Do you really need to stay in Alpe d’Huez? In the main village? How about in one of the 6 other satellite villages?
What!? These is more than one Alpe d’Huez? Well, yes and no.
The ski area is known as “Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski” and is made up of 7 village communes: Alpe d’Huez, Auris en Oisans, Oz en Oisans, Vaujany, Villard Reculas, La Garde en Oisans and Le Freney d’Oisans.
Most skiers stay in the best known village, Alpe d’Huez. However, there are around 10,000 visitor beds spread around the other villages and they all have good access to the slopes and their own identities.
The other villages offer different advantages to Alpe d’Huez itself and that could lead to a better holiday experience.
They are all quieter, for a start, for those that have no need to party all night. There is less traffic too, leading to a better nights rest.
The car parking is much easier and more convenient and, if you are staying with someone with a shuttle bus of their own, you could be dropped right by the lifts.
The lines of people queuing up to get their ski equipment are shorter and everything is much closer together; no trekking miles for each bit of kit.
Oz Station, where we live, is only 300m long and every shop you need is on the one pedestrianised road.
Being in a smaller village also gets you more personal attention. The shopkeepers know you have chosen to be there rather than the main center and that makes them just that bit nicer.
You will find that your hosts have a much more personal relationship with the ski shop and ski school too.
Its just that bit easier to feel a bit special when you are one of few visitors rather than part of the masses.
Alpe d’Huez is dominated by apartments and hotels. In comparison, the other villages have many more private chalets offering a better level of service.
Its a good question; do you really need to stay in Alpe d’Huez itself?
Big, comfortable rooms, space for your clothes, great food to fuel days and a friendly welcome. That’s what we provide for all our guests at Le Château d’Oz, when they stay with us on a skiing holiday. Contact us for more details.