The ski area of the Pyrenees uses a helicopter to move 50 tons of snow down to keep slopes open after exceptionally mild weather remains bare
- With unusual temperature rises of 50 ° F, snow melted on the slopes of the resort
- Luchon-Superbagnères in France needs the Jan-Feb high season to survive
- The municipality ensured that snow was moved to the lower slopes for £ 4,000
A ski cabin in the Pyrenees has used a helicopter to move 50 tons of snow downhill in an attempt to keep slopes open after an exceptionally mild winter had left their slopes.
A temperature rise of 50F this week left the slopes of the Luchon-Superbagnères resort in the Pyrenees without snow for its guests to ski on.
The city council ensured that a helicopter transported snow from higher mountains to the slopes for just over £ 4,000.
Two men are helping a snow helicopter to place it on a ski slope at the Superbagneres station, near Luchon, in southwest France in the French Pyrenees
People look like the helicopter is delivering its load of snow at the Superbagneres station, near Luchon, in southwest France in the French Pyrenees
Unusual low temperatures in the Pyrenees this week have led the resort to require snow to be transported from higher mountains to their lower slopes (photo)
On Friday and Saturday the snow was laid in the new house on the slopes for children and beginners.
“We are not going to cover the entire ski resort with snow, but without this we would have closed a large part of the ski domain, and it is during the holidays that we have the most activity for beginners and the ski schools,” Hervé Pounau, director of the municipality, the local media told.
Pounau added that the move was designed to ensure that jobs of up to 80 employees were protected during the high season of February and March.
Pictured: a location map of the Luchon Superbagneres resort in the French Pyrenees
The mountains of the resort in the Pyrenees are almost bare due to the unusual high temperatures
Depicted is the resort of the French Pyrenees in the snow season
Environmentalists expressed concern about snow transport and claimed that the helicopter trip would not be an adjustment to global warming, but would cause harmful emissions and cost a lot of energy.
Mr. Pounau said they had no choice in the decision, and admitted that it was not very environmentally conscious.
Unusually high temperatures throughout France, related to global warming, are worrying about the future of the country’s ski industry.