Alpe d'Huez

The Grande-Dame of the Alps, the high-altitude resort of Alpe d’Huez has many claims to fame:  It was one of the first villages in France to welcome skiers (as early as 1904), it was also where the beloved button-lift system was first invented, and finally, it boasts an average of 300 days of sunshine a year on its south-facing slopes, earning it the nickname of the ‘Ile au Soleil’ - ‘The Island of Sunshine’.  If such balmy skies once jeopardized snow conditions toward season close, a high-tech snow cannon system now guarantees that runs remain powdered from December through to April.

While in recent decades, Alpe d’Huez may have lost out in popularity to the likes of Val d’Isère and The Three Valleys, a 350 million euro investment led by the municipal government was announced in 2016 to bring the resort up to the high-standards of its increasingly wealthy visitors. Key features of the holistic face-lift will include the resurfacing of roads, re-roofing of flat buildings into sloping alpine chalets, underground parking and the development of new districts. For skiers, one of the crucial cornerstones of the project is the plan to connect Alpe d’Huez with Les Deux Alpes by 2021 via gondola, totaling a mind-blowing 475 km of ski terrain to beat Val d’Isere and Tignes’ Espace Killy, and positioning it as the third largest domain in the world.

For residents and investors, the overall outcome of the redevelopment plans will transform Alpe d’Huez into a pedestrianised ski station, meaning more trees, less cars, a reduced carbon impact and a higher quality of life. The local economy and job market is also expected to receive a significant boost. Browse and enquire about our exclusive range of Alpe d’Huez Property For Sale here

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Alpe d’Huez is a regular host to one of the Tour de France’s final stages, making it a popular destination over the summer months. The notorious climb zigzags 14km up 21 hairpin turns, each marked with a plaque commemorating a former winner of the stage; ensuring celebrations are electric!

The property market in Alpe d'Huez

Thanks to its global reputation, Alpe d’Huez has always been popular with international travellers. In recent years, there has been a growing interest from a new breed of luxury international skiers from Russia, China and the Middle East seeking a higher-level of accommodation than the ageing resort has to offer.  In response, the resort’s premier hotel, Les Grandes Rousses, has upgraded its service to incorporate a spa and swimming pool along with renovating its rooms, raising its standard from 3 to 5 star.  Along with the launch of 3 new hotels, including a 5* property, a handful of real estate projects are expected to satisfy this new level of demand for properties for sale in Alpe d’huez. With prices ranging from 8,000 to 10,000 €/m squared, real-estate can offer some of the best value in the Alps in relation to the range of skiable terrain.

Investment plans to upgrade the resort will continue to increase the value of prime real-estate, with the restructuring of the resort ensuring that many properties will be become ski-in ski-out within the next 3 years. Additional measures by the municipal government include offering owners of current apartments easy access to well priced loans to renovate older properties and cater to the demand.

How to Get There

By Train

The resort can be reached via the overnight snow-train from Kings Cross, with a single change at Lille and a journey time of approximately 8 hours.

By Air

Alpe d’Huez is roughly equidistant to the international airports of Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon – each located with a 2-3 hour drive.

Weather

Spring / Summer

Thanks to its high altitude, temperatures in summer months sit at around 20 degrees.

Fall / Winter

In winter, they average -1 degree Celsius. The resort is renowned for its plentiful sunshine year round.

At glance

The Grande-Dame of the Alps, the high-altitude resort of Alpe d’Huez has many claims to fame:  It was one of the first villages in France to welcome skiers (as early as 1904), it was also where the beloved button-lift system was first invented, and finally, it boasts an average of 300 days of sunshine a year on its south-facing slopes, earning it the nickname of the ‘Ile au Soleil’ - ‘The Island of Sunshine’.  If such balmy skies once jeopardized snow conditions toward season close, a high-tech snow cannon system now guarantees that runs remain powdered from December through to April.

While in recent decades, Alpe d’Huez may have lost out in popularity to the likes of Val d’Isère and The Three Valleys, a 350 million euro investment led by the municipal government was announced in 2016 to bring the resort up to the high-standards of its increasingly wealthy visitors. Key features of the holistic face-lift will include the resurfacing of roads, re-roofing of flat buildings into sloping alpine chalets, underground parking and the development of new districts. For skiers, one of the crucial cornerstones of the project is the plan to connect Alpe d’Huez with Les Deux Alpes by 2021 via gondola, totaling a mind-blowing 475 km of ski terrain to beat Val d’Isere and Tignes’ Espace Killy, and positioning it as the third largest domain in the world.

For residents and investors, the overall outcome of the redevelopment plans will transform Alpe d’Huez into a pedestrianised ski station, meaning more trees, less cars, a reduced carbon impact and a higher quality of life. The local economy and job market is also expected to receive a significant boost.

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