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French ski resort suffers from lack of snow

05 Mar 2020

French ski resort Le Mont-Dore has entered into administration after a lack of snowfall caused trading difficulties. The Independent reported that the council-run company that was managing the slopes and ski lifts racked up debts of nearly £1.5m after a fall in revenue brought on by one of the warmest winters on record.

The Le Mont-Dore resort is located in the Auvergne region, dominated by the Puy de Sancy Mountain.


Le Mont-Dore ski resort


Research has shown that the Alps have seen an average temperature rise of 2 degrees centigrade since the turn of the century. This had made snow increasingly rare at low altitude ski resorts below 1500 metres.  Mont-Dore’s slopes run from 1,200 metres to 1,850 metres.

Joel Retailleau, Managing Director of the umbrella body for the mayors of French ski resorts (ANMSM), said “Skiing will remain an important activity and remains essential to France’s tourism policy, but we will need to develop a number of new offers to respond to tourists’ demand and climate evolution.”

France currently estimates that their ski industry welcomes 10 million annual visitrs and creates some 120,000 ski industry jobs.

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