Welcome to the enchanted world of Alpe d’Huez, a ski resort nestling in the majestic mountains of Isère. Since its emergence in 1936 at an altitude of 1860 metres on the Grandes Rousses massif, l’Alpe d’Huez has been an emblematic destination, giving its name to the whole area. Nicknamed the ‘Isle of Sun’ because of its generous sunshine and active microclimate, Alpe d’Huez is renowned as a ‘luminous’ resort!

Alpe d’Huez is world-famous for being a legendary stage in the Tour de France, with its 21 tight bends that have seen legendary cyclists pass through. In winter, the resort is also the scene of numerous events: sporting (Mogul Skiing World Cup), cultural (International Comedy Film Festival) and musical (Tomorrowland Winter).

The energy here is infectious, with a bustling lifestyle, delicious restaurants, charming boutiques and a vibrant atmosphere. Whether you’re a keen skier or simply looking for a lively alpine experience, Alpe d’Huez offers a diverse range of activities to suit all tastes, and welcomes international visitors.

The Alpe d’Huez ski area, an unlimited playground

The progressive distribution of slopes throughout the ski area is ideally designed to cater for all levels, from beginners to experts. At the bottom of the area, blue and green runs predominate, offering an environment conducive to gentle learning and easy progression. As you climb higher, the slopes gradually take on more red and black tones, meeting the expectations of experienced skiers looking for a thrill. This diversity of levels means that there’s something for everyone, whatever their ability, to enjoy the ski area to the full.

Vue générale de la station de l’Alpe d’Huez. ®OT AH

The renowned Sarenne piste is proudly the longest black run in Europe, offering skiers an uninterrupted 16-kilometre descent. The Tunnel stands out for its unique character, a singular run through a 200-metre-long tunnel, offering an incomparable adventure for intrepid skiers in search of new (and thrilling!) sensations. Its legendary slopes are a sought-after challenge for adrenalin-hungry skiers from the four corners of the globe.

The Alpe d’Huez ski area boasts an exceptional diversity of landscapes, from wide, open slopes to narrow, wooded valleys. This wealth of scenery and atmospheres offers an incomparable skiing experience, where every descent holds new discoveries and unrivalled emotions.

Discovering the villages of the Alpe d’Huez ski area

While attention is often focused on the immensity of the ski area and its snow-covered slopes (and that’s two good reasons!), this article aims to guide you on a discovery of the unsuspected treasures that dot each of the resorts and villages that make up the Alpe d’Huez area. Prepare to immerse yourself in an Alpine tableau where each place tells a captivating story.

It’s in the surrounding villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Oz 3300, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas that you’ll find the guardians of authentic mountain life. These villages, cradles of the “Gens d’en Haut”, are the repositories of the traditions of the Oisans, evident in the gastronomy and rural life that come to life during the transhumance of cows and sheep grazing the 10,000 hectares of pasture transformed into ski slopes in winter.

High altitude villages: sentinels of Alpine authenticity

The perpetuation of this tradition is doubly important: the d’Huizats (the inhabitants of Huez) have always grazed their flocks on these mountain pastures, giving the resort its name of “alpe” linked to the village of Huez. As a result, these herds make an active contribution to preserving and restoring the ski area through their grazing, preventing the accumulation of grass that can lead to avalanches when the first snow falls. In this way, these villages are not only the guardians of their cultural roots, but also the guarantors of the safety and authenticity that make Alpe d’Huez such a unique destination.

Journey to the heart of the villages of the Alpe d’Huez domain

Auris-en-Oisans, family friendly

Auris en Oisans, a satellite resort of the Alpe d’Huez domain, stands out for its grandeur and its attachment to the surrounding nature. Elegantly perched at an altitude of 1600 metres, this sun-drenched gem rests delicately on a south-facing slope, offering uninterrupted views of the majestic peaks of the Écrins massif. From the resort, you can gaze out over the immensity of the mountains, creating an atmosphere of constant wonder.

®Site web d’Auris-en-Oisans

Auris-en-Oisans has positioned itself as a ‘ski-in, ski-out’ resort, guaranteeing winter sports enthusiasts a hands-on, immersive experience. While meeting the highest standards of friendliness and safety, this destination is also a family resort par excellence, offering a children’s club and a ski school. These facilities demonstrate the resort’s commitment to offering a warm and safe environment, where families can fully enjoy the pleasures of the mountains while benefiting from direct access to the slopes.

Villard Reculas, a “summer/winter” village resort

Villard Reculas is a magnificent mountain village at an altitude of 1,500 metres, with breathtaking views over the Romanche and Eau d’Olle valleys. Situated on a vast south-facing balcony facing the majestic Oisans mountains, Villard Reculas is a haven of peace bathed in sunshine.

The village boasts breathtaking scenery and vast mountain pastures that have shaped its history. Around 1360, the chapel of Sainte Catherine was built, becoming for a long time the only religious building in the area. It stood where the Ferme du Clôt is today, and served as a link with the neighbouring communities. In 1620, the chapel of Notre Dame de la Pitié de Saint Pierre was built in the village by the locals for winter religious ceremonies, before becoming a permanent church following the tragic fire of 1747. Finally, in 1757, the church we know today was permanently rebuilt in the centre of the village under the patronage of Saint John the Baptist.

Village de Villard de nuit

Initially a place of culture, Villard Reculas quickly turned to skiing, taking advantage of its proximity to the renowned resort of Alpe d’Huez.

As early as 1946, Villard-Reculas distinguished itself as the first satellite resort of Alpe d’Huez, connected to its neighbour by a ski lift, a daring project supported by its inhabitants. This village has managed to preserve its unique identity, nestled within one of the largest and most contemporary ski areas in the Alps.

OZ 3330: skiing at the foot of Pic Blanc

Located at an altitude of 860 meters on the slopes of the Grandes Rousses massif, the village of OZ 3330 proudly preserves its traditional face, just like its hamlets which stretch along the road up to the station located at 1350m. . Imbued with an authentic atmosphere, Oz 3300 presents itself as a gateway to the extraordinary Alpe d’Huez ski area, with an ideal location at the foot of the slopes.

Oz 3300 resort offers an unrivaled ski experience, with slopes stretching as far as the eye can see and captivating landscapes that breathe a real breath of fresh air. As an integral part of the Alpe d’Huez high altitude domain, rising up to 3,300 meters, Oz 3300 benefits from an area that extends to the summit of Pic Blanc, offering breathtaking views.

Station d’Oz. ®DJI

Skiing at Oz 3300 is distinguished by its great drops in altitude, its Nordic walks which live up to their name, and a peaceful, family and welcoming atmosphere. The resort embodies the perfect alliance between thrills on the slopes and the tranquility of a preserved mountain setting. With its close link with Alpe d’Huez, Oz 3300 stands out as a destination of choice, where the authenticity of the village and the grandeur of the ski area meet to offer an exceptional winter experience.

For the sake of gentle mobility, the Valléen l’Eau d’Olle Express lift is now the shortest, safest and most relaxing access from Grenoble to the Alpe d’Huez ski area.

Vaujany, wonder of the Grandes Rousses

Vaujany, this little corner of paradise facing the majestic Grandes Rousses Massif, at an altitude of 1250 meters, deserves to be discovered for its advantages and unique characteristics. With only 350 inhabitants and a capacity of 3,500 tourist beds, the Vaujany resort embodies all the charm and authenticity of a true mountain village. Between tradition and modernity, Vaujany offers vacationers a unique experience, with cutting-edge equipment for skiing, ice rink, hiking, all in the heart of grandiose landscapes, in nature that is both smiling and preserved.

Vaujany succeeds in harmoniously combining its old-world charm with the most modern equipment, creating a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Strolling through its small streets, visitors can discover treasures such as the fountain, a picturesque farm, or its authentic bell tower, all testimonies of a rich past.

Station de Vaujany. ®Olivier Lefebvre

L’origine latine de son nom, “Via-janus” – voie de porte – rappelle son histoire profondément enracinée dans celle de la province du Dauphiné, où Vaujany constituait le dernier bastion avant la Savoie. Cette histoire façonne l’identité de la station et ajoute une dimension historique captivante à l’expérience des visiteurs.

En liant étroitement tradition et modernité, Vaujany s’épanouit comme une station familiale pleine de caractère, offrant aux amoureux de la montagne une escapade mémorable au sein du prestigieux Massif des Grandes Rousses, et ce, tout en maintenant un lien privilégié avec l’Alpe d’Huez.

Vous l’aurez compris, l’Alpe d’Huez, avec son domaine skiable étendu, est un véritable joyau montagnard unique en son genre, mêlant harmonieusement les particularités de ses 5 stations villages. Son statut de destination prisée sur la scène internationale est le fruit de son histoire riche, de ses installations de premier plan et de son engagement à offrir une expérience unique en son genre.

Cette diversité d’ambiances, de pistes et de paysages crée un véritable éventail d’opportunités, permettant à chacun de trouver son bonheur et de profiter pleinement de la station selon ses préférences et son style de vie. Que l’on soit en quête de moments paisibles en famille ou d’aventures, le domaine de l’Alpe d’Huez offre un cadre idéal qui saura satisfaire toutes les envies.

To conclude, the unification of the ski area under a single operator, SATA Group, presents undeniable advantages for customers wishing to explore Alpe d’Huez. The customer journey is significantly simplified: visitors benefit from a seamless experience, with centralized packages and services, reducing logistical hassles and making it easier to plan their stay.

It is not for nothing that SATA Group, current operator of the Alpe d’Huez area, introduced the AEON label, a true tribute to the idea of infinity, highlighting the vision of a limitless experience for visitors to the resort.