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 Grand Domaine Ski area. It links a number of traditional mountain villages including Auris-en-Oisans, Villard Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans and Vaujany. This page provides Alpe d’Huez images of both the resort and surrounding area.
The domain covers an area of 10,000 hectares which includes 250 km of linked pistes extending over an altitude range of 2,200 m. 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 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.