Alpe d’Huez, France Add New Run
Destination guide: Alpe d'Huez, France
Alpe d’Huez is quite a well-known ski resort of Europe. The resort came to limelight after hosting bobsleigh events of 1968 Winter Olympics. There was a time when the resort stood as a competitor to some great resorts such as Courchevel, which was France’s quite incredible resort built for a purpose, however later after the construction of Val d’Isère, Les Trois Vallées, La Plagne, Tignes, and Les Arcs brought the downfall of Alpe D’Huez.
This place offers 249 kilometres long piste and around 84 ski lifts, and with these figures has gained a position among one of the world’s largest ski resorts. The foundation of this resort was laid in 1936 and situated in the Oisans Alpes, which is at a height of 1869 metres when measured from the sea level. Alpe d’Huez is the central resort of the Grandes Rousses Massif domain. This resort also works as a connector between the mountain villages of Villard Reculas, Auris-en-Oisans, Vaujany, Oz-en-Oisans, and La Garde.
The domain covers a vast area of 10,000 hectares that comprises of 250km long pistes that are linked to each other, and these extend to an altitude that ranges up to 2,200m. Pic Blanc, which is at an altitude of 3330m, offers the best view of the Alpe d’Huez region, and also renders amazing views of the Alps that include Mont Cervin, Mont Blanc, and the Meije. One of the most overwhelming thing about this place is that on a clear day about one-fifth of the France is visible from this place.
Alpe d’Huez is called as “L’ile au Soleil” (Island of the Sun) as all the slopes are south facing. This has also been proved by the national meteorological office as they say that this resort receives sunshine for about 300 days every year that consists of 7 1/2 per day in the month of December and 11 in April which is the summer season.
Since 1976, Alpe d’Huez has also served as a host of stage finish during the Tour de France. There is a famous climb to the resort which is of about 14km that covers an average gradient of 8%. The route comprises of 21 hairpin bends, and each of them is marked with a plaque which lies there in the memory of former winners.