Visiting l’Alpe d’Huez
Set up on the old Alpine pastures of the village of Huez nearly a century ago, the resort benefits from an ideal location which has earned it the nickname ‘the sun-kissed island’ in recognition of its wonderful sunshine, about 300 days a year according to the locals, a reputation happily confirmed by loyal visitors. Located only 60 km from Grenoble, l’Alpe d’Huez delights holidaymakers with its guaranteed snow on the high mountain plateau (at an altitude of 1860 m) thanks to a fleet of high-performance snow equipment.
From the top of the Pic Blanc glacier (3330 m), the third highest point in the Grandes Rousses Alpine range, the resort invites skiers to enjoy the numerous uninterrupted runs with generous snow, between sporty slopes and relaxing wooded paths. Ski aficionados may even enjoy their favourite pastime for a few days in summer on the Sarenne slope (an area approximately 10 km wide).
The friendly resort has been awarded the “Famille Plus” label for its accessible facilities with children’s ski schools offering numerous leisure activities for the whole family, including a heated outdoor swimming pool, a multi-sports arena and attractions spread between the lively neighbourhoods and the traditional village hamlets (merry-go-round, Ferris wheel), not forgetting the international film and music festivals.
The resort offers high-end accommodations such as the Daria-I Nor (part of Les Étincelles collection) offering all the comfort and serenity of a 5* hotel with a wonderful view of the surrounding natural landscape. The ski-in/ski-out hotel with direct access to the slopes and lifts also has a dedicated room for guests to drop off their equipment so they can make the most of the hotel’s relaxation facilities after a busy day.
The 5* Daria-I Nor hotel’s team of local professionals are delighted to show you the best of l’Alpe d’Huez for a memorable stay, with the added spark provided by Les Etincelles.
THE ALPE d’HUEZ VILLAGE
The Alpe d'Huez Village
Loved for its traditional atmosphere and the charming villages down the valley, the warm and welcoming resort has preserved more than a few remarkable historical monuments: the Notre-Dame des Neiges church in a contemporary style reminiscent of Le Corbusier with its unique organ or the square tower next to the church, the original wash houses and renovated farms in the village of Huez.
The resort with easy access alternates between the more authentic charm of the Vieil-Alpe to the west and the lively Centre Jeux, to find leisure activities and high-end accommodations such as the Daria-I Nor. The latter sits right off the slopes and the neighbouring Bergers district to the northeast, with its more modern accommodation and direct access to the ski lifts. Holidaymakers will also enjoy shopping at the Eclose district to the south.
ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Ski, snowboard & other fun snow sports
Holidaymakers will enjoy (re)exploring the beautiful 250 km-large Alpe d’Huez resort with its 135 runs for all levels. Skiers will appreciate the 2200 m combined vertical drop from the top of the Pic Blanc and its mythical 16km-long Sarenne slope or the Tunnel piste which crosses the mountain before leading to one of the 17 black runs of the resort. Ski off-piste with your instructor day or night, go ski-joering pulled by horse or dog sledgeing. The resort also has several snowparks (for different levels) with a cool zone to ride to music, a boardercross and handiski access.
L’Alpe d’Huez also offers a wide range of leisure activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or sledging on marked trails including a one-kilometre-long track with an optional virtual reality mask.
Cultural & carefree family holidays
The resort has several ski schools and play areas for beginners and children (Chez Roger, Les Bûcherons, Marcel’s Farm) as well as the “intrépides” centre for children aged 6 months up to 4 years with many activities supervised by professionals. Head over to the village square home to the Carrousel de l’Alpe merry-go-round or for some timeless fun duck fishing.
For 5-12-year-olds, the ALSH leisure centre offers a great range of activities for early learning and other sports (ski excluded) to have fun in a carefree environment.
Take advantage of the exceptional landscape to practice your favourite activities in a fresh setting such as walking ushered on by the chirping of local birds or high-altitude yoga facing the mountains. The resort allows everyone to go at their own pace and let themselves be carried by the serene surrounding nature. The Ecrins National Park and the Oisans massif to the south of the resort are wonderful places to go and meet the wildlife and try to spot mountain goats or golden eagles.
The museum of Huez and Oisans showcases the region through the ages, from the miners in the Middle Ages to the arrival of skiing in the 1920s.
Once-in-a-lifetime & fun activities
The legendary Olympic bobsleigh track may be a distant memory but you can still join the Megavalanche, aka the biggest marathon-enduro mountain bike race organised since 1995, or walk through the 120-metre-long gallery of the Ice Cave dug into the mountain with curated ice sculptures.
Alternatively fly in the local vultures’…steps with your paraglider, or accompanied by your own flight instructor (initiation course available) with the Aero Alpe d’Huez (ULM, gyrocopter).
If you’re feeling adventurous why not hike up the 2,100-high glacier on foot or with a snowmobile quad with the resort’s guides to explore the resort with friends with all the necessary comfort (including the welcome heated handles).
If you are looking for more thrills, take the wheel of a specially equipped car on the driving school’s snow circuit (with a covered area for spectators).
Not forgetting the 40m-high Ferris wheel, the highest in Europe towering at 1850 m, for a unique view of the resort.
Spa & Care
The fresh mountain air and relaxing scenery provide the perfect environment to get back into shape, whether it’s in the sports and aqua-spa centres or by doing some laps in the pool or working out in the gym.
To enhance your downtime, the resort is home to several luxurious spas and wellness centres. Take a luxurious break at the Daria-I Nor 5* hotel (part of the Les Étincelles collection) in the Black Diamond Luxury Spa, 800m2 dedicated to relaxation with a breathtaking view of the surrounding peaks including two swimming pools, a fitness gym, a sauna, a hammam, a whirlpool, experience showers, an ice fountain and a Himalayan salt wall for optimal muscle relaxation as well as care treatments with Valmont and Phytomer natural skincare products.
Leisure & festivals
L’Alpe d’Huez has its own multi-purpose arena to host a great range of activities (indoor tennis, swimming pool, aqua gym fitness, cardio, gym, climbing walls) as well as an ice rink and an ice laser game course in the snow. Your children will be able to do stunts in the safety of the Invertigo’s net installations or enjoy them on the big screen… during the international film festival which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. The latest musical addition, the legendary electro festival Tomorrowland Winter, will delight festivalgoers for seven days of magic with a line-up of international artists.
Bars & nightlife
Enjoy musical evenings and lively atmospheres in a cosy setting, at the Daria-I Nor lounge bar and its exceptional cocktails or with the wine tastings at the Grands Rouges.
International crowds enjoy the festive atmospheres (Smithy’s Tavern) or music and sports options (Underground bar) or karaoke and DJ nights (New Sphere Bar) before cooling off at the Igloo club and its electro line-up (including the Tomorrowland festival afterparty).
Equipment & rentals
L’Alpe d’Huez has an abundant choice of sports shops, offering ski equipment and mountain accessories to fully enjoy the resort’s mountain of activities. You can also find everything you need in the luxury ski shop of the Daria-I Nor with the latest releases as well as a large choice of clothes and accessories. Located in the hotel with direct access to the slopes, the ski shop offers a wide range of rental equipment including sledges for your children. In addition, the team takes care of the equipment and gets everything ready for your next outing.
L’Alpe d’Huez has it all: Fashion stores with the latest mountain trends, jewellery and souvenirs as well as various services (hairdressers, beauty salons, opticians) or groceries offering terroir delicacies, with a gourmet wine cellar (La Bamboche), cheese, delis and candy stores…
A FEW OF THE RESORTS TOP EATING OPTIONS
L’Améthyste at the Daria-I Nor
The Améthyste restaurant sends you on a culinary journey in a modern and elegant setting, with local produce and specialities revisited with finesse! Three moods, all connected by Chef Antoine Estrada’s creative cuisine, with three rooms organised around the beautiful wine cellar supplied with exceptional vintages to pair with the gourmet dishes.
The Bar Lounge at the Daria-I Nor
Enjoy the concert evenings organised throughout the season alongside our mixologists’ finest cocktails while admiring the view from the panoramic terrace. For those who love to barbecue, you will appreciate the Ofyr set up for naturally cooked flavoured meats to share with friends and family.
Rustic & authentic
Delight in the rustic mountain charm of the Crémaillère’s wooden hut in the Vieil-Alpe, for some heartwarming regional cuisine as well as Basque-cuisine-inspired dishes and homemade desserts for everyone (includes children’s and vegetarian menus). The Edelweiss provides an equally warm setting with large family tables.
Varied menus (Centre Jeux area)
Several atmospheres with tried and tested addresses such as the oyster and tapas bar at l’Atelier, the gourmet and relaxed burger bar including vegetarian options at Le Trappeur or the cosy and family-friendly Le Grenier.
How to get to l’Alpes d’Huez.
Reach the resort by car from Lyon in two hours or from Grenoble in one hour.
To get to Grenoble, you will need to take the A480 and follow the signs to Gap where you take exit 8 to join the RN85 and before taking the D1091 to Bourg d’Oisans. The RD211 road will lead you to Alpe d’Huez, a 1000m climb with 21 turns made famous by the Tour de France.
The closest train station to Alpe d’Huez is Grenoble which is about 65 km / 1 hour away from the resort. The station is served by the TGV from Paris (3h direct train or 3h45 with change in Lyon), or Brussels (5h).
You can reach the station by following the A480, the N85 and then the D1091 towards Rte de l’Alpe d’Huez/D211 via Le Bourg-d’Oisans
Reach l’Alpe d’Huez from international airports Lyon-Saint-Exupéry (approx. 2 hours by car) and Geneva (approx. 3 hours), as well as from Chambéry – Savoie (approx. 2 hours)
The Alpe d’Huez resort also has a heliport connected to the Grenoble airport (15 minutes flight).