Opened in 1936, Alpe d’Huez was one of the first commercial ski resorts in the world. Over the years, the resort has become known for its fantastic range of amenities, and it certainly makes the best of its location. The resort boasts a wide range of sports opportunities including mountain biking, impressive hiking trails, indoor and outdoor swimming, a summer luge run and so much more. With its impressive facilities, shops and restaurants, and its charming yet functional façade, Alpe d’Huez is one of the best resorts in France – whether you visit in summer or winter.
Located in the centre of the Oisans region in the Alps, Alpe d’Huez is the main destination in the Grandes Rousses Massif. This thriving resort lies at 1869m above sea level and is nicknamed ‘the island in the sun’ as it receives more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Alpe d’Huez is split into different sectors. The main sectors are Quartier des Vieil Alpe, Quartier des Bergers and Quartier des Jeux. The oldest and most picturesque sector, Quartier des Vieil Alpe, is perfect to immerse yourself in authentic French life with lots of family run restaurants to enjoy and many of the original buildings to admire. Since accommodation is mainly self-catered apartments, Quartier des Jeux and Quartier Bergers are the sectors to visit for a busier atmosphere as they boast plenty of bars, shops and restaurants.