Getting to know the Alpe d’HuezThe Alpe d’Huez is in the mountain range of Les Grandes Rousses, in the département of Isère. The resort gets a lot of sun, so much so that it is called the "Island in the Sun". It is one of the largest groups of ski slopes in Europe. “Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski”, comprises 250 km of ski slopes (including a 16 km “black” level ski run), 10 000 hectares in all, of which 800 are suitable for skiing, a difference in altitude of 2223 m and over 80 ski lifts of different sorts, (chair lifts, cables cars etc.). The site is a skiers’ paradise, but it is also very popular in summer for walkers, mountain bikers and touring cyclists. The resort is internationally famous for being one of the regular highlights of the Tour de France cycling race.
Sports and Congress CentreDo you want to play French bowls, go to keep fit classes, dive into a pool, do water aerobics, ...? Then go to the Alpe d'Huez Sports and Congress Centre, where many sports and leisure activities are on offer. Archery, crossbow, climbing, basketball, badminton, futsal, squash, table tennis… the list of activities is long, and there are things to suit all ages and tastes.
Huez and Oisans MuseumInstalled in a former hotel of the resort, the Huez and Oisans Museum, which has the quality label “Musée de France”, is a showcase for the arts and popular traditions of the area, and presents a history of life in the high mountains. The museum takes you on a journey through time, into the daily lives of the inhabitants of Oisans. You will be able to discover the rites, beliefs, economic and social aspects, everyday objects of life in the region, etc. The museum, which houses ethnological and archaeological collections, is linked to the mediaeval archaeological site of Brande en Oisans, a 12th to 14th century silver mining village.
Skating rinkWhether you are a beginner or an expert skater, the Alpe d’Huez outside skating rink offers figure skating lessons for 3 year olds through to adults. For the most experienced, there is even a section for competitions and a space for preparing and presenting galas.
The resort seen from aboveIf you enjoy extreme sensations and aerial sports, welcome to the Alpe d’Huez. Beginners can learn and old hands can improve their skills at mountain flying in aircraft, paraglider, ULM, helicopter or Speed riding (a combination of ski and paragliding) at one of the many specialised schools and clubs.
Motorised sportsYou can use your holidays to try the various motorised sports. In the Alpe d'Huez, you can take really useful short courses in driving on ice, or try an ice buggy or a snowmobile on a short trip or for a long drive.
Something completely differentThe resort offers some really different activities such as night skiing on certified, floodlit slalom slopes, or outings with sled dogs. There is also an open air swimming pool in the centre of the resort (as well as the covered pool at the Sports and Congress Centre).
MusicThe association Notre Dame des Neiges offers an outstanding programme of classical music. Music lovers can enjoy recitals or concerts of soloists and larger choirs and orchestras.
ShoppingThe Alpe d'Huez has plenty of shops for your purchases of regional products and souvenirs. Don’t forget to go to the Marché du Vieil Alpe market where you will enjoy all the flavours and colours of the region.
BuildingsIf you like fine buildings, don’t miss the Notre Dame des Neiges church, which is famous for its architecture, its organ, which is unique in the world, in the shape of a hand stretched to heaven, and its 13 stained glass windows portraying the Gospel of Mark.
FestivalEach year, in January, the Alpe d’Huez hosts the International Festival of Comic Films. You can watch the national previews of a selection of short and full length films and see many cinema celebrities.
InformationFor all information about places, times and activities, click on alpedhuez.com