Victoria Blacker - Les Deux Alpes - Alpe d huez

Victoria Blacker
I have been living in Alpe d'Huez since 2005, I was drawn to its breath taking scenary, and its south facing exposure, honouring its name, “l'ile au soleil” the island in the sun. Alpe d'Huez, albeit secluded high up in the Grandes Rousses Massif, has all the amenities of a small town. Rich in numerous sporting activities throughout the seasons; skiing, hiking, climbing, horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, parapenting and of coarse road cycling. Every other year, Alpe d'Huez hosts a stage of the Tour de France, and as soon as the snow melts, cyclists flock to accomplish one of the “must do” ascents in a cyclists' agenda. Alpe d'Huez has a lot to offer the active person as well as the person who just needs to have a time of peace and tranquillity in this beautiful mountain range.The resort is set at an altitude of 1850m, has been developing as a resort since 1936. The resort culminates with the ‘Pic Blanc' whose summit at 3330m gives incredible panoramas of the Ecrins National Park and its famous peaks, the Rateau, the Meije, the Muzelle, the Aiguilles d'Arves, the Belledonne and Mont Blanc.1 hour from Grenoble train station, 1 ½ hours from Grenoble airport, 2 hours from Lyon and 3 hours from Geneva

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