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Alpe d'Huez Back To Posting 5m Base

Alpe d'Huez Back To Posting 5m Base

Published : 29-Mar-2024 11:03



French ski resort Alpe d'Huez is again reporting it has 5 metres of snow lying on its upper slopes, the only centre in the world to reach the 5 metres point this season.

It had also briefly reported a 5-metre base in January, before temperatures warmed and snowfalls diminished for two months until mid-March, although it has consistently been in the dozen or so ski areas in the Alps, Western USA and Japan posting 4m+ bases all season.

Alpe d'Huez is one of a number of ski areas in the Southwestern Alps to post big snowfalls from an intense storm over the past three days. The storm has closed slopes (most centres in the region currently only have a third or less of their slopes open with some completely closed) and pushed the avalanche danger level up to high.

Risoul-Vars and Serre Chevalier have both reported over 2 metres of snowfall in the past 72 hours, Alpe d'Huez say they've had 88cm (three feet).

There's a chance other ski areas will post 5m+ bases over the coming week, once they're able to make measurements. Candidates include Mammoth and The Palisades in California which currently have 4m+ bases but are in the middle of a multi-day snowstorm expected to continue through easter and into the start of April.

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