Our in resort-reporter, Stuart the Silver haired legend [apparently] from Masterclass Ski, has sent us an update of what's going on in Alpe d'Huez at the moment.
The boys at Masterclass have over the last week skied Les Deux Alpes and Serre Chevalier, as well as their home resort.
It doesn't matter where you go, the skiing on piste is great. Alpe d’Huez has the most snow, by over a meter, but the other two resorts are skiing really well. There is practically no powder following the high wind during last week's storm and off piste is limited to a lot of Sastrugi high up in 2 Alpes and Alpe d'. The only option left for the off piste masochists is a lot of breakable crust. All stations are really quiet and the perfect weather —forecast for the next week — makes this period ideal for piste skiers.
The new lifts in Auris en Oisens, a satellite resort of Alpe d’huez, have been a roaring success, as have the new blue runs that now make the Auris sector available to the more timid skiers. There are also great reports about the new shortcut from the Alpette run to the Alpette lift.
We have just finished hosting the world skicross champs in Alpe d'Huez, where local interest was focused on Ophélie David who announced that she couldn't resist the temptation to compete yet again. After winning the world championship no less than seven times, David unexpectedly continued this season and came a very creditable 5th. Not bad for some one touching 40 years old.
As for the weather, there is a small amount of snow forecast for later next week. Watch this space!
Written by Stephen Adam