The pistes remain in lovely, corded conditions – the drop in temperatures from a couple of weeks ago is helping to keep things pretty good all through the day. Thanks to the recent little top-up, on-piste snow cover still stands impressively for mid-March at:
- Alpe d’Huez (1850m): 130cm
- Pic Blanc (3300m): 205cm
- Auris Station (1650m): 40cm
- Auris Signal (2176m): 130cm
- Villard Reculas (1500m): 60cm
- Vaujany (1250m): 90cm
- Oz Station (1350m): 110cm
- Montfrais (1650m): 150cm
- Dome des Rousses (2800m): 200cm
There remains some great variety across the whole ski area at the moment with 98 pistes currently open, being served by 63 lifts. With March generally being a quieter month, lift queues should also be nice a short for the next few weeks. Of these 98 pistes, 30 are green, 30 blue, 25 red and 13 are black; geographically, there are 10 in Oz-en-Oisans, 15 in Vaujany, 14 in Auris-en-Oisans, seven in Villard Reculas and 42 in Alpe d’Huez itself, plenty of variety across the whole of the ski area.
The runs over towards Vaujany often provide some better visibility in times of blustery snow while the famous black run Sarenne remains in good condition for its entire 16km length. The super-steep Tunnel black run remains uber-mogully and is not for the faint-hearted; currently marked as “reservé tres bon skieurs” or "reserved for very good skiers", this is a warning should be heeded.