The main resort of Alpe d’Huez is situated at 1860m of altitude and is often called “L’île au soleil” (which means “Island of sun”) because of its south facing exposure which provides great amount of sunshine all year round. Take a look at our fantastic Alpe d’Huez properties for sale.
Alpe d’Huez is located in the French department of Isère. The domain is actually called “Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski” and is composed of several resorts and villages. Among those there are Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Villard-Reculas, Vaujany and Alpe d’Huez. The main resort is Alpe d’Huez, situated at 1860m of altitude, it is often called “L’île au soleil” (which means “Island of sun”) because of its South facing exposure which provides great amount of sunshine all year round. It is a very lively resort particularly thanks to its sports and convention centre.
Each of the other resorts/villages has its little something, and they all keep a traditional spirit. They are also all fitted to welcome families as the resort carries the “Family Plus” rating.
Ski-wise, beginners will have plenty to do on the lower part of the resort where most of the green and blue runs lie as well as the beginners’ areas. Intermediates and experts will find the real fun further up especially towards the Pic Blanc where some serious black runs start as well as some sensational off-piste. The “Tunnel” is probably one of the most challenging black run ever; it is very steep and icy and goes through an actual tunnel. Another black run worth mentioning is the “Sarenne” which is the longest black run in the Alps with 16km. However even though the beginning is quite harsh, it gets easier going down. What is really challenged here is the endurance. As for the red runs most of them are on the periphery of the main area that is Alpe d’Huez, towards the sectors of Vaujany, Villard-Reculas and Auris-en Oisans. Finally the ski area offers two snowparks, one smaller for beginners and another one for confirmed freestylers.
If you are a non-skier or would like to try out other things then you won’t be disappointed! There is paragliding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and many more activities if you go to the sports centre!
During the summer, the resort will keep you busy as well with outdoors sport activities, water sports or sightseeing and discovery of the surroundings.
To get to Alpe d’Huez it will take about 8h30 by car from Calais if you take the motorway. In winter make sure you are equipped to drive in the snow. The nearest airport and train station are in Grenoble which is a little more than an hour away.
Alpe d’Huez organizes events throughout the year some of them are much anticipated such as the “Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez” which is a film festival or the “Sarenne Snow Bike”. In the summer a big part of the major events is bike related. But there are also concerts, and other events and shows organised for tourists and locals.
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