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Much more than just a ski resort

The Alpe d'Huez is situated high in the French Alps in the south-east of France, not far from the pretty old village of Huez, which retains many features of a traditional French mountain village. Not only is the Alpe d'Huez a superb ski resort, but it is also an idyllic place to spend a summer, as the resort benefits from a beautiful mountain location overlooking the Sarenne Valley and the Ecrins National Park Mountain Range. Whether summer or winter, you will find that the resort is family friendly and packed with activities for all ages and energy levels!


In winter the Alpe d'Huez provides truly exceptional facilities for snow lovers, with superb skiing and snowboarding for all levels of ability. Children too are well catered for, with clubs and ski schools taking them from tiny tot beginners through to teens doing races and freestyle stunts! There is floodlit skiing three nights per week too, for those who simply can't get enough in daylight hours.

Away from the slopes…

If you can tear yourself away, you will find lots of other activities too. There is ice skating, a heated outdoor swimming pool (which is useable in winter!), a sports centre with squash, table tennis, aqua aerobics, a climbing wall, and a gym. Après ski is excellent too, with a great choice of bars and restaurants, as well as a couple of nightclubs for the young or the young at heart.


Once the snow has melted you will find a host of new ways to enjoy this lovely mountain. Apart from the beautiful Alpine scenery and glorious fresh air there are a myriad of activities on offer here that will prevent boredom from ever setting in, no matter how young you may be! Walking, cycling, (emulate your heroes in the Tour de France and try the infamous climb up the mountain for yourself… or alternatively take up a vantage point when the race passes and just watch!), archery, tennis… take your pick. If you are feeling adventurous you could try the mountain sports of canyoning (swimming, jumping, and climbing along a river at the bottom of a dramatic canyon), white water rafting, hydrospeed or canoeing. A gentler way to enjoy water sports can be found on the lake, where there is windsurfing, sailing and pedalo boating available.

A special gastronomy

Whatever the season, after all the activity and good mountain air you will have worked up an appetite for some of the regional specialities on offer at the excellent restaurants in the Alpe d'Huez. Try tasting the delicious hand made pasta known as 'crozets', treat yourself to 'farcis', which are vegetable balls cooked in stock, or indulge yourself with the rich delights of 'ganfles' (creamed ravioli stuffed with cheese) or the ultimate potato dish, Gratin Dauphinoise, a divinely creamy concoction of potatoes cooked with cheese and cream. When you have eaten your fill you can wash it all down with a glass of the local after dinner drink known as Genepi.

How to get there

The easiest way to reach Alpe d'Huez is to fly to Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble or Lyon airports with a variety of airlines from destinations in the UK, then to take a connecting bus to the resort. It is also possible to travel by rail, taking Eurostar to Paris and then a TGV to Geneva or Grenoble.

Property prices and availability in and around Alpe-d'Huez

There's no way around it, property in the Alpine resorts is never going to be the cheapest property in France. The further you go from the major resorts the more reasonable the property prices, and this also usually applies to property on the lower parts of the mountains too, as these are less popular for skiers. There is an upside to the high property prices, however, as in a popular resort such as this there is an excellent rental potential, and property tends to hold its value well, thus proving a good investment despite the higher purchase price.

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Alpe d'Huez AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Alpe d'Huez?

Alpe d'Huez is found in south-eastern France, in the south-east of the department of Isère, close to Isère's borders with the departments of Savoie and Hautes-Alpes.

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Population: 1,700

Access: By air: Fly into Geneva, Lyon, Chambery or Grenoble airports.By rail: Take Eurostar to Paris, then a TGV to Grenoble.

Economy: Tourism and leisure.

Interesting fact: Alpe d'Huez is also known as the Dutch mountain as this stage of the Tour de France was won by a Dutchman eight out of the first fourteen times it was included in the Tour. It is also a very popular place for the Dutch fans to congregate.


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