With high altitudes, reliable snow and almost 250km of pistes, Alpe d’Huez’s enormous popularity is no mystery. Officially 'Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine', this vast ski area encompasses neighbouring resorts Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas. It’s popular for families and first-timers, while pros can enjoy one of the world's longest black (advanced) runs as well as challenging skiing around Pic Blanc (3330m).
Ski season lasts from early December to late April, when the sun on its south-facing slopes can become a problem. Some of the ski lifts feel like they haven’t been updated since the 1968 Winter Olympics, but it's hard to find fault with this crowd-pleasing resort.
Summer brings a mix of hikers and mountain bikers – and, often, the Tour de France. Alpe d'Huez is (in)famous for its incredibly steep, 14km access road, whose 21 hairpin curves are a regular highlight of the annual cycling race.