Alpe d'Huez is a summer holiday hot-spot, not just for cyclists tackling the infamous 21 bends, but for hikers and mountain bikers too.
The DMC and the Pic Blanc lifts operate in summer and are bike friendly (as you'd expect with this being the home of the Megavalanche MTB race each July). The Poutran 1 & 2 lifts also operate in summer, as well as the Alpette and the two-stage Dome des Rousses cable car.
The lifts are generally open from 09:00 to 17:00. They occasionally close for lunch too, so don't get caught out and try to plan around this.
Lifts will stop running in the case of high winds or bad weather, but you can check on this before you head out by looking at the live lift status.
Summer lift pass prices and the lift pass options are slightly different to winter - it is worth checking the which lifts you can use before setting off. Paragliders also have access to a number of lifts throughout the summer.
|Lift Access & Restrictions|
|Téléphérique des Grandes Rousses (DMC)||Téléphérique du Dôme des Rousses||Télévillage||Télécabine de Poutran||Télécabine de l'Alpette|
|Babies||Yes - this lift climbs to an altitude of 3,300m, you are advised not to take children under three years old.||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Paragliding - It is not always necessary to use the lifts, as there are many take-off points at resort level.
Babies - It is not recommended to expose babies to sudden changes in altitude or temperature - if lift staff consider your child too young to travel on certain lifts they reserve the right to refuse you entry.
Alpe d'Huez is a high altitude resort and the lifts can take you as high as 3,330m. Please consult your doctor before arriving in resort if you have heart problems or any other medical problem that may be exacerbated by a rapid change in altitude.