Welcome to Alpe d'Huez
Alpe d'Huez is a thriving year-round resort, just as busy in summer as in winter. The main town sits at 1869m above sea level, at the centre of the Oisans region in the French Alps. At its highest point, the resort reaches up to 3300m on the Pic Blanc glacier which you have access to in both winter and summer. Its reputation for having the most days of sunshine on the ski slopes in a year has given rise to its nickname 'l'Isle du Soleil' or The Island of the Sun.
Alpe d’Huez forms part of the fabulous Grand Domaine ski area which combines the resorts of Alpe d’Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas into one giant, heavenly playground. The resort has something for every level and ability of skier or snowboarder, including great snowparks, and has been awarded the 'Famille Plus' label by the French Tourism organisation as being particularly suitable for family holidays.
In the summer months, Alpe d'Huez transforms into a haven for cyclists drawn to the area because of the famous 21 hairpin bends which regularly feature as a challenging stage on the Tour de France. Hikers and mountain bikers can also take advantage of the lifts running in July and August. Whatever the season, Alpe d'Huez a great place to come as this veritable playground for lovers of all things outdoors remains fairly well-priced compared to other ski resorts.
Latest news, reviews & events in Alpe d'Huez
Find out all about what is happening in Allpe d'Huez and how to make the most of your time here. The latest news, reviews of fun activities, current events and the trendiest restaurants, as well as interviews with leading locals, insider's guides and our top choices for things to do, see and experience in the valley. Plus, during the winter season, our famous snow reports and dump alerts all in the same place.
Alpe d'Huez hosts a wide range of events throughout the year. In the winter, you can expect motor racing on ice, comedy festivals, ski races and various live music gigs. During the summer months, the focus turns to cycling with the Tour de France usually passing through town. The Megavalanche, a mass-start mountain bike race that draws thousands of MTB fans from around the world, takes place in July.
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What to see & do in Alpe d'Huez
There is a multitude of activities on offer in Alpe d'Huez other than skiing and snowboarding. These include walking, climbing, rafting, horse riding. However, it is the mountain biking and road cycling for which the region is most renowned. The area also has a number of more leisurely pursuits including forested trails, markets and a number of spa facilities.
The views from the top of the Pic Blanc, at 3300m, are truly breathtaking – on a clear day, you can see Mont Blanc, Les Deux Alpes and even the mighty Mont Ventoux. At the top of the DMC lift is the Grotte de Glace, an ice cave decorated with sculptures. There are also several museums in the area showcasing the local heritage and culture.