Built in 1936, Alpe d’Huez is also known as ‘the Island in the Sunshine’ due to the fact that the resort enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine. The village is at an altitude of 4757 feet (1,450 m) and is as famous for its summer activities including being a stage on the Tour de France as for its winter sports. Bordering on the Ecrins National Park, the resort offers a massive range of sports from world-class skiing to mountaineering and road and mountain biking.

This s a resort famed for its liveliness and for its wide range of activities both on and off the slopes.  The center is based around Avenue des Jeux, which is where you’ll find the swimming pool, sports center, and a selection of bars and restaurants. This area developed from the original village and you will find a couple of streets with a more traditional feel. Additionally, there are two satellite areas, Les Bergers and L’Eclose which both have their own lift connections and shops and restaurants. All the areas of the resort are connected by a shuttle bus service (free on your lift pass) and during the day there is a bucket lift running through the resort up to the main lifts. There are also a number of lower villages that are connected to the ski area including Huez, Vaujany, and Villard Reculas.

A junior skier stands in front of the Alpe D'Huez Ski Resort sign

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