Summer Events

There are annual events in the region, local events, cultural events and plenty of sporting events. We try to include as many as we can but this is not an exhaustive list.

Alpe d'HuZes

A Dutch cycle event held annually to raise money for the KWF, the Dutch Cancer Prevention Foundation.

This is a significant event in the Dutch cycling calendar. It is no mean feat as the participants (both individuals and teams) cycle the steep ascent to Alpe d’Huez six times in just one day! (Hence the name, as ‘zes’ is Dutch for 6).

The Alpe d’HuZes moto is ‘Never Ever Quit’ and the organisation mission is ‘To facilitate and inspire people to lead Happy and Health lives in Harmony with Cancer’.

Chalet Le Sabot provides the perfect base for participants and spectators of this event. We are pleased to host guests for this commendable event annually.

Fete de la Musique in Alpe d'Huez

Fête de la Musique is a celebration that takes place every summer solstice in cities, towns and villages across France, including Alpe d'Huez, a town adjacent to Oz en Oisans.

This is a lively, free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable. Performances and concerts are offered by musicians of any nature, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands so whatever your interest there is something we're sure you'll enjoy.

Fête de la Musique is an unmissable event for Chalet Le Sabot guests wishing to have fun and embrace true French 'celebration' culture. This is one night when the French authorities waive normal licensing laws, allowing the revelry to continue as long as there are people with the stamina to enjoy it!

Nissan European Downhill Cup

Held in our very own resort- the delightful mountain village of Oz en Oisans, this Cup is part of a series and follows on from races in Spain and Belgium.

An exciting downhill cycle event which by it's very nature ensures some hair raising viewing- not to mention the nerves and robustness required of the participants!

There are various categories of races taking place over 2 days. Come along and enjoy the fun!

La Marmotte

This is one of the 250 ‘cyclospotive’ events held annually all around France specifically for amateur cyclists. La Marmotte is one of the most popular events of this kind in Europe and considered by many to be the hardest.

Guests of Chalet Le Sabot over this period are generally participants utilising the proximity of the chalet to the event and combining this grueling yet exciting race with a lovely holiday- taking the time to relax post event!

The route is 174 km long and features more than 5180 metres of climbing between the start at Bourg d’Oisans and the finish at Alpe d’Huez going over the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier in between. Competitors are aiming for a classification of Gold, Silver or Bronze.

This ascent comprises all the mountain passes and climbs up to the ski resorts and perched villages making for an interesting, picturesque ride.The Marmotte route is now accessible as a permanent time trial so you can attempt it at any time. Measure your performance individually, with a partner or with your club... and see your time and the overall rankings on the Internet!

Fitness Convention

Chalet Le Sabot guests tend to be an active breed so how about this for mixing a lovely mountain holiday with a good bit of high altitude exercise...

This now well established Fitness Convention, based in nearby Alpe d'Huez provides 4 days of action to get into top shape, boost morale and re-energize your body.

Well known fitness professionals from around the globe staged against breathtaking scenery supply top level instruction and state of the art equipement.

With classes and activities held at an average altitude of 1860m, the lungs and blood vessels are certainly challenged and your involvement will benefit from the added bonus of the well documented, positive effects of 'high altitude training', a phenomenon top athletes seek.

Megavalanche

Once again the mountain of Alpe’d’Huez- on the door step of Chalet Le Sabot features as the most famous run in an event, this time the Megavalanche, a marathon style downhill mountain bike race demanding nerves of steel, high endurance and a robust physique.

This well established event is part of a series known as the Avalanche Trophy. The format of the race is to qualify in a heat to earn a race place in the main Megavalanche event.

The ‘Mega’ starts from the glaciated summit of the Pic Blanc (3,300m) on freshly pisted snow, then ensues a fast and furious 30km descent to the lush meadows of the valley bottom at Allemont (720m). Top competitors hurtle down in under an hour chasing the record set in 2009 of 00:49:28!

Competitors are historically from mainland Europe however with increased publicity and prestige many British riders now make it a highlight of their year. Chalet Le Sabot makes the ideal venue for competitors and spectators alike.

Tour de France Alpe d'Huez Stage

The world famous Tour de France is an annual French cycle event which covers nearly 2500km. 

Founded in 1903 the ride quickly became a well loved national event bringing recognition to the French countryside, heritage and mountains helping to globalise France.

Stage 19 of the tour features the mountain of Alpe d'Huez and is much visited by guests staying at Chalet Le Sabot, being right on the doorstep. The stage features a climb rising 14 kilometers where the road twists tightly up the mountain, namely the notorious twenty-one switchbacks or 'hair pin bends'.

The Alpe d’Huez stage of the tour is relatively short and not considered the toughest phase despite the steep start to the ascent (the gradient is 10% in places!), however it is historically the ‘kingmaker’ of the overall race so the perfect choice for spectators.

Guests staying at Chalet Le Sabot over this period are generally avid cycle enthusiasts who eagerly venture out along the course to cheer on the brave ‘routiers’.

EDF Alpe d'Huez Duathlon

The run-bike-run event preceeding the triathlon, taking place between Bourg d'Oisans and Alpe d'Huez.

This event comprises 5 km of running (2 loops of 2.5 km in Bourg d'Oisans), 15 km of cycling (Alpe d'Huez Climbing) then a further 5 km of running (2 loops of 2.5 km in Alpe d'Huez).



EDF Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

This event, held in nearbyAlpe d’Huez has been labeled “One of the toughest triathlon’s in the world”.

Entry options:
Long Race: swim 2200 m, cycle 115 km, run 21 km

Short Race: swim 1200 m, cycle 30 km, run 7 km



There is also a separate kids event to give your budding-athlete child a taste of competitive sport in a world class arena.

This is both a fantastic competitior and spectator event as the route takes the triathletes around lush peaks, up the legendary 21 'hair pin' bends of l’Alpe d’Huez and the swim is held in the crystal clear waters of the Verney lake, open exclusively for the triathletes.

If you are an intermediate or above triathlete this is a ‘must’ for your career, it is extremely popular and gets booked up very quickly- as does Chalet Le Sabot so make your reservations early!

Saint Anne's Feast Day

Chalet Le Sabot guests are welcomed by ‘Huizats’ (Huez locals) to celebrate alongside them in this, historic festival.

The Saint Anne- festival honours the patron Saint of Huez, one of the villages in the Alpe d’Huez resort. Fabulous traditional costumes are worn creating a wholesome festive spirit.

A truly fun event demonstrating quintessential mountain tradition. Plenty of activities are on offer over the weekend including painting stained glass, trout fishing, a meal in the countryside, a ball, a traditional costume parade, a boot fair, and a mass in honour of Saint Anne. 


Canicross

Dog lovers this one's for you! Often referred to as man's best friend, this event truly exploits the wonderful connection people can have with their dog.

Canicross is an internationally renowned competition where performance, endurance, and discipline are in order. A sport where the rider and his best friend evolve together in a common goal: victory.

Chalet Le Sabot are happy to host well behaved canine guests who we're sure will be in their element watching or even competing in this heartwarming, exciting event.

International Ice Hockey Tournement

A bit of winter in summer...?! A juxtaposition, generally however not here in the mountains where the sun can blaze at any time of year yet the snow and ice remain intact.

This annual Ice Hockey tournament utilises this and provides fantastic spectator entertainment as the Alpe d’Huez Yetis invite Ice Hockey players from Canada, Russia, Switzerland, America, Italy and the Czech Republic to the ice rink for a festival to promote friendship and fair play.

If you know anything about Ice Hockey players you will know they party as hard as they play, this occasion is no differnet! The teams will take to the ice for a tournament, playing game after game of exciting, fast and furious hockey then shake hands and head out to the bars and for parties and shows.

Most definitely a fun time to stay at Chalet Le Sabot!

Supermoto Championships, Alpe d'Huez

Chalet Le Sabot is delighted to have hosted a champion Supermotard team (2011).

Each year, August bursts into life with the noisy arrival of the Supermotard French Championships. If motor bikes are your thing or you appreciate any type of sporting prowess this fast and furious event is a super one to attend.

This section of the championships is half on and half off road. Riders tear around an high altitude track on the ‘Eclose’ with a terrain ensuring spectacular jumps and speeds that will make you gasp, scream and cheer!

Always pulling a great crowd, the atmosphere at the track is charged and lively.

French Mountain Bike Cup

Mountain bike trial & downhill event, part of the French Cup taking place right on the door step of Chalet Le Sabot.

Behold downhill (DH) mountain bike races and trials accounting for the Coupe de France FFC. The DH mountain bike race will take place on the famous track Poutran, where the greatest bikers race in the Championships.

This year (2012)
a giant screen at the foot of the track is going to be erected allowing spectators to watch live broadcasts of the Olympic mountain bike events in London.

An
unforgettable weekend whether you are a cyclist or spectator!

Alpe d’Huez 21- in search of the Holy Grail

Calling all walkers and runners! This is an event for all the family, young and old to enjoy climbing the slopes of the Perle de l'Oisans together. With 13.8 miles of ascent and 1120 meters of positive vertical gain make a day of it and embrace the general spirit of the event.

The Alpe d’Huez 21 is a long standing event catering for all levels of pedestrianism from walking to running and anything in between! Grandparents may carve a steady path indulging in past experiences and enjoying the beautiful panorama whilst youngsters may race up and have a good run on the specially laid out 2.1km track around the resort.


Due to the arduous climb to Alpe d’Huez via the notorious 21 bends the ascent has become something of a mythical legend and this event is known and publicised as a ‘search for the Holy Grail’.

















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Summer Events

There is a whole multitude of different events during the summer. From the majors like Tour de France and the Megavalanche to the lesser known local events.

When we find new events we add them to this page with any links to other web sites that can provide additional information.

If we have not included your event then please let us know and we will update our site for other visitors.