The 2008-09 winter season will open on 29th November.
The resort has been twinned with Bormio (Italy) for just over a year and offers skiers the opportunity to ski enjoy an "exchange" of up to six consequtive days. With a skiing area of 450km, Les Grande Alpes ski area which links Alpe d'Huez and five other resorts, this is an astonishing skiing region with no fewer than 84 ski lifts capable of moving over 100,000 skiers each hour.
A second access to the Sarenne Glacier is now open allowing skiers plenty of access to the fabulous area both early and late each season. With a capacity of 1000 persons/hour, Marmotte 111 will be a single-span and has been designed to operate in the strongest of winds. This high altitude skiing area will open third week of October whilst the Alpe d'Huez season opens on Saturday, early December until the end of April.
The work cost nearly five million euros and was undertaken by Doppelmayr Seilbahnen of Austria. Construction took two years and this cost excludes departure and arrival stations which were part of a seperate contract.
There will be night-time sledging on the Butte de l'Ecose, a newly created area complete with lighting, designed to provide families with a fun playground. It will be open twice weekly with a cost of just a few euro for the lift ride. A separate ticket for five rides can also be purchased.
One of the great features of Alpe d'Huez is it's large vertical drop - an average of 2,210m. The resort also boasts the longest ski run in the world. It is the Sarenne Run which is 16km in length and was created in l978, since when a network of connecting runs now open up other areas such a La Fare and Chateau Noir.
There is no shortage of skiing terrain, or indeed a shortage of slopes for all abilities. The spectacular area in and around Alpe d'Huez boasts 220km of piste and an altitude difference of more than 2000m. The area is served by 84 and 121 marked pistes comprising 38 green, 32 blue, 34 red and 17 black. There are 20 high-altitude off-piste trails, and to ensure good snow cover throughout the long winter season at all levels, there are 700 snow cannons covering 37km of ski runs.
Alpe d'Huez includes the slopes of La Signal (2115m) immediately above the resort and the Glacier de Sarenne which starts from above Pic Blanc at 3330m. The Alpette cable car has a capacity of 1800 skiers/hour and links the higher slopes from Oz. A 6-person gondola has been installed to replace the old Clocher de Macle cable car and offers a much faster access to the Grandes Rousses Massif. The cost has been 32 million FF.
Since 1936 Alpe d'Huez's development has spread right across the plateau and has embraced slopes near to hotels and apartments ideal for families and beginners. There are 32,000 guest beds available in Alpe d'Huez and the resort has 1,700 permanent inhabitants. Continuing investment and the upgrading of existing facilities has ensured that skiers can reach the vast expanse of higher slopes easily and with little or no waiting.
The resort is reached by a fairly steep and winding mountain road and boasts a variety of accommodation, from modern hotels and apartments to olde worlde chalets. Les Bergers, 100-bed 3* hotel, cost 40 million FF. Night life is plentiful and varied and eating out ranges from pizzerias and creperies to something more traditionally French.
The resort is only one hour away from Grenoble and four hours from Paris by train. This winter "internauts" will be able to view the Grandes Rousses Massif following the installation of a webcam at an altitude of 2700m. Just click on-line to: www.alpedhuez.comSpecial Offer:
We have teamed up with PV Holidays, leading supplier of French Skiing accommodation to offer a Christmas offer of one night free with every booking.