Events in Alpe d'Huez
There are loads of events in Alpe d'Huez organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth a gander. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Alpe d'Huez events in resort and don't forget to check out our calender for the latest updates.
Air Festival, Alpe d'Huez
Flying festival, August
The Dauphine Flying Club take to the skies above Alp d’Huez in a number of classic and modern aircraft to demonstrate mountain flying. This two day festival is a chance for people to try out micro lights, watch air displays and pretend to be “Maverick” in flight simulators.
Alpe 21, Alpe d'Huez
Pedestrian climb of the 21 bends, August
Seen it on TV and fancy doing it yourself? Well now is your chance with the "Alpe 21" amateur competition - a timed pedestrian climb of the 21 bends up to Alpe d’Huez. This meeting gathers more than 500 hikers and runners and also includes a 1,2 mile race just for children on the Avenue des Jeux in the very heart of the resort.
Alpe d'Huzes - Dutch Bike challenge
Dutchies on Bikes raising money for charity
For the eighth year in a row in 2013, a great number of Dutch cyclists will climb 6 times up the famous road between Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez.
Andros Trophy, Alpe d'Huez
Ice Driving competition, December
France's most prestigious ice-racing series stages its third race of the season at the French ski resort of Alpe d'Huez. The Andros Trophy has been running since 1990 and attracts the world’s best drivers and car manufacturers. A glamorous and spectacular event, it consists of further races in mountain resorts namely: Val Thorens, Andorra, Isola 2000, Lans en Vercors, Serre Chevalier with a grand finale pitting the leaders against each other in the Stade de France, Paris.
Christmas, Alpe d'Huez
Celebrate a white Christams in Chamonix, 25th December
Wondering what to do this Christmas in Alpe d'Huez? The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion.
Comic Book Festival, Alpe d'Huez
Comic weekend, April
The world of comics comes to Alpe d'Huez - history, adventure, comedy are some of the themes represented. For both adults and children.
Duathlon & Triathlon, Alpe d'Huez
Annual triathlon, July
The annual duathlon and triathlon contest puts competitors through their paces as they push themselves to the limits across the varied and high-altutide terrain of Alpe d'Huez. There are 5 events, held over the week, offering a number of different races for varying abilities - there is even a kids mini-triathlon! Races take part between the two neighbouring resorts of Alpe d'Huez and Vaujany.
European Gay Ski Week, Alpe d'Huez
Gay friendly week, March
European Gay Ski Week returns to Alpe d'Huez for each year in what never fails to be a great event! There are cocktail parties, masquerade parties, pool parties and more as well as the SnowGaymes - an international gay and lesbian ski and snowboard contest. Some of Europes most famous gay party organisers (for example: Salvation, La Demence, Jungle) are brought onboard to ensure that each European Gay Ski Week is the best ever!
Fete de la Musique, Alpe d'Huez
National celebration of music, 21st June
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Alpe d'Huez Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.
International Comedy Film Festival, Alpe d'Huez
Comedy Film Festival, January
The International Comedy Film Festival returns to Alpe d'Huez each year with a selection of 8 full-length comedy films and 10 unpublished short films for your viewing pleasure... A unique event in France this festival is one of a kind - and it's free! Arrive early to bag your seat; the films are introduced by members of the cast and crew and this is a very popular event. Many of the films will be in French (some may have English subtitles) but all the films are screened in their original language, so American or English films will be shown with French subtitles.
International Equestrian Event, Alpe d'Huez
Horse riding event, June
The Horse Endurance Committee of Rhone Alpes organises an annual international race in the Oisans region- 75 miles in 4 laps across varying terrain. Starting from Bourg d’Oisans, the trail passes along the Vénéon valley, over the dikes and the forest paths until the village of Venosc, then to Allemont in the Eau d’Olle valley, and progressively runs up to the village of Oz-en-Oisans and Alpe d’Huez where the horses will arrive on the gallop trail of the high-altitude Horse Riding Training Centre. A phenominal test of stamina for both horse and rider - expect to see a heaving flank or two!
International Ice Hockey Tournement, Alpe d'Huez
Ice Hockey competition, August
The Alpe d’Huez Yetis invite Ice Hockey players from Canada, Russia, Switzerland, America, Italy and the Czech Republic to the ice rink for a festival to promote friendship and fair play. The teams will take to the ice for a tournament and to the bars and for parties and shows.
La Marmotte Cycling Race, Alpe d'Huez
Road bike event, July
La Marmotte is a race for truly passionate cyclists who come from all over Europe to take part in one, or all, of the 10 exceptional cycling challenges that are held throughout France over the summer. Open to all, "La Marmotte" stage is the 8th in the series and is also one of the most difficult. With 16,400ft difference in height, 110 miles over fabulous passes; the Croix de Fer, the Telegraph, the Galibier, the Lautaret and then the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez....it's not for the faint hearted!!
Megavalanche, Alpe d'Huez
Mountain bike competition, July
Alpe d’Huez is a mecca for mountain bikers and the UCC Mégavalanche is now one of the many mountain biking events of the Grandes Rousses summer season, let alone being the longest downhill race in the world!
New Year's Eve, Alpe d'Huez
Celebrate NYE in Alpe d'Huez, 31st December
Wondering what to do this New Year in Alpe d'Huez? All the bars hold their own parties, restaurants often lay on a special menu and perhaps some entertainment. Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration!
Sarenne Snow Bike, Alpe d'Huez
Glacier downhill biking event, April
This unique downhill mountain biking event in Alpe d'Huez offers a downhill mountain bike race on the snow covered Sarenne.
The Sarenne Snow Bike event is a non-timed downhill mountain bike descent on the mythical Sarenne, with a descent of 16 kilometers and almost 2000 vertical meters.
Ski Dance & Delirious, Alpe d'Huez
Ski & Dance Festival, February
A chance to learn some new moves with Ski Dance & Delirious – a week of salsa, hip hop, Cuban, modern jazz, Bachata, Lambazouk, Ragga Jam, yoga, kizomba, zouk, reggeaton and lots more things that we’ve never heard of but sound like great fun!
Free and open to all: 1 lesson a day, every morning at the Sports Centre.
Supermoto Championships, Alpe d'Huez
Motorbike competition, Early August
The French Championships make a noisy arrival in Alpe d’Huez. A high altitude track, located on the Eclose, with a terrain ensuring spectacular jumps and speeds. One for the petrol-heads.
Tour de France, Alpe d'Huez
Biggest cycle race in Europe, July
Every summer France is gripped by the biggest and best cycle race in Europe - Le Tour de France, the year Le Tour is celebrating it's 100th year so the event will be bigger than ever.