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Alpe d'Huez holidays are perfect for:


- 300 days of sunshine a year

- Beautiful cycling and hiking trails to pretty sites

- Hearty, tasty, down to earth dining in resort


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.


The Resort


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.

Head out by board… or by bike


Alpe d'Huez boasts one of the largest ski areas in the world, and occasionally the snow stays long enough to indulge in some summer skiing on the glaciers. With lots of varied terrain, the resort is popular with mountain bikers, too. If you don't have your own bike there are plenty of bike hire shops to equip you for a day of cycling. The Grande Domaine downhill track comes well recommended, with nine lifts, 250km of trails and a total of 35 tracks. Of the four black tracks on this route, the highest sits at 3300m and the lowest is 720m, making for a varied and exciting ride with plenty of breath-taking views. If you prefer something even more heart-racing, Alpe d'Huez is also equipped with paragliding courses or helicopter rides for a bird's eye view of the Alps. Summer is also the perfect time to go white water rafting in the Alps, with the mountainous rivers rushing throughout much of the season.


Fabulous facilities


Famed for its range of facilities, there are plenty of indoor activities in Alpe d'Huez to enjoy during a visit. The resort has spa facilities that allow you to relax and rejuvenate. With beauty treatments, hot tubs, swimming pools, massages and steam rooms available, there's plenty to allow you to enjoy your holiday. The town boasts shops for every taste, with everything from souvenirs to authentic local produce available. Delices des Alpes is the best shop for culinary goodies, and as well as the abundance of sports shops, there are plenty of jewellery, fashion, gift and beauty shops - head to Pharmacie des Bergers to sample beauty brands that aren't available in the UK. There are a number of gym and fitness facilities, as well as indoor climbing walls, badminton and football courts for those looking to stay active. And if the kids are bored of sports, there is a cinema and bowling, too.


Children's activities


There is an abundance of summer camps for children available in the resort. Let the energetic staff keep your little ones busy with horse riding, pottery, circus skills, ice skating and much more. Entry into many of the municipal swimming pools will be free with a lift pass, and you can spend the day at one of the Treetop Adventure Courses in the resort for monkeying adventures in the mountains for all ages


Day trips

 

If you fancy getting off the mountains for a day, Grenoble makes for a great day out. Just a 90-minute drive away, you can enjoy the culture of this centre of research. The Musée de Grenoble houses art from all the 20th century greats, and the building itself is an architectural beauty. Alternatively, head to the Fort de la Bastille for breath-taking views and a chance to immerse yourself in France's military past.

 

Burgers and beers


With more than 40 restaurants on offer in the resort, there is something to suit everyone's taste in Alpe d'Huez. From authentic French cuisine to Tex Mex or Italian food, no one will go hungry in this beautiful alpine spot! Le P'tit Creux is the best place for gourmet French cuisine. Prices typically start at around Eur48 for the adult menu and Eur11.50 for the children's, but the rustic atmosphere and quality of food is well worth the price. Stief's Steakhouse Café in Vaujany is perfect for those looking for a mighty burger. Famed for its classics, plus over 45 Belgian beers to choose from, this is the perfect place for a hearty meal. Burgers start at around Eur10 and the children's menu is Eur9, making this the place to get the most for your money.


Le zoo and L'igloo


Alpe d'Huez has a thriving nightlife with plenty of bars, clubs and pubs. There's regular themed nights, live music and great drinks offers, so rarely is there a shortage of things to do after a long day on the mountain. A popular choice is Le Zoo Music Bar. Located in the centre of town, this bar is well-loved for its feel-good vibe and live music sets. With a friendly atmosphere, drinks and plenty of local bands on show, this normally a fun night on offer for all. When the other bars close and you still want to party, head to L'Igloo Nightclub. Presenting DJs, cocktails, music, and even the occasional foam party, you're unlikely to forget a night here in a hurry.

 

Lifts


Over the summer months the lifts are typically open from around 8 or 9am and close around 5 - 6pm. Some lifts close briefly for lunch so be sure to plan your day carefully. There is a variety of different passes available to help you make the most of your stay in Alpe d'Huez. Mountain Biking passes can be bought online or at the resort and begin at Eur17 for the day up to Eur158 for the season. As well as this, passes for summer skiing, pedestrian access and summer sledging are available. One of the best is the Summer Premium pass, which allows access to all the facilities (tennis, swimming pools, museums, ice rinks and much more). Family discounts are available, too, to help you make the most of the resort at a reduced price.


Childcare and Family facilities


Alpe d'Huez is perfect for an active family holiday. There are plenty of family-friendly chalets on offer which are close to the pistes and offer various services from in house nannies and play rooms to special needs childcare. There are childcare services on offer for different age groups and interests. The majority of these are the summer camps, where children can pursue their interests with qualified professionals and others their own age. The Alpine Child Care service is also available, and matches families with qualified nannies to give you a break.


Parking


Parking in the summer is much easier than in the winter. Parking in the resort can be difficult at the height of the season so try to reserve a parking space to make sure you have a space ready. There is plenty of free parking in the resort though it is often time limited and uncovered. Visitors can also make use of the covered pay and display car parks, with prices starting from around Eur65 for the week.

 

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Perched in the picturesque Viel-Alpe neighborhood of Alpe d'Huez, this charming chalet-apartment boasts a balcony with magnificent views of the Alpine landscape, and shares the wellness area with sauna and jacuzzi of the neighboring Grande Etoile chalet.

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Chalet Grande Étoile blends traditional alpine charm with modern touches, featuring a south-facing balcony offering incredible views over the mountains and a rejuvenating spa area with a jacuzzi and a sauna shared with the neighbouring chalet Petite Étoile.

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8 bedroom chalet for 15 people. Ideally located on the ski slopes of the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine, the Chalet Edelweiss provides you with the perfect ski-in, ski-out accommodation. This property is the ideal chalet for a family holiday, with it's 8 bedrooms and bathrooms, living room with fireplace and sauna to relax your muscles. The location will be hard to beat; Chalet Edelweiss is ski-in, ski-out in a tranquil area of resort, just 500m from the centre.

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