The Alpe d’Huez is a ski resort that is located in 4000 to 10,000 feet above sea level. It is part of a mountainous green pasture that is situated in the Central French Western Alps. This is in the Huez commune, and is a part of the Grande Rousses massif. On a sunny and clear day, over one fifth of the country can be viewed from this point. The resort is accessible by Route 1091 from Grenoble.
This resort is commonly used as a stopping location during the Tour de France, and it was used twice during the race in 2013. With over 300 days of sunshine every year, Alpe d’Huez is the ideal year round vacation destination.
The Alpe d’Huez has been occupied for a long time, ever since the Middle Ages. It was originally a village with about 80 homes, a cemetery, a parish church and a castle. The residents of the village worked in the local silver mine for the Dauphin. This mine is the only one in Europe that is known to have been preserved in its entirety. This makes it a very unique local attraction for both residents and visitors.
Alpe d’Huez is the largest resort in the area, and it is triangular in shape. The resort sits on a sloping plateau. Accommodations are in the quarters or series of sections including:
The Quartier des Vieil Alpe on the west
The Quartier des Bergers on the east
The Quartier des Jeux in the center
Visitors who are traveling to the resort on their own can reach the resort by air, rail, self drive or coach. Traveling by plane is the most common choice, and there are several charter and budget airlines that fly to Grenoble. From Grenoble, you can expect up to a 2 ½ hour transport to the resort. Other airports close to the resort are in Lyon and Chambery.
The Alpe d’Huez is the ideal destination for your next ski vacation. After one visit, you will be eager to begin planning your next vacation to the resort.