choice of 1 hour, 1.5 hours or 2 hour lessons. These may be in the morning or afternoon and are usually at select times. If you only fancy just one private lesson, this is usually fine. Otherwise, you can book a course of private lessons over as many days (consecutive or non-consecutive) as you'd like. However, it is more cost-effective to book group lessons for the week (which we pre-book).
Auris en Oisans non-skiing childcare (not pre-bookable, book direct)
'Les Marmottes' creche and kids club
Children aged between 18 months and 3 years are welcome in the kids nursery, and for those aged between 3 and 12 years there is the kids club. You can choose the set up that suits you best – full day or half day, and if your children have ski lessons booked with the ESF one of our activity leaders can take them and pick them up. As the number of places are limited, it is advisable to book in advance
Open daily from 9am-5pm/6pm depending on week. Hot meals from Mon-Fri, no meal time care Sat/Sun.
Heath books needed.
How to book:
Please contact them direct for prices and to book. It is advisable to book before you go and in good time as spaces get filled quickly, especially in Peak times.
Auris en Oisans Resort Activities
Auris en Oisans Sledge Slope
The resort offers a free and secured "sledge" area in front of the SATA desks. Careful, sledging is under parent's responsibility and supervision. Helmets are recommended. Sledges are on sale and for rental in most shops of the resort.
Auris en Oisans Winter Walks
Switch off and enjoy the simple beauty of pale winter sunlight streaming through snow-laden branches on a winter walk through one of Europe’s highest spruce forests on a new marked trail in family-friendly Auris en Oisans. With or without snowshoes, walkers can take in the breath-taking views of the peaks and find footprints from animals. Follow Jacques le Bûcheron, the mascot of the trail to discover the secrets of Piégut forest.
Auris en Oisans Snowshoe Walks
Marc Liotard, mountain guide, with him you will discover mountains by snowshoe: crossing the highest Epiceas forest, join with the Cluy hamlet cut-off during winter or taste a génépi during a night hiking.
The outings program is available each week at the Tourist Office.
Equipment you should get:
-> hight mountain shoes, warm trousers/jumpers (like goretex or other), good glasses, suntan cream, gloves, hat, rucksack, flask and camera.
-> Snowshoes and sticks can be rented in the resort (see in shops).
Tel: 0033 4 76 80 79 27 or 0033 6 82 18 36 80
Auris en Oisans Ski Activities
Cross-country in Grand Domaine
The loop "La Rochette" (8km) is free access in Auris. Other fee-paying circuits are available with the connection to Alpe d’Huez (38 km of slopes).
Night Skiing in Auris en Oisans
Each Monday, the resort lighthens-up the slope (Les Bauchets) so that you can ski a few more hours... It is free if you have a 6 day pass. At this occasion, the Tourist Office team will offer you 2 activities:
- Family challenge (slalom, gifts to win) et
- Kids "slide down" with torches
Auris en Oisans Tourist Office
Auris en Oisans/Alpe d'Huez News and Events
Alpe d'Huez, over the next few years, is investing 350 million Euros into upgrading the ski resort and ski area, including working on a flagship project:
- The flagship project will be to build a gondola link between Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes, which will create one of the largest linked ski areas in the world (475km). It will be larger, currently, than Tignes-Val d'Isere and Paradiski. The cable car that will cross the valley is planned to take 18 minutes. Starting at 2200m in the area Signal de l’Homme, the cable car will cross the valley passing over Freney-d’Oisans to Mont-de-Lans in Les 2 Alpes
- 200 million euros will be spent on expanding the accommodation choice including 5* hotels and 4/5* apartments
- Roads will become pedestrianised with new underground parking
- 100 million Euros will be invested in existing lifts to make them faster and increase capacity
- Christmas Show 24th December 2021.
- Christmas Walks 25th December 2021 Surprise wanderings of Santa Claus and his acolytes.
- New Years Eve Show and Fireworks 31st December 2021.
- Animations Ludiques 11th December 2021-18th April 2022.
- Torchlight descent 5th January 2022.
- Ninja Warriors 6th January 2022.
- Yooner 11th December 2021-15th April 2022 Enjoy the Auris ski slopes on a Yonner, plenty of laughs guaranteed!
- Sledging Evenings 11th December 2021-15th April 2022.
- Moonlit Snowshoe Hike 18th December 2021-18th April 2022 Once a week, a hike at the end of the day is proposed to you to discover the paths in the particular atmosphere of the nightfall.
- Junior Disco 5th February The disco for kids: a fun time to be shared by young and old alike. "Dancing, fancy dress and a fun-filled atmosphere to round off the week."
- Torchlit Descent For Children 5th February 2022-6th March 2022 Children can also take part in the Auris Grand Show by opening the event with a torchlit descent, accompanied by ski instructors.
- Winter Mountain Photo Festival 13th February-17th February 2022.
- Astronomy Week 21st February-25th February 2022.
- Auris Carnival 1st March Musical entertainment is provided throughout the day on the snow front. Ski in fancy dress and the chamois will give a prize for the best costume. Make-up stands, etc.
Further details can be found on the tourist office website: www.auris-en-oisans.fr
Auris en Oisans Après-ski, Bars & Restaurants
More lively après ski at Alpe d’Huez.
You will find the restaurants in Auris are usually cheaper than in Alpe d'Huez.
Auris en Oisans Restaurants
On Auris's slopes
High altitude restaurant ‘L’Hermine’
High altitude restaurant a few steps away from FrontFroide slope, next to Alp’Auris ski lift and with sunny terraces.
In the resort
Caffé Lili propose you a cooking from Italian mountain. A non-stop service from lunch time until the evening.
It’s a renovated place, near from the slopes with a sunny terrace.
Tel: 0033 6 07 43 29 99 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beau Site
Restaurant, bar, lounge with chimney, sunny terraces with deck chairs, panoramic view on the Meije and the Ecrins massif, play area.
Tel: 0033 4 76 80 06 39
La Bucherie (new owners)
Restaurant-Bar with terrace and direct access to the slopes (access by ski)
Lunch snack and meal of the day. Open in the evening for local ‘savoyarde’ specialties.
Tel: 0033 6.07.05.77.87
Le Schuss Bar
Restaurant & bar: tapas, cocktails, crêpes, menus and menu ‘à la carte’, local specialities (fondues, raclettes…). Themed evenings. Périgorg products tasting. Sunny terrace with deck chairs, wifi access, geant screen (shows sport events). Place des Ecrins.
Tel: 0033 4 76 80 08 44 - email@example.com
The restaurant/bar/pizzeria’s team, welcomes you from 8am to 1am non-stop every day in a warm and friendly ambiance. Pizzas can be taken-out. Fondues, tartiflettes, sweet crêpes, meal of the day. Sunny terrace. Place des Orgières.
Tel: 0033 4 76 80 11 67
Raphaël and his team welcomes you all season: restaurant, bar, pizzeria, crêperie, local ‘savoyarde’ specialties, take-outs, menu ‘à la carte’, menu, half board. Place des Ecrins.
Tel: 0033 4 76 80 82 18 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hameau des Cours (5 minutes from the resort)
L’Auberge de la Forêt
Situated in the typical hamlet ‘Des Cours’ (5mins from the resort) in front of the Meije, it’s the eldest restaurant of Auris.
Tel: 0033 4 76 80 06 01
Restaurant-bar situated in the Clapier of Auris (on the road to Auris in the valley). A good place for a break before going-up to Auris.
Tel: 0033 4 76 11 01 34.
Folie Douce Alpe d'Huez (alongside Val d'Isere, Val Thorens and Meribel). La Folie Douce concept was created over 30 years ago by Luc Reversade and has become synonymous with apres ski across the French Alps. Each venue has a restaurant - La Fruitiere - which serves up great food but La Folie Douce is best known for putting on a massive party on the mountain. The new Folie Douce will open at the top of the Marmottes lift in Alpe d'Huez. www.lafoliedouce.com
Auris en Oisans Amenities
Auris is served by a range of amenities including: tabacco, press, gifts and souvenirs.
Mini-market 8am to 8pm.
Bread and pastries cooked onsite, local products, fruit and vegetables, charcuterie, cheese, organic products, take-outs, raclette and fondue machine rentals.
Grocer’s, bread, pastries, regional products, charcuterie and cheesses. Take-out pizza. Auris’s aperitif on sale.
Various sports shops
Self-service laundry - The resort has a self-service laundry on the ‘place des Ecrins’ next to the real-estate agency. Open 7 days a week, 24h/24.
Getting to Auris en Oisans, France
Distance from Calais to Oz en Oisans 566 miles (8hrs) A26 Reims, Dijon then A6 Maçon, Lyon then A432/A48 Grenoble, then take the D5/N91 in the direction of Les Deux Alpes then turn onto the D44 following signs for Auris.
Nearest station Grenoble (55k) +33 892 35 35 39. Direct link from Grenoble bus station to resort. Every day during winter Transaltitude buses (connections with TGV/TER) will allow you to go from Grenoble SNCF train station to Auris ski resort
Grenoble Saint-Georis is 95km from Auris en Oisans (1 hour)
Chambery is 116km from Oz (1 ½ hours)
Lyon Saint Exupéry is 145km from Auris en Oisans (2 hours)
Regular bus Lyon airport to Grenoble bus station.
Geneva Airport is 195km from Auris en Oisans (2 ¼ hours)
Turin Airport is 198km from Auris en Oisans (2 ½ hours)
Grenoble bus station 50 meters from the railway station and arrival station of the buses from the airports of Grenoble and Isere Lyon St Exupéry.
Bens Bus public bus transfers
Although Auris en Oisans is connected by pistes to Alpe d’Huez, it is accessed by a completely separate road which comes up from Bourg d’Oisans. Ben’s Bus only offers an airport shuttle to Bourg d’Oisans and from there you will need to make your own transport arrangements for the short journey up to Auris en Oisans. We therefore do not offer direct ski transfers to Auris en Oisans as such and you would need to select a transfer to Bourg d’Oisans on our online booking form. Prices to Bourg d’Oisans are £45pp Return & £25pp Single.
To get from Bourg to Auris, you can take a local taxi (best to prebook) or use the public bus service (www.vfd.fr)
Auris en Oisans Opening Dates
Auris en Oisans ski area is open: 11/12/21 - 15/04/22