Alpe d'Huez is a ski-in ski-out resort in winter, and one of the most famous road cycling destinations in the summer. At 1,869m, it's also one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in France.
Situated in the southern French Alps and only an hour and a half from Grenoble Airport, Alpe d'Huez has a reputation for being one of the sunniest ski resorts in France. There is a lot of investment going into Alpe d'Huez at the moment, and attracting families to the resort is a main focus. The resort has been awarded the 'Famille Plus' certificate which means that much of the accommodation, restaurants, sports shops and activity companies are specially set up with families in mind.
From baby-changing facilities to ski-in ski-out accommodation, Alpe d'Huez makes it easy for a family to enjoy a hassle-free ski holiday. You can rent baby and toddler equipment easily, there are dedicated ski areas for children, top-notch children's ski schools (where you can enroll your child from the age of two and a half), and a wide choice of other winter activities (including a wonderful sports complex and heated outdoor pool).
Alpe d'Huez is split into a number of sectors, so it's useful to ensure that your accommodation, ski hire and ski school meet-up points are all in the same locality. Nobody wants an arduous walk to ski school or the ski lifts - especially important when you are carrying more than one set of skis! Have a look at a Map of Alpe d'Huez. You can bring babies to Alpe d'Huez too. The slow drive up to resort should not be a problem for them, although some paediatricians advise caution because of the altitude.
Alpe d'Huez is a great option for a summer holiday as well, particularly if you are a biking family. The Alps are very beautiful in summer with hot sunny days and cool nights, and plenty of activities and events to keep you occupied.