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What's on in Alpe d'Huez February 2019

A busy month in resort with plenty going on away from the slopes

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| Rob Wood, Alpe d'Huez Reporter | Published


What's on in Alpe d'Huez February 2019

After the quiet month of January, it’s back to a full-gas, all-systems-go month as we approach February. Not only do we have the uber-busy week of UK School half term from Saturday 16th through until Saturday 23rd, but we also have pretty much the whole month of French and the rest of Europe’s school breaks.

Unlike in the UK, where pretty much all the schools are off for the same week, the rest of Europe operate a more zonal approach to the half-term holiday week. Roughly speaking, France is broken down into four zones, each zone will be on holiday for a different week from Saturday, February 9th through until Saturday, March 9th. This helps take the pressure of one particular week in the middle of February but it does mean that the whole of the month is pretty busy.

In February, ski areas go all out to entertain families. So, with plenty to do this month, here are just a few of the highlights

Night Rando Race – February 2nd

The view at night from the top of the Signal piste over Alpe d’Huez is just breathtaking, and the Night Rando Race gives the perfect opportunity to experience it. It’s a freestyle ski touring event which involves skinning up the Signal piste before skiing back down again. There are two course options: a 324-metre climb from the DMC up to the Signal at 2108 metres and, for the braver out there, a full climb of the Signal, then a descent to an intermediate station and back up to the top again before a full descent, giving racers a whopping 568 metres of climbing. The race is organised and backed up by ESF Ski School and only costs €10 to enter. It starts at 18:30 and includes refreshments afterwards. Bookings can be made by contacting ESF

SnowKite Masters – February 2nd-9th

The SnowKite Masters aren't just about hanging onto a kite while skiing or snowboarding, this is the very best showing exactly what a great sport this is. Every day for a week, the stars of snow kiting will showcase their skills around the slopes of the DMC and the snowpark with banging beats and parties to match the fun on the slopes. The finale will see the crowning of the IFKO SnowKite World Champion.

Sarenne Sunset – Tuesdays in February

The Sarenne black run is probably the most famous piste in the whole of the Alps at some 16km in length, and there’s no better way to experience it than at sunset. Starting as the sun goes down towards the west, you will be accompanied by the instructors of ESF on this magical twilight descent finishing up in the bottom of the gorge. The cost is €55 person and you do need to be a good skier to partake in this activity.

ESF Ski Show – February 13th, 20th & 27th

Always a genuine highlight of the season, the ESF ski show is just a fantastic spectacle. A torchlit descent by some 350 ski instructors is followed by a great show of tricks and jumps that always wow the huge crowd, closed with a fabulous firework display. The whole event lasts for around 75 minutes and it can get really cold, so make sure you wrap, especially little ones although the hot chocolate and vin chaud on offer help keep the chill out. This really is an event not to be missed.

Classical music – Thursdays in February

Located behind the leisure centre, the Alpe d'Huez church hosts classical music concerts every week at 18:15. Mostly based around the church’s famous organ, this month’s accompaniments include saxophone, trumpet and violoncello playing pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Berlioz, Gershwin and Chopin. Entrance is €10 or €5 for students and premium cardholders.

Weekly events at the leisure centre and ice rink

Throughout February, there will be football, badminton and squash tournaments at the sports centre in addition to the regular ice-skating sessions, curling classes and ice hockey matches at the patinoire in the main street.

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This is only a summary of all that's taking place in Alpe d'Huez this month, one of the busiest in the season. So get out there and enjoy.

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