Alpe d’Huez updates Signal slopes

14th July 2016, by Dave Watts

New ski lifts will be installed on the Signal sector in Alpe d'Huez

New ski lifts will be installed on the Signal sector in Alpe d'Huez

The Signal sector in the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez is to be updated this summer. The Signal sector links to the village of Villard-Reculas on the back, and until now has been reached by draglifts or a couple of slow chairlifts.

This summer these access lifts (some built over 50 years ago) are being demolished and new ones built. “This is the last resort-side area of Alpe d’Huez to be modernised,” says the French ski resort.

The main way up will be a powerful new lift with a mix of eight-seater chairs and 10-seater gondolas that can transport 3,300 skiers and snowboarders per hour. Another new fixed grip quad chair will carry up to 1,650 skiers per hour from the old Vieil Alpe area of the village to the top of Signal.

A new green run from the top of the ski area is also being built and will be fully covered by snowmaking from 22 new snow-guns. We’re told it will be a “fun themed route” but details aren’t being revealed yet. Extra snowmaking is being installed elsewhere in the Signal sector too.

And in the base area a new building is planned with “new sales desks and a customer reception area that is more visible and easier to get to”.

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