Thanks to recent snowfall, Alpe d'Huez is opening on Saturday, 12th November, three weeks early.

The early snowfall in the Alps has created a flurry of activity and Alpe d'Huez has been busy preparing its slopes to be the first to open. On this Saturday, 12th November, parts of the resort will be ready for riding, three weeks in advance of the original date of Saturday, 3rd December.

Three slopes will be open covering more than 5km between 2700m and 1800m, totalling a height difference of 900m.

'The snow conditions are excellent. It's rare that we have such great conditions in order to open as early as this,' declared Francois Badjily, Director of the Tourist Office.

Lifts that will be open:
DMC 1 & 2
Télémixte du Rif Nel  "Le Rif Nel Express"
Pistes that will be open:
Le Couloir (blue slope of 2.5 km)
Les Jeux (green slope of 1.6 km)
Piste du Rif Nel (green slope of 1.1 km)

A day pass will cost from 18€ with a weekend pass at 30€. Access will be offered to people owning a 2016/17 season lift pass bought in Alpe d'Huez grand domaine Ski (SATA).

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