The French Alps are a popular skiing destination for many Europeans who enjoy this winter sport, but people from all over the world go there as well. There are many ski runs where you can enjoy your time on the slopes, you can explore nearby villages, or you can just relax with friends and family in a private chalet. One of the most popular destinations in the French Alps is Alpe d’ Huez.
A Winter and Summer Sports Destination
L’Alped’Huez is best known as a ski resort located in the central part of the French Alps. It is located near Grenoble, which was the site of the 1968 Olympic Winter Games. In fact, the ski resort was involved in the Olympics as it was where the bobsled competitions were held. There are smaller towns closer to the resort to visit if you do not desire to spend all of your time at the resort.
Along with being a popular ski destination, every other summer the Tour de France bicycle race, probably the best known cycling race in the world, has a stage near the location of the resort. The cyclists have gruelling uphill climbs on this stage, and there are twenty-one hairpin turns that they also have to negotiate. Fortunately, skiers have the luxury of taking a lift to the top of the mountains since Alped’Huez was where the world’s first Poma lift was installed in the 1930s.
Sights to See in the Alps
Along with stunning views in the Alps, there are several smaller towns where you can spend your time when not racing down the slopes. If you like to explore museums, you can find out about the history of the Romanche Valley, which is near the resort, by visiting the museum in the commune of Livet-et-Gavet. Another commune, Le Bourg-d’Osians, sits at the base of the road leading to the resort, and it is also near the Écrins National Park, one of ten national parks in France.
However, if you wish to hit a nightclub after skiing or take the family out shopping, your best bet would be to make the 59-kilometre trek to Grenoble. This city has a population of roughly 160,000 people, so there will be plenty to do for you and your family if you want a break from the resort. One of the main tourist attractions is La Bastille, which was built in the Middle Ages. There are two restaurants located at La Bastille, and there is also a military museum dedicated to mountain troops.
Where to Stay
Since Grenoble is over 59 km away from the resort, the best option for staying in the area is to rent one of the best luxury ski chalets in France available at Alped’Huez. These chalets provide room for eight to fifteen guests, so you can have your family and/or friends with you for a fun holiday. For your convenience, consider a ski-in, ski-out chalet that will offer privacy after negotiating the runs at Alped’Huez.