Oz Station (Oz-en-Oisans) is a small ski station linked with the Alpe d’Huez ski domain.
I climbed it for the first time at the end of the ride up Col de la Croix de Fer car-free bike day – see map at bottom. But I thought I’d write a separate blog post for Oz so it didn’t get lost in that long article.
Here is my guide of the best climbs in the Oisans regions: Beyond Alpe d’Huez – The Best Cycling Climbs from Bourg d’Oisans.
I started beside Allemont just below Barrage/Lac du Verney (I used this photo in yesterday’s Croix de Fer post):
The ride up to Oz starts on the edge of this lake, and it can be occasionally viewed far below on the way up. It’s a big, purpose-built ski station road, but very quiet with plenty of hairpins.
It’s short, basically half a big climb. But definitely worth the visit.
At the summit were a couple of open ski lifts and lots of lazy downhill mountain bikers enjoying signed downhill trails above the village. I’ve certainly been looking at maps and may one day try to climb with a mountain bike up and over Lac de Besson and see if I can reach roads/trails directly above Alpe d’Huez.
Again, the map below includes the initial ride to Croix de Fer / Glandon. The Oz climb is the hairpins at the end and is labeled.
A 3D video of the ride: