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Alpe d'Huez, Oz, Vaujany, Auris & Villard Reculas 20/21

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Another winter season nearly upon us.

When the resort opens is anyone's guess. The CE email from the latest resort meeting has no definite start date. Main issue is that Grenoble hospitals won't be able to cope with skiers on top of Covid patients.

Fingers crossed situation gets better.

New/refurbished lifts still planned for near future - Marmottes 1 becoming a telemixte with the current chairs going to the Chalvet replacement.
Village lift from Huez village should be replaced for next winter.
Allemond lift to Oz all ready for the winter.
Auris has new accommodation being built.

SATA has a new head honcho.

Ongoing conversations regarding lift up from Bourg to Huez.

Tomorrowland cancelled.
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Winter scheduled opening remains the 5th of December but concerns now regarding lack of snow cover along with potential Covid restrictions.
Should find out more next week.
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Some news from the mairie, tourist office and ski lift company regarding this winter.

Ready to go on the 5th but more likely upto the 20th of December.

Talks about making the resorts of ADH and L2A greener so the liaisons from Bourg to ADH and ADH to L2A are projects.

Reservations looking at -15% to -20% for ADH and -25% to -30% for L2A.

Quite long at 27mins but good for learning French.....I think!


http://youtube.com/v/eMBtHXAGMh4
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Thanks for the update. We have a holiday booked for 19th December. Obviously looking very unlikely.
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Second thanks for the update - keep them coming. When you say 'making the resorts greener so the liaisons are projects' - does this mean they are more likely to happen because there will be less cars ... or less likely because all that infrastructure just isn't green? I'd be interested what others think Very Happy
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For Bourg more likely as less cars travelling to resort. It's the first time since I moved here that a lift to Bourg has been openly discussed by the ski lift company and the two mairies. Before ADH wasn't that up for it but seems to be changing.
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Some background to this long running project

http://pistehors.com/N7AR8WwByuHDGsGAHHHX/public-inquiry-slams-half-baked-oisans-cable-car-link

http://pistehors.com/IbA9I2wByuHDGsGAknEh/major-setback-for-lalpe-dhuez-expansion

http://pistehors.com/s6lZW2oB3RXOTam_50ea/alpe-dhuez---les-deux-alpes-cable-car-project

I think the ski area is probably a bit stuck in another era with these projects.

If you look around in the summer you can find the remains of the old Bourg d'Oisans / Alpe d'Huez cable car, the resort may do better on the "green" front if it cleared up the mountain trash when it was redundant

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@davidof, are your three links just for the L2A link or the Bourg lift also?
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Alpinebear wrote:
@davidof, are your three links just for the L2A link or the Bourg lift also?


No not the Bourg lift. Another idea people have talked about for ages but with the Allemond link I can't really see the need for it in the short term, and in the long term there will be less snow and less skiers.
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davidof wrote:


If you look around in the summer you can find the remains of the old Bourg d'Oisans / Alpe d'Huez cable car, the resort may do better on the "green" front if it cleared up the mountain trash when it was redundant



I think, strictly speaking, it was not a cable car but a way of transporting coal from the Mine de Herpie down to Boug d'Oisans ? One of the pylons, on the ADH side of the Sarenne, is still pretty well intact, or was. Not sure when it was actually used until.

Although I agree with you about the removal of old ski lift gear, leaving old foundations complete with bolts sticking up etc. I think in this case SATA is not guilty Laughing
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skitow wrote:


I think, strictly speaking, it was not a cable car but a way of transporting coal from the Mine de Herpie down to Boug d'Oisans ? One of the pylons, on the ADH side of the Sarenne, is still pretty well intact, or was. Not sure when it was actually used until.

Although I agree with you about the removal of old ski lift gear, leaving old foundations complete with bolts sticking up etc. I think in this case SATA is not guilty Laughing


Not SATA but the local community.

Yes it was used for coal transport.

The problem with l'Alpe d'Huez is they have a poor track record on green issues so a project like a cableway from Bourg d'Oisans to the resort, while on paper an interesting idea, is treated with suspicion. The Grenoble courts view ADH with a very poor eye and the environmental groups are very active too. There is even local opposition to the various projects as some locals think they'll be landed with the bill. The SATA say they are going to invest 300 million in the three ski areas they run over the next 30 years but this is predicated on a 30% increase in skier numbers - again coming up with fantasy island figures makes people look very closely at the whole project as happened with the Scot.
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@davidof, Fair comments, especially regarding locals being landed with the bill. Property taxes in ADH are already at least double those in any other equivalent resort. I have never really gone along with the cold beds theory though, admittedly just based on my own observations.
On a "technical" question, I believe all the wastewater from ADH and most other surrounding resorts and villages, including LDA (?) is treated in Bourg d'Oisans ? (Unfortunately, as a civil engineer, I notice these things rolling eyes)
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New boss of SATA so maybe changes for the good.
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Read this on ADH FB earlier(Google translated)

[PRESS RELEASE] Many of you have given us your support in these difficult times over the past few days. We sincerely want to thank you.

The words of the President of the Republic must still be specified "in the next ten days". However, the prospect of a quick opening in December seems to be receding.

As soon as the Government has clarified, we can get back to you regarding the possibility or not of opening in December, and the outlook from January.

Until then, Alpe d'Huez is committed to your side with 4 clear objectives: prepare and maintain our ski area in working order until the opening, prepare the offer of non-ski activities, guarantee an accommodation offer that can be mobilized as soon as the resort opens, and finally guarantee irreproachable health security, which is essential for our opening.

It will still be possible to come and spend your Christmas holidays in the mountains, unfortunately without being able to ski, but it will be possible to enjoy the great outdoors and the pure mountain air. The resort is ready to welcome you, the shops will be open, and restaurant owners are mobilizing to deliver good hot meals to your home.

Finally, Alpe d'Huez expresses its full support to all the players in the resort affected since March 2020. They are traders, restaurateurs, bartenders, accommodation providers, ski instructors, seasonal workers ... the list is long but we will accompany them alongside the State, over time, to help them get through this difficult stage.
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Open for mountain biking. With the temperature inversion it is quite pleasant at altitude at the moment.

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