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Alpe d'Huez Snow Report & Forecast

Discover the latest Alpe d'Huez snow conditions

Rob Wood, Alpe d'Huez Reporter | Published

Followers of our dump alert service will be aware that we received some lovely fresh snow last Friday into Saturday when around 15cm fell at resort level (1850m) whilst the upper slopes (3300m) saw around 30cm fall in total.

The snowfall was a rare hiatus in what has otherwise been wall-to-wall sunshine since Christmas Day – there have literally been only two cloudy days in the period since the New Year. Thankfully, the temperatures have remained pretty cold which is helping to keep the slopes in particularly good condition – up on the higher slopes, the temperatures have been down at around -10ºC for the past week or so. Although we haven't had much in the way of snowfall recently, we really are thanking our lucky stars for a very snowy November and early December and we still have over 2.5metres of snow on the very highest of slopes on the Pic Blanc, at 3300 metres.

There seems to be a little bit of snow in the forecast for the next few days as we may see around 5cm on Friday (January 24th) and a further 15cm on Monday into Tuesday which will be most welcome. With continuing cold temperatures, all of the slopes in the Grande Domaine ski area should see some fresh snow. There is a chance of a bit more snow between Wednesday and Friday next week after which it looks like a return to the mainly sunny conditions that have been prevalent for a while.

As is always the case after Christmas and New Year, January is a quiet time in Alpe d'Huez before the uber-busy month of February starts. For the past few weeks, lift queues have been virtually non-existent and, with loads of sunshine, it really is a great time to be in resort. Along with short lift queues, the pistes have remained very quiet recently and this is due to the fact that we have nearly 100 pistes open at the moment, 99 in fact, and these pistes are being served by 62 lifts (out of 67), so the ski area is virtually at 100% of its capacity at the moment.

On-piste snow cover around the ski area currently stands at values between 260cm at the top of Pic Blanc (3300m) and 40cm in the lowest of the resorts in the Grande Domaine ski area, Vaujany (1250m). In Alpe d'Huez village, we currently have snow depths of 125cm. Off-piste conditions would obviously benefit from some fresh snowfall as it’s a bit tracked in all but the remotest of locations. The section from the top of the Pic Blanc towards the Pyramides and towards Clavans offer the best of the off-piste conditions at the moment. Off-piste snow depths currently range between 270cm on north-facing slopes at 3000m and 20cm on south-facing slopes at 1500m, with most faces boasting around 150cm-200cm. Avalanche risk currently stands between 2 and 3 out of 5 across the whole ski area as it has done for the past few weeks.

The famous 16km-long Sarenne black run is in good condition for its entire length and the cold temperatues are allowing the massive network of snow cannons to supplement the snow cover every night. The super-steep and mogully Tunnel black run is in good condition but is definitely not for the faint-hearted with moguls the size of a small family car!

All 39km of the fabulous Nordic ski trails are open at the moment and they are in great condition, as are the 27km of walking trails which really are worth checking out if you fancy a spell away from the slopes. The walking trail towards the medieval fort and the Sarenne valley from the Altiport is particularly lovely in the afternoon sunshine.

Thankfully, the shortest day is long behind us now and there really is a noticeable stretch in the afternoon daylight with sunset these days at around 17:30. The cold temperatures look set to continue, as you would expect for January so, if you are on the way out to resort make sure you bring your thermals.

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Our Alpe d'Huez reporter, Rob, spends his winters in the mountains and his summers on Broadsands Beach (South Devon, UK) where he runs a watersports company. If you want to go kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding check out his website.

Ski Area Snow Conditions

View detailed Alpe d'Huez lift status

Snow Report & Scheduled Opening On The Ski Area

Last Update 28/01/2020 18:00

Weather/snow Info

Avalanche
3/5
Alpe D Huez - 1860 M

Weather : Morning -1°C / Afternoon -3°C Wind: 7 km/h - O

Snow : Base: 129 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: 1250 m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 14 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Pic Blanc - 3300 M

Weather : Morning -11°C / Afternoon -12°C Wind: 72 km/h - O

Snow : Base: 265 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: 1250 m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 15 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Auris - 1650 M

Weather : Morning 1°C / Afternoon 0°C Wind: 50 km/h - NO

Snow : Base: 65 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: 1500 m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 10 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Auris Signal De L Homme - 2176 M

Weather : Morning -2°C / Afternoon 4°C Wind: 1 km/h - SE

Snow : Base: 120 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: 0 m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 0 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Villard Reculas - 1500 M

Weather : Morning 2°C / Afternoon 3°C Wind: 30 km/h - S

Snow : Base: 80 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: 1500 m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 5 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Vaujany - 1250 M

Weather : Morning 2°C / Afternoon 3°C Wind: 0 km/h -

Snow : Base: 30 cm - Quality: SOFT Rain-Snow Limit: m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 1 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Oz Station - 1350 M

Weather : Morning 2°C / Afternoon 3°C Wind: 0 km/h -

Snow : Base: 80 cm - Quality: SOFT Rain-Snow Limit: 1000 m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 4 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Montfrais - 1650 M

Weather : Morning -5°C / Afternoon -2°C Wind: 0 km/h -

Snow : Base: 80 cm - Quality: SOFT Rain-Snow Limit: 1000 m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 1 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Dôme Des Rousses - 2800 M

Weather : Morning -7°C / Afternoon -7°C Wind: 0 km/h -

Snow : Base: 130 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: 1000 m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 15 cm

Forecasts And Trends
Today's Forecast (29/01/2020)

Rain and snow. At midday winds becoming moderate westerly Vercors with gusts reaching 95 km/h; decreasing later. Elsewhere lighter winds.

Tomorrow's Forecast (30/01/2020)

Snow and showers. Variable winds, light at most places. Oisans : gusts reaching 55 km/h, at daybreak.

Weather/snow Info

Avalanche
3/5
Alpe D Huez - 1860 M

Weather : Morning -1°C / Afternoon -3°C Wind: 7 km/h - O

Snow : Base: 129 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: Rain-Snow Limit: 1250 m m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 14 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Pic Blanc - 3300 M

Weather : Morning -11°C / Afternoon -12°C Wind: 72 km/h - O

Snow : Base: 265 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: Rain-Snow Limit: 1250 m m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 15 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Auris - 1650 M

Weather : Morning 1°C / Afternoon 0°C Wind: 50 km/h - NO

Snow : Base: 65 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: Rain-Snow Limit: 1500 m m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 10 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Auris Signal De L Homme - 2176 M

Weather : Morning -2°C / Afternoon 4°C Wind: 1 km/h - SE

Snow : Base: 120 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: Rain-Snow Limit: 0 m m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 0 cm

Avalanche
3/5
Villard Reculas - 1500 M

Weather : Morning 2°C / Afternoon 3°C Wind: 30 km/h - S

Snow : Base: 80 cm - Quality: FRESH Rain-Snow Limit: Rain-Snow Limit: 1500 m m Last Snowfall 28/01/2020 - 5 cm

Forecasts And Trends
Today's Forecast (29/01/2020)

Rain and snow. At midday winds becoming moderate westerly Vercors with gusts reaching 95 km/h; decreasing later. Elsewhere lighter winds.

Tomorrow's Forecast (30/01/2020)

Snow and showers. Variable winds, light at most places. Oisans : gusts reaching 55 km/h, at daybreak.

Conditions Of Stay

Today's Recommendation

Road Conditions


Ski Area

Alpine Skiing - Freestyle

Lifts : 61/67
Green Trails : 29/29
Blue Trails : 30/30

Trails : 98/99
Red Trails : 26/26
Black Trails : 13/14

Cross Country Skiing - Snowshoes - Pedestrian - Sleds

Ski Nordique :39/39 km
Piétons :27/27 km

Lifts And Trails

Alpe D'huez
Trails0/45
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    Altiport 09:00 16:30
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    Babars 09:00 16:50
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    Chardons 09:00 16:45
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    Clarines 08:30 16:50
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    Eclose 08:15 18:00
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    Ecole 09:00 17:10
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    Estacade 09:00 17:00
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    Grenouille 09:00 17:10
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    Jeux 09:00 16:45
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    Lac Blanc 08:45 16:45
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    Loup Blanc 08:45 16:45
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    Mélèzes 08:45 16:45
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    Premier 09:00 16:45
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    Rif Nel 08:30 17:00
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    Piste de Luge des Bergers 09:00 17:00
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    Piste de Luge du 1er Troncon 09:00 16:30
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    Ancolies 08:45 16:45
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    BD des Lacs 09:00 16:20
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    BD des Marmottes 09:00 16:20
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    Bergers 08:45 16:45
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    Couloir 09:00 16:20
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    Cristallière 09:15 16:00
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    Herpie 09:15 16:00
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    Les Agneaux 09:00 16:30
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    Village 08:40 17:00
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    Campanules 10:30 16:30
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    Chamois 09:00 16:20
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    Dahut 08:45 16:45
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    Déversoir 09:10 16:25
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    Hermine 09:15 16:00
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    Lièvre Blanc 09:10 16:20
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    Olympique 08:45 16:45
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    Petite sure 08:45 16:45
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    Poutat 08:45 16:45
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    Signal 09:00 17:00
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    Stade Désiré Lacroix 09:00 17:00
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    Balcons 09:10 16:10
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    Balme 09:10 16:10
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    Cassini 09:15 15:30
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    Clocher de Macle 09:10 16:25
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    Combe Charbonnière 09:10 16:10
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    Cristaux 09:15 15:30
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    Glacier 09:15 16:00
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    Sarenne 09:15 16:00 VERY STRONG WIND GUSTS
  • PLANNED
    Tunnel 09:15 15:30
Alpe D'huez Zone Ludique
    Trails0/5
    • PLANNED
      Chez Roger 08:45 16:45
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      La Marcel 09:00 17:00
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      Les bûcherons 09:00 17:00
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      Snowpark des Jeux 09:00 16:45
    • CLOSED
      Luge 4 saisons 10:30 17:45
Liaisons
    Connections0/4
    • CLOSED
      ALPE-AURIS 09:00 16:20
    • PLANNED
      ALPE-OZ 09:00 16:25
    • PLANNED
      ALPE-VAUJANY 09:00 16:25
    • CLOSED
      ALPE-VILLARD 09:00 16:40
Ski De Fond 1800
    Trails0/2
    • PLANNED
      Boucle de Poutran 09:00 17:00
    • PLANNED
      Boucle des Lacs 09:00 17:00
    • Connections0/1
      • PLANNED
        Liaison 2100-Alpette. 09:00 16:30
Villard Reculas
    Lifts0/7
    • PLANNED
      TSD Villarais 09:00 16:40
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      TK Cloudit 08:55 16:50
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      TK Langaret 09:00 16:45
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      TK Petit Prince 09:10 16:40
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      TK Tortue 09:00 16:50
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      Ascenseur villard 08:45 17:00
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      Tapis Escargots 08:55 17:00
    • Trails0/8
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      Ascenceur 08:55 17:15
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      Chevreaux 09:00 16:45
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      Cloudit 08:55 17:05
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      Erables 08:55 17:05
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      Brebis 09:00 16:45
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      Petit Prince 09:10 16:40
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      Villard 09:00 16:55
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      Mur 09:00 16:40
Liaisons
    Connections0/4
    • CLOSED
      ALPE-AURIS 09:00 16:20
    • PLANNED
      ALPE-OZ 09:00 16:25
    • PLANNED
      ALPE-VAUJANY 09:00 16:25
    • CLOSED
      ALPE-VILLARD 09:00 16:40
Ski De Fond - Piétons
    Trails0/4
    • PLANNED
      Boucle des Lacs. 09:10 16:15
    • PLANNED
      Alpette. 09:10 16:15
    • CLOSED
      Col du Lac Blanc 09:10 15:30
    • PLANNED
      Montfrais. 09:10 16:15
Alpe D'huez Remontée
Lifts0/29
  • PLANNED
    TPH Pic Blanc 09:15 15:30
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    TMX Jeux 09:00 16:45
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    TMX Rif Nel Express 08:30 16:50
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    TMX Signal 09:00 16:45
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    Alpe Express 08:15 18:00
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    DMC 1er Troncon 09:00 16:30
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    DMC 2nd Troncon 09:00 16:05
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    TC Marmottes 2 09:10 16:10
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    TC Marmottes 3 09:15 15:30
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    Télévillage 08:40 17:00
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    Télécentre 08:30 17:15
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    TSD Marmottes 1 09:00 16:30
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    TSD Alpauris 09:00 16:20
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    TSD Romains 09:00 16:50
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    TS Chalvet 10:30 16:30
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    TS Glacier 09:45 15:30
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    TS Grande Sure 08:45 16:30
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    TS Herpie 09:30 15:45
  • NCO
    TS Lac Blanc 09:30 16:30
  • NCO
    TS Lievre Blanc 09:10 16:05
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    TK Babars 09:00 16:50
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    TK Ecole 1 09:00 16:55
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    TK Ecole 2 09:00 16:55
  • NCO
    TK Poutran 09:00 16:45
  • PLANNED
    TK Rif Nel 1 09:00 17:00
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    TK Rif Nel 2 09:00 17:00
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    TK Sagnes 09:00 16:55
  • NCO
    TK Stade 09:00 14:00
  • PLANNED
    Tapis Grenouilles 09:00 16:55
Auris
    Lifts0/11
    • PLANNED
      TSD Auris Express 09:00 16:45
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      TSD Fontfroide 09:10 16:30
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      TSD Louvets 09:10 16:30
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      TS Lombards 09:30 16:15
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      TS Maronne 09:00 16:15
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      TS Sures 09:00 16:45
    • NCO
      TK Col 09:00 17:00
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      TK Forêt 09:15 16:45
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      TK Piégut 09:00 17:00
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      Tapis Bambin 08:45 17:00
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      Tapis Bauchets 09:00 17:00
    • Trails0/16
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      Chemin des Demois. 09:10 16:45
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      Crocus 09:00 17:00
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      Col 09:10 16:45
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      Eterlous 09:00 16:45
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      Farcis 09:00 16:45
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      Gentianes 09:00 17:00
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      Gua 09:10 16:30
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      Le Gua Sarenne 09:30 16:30
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      Lys 09:30 16:30
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      Pré-rond 09:30 16:30
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      Escapade 09:10 16:30 MAUVAISES CONDITIONS DE NEIGE
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      Fontfroide 09:10 16:30
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      Le Rosai 09:10 16:30
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      Rhodos 09:00 16:45
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      Col de Cluy 09:10 16:30
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      Fuma 09:00 16:15 MAUVAISES CONDITIONS DE NEIGE
Prom. Pietons 1800
    Trails0/8
    • PLANNED
      1er Troncon 09:00 16:45
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      Bergerie 08:45 16:45
    • PLANNED
      Col du lac blanc 09:10 16:20
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      Crete du Signal 09:00 16:45
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      Lac Besson 09:00 17:00
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      Langaret 08:55 17:00
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      Poutran 09:00 16:45
    • PLANNED
      Rif Nel. 09:00 17:00
    • Connections0/1
      • PLANNED
        Liaison 2100-Alpette 09:00 16:30
Ski Fond/piet. Auris
    Trails0/3
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      Boucle la Rochette 09:00 16:45 DAMEE NON TRACEE
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      Col Maronne 09:00 17:00
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      Piégut 09:00 17:00
Villard Reculas Zone Freeride
    Trails0/1
    • PLANNED
      Forêt 09:00 16:55
Oz
    Lifts0/9
    • PLANNED
      TC Alpette 09:00 16:25
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      TC Poutran 1 09:00 16:25
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      TC Poutran 2 09:00 16:30
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      TK Alpette 09:10 16:30
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      TK Champ Clotury 09:10 16:30
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      TK Clos du Pre 08:50 16:50
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      TK Lama 09:10 16:30
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      TK Olmet 09:00 17:00
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      Tapis Olmet 09:00 17:00
    • Trails0/12
    • PLANNED
      Canetons 09:00 17:00
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      Carrelet 09:00 16:30
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      Clos du Pre 08:50 16:50
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      Lutins 09:00 16:30
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      BD des Lutins 09:00 16:30
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      Champclotury 09:00 16:30
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      Chevreuils 09:00 16:30
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      Alpette 09:00 16:35
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      Chavannus 09:00 16:30
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      Olmet 09:00 16:30
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      Poutran. 09:00 16:30
    • NCO
      Roche Noire 09:00 16:30
Vaujany
    Lifts0/11
    • PLANNED
      TPH 1 Vaujany-Alpette 09:00 16:35
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      TPH 2 Alpette-Rousses 09:10 16:10
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      TC Enversin 09:15 16:50
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      TC Vaujany-Villette 09:00 16:15
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      TC Villette-Monfrais 09:00 16:20
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      TS Clos Giraud 09:10 16:10
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      TS Montfrais 09:10 16:15
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      TS Vallonet 09:30 16:00
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      TK Montfrais 1 09:10 16:20
    • NCO
      TK Montfrais 2 09:10 16:15
    • PLANNED
      Tapis Montfrais 09:10 16:15
    • Trails0/17
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      Ecureuils 09:00 16:30
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      Stade Deb alpette 09:10 16:30
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      Cascade 09:10 16:15
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      Chalets 09:00 16:35
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      Edelweiss 09:30 16:00
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      Eteaux 09:10 16:15
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      Etourneaux 09:10 16:15
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      Myrtilles 09:10 16:15
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      Travers 09:00 16:35
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      Bartavelles 09:10 16:10
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      Belvedere 09:10 16:10
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      Dome 09:10 16:10
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      Rousses 09:10 16:10
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      Stade Montfrais 09:10 16:15
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      Vaujaniate 09:00 16:45
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      Fare 09:00 16:30
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      Snow Park Myrtilles 09:10 16:10
28 Jan 2020
at 13:00
29 Jan 2020
at 13:00
30 Jan 2020
at 13:00
31 Jan 2020
at 13:00
Outlook P12 P11 P6 P4
Low Altitude 2 °C 1 °C 5 °C 7 °C
High Altitude -12 °C -13 °C -5 °C -2 °C
Wind Direction E SE E SSE
Isotherm 0 °C 1500 m 1500 m 2250 m 2950 m
Rain Snow limit 1200 m 1200 m
Fresh Snow 1 cm 0 cm 0 cm 0 cm
Fresh Snow High Altitude 1 cm 0 cm 0 cm 0 cm
Rob Wood, Alpe d'Huez Reporter | Published
Alpe d'Huez Dump Alert - 18th January 2020

After a run of virtually three weeks of unbroken sunshine, we awoke on Friday to some cloud cover, which grew as the day went on.

Snow started falling at around 15:00 and continued through until the early hours of the morning, when around 10cm fell at resort level (1850m) with around 35cm on the higher slopes (3300m). Today, the cloud cover has been replaced by the sunshine again and we are set for a cracking weekend here in resort.

Bon ski!