Pyrenees ski resorts top world snow charts with over 7 meters (23 feet) of snowfall in one month
Wow! That’s a lot of snow in one month!!
Road and lift closures. Evacuations and residents confined to their homes. The storms that have brought over 7 meters of snow to the Pyrenees since the New Year don’t seem to be putting a smile on ski resort director’s faces. Quite the opposite in fact. Some are asking if they were not better off with last season’s snow drought. Yesterday at Mourtis, a resort where skiers are more familiar with grass and mud, the piste bashers were running non-stop and the upper lifts have barely opened all week. The diesel bill is eye-watering.
Noël Lacaze, director at Peyragudes, says that avalanche control work has been non-stop. “We’ve already used 900 kg of explosives, we’ve never done that before, that’s between 15,000 to 20,000 euros alone”. Add to that overtime plus the work clearing roofs and roads as well as additional heating costs and Lacuze thinks snowmaking might be cheaper than dealing with the effects of too much snow.
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