The Grande-Dame of the French Alps, the high-altitude ski resort of Alpe d’Huez has many claims to fame: The beloved button-lift system was first invented in Alpe d’Huez and the resort boasts an average of 300 days of sunshine a year on south-facing slopes, earning this ski resort the nickname of the ‘Ile au Soleil’ or ‘The Island of Sunshine’. With a high-tech snow cannon system guaranteeing ski runs remain enjoyable from December through to April, Alpe d’Huez has huge ski and investor appeal. The recent €350 million investment in 2016 brings Alpe d’Huez up to the high standards of increasingly wealthy visitors. For skiers, the council plan is to connect Alpe d’Huez with Les Deux Alpes by 2021 via gondola, totalling a mind-blowing 475 km of ski terrain to beat Val d’Isere and Tignes’ Espace Killy, establishing Alpe d’Huez as the third largest ski domain in the world. For residents and investors, this investment will transform Alpe d’Huez into a pedestrianised ski station, with more trees, fewer cars, a lower carbon impact and a higher quality of life.