Alpe d’Huez Snow Report for October

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Alpe d'Huez Snow Forecast

We are happy to say that the Alpe d’Huez snow report for October is good. The early season snow continues to build on the higher slopes with new, fresh falls lower down.

The weather is getting chilly with midday temperatures in Alpe d’Huez around 0°C.

There is 20 to 35 cm of snow forecast above 1800m and 10 to 15cm around 1400 to1500m.

This is falling on an already better than average base for this time of year. It is between 30 and 70cm at altitude and you would have to go back to 2013 or 2000 to find equivalent October depths.

Lets hope this signals an excellent year for snow.

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New Clos Giraud Lift

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The new new Clos Giraud lift at Alpette

The new Clos Giraud lift is progressing well in the Oz-Vaujany sector.

Another new lift project this year to go with the new Eau d’Olle express between Allemond and Oz.

The old four-seat chair will be replaced by a Téléporté mixte, chairs and gondolas on the same cable, sometimes referred to as a Chondola in English.

The other Téléporté mixtes are on Signal, Les Jeux and Rif-Nel.

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Allemont Lift is making Progress

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Progress in Allemont

The Allemont lift is making progress towards completion later this summer.

The lower installations are well on their way with the familiar shape of a lift taking place. The buildings in Allemont will be the largest part of the construction with the Car Park and ticket office.

There will also be the hangar for storing the gondolas out of season.

Elsewhere, the concrete is being poured for the bases of the pylons. This has needed a helicopter to deliver the wet concrete for pouring as the terrain is too steep for any vehicles.

The pylons themselves are being delivered at the base of the dam and will also be assembled with the help of the helicopter.

It will be interesting to see how the extra car parking affects the Car Parking in Oz.

More news later…

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Cross Country Extreme

For a lot of downhill skiers, the idea of cross country extreme skiing would be hard to picture.

But cross country skiers like the backcountry too, even with skinny skis. The bindings are flimsy, the boots flexible and the skis have no edges.

You can tell he’s having fun, though.

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