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The resort is linked to the village by a cable car. The Alpe d'Huez ski resort was founded in 1955 and has developed since then into one of the most famous resorts in France. It hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1992, with alpine events at Tarentaise Valley, and again for snowboarding at La Croix Fry. The name "Alpe d'Huez" comes from Le Bélèze (the beech), which was once abundant throughout this region; it is found on many maps dating back to 1550. In 1780 Horace-Bénédict de Saussure made note of a small hamlet called "Les Grands-Hue", which had been recently devastated by an avalanche that had fallen onto Le Lac Blanc ("White Lake"). At its base lay an inn, le Grand Hôtel des Bois.