Welcome to Alpe d'Huez Independent

This independent website contains useful information to help those planning a skiing or boarding holiday in the French Alps ski resort of Alpe d'Huez.

Founded in 1936 and located high in the Oisans Alpes at 1869 metres above sea level, Alpe d'Huez is the central resort of the Grandes Rousses Massif domain. It links the traditional mountain villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Villard Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and La Garde.

Grandes Rousses Ski Area

The domain covers an area of 10,000 hectares which includes 250km of linked pistes extending over an altitude range of 2,200m. The top station, Pic Blanc (3330m) in the Alpe d'Huez area, offers breathtaking views of the Alps including Mont Blanc, Mont Cervin and the Meije. On a clear day a fifth of France can be seen from this point.

Alpe d'Huez 1860 Alpe d'Huez is known as "L'ile au Soleil" (Island of the Sun) as most slopes face south.

The national meteorological office supports this claim with an average of 300 sunshine days a year consisting of up to 7 1/2 per day in December and 11 in April.

The latest information on the ski domain can be found by following this Alpe d'Huez winter season 2017/2018 link.

Summer in Alpe d'Huez

For most years since 1976, Alpe d'Huez has hosted a stage finish in the Tour de France. The famous climb up to the resort covers 14km over an average gradient of 8%. The route consists of 21 hairpin bends, each marked with a plaque commemorating former winners of the stage.

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