Alpe d’Huez has invested 12 million Euros for winter 2017 to improve and enhance areas of the resort. The ‘Signal’ sector will see many improvements with major redevelopments over the summer for the start of the ski season.
The ski area is scheduled to open from 3rd December 2016 through to 23rd April 2017.
Redevelopment of Signal
The signal side of Alpe d’Huez is the final area in the resort to be modernised. For winter 2017 the Signal/ Grand Sure sector will have a total overhaul.
The old Grand Sure chairlift will be replaced by a modern 4 seater which will double the capacity of skiers in the area to 1650 passengers per hour
The Signal chairlift and Signal draglifts 1, 2 and 3 will be dismantled for a new telemix-hybrid ski lift with 39 8 seater chairs and 8 10 person cabins. The lift will have a capacity of 3300 passengers per hour.
Plus there will be 22 new snow cannons on a newly created green run and 7 new snow-cannons on the front side of Signal.
New ski runs
With the creation of the new Signal ski lift a new green run has been formed that is accessible from the top of Signal at 2108m that runs down to the beginner area at Grenouilles. There will be special features along the piste including bumps, a tunnel and photo spots to be enjoyed by all ages.
The Snowpark gets a makeover
For winter 2017 the snowpark will be improved and enhanced to cater better for all levels of riders. The resort has gone all out to change a separate the expert, intermediate and beginner areas. There will be features for all levels and a safe area for beginners with moguls, ramps and kickers. The routes and sizes of the modules will evole throughout the season.
We have 2 brand new chalets in Alpe d’Huez for our winter 2017 programme.
- Chalet Percheron sleeps 8 people and is located in the Huez sector of the resort. The televillage gondola is just 160m away which takes guests up to the centre of Alpe d’Huez.
- Chalet Rebeque is on the east side of the huge resort, just 320m from the Alpauris chairlift. Conveniently there are a few shops and bars close by or the town centre is a walk away.
Future plans for Alpe d’Huez
More than 350 million euros is being upgraded into the Alpe d’Huez domain over the next 5 years, plans include expanding Oisans and a new gondola link to Les 2 Alpes creating one of the largest linked ski areas in the world.
There will be a large investment in expanding hotels in the resort creating 4600 bed spaces. Major pedestrianisation will take place in the town with new underground parking facilities.
100 million Euros will be spent modernising the ski area and creating new ski lift. Current plans include:
- 2016 – Installation of the new Signal lift.
- 2017 – New lifts connecting Huez (1450m) to the centre of Alpe d’Huez (1860m) and a year round toboggan run.
- 2018 – More snow cannons and improvements to the ‘skiers return’ area.
- 2019 – Installation of the new Wolf lift.
- 2020 – Replacement of Chalvet chairlift.
- 2021 – Link to Les 2 Alpes.