|ski area:||Grandes Rousses|
|height at summit:||3330m|
A wonderful, sunny resort set high in the Grandes Rousses mountains of the Southern Alps.
Alpe d'Huez is the 5th largest skiing area in France. The skiing and snowboarding is extensive and varied, with the Alpe d'Huez area plus 4 smaller villages which link into it - Vaujany, Oz, Villard-Reculas and Auris.
It is renowned for its sunshine, and many of the slopes are south/south-west facing. Alpe d’Huez is situated on a fully south-facing plateau at 1860 m above sea level, and its skiable area enjoys maximum exposure to the sun. In December there are up to 7 1/2 hours a day of sun and up to 11 hours a day in April. The
French Weather Bureau has recorded an average of 300 days’ sunshine a year at the resort.
Alpe d'Huez is traditionally one of the stages of the annual Tour de France cycling competition.
Winter activities include:
Summer activities include:
|Eating out:||good choice of restaurants from typical French, Italian and varied menus.|
|Apres ski:||quite lively - look for the club hotel bars eg. The Underground below the Chamois hotel. Many bars with live music, reasonable prices.|
|Non skiers:||good indoor pool, open-air heated pools (nb: for men - bermuda style swimming shorts are banned, so take proper trunks/speedos), outdoor skating rink, sports centre, ice driving school.|