Posted on 20 November 2017
Not content with being crowned Europe’s Best Ski Resort for 2017 by the Belgium based “European Best Destinations” organisation, Alpe d’Huez is putting the finishing touches to a series of new programmes designed to keep the resort ahead of the field for the foreseeable future. With less than two weeks to go until the start of new ski season, fresh snow and blue skies will be complimented by a new network of state of the art snow cannons and an alpine roller coaster.
Computer controlled snow cannons
The high-tech computer controlled snow cannons will line the slopes from the DMC and La Folie Douce down to resort level at 1850 metres, guaranteeing powder on a number of ski runs including Chamois, Couloir, Vachettes and Olympique to name but a few. Their huge turbines will enable them to spread a much finer powder-like snow across a far greater “dump” range than the archaic machines they’ve replaced, which are still widely used across much of the Alps. This will be of particular benefit on the lower altitude slopes around the DMC and Les Bergers, and will make Alpe d’Huez the best snow-making French ski resort around – even Mother Nature needs a day off sometimes.
Alpine roller coaster
If hurtling down the local slopes on skis or a board isn’t enough of an adrenaline fix for you, why not try the new Alpe d’Huez alpine roller coaster for size? Situated on the lower slopes of the Les Bergers area, the resort’s latest attraction will offer high-speed thrills for visitors of all ages throughout the year. Like other alpine roller coaster it is driven by gravity, rather than electricity, plus you can control your own speed using brakes as you plunge down the metal track in a go-kart style cart around bends over humps and through tunnels. While you might not be able to expect any Alton Towers style loop-the-loops, you will be in for a unique ride.
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