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.
Alpe d’Huez Accommodation
The Castillan family has welcomed guests to the heart of the resort since 1955! Julien and his wife Stéphanie are the third generation of owners. They are proud to uphold their family’s traditions of hospitality. The 3-star hotel by the slopes enjoys magnificent views of the Massif de Oisans and the Alps and boasts a gym, steam room and sauna with massages available.