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  • France

    Alpe d'Huez

    • 250kms of skiing
    • Glacier skiing to 3,330m!
    • Huge investment program
    • 300 days of sunshine
    • Voted Best European Ski Resort 2020
  • France

    Alpe d'Huez

    • 250kms of skiing
    • Glacier skiing to 3,330m!
    • Huge investment program
    • 300 days of sunshine
    • Voted Best European Ski Resort 2020
The Alpine Property Specialists

Alpe d'Huez Resort Guide

The French Alpine resort of Alpe d’Huez has had a renascence in recent years. The resort has undergone a huge EUR 350m investment program that has transformed the village and the ski region into a genuine rival to the likes of Le Trois Vallees or Switzerland’s 4 Valleys. The resort sits on a high, sunny plateau between 1,400 and 1,800 m with skiing available pretty much year-round due to the glacier slopes reaching an astonishing 3,330m. This is now one of the highest and most snow-sure resorts in the Alps. This vast investment program now means that the surrounding French villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas are all now linked directly into the Alpe d’Huez ski region. The final piece of the jigsaw will be a gondola connecting Alpe d’Huez with nearby Les Deux Alpes which – when completed in 2022– will give a total of 475kms of piste. The resort centre has also undergone a face-lift with roads re-surfaced, underground parking installed and many of the older buildings transformed giving the resort a more traditional feel. There is no shortage of bars, restaurants or shopping to keep you entertained after a hard day on the piste. Many of the bars now offer live music as well as open mic and comedy evenings.

  • 250kms of skiing
  • Glacier skiing to 3,330m!
  • Huge investment program
  • 300 days of sunshine
  • Voted Best European Ski Resort 2020
  • Property in Alpe d'Huez
  • Winter in Alpe d'Huez
  • Summer in Alpe d'Huez

Property in Alpe d'Huez

Much of Alpe d’Huez has been transformed in recent years and the architecture of the village is now much improved with the addition of sloping roofs, old-wood cladding. As a result, the resort now has a much more traditional ‘French Alpine’ feel too it.

This transformation has not gone unnoticed and there has been an increase in demand from property investors looking to buy apartments and chalets to rent out to the increasingly wealthy visitors.

Detached chalets are hard to find in Alpe d’Huez so investors tend to focus on the new apartment projects where you are able to buy a fully managed rental property that often comes with use of spa and wellness facilities.

The best of these are genuine ski-in ski-out which tend to attract a 10-15% price premium over and above similar apartments slightly further from the piste.

Furthermore, the ‘year-round’ appeal of Alpe d’Huez with its strong summer tourism market ensures that rental income and returns tends to be above average.

If you are determined to buy a chalet rather than an apartment then resales can be found in the smaller villages such as Oz-en-Oisans and Vaujany. 

Winter in Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez has one of the longest and most reliable ski seasons in the French Alps.

The large networks of modern lifts now link charming villages such as Vaujany and Oz-en-Oisans into the resort network and make for fun family ‘day trips’.

You will also find plenty of great mountain restaurants en route offering modern and classic French Alpine fair.

Dominating the ski area is the 3,330m ’Pic Blanc’ that offers incredible views over the whole 250kms of piste.

Future plans include the linking of the resort to nearby Les Deux Alps which, when completed, would create the world’s third largest ski region with some 475kms of piste.

There is plenty of great skiing on offer in Alpe d’Huez. You can even get your ‘fix’ in the summer as the glacier holds summer ski and snowboard camps.

In the winter, the glacier ski area provides access to the famous ‘Sarenne Slope’ which, at 16kms long, is the world’s longest piste.  
There are many incredible runs in Alpe d’Huez and you can often ski for over an hour without having to get on a lift!

Summer in Alpe d'Huez

With a reported 300 days of sunshine a year, Alpe d’Huez is a popular summer destination with tourists flocking to this part of the French Alps to enjoy the huge variety of outdoor Alpine activities on offer.

Indeed, the resort often receives over 1m visitors throughout the summer.

Some come to ski on the glacier while many just look to unwind in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the wide range of hiking and biking trails as well as some delightful outdoor swimming pools.

Once a year, the resort is firmly in the spotlight as the Tour de France comes into town and France’s cycling-mad visitors flock here to watch the iconic Stage 18 of the race. With its energy-sapping 21 hairpin bends and steep climb from the valley floor it is definitely one left to the professionals!

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