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Alpe d'Huez

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Alpe d'Huez

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Alpe d'Huez is a city the in French Alps. Besides being a winter ski resort, Alpe d'Huez is a Mecca for cycling fans as in many years one of the most important stages of the Tour de France ends at the ski station.

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Alpe d'Huez is southeast of Grenoble. Head south from Grenoble on the E712 to Le Pont-de-Claix, take the D1085 heading east and then join the D1091. From the other direction, you can take to D1091 from Briançon.

A good way to get to the top of Alpe d'Huez on Tour de France race day is to drive in the morning to Oz en Oisans and ride the ski lift. It goes up to the top of the mountain and then back down into Alpe d'Huez. The lifts runs again after the stage to take the fans back to Oz en Oisans.

For a taxi in Alpe d'Huez, try Accueil Allo Taxi on +33476802900‎, Chalvin Stephane on +33476803344, or Alp Taxi on +33476807243.

Get around


The road the cyclists take is approximately 9 miles (or 13 km) long and consists of 21 hairpin turns. The road is packed with cycling fans, as many as 500,000 of them every time the Tour de France passes through.

For fans of cycling history, a unique feature of Alpe d'Huez is that each of the 21 hairpin turns is numbered from 21 (at the bottom) to 1 (at the top). Each of these numbered signs also has listed the names of one or two of the winners of the stage to Alpe d'Huez and the year they won the stage.







  • Résidence Pierre & Vacances Les Bergers - Alpe d'Hue, +33 1 58 21 55 84, [1]. Located in the Les Bergers district, the Pierre & Vacances Bergers residence in Alpe d'Huez is a comfortable, friendly residence faces the resort on one side and the valley and the Massif des Ecrins on the other. It offers a restaurant, bar, lounge overlooking the heated outdoor swimming pool, bodybuilding room and saunas. Are you daring enough to dip in the heated outdoor pool! Hamper delivery service and meal cards available.
  • Résidence Pierre & Vacances L'Ours Blanc, [2]. Pierre & Vacances L’Ours Blanc residence at Alpe d'Huez is awood-decorated building with superb views over the valley of the Massif de l’Oisans. Has direct access to the Olympic skating rink via a shopping arcade with bars and restaurants. Services include a children's area, hamper delivery service and an underground car park.
  • Ecrins Lodge, [3]. A beautiful chalet in the outskirts of Alpe d'Huez. Providing catered accommodation for Ski Holidays in the Winter and Cycling breaks in the summer


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